Youngster sparking Bulldogs

Name: Olivia Bushore

School: Claysburg-Kimmel

Age: 16

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the week achievement: Bushore pitched Claysburg-Kimmel to the District 6 Class 1A championship with an 8-5 win over Glendale. She struck out six and walked two.

Season update: Bushore is 14-2 for the 19-4 Lady Bulldogs with 105 strikeouts and 33 walks in 90 innings.

Coach Mike Barbarini’s quote: “Olivia is the keystone of our team. She works hard on improving her pitching skills year round. Our team feeds off Olivia’s pitching. She has a calming effect on the players when we struggle, and that helps us get back on track.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Lach

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “A League of Their Own”

Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo

Favorite song: “My Oh My” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Outside interests: Travel softball

Favorite professional team: Chicago Cubs

Favorite college team: Alabama

Pro athlete most admired: Anthony Rizzo

Best athlete I ever competed against: West Branch’s Lizzy Scott

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, high school coaches, pitching coaches (Jen and Leigh)

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning back-to-back District 6 championships

How I got my start in softball: “I started Little League when I was 6.”

Future goal: Physical therapist and play college softball