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On Friday, May 20, Tunkhannock Area senior Kailey Reposa belted a two-out triple and drove in a run to help lead the Lady Tigers to a 3-1 victory over Nanticoke Area and clinch the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 all-season softball championship. Two days before, Reposa singled, drove in a run and scored in Tunkhannock’s 4-0 win over Dallas in the season finale that forced the playoff game for the division. For her accomplishments, Reposa has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.

Grade, age, hometown: Senior, 18, Tunkhannock

Family: Mark, father; Suzanne, mother; Samantha, sister, 20; Nick, brother, 15.

Other sports I play: Field hockey

Athletes I admire: Sam Stephens

Favorite Movie: “Mean Girls”

Favorite TV show: “Orange Is the New Black”

Favorite band/artist: Beyoncé

Favorite food: Rice

Favorite school subject: History

Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “My dog Sophie, Abraham Lincoln and Beyoncé.”

Biggest role model: “My sister because she’s really independent and she lives an awesome life.”

Post-graduation plans: “I’m attending Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia to study history and play softball.”

Superstitions or rituals: “I keep a lucky penny in my back pocket and don’t let the bats cross.”

What were some of your goals for this year? “I wanted to be division champs and at least get to the district finals like I did in 10th grade.”

Do you have a specific approach at the plate? “Don’t strike out.”

How is this year’s team dynamic different than in your previous teams? “Most of our starters are freshmen and they’re some of the best players in our league. It’s pretty crazy that they’re only freshmen and I can’t even imagine how much better they’re going to be.”

Do you ever need to settle down some of the underclassmen in a big spot? “Whenever they start to get stressed out, you have to say a joke or something so they forget about it, but other than that, I can’t give them too much advice because they’re all really good.”

Was there any added pressure in the Dallas game to try and force a one-game playoff for the division? “Obviously there’s pressure for not losing, but there’s not nervousness because we know we can win.”

What was the feeling like before facing Nanticoke for the third time? “It was super exciting. None of us were really thinking win or lose, we just wanted to play them again and have our energy higher than theirs.”

How big was your two-out triple in the first inning that put you ahead by two? “It felt really good because everyone in the dugout got even louder and it helped with our overall attitude for the rest of the game.”

How did that game help you to prepare for the upcoming rounds? “We learned that it’s hard to beat a team three times, so we need to remember that when we play teams in the future. We can’t take anyone lightly.”

What will some of the keys be in getting back to the district championship game? “We need to definitely keep hitting and continue to stay up in the dugout and have a positive attitude. Skill wise, we’re way deeper than we were when we last made the championship. If everyone stays up, we can beat anyone.”

What’s been your favorite part of being on the team? “Meeting all the new freshmen, it’s just like a brand new team. It’s a different atmosphere than it’s ever been.”