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Q-and-A with Alyssa Gunther, Tinley Park softball

AlyssGunther Tinley Park. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

Alyssa Gunther, of Tinley Park. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 17, 2013 6:24AM



Gunther, 18, of Tinley Park, is in her fourth season on the varsity. She will attend Illinois.

What is your most exciting softball memory?

It was my freshman year when we won regionals and got to the first round of sectionals.

Tinley softball has really turned around. What happened?

Definitely good coaching, and I think more pride. I think we have more heart and desire to win.

What’s it like playing for coach (Wendy Podbielniak)?

It’s awesome. Her mentality toward the game is different than some other coaches I’ve had. She’s always thinking, always ready to go.

Cubs or Sox?

Sox. I’m a South Sider. I don’t have anything against the Cubs, though.

Would you rather play in extreme heat, or extreme cold?

Cold. I feel like I have more energy. When it’s hot out, ugh ... I just want to go somewhere cold.

What opposing team gets you the most cranked up to play?

Definitely Oak Forest. They’re rivals, and we want to beat them in every sport.

What opposing player would you love to have as a teammate?

Candice Koch, from Sandburg. We’ve been playing next to each other (on a club team) for the past nine years. I wish I could be with her in high school, too.

What’s the best thing on the school menu?

They have very good chocolate chip cookies.

Do any teammates have a hidden talent we need to know about?

Samantha Alberto and Katlyn Sebastian are really good jugglers.

Where will you be in 10 years?

Possibly a physical therapist, something with athletics.

As told to Tony Baranek



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