Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Tatiana Gonion – Green Bay East softball
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Tatiana Gonion
School: Green Bay East
Parents: Tammy and Kevin Gonion
Tatiana Gonion was a member of the Green Bay East/West co-op softball squad.
She said she brought leadership and skills to the field.
Gonion said she’d love to be in Sydney Romero’s shoes – a former third baseman at the University of Oklahoma/current member of USSSA Pride of National Pro Fastpitch – for a day.
Who was your toughest opponent?
“New London. They were an all-around good team and played together a long time.”
What’s your most embarrassing softball moment?
“I tend to run and trip over my feet. I’m constantly on the ground when making plays or running bases.”
Talk about the community at East and how much sports revolve around it.
“The sports in the East community are played within the same group of kids. Many students choose East because of the specialty classes we have.”
Talk about Coach Craig Kozlowski.
“Coach Craig was a big reason I transferred to East. Being on the team with him was great because he helped me reach goals for myself.”
What’s the most difficult part about softball?
“The mental side because you think about things going on around you.”
Which would you rather do – pitch 70 mph consistently or hit a 250-foot blast once in your lifetime?
“Hit a 250-foot home run. It’s a dream everyone would love to make come true.”
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
“During my sophomore year, I sat out the first two weeks of my season, but I still had one of the best batting averages in the area.”
Do you have a ritual before a game?
“I find a spot to be alone, put on music and get ready to focus.”
What’s the best softball field you’ve played on?
“The pro turf field in Peoria, Ill. We played a tournament there one summer.”
What are your college aspirations?
“To become a forensic accountant and play softball at Edgewood College in Madison. I’d love to be a freshman starter.”
Where do you plan to live after college?
“My job will take me anywhere.”
What four words describe you?
“Independent, open-minded, courageous, strong-willed.”
The coast or the mountains?
“The coast – I love beaches.”
What other sport could you have excelled in?
“Volleyball. I stopped playing after I began to play softball outside of school.”
How do you want to be remembered at East?
“As a leader in the school, both on and off the field.”
Favorite sound of spring?
“The birds when my windows are open.”
Biggest sports achievement?
“Hitting a home run in Denver during the summer of my sophomore year.”
Iced tea or lemonade?
Name three cities you’d like to visit.
“Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle.”
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
“Going into a profession I love and being with family.”
Subject in school: Math
Current Netflix movie: “The Woman in the Window”
Book: “All the Bright Places”
Sports editor’s note: To read last week’s Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight about Bay Port’s Mara Gustafson, CLICK HERE.