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Neshannock

June 13, 2012

Athlete of the Week: Rayanna Furst of Neshannock

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NEW CASTLE — THE RAYANNA FURST FILE

POSITION: Center fielder

TEAM: Neshannock

GRADE: 11

KNOWN FOR: Furst is a dual threat for the Lady Lancers. She can lay down a bunt and use her speed to reach base and drive a ball into the gap and hit for power. She led the team with 22 RBIs in the regular season and hit .474. She’s come through in the clutch in the playoffs and has helped Neshannock reach the state championship game.

PARENTS: Jim and Kathy Furst.

FAVORITE PRO TEAM AND WHY: Pittsburgh Pirates. “They’re doing good. Go Bucs!”

FAVORITE PRO ATHLETE AND WHY: Caitlin Lowe, a former softball player for the University of Arizona who played on the 2008 Olympic team. “She was a real quick center fielder and a slapper. I used to look up to her when I was little. I watched her play.”

FUTURE PLANS: Furst said she’s considering playing softball in college and wants to study dermatology.

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