Athlete of the Week: Josie Tolzman

Oconto Falls senior finding groove in circle at perfect time

Oconto Falls senior Josie Tolzman has turned in some of her best starts in the circle over the past couple of weeks. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Josie Tolzman

Sport: Softball

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

Teams and their individual athletes are always hoping to peak near the end of the season. Oconto Falls High School senior Josie Tolzman is doing just that, as she has found her groove in the circle just in time for postseason play.

On May 6, Tolzman fired two shutouts against Fox Valley Lutheran, allowing just four hits in game one and five hits in game two.

Tolzman worked five scoreless innings in the Panthers 6-0 win over Peshtigo on May 4. She also shut out Clintonville on May 3.

Q: When did your interest in softball begin?

A: My interest started when I was about 4 years old. I remember playing softball with my dad (Nick) outside with my plastic bat and ball.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a softball game or season?

A: My favorite part about a softball game is getting excited when the defense makes an awesome play and having fun out on the field.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Oconto Falls softball team?

A: My favorite memories are all of the funny jokes and friendships that I have made from softball.

Q: What serves as your motivation while competing?

A: My motivation is getting the win and having fun. Whenever I’m pitching I always focus on hitting my spots in order to get that groundball out for my team.

Q: How did you train for the season?

A: I have been playing summer ball with the Appleton Rockers for the past few summers and have been taking pitching lessons for almost a year with Jean Rivett. I have also been going to camps and spending my extra time out on the field pitching and hitting with my dad.

Q: What is going to be the biggest key to a deep postseason run for the team?

A: The key this year will definitely be our hitting. In order to get the wins we need for regionals we need to have some run support because we know our fielding and pitching won’t be perfect every game.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: My favorite thing to do is to go shopping and have fun with my friends. I also love watching movies and listening to music.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: TV show: “90 Day Fiance.” Movie: “We’re the Millers.” Musical artist: Russ.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: During the winter months I really enjoy snowmobiling, both racing and trail riding. In the past I have actually oval raced and got third place.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: I’ve gotten great advice from both of my parents. My dad always tells me to work hard and never give up on my dreams. My mom (Nikki) always tells me to just have fun and do my best, because when you have fun, you always do your best.