May 7, 2015 8:40 PM by Ross Field
Subway Scholar Athlete Trisa Kociemba has been front and center in the circle for most of her life. A power pitcher, Kociemba powered Chico to a huge win over rival Pleasant Valley. She's confident and poised in the center, something that carries over to the classroom where she has a 4.0 GPA. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.
Trisa Kociemba has been playing softball since she was 6 years old.
"Softball has definitely played a huge role in my life and it's something that I don't know what I would be doing right now if I hadn't played it since I was little, so it means a lot to me," said Kociemba.
Now a senior pitcher at Chico High School, Kociemba is fresh off one of the best performances of her career. On Friday, May 1st, she fired a complete game three-hitter to help the Panthers defeat Pleasant Valley 4-2. For Chico, it was their first victory over the crosstown rival since April 5th, 2011, ending a 12-game win streak by PV in the series.
"It was really emotional, were were in tears because it's just something that we've been waiting for for a really long time and it was great to finally come out together as a team and achieve that. It was amazing, it was awesome," said Kociemba.
But for Kociemba, it's not all about softball. Another sport keeps her busy, one that also requires her to throw strikes.
"I'm a bowler and I bowl in a league every week and I participate in tournaments throughout California," said Kociemba.
And she's skilled too. One time she bowled a 298!
"That's two pins away from a perfect game! I had fired eleven strikes in a row and then on the very last ball I messed up. It's definitely something I'll remember but I'm still trying to work toward it and hopefully one day I'll get that perfect game," said Kociemba.
Kociemba is just as motivated with her studies as she carries a 4.0 GPA. As far as college is concerned, Kociemba is still up in the air. For now she's just focused on graduating high school with straight A's and basking in the glow of one of the best pitching performances of her young life.
Chico High School's Trisa Kociemba is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.