Teays Valley senior Katelyn Loughman recently signed a national letter of intent with Walsh University, an NCAA Division II institution located in North Canton, to play college softball. Loughman made first-team Mid-State League Buckeye Division and also was honorable mention All-Central District last season, batting .526 with eight home runs, 36 RBI and 54 runs scored.

Loughman has helped lead the Vikings to a state championship in 2015, a state runner-up finish in 2016 and a league title and district runner-up finish last season.

Question: What is your favorite genre of music or music group?

Answer: I listen to whatever I’m in the mood for.

Q: What is your favorite homemade meal?

A: Chicken and noodles.

Q: What are some of your strengths in softball?

A: I feel like I’m able to stay calm and level-headed when the game gets tight. I love that I’m able to put the team on my back for at least one at-bat and see what I can do to help our team.

Q: Name a previous weakness you’ve overcome in softball?

A: We were 8-8 at one point in my freshman season, so after that I learned how to do my part in trying to make the team a family.

Q: What led you to sign with the college you selected?

A: I fell in love with the school. I loved the coaches, and I feel like Walsh would be a perfect fit for me as a student and as an athlete.

Q: What are some of your top athletic accomplishments or memories?

A: Winning the state championship in 2015 and coming back to be state runner-up the following season. I hit two grand slams last season in the same game against Fairfield Union, and my travel team last summer also won state.

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals or routines?

A: I get food with my teammates and listen to music. I also write H.A.P. in the dirt before every game, which means have a purpose. That gives me incentive.

Q: Hobbies?

A: I love to play softball, shop, hang out with my friends and eat.

Q: What career do you want to go in when you are an adult?

A: I would like to go into psychology and pre-law. I think psychology is super interesting and I’ve been interested in it for a long-time. I’d also like to do pre-law, because I can argue forever.

Q: If you could meet one person from any era of history?

A: I met my grandpa, but when I was younger. So if I could, I would love to meet him now and just talk to him about life. My dad always talks about him, so I know he looks up to him. It’d be awesome to talk to him and learn some things about how he thinks.

Q: Who has had the greatest influence on your life?

A: It has to be my parents. My mom has always taught me kindness and how to be a great person. My dad has always taught me to speak my mind, how to deal with adversity and to give my best effort in everything I do. They have pushed me in every aspect of my life and they worked just as hard as I did for me to get to this point. I love them so much and am thankful for them everyday.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from the Pumpkin Show?

A: Hanging out with my friends, and trying to taste every pumpkin flavored food there is.

Q: Nickname?

A: Red, because my hair is red and I guess Kate was too much for Coach G to say during my freshman year.

Q: Favorite college team?

A: Ohio State

Q: Do you have a favorite college or pro athlete you look up to?

A: Joey Votto, he’s always so focused and has a process that he trusts.

Q: Favorite television show?

A: Greys Anatomy

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Moana

Q: Favorite video game?

A: Don’t play any.

Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: Olive Garden

Q: What’s the best present you’ve ever received or given someone?

A: I think that giving anyone anything is the best no matter what is is. People light up knowing that you thought of them.

Q: What’s your most valuable possession?

A: My state championship rings, because they’re so pretty and I love them.

Q: What was your favorite costume you dressed up in for Halloween growing up?

A: One time one of my friends had a costume party and my mom dressed me up as a scarecrow. That was pretty cool.

Q: What’s your dream vacation?

A: Bahamas, because it looks so pretty.

Q: What’s your favorite school subject?

A: I don’t really have one, but if I had to pick it would be Psychology 1 and 2.

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