By James Carlucci
When Casey Stevko was 11 years old, she started playing softball competitively with The Junction Girls, a summer traveling team. It’s the same team she played with this past summer.
Stevko, now a senior shortstop at Tuckahoe High School, has grown into a leader and a force in the Tigers’ lineup. Earlier this month, Stevko had 15 hits in 19 at-bats and was leading the state in hitting. Her hot start has contributed to Tuckahoe’s 9-0 record.
“One of our goals is to win a sectional title and progress into the state championships,” said Stevko, the Con Edison Athlete of the Week. “I know we’re capable of it. Our team at Tuckahoe has really progressed over the past four years. Since I was a freshman, we’ve really been building our chemistry.”
Stevko has been all-league the past four seasons and made all-section as a junior. Last season, she batted .600 and was one of the top 10 hitters in New York.
“Working with this team has allowed me to be a leader, this year especially,” Stevko said. “It’s brought out my personality, my ability to lead by example.”
Stevko started the Peer Mentorship Program for Special Needs Students at Tuckahoe. When her brother Johnny was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism. Stevko said her family situation had a major impact on her decision to found the mentorship program.
“As I was progressing through high school, I realized that the special needs students weren’t interacting enough with the other students in the school,” Stevko said. “I have a brother with special needs, so this program really means a lot to me. I spoke with the social worker at the school in order to begin this program.
“We meet with them once a week at lunch and try to create conversation and engage them socially. We try to allow them to open up and to express themselves.”
Stevko wrote stories as a member of the Images Magazine Club during her first two years at Tuckahoe. She has also played clarinet for both the jazz band and the pit band for school musicals.
Stevko will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. She said she will play on the school’s softball team.
“I’m planning on majoring in economics as of now, but I’m going to open my horizons when I go to the school to find out my interests and take a variety of classes,” Stevko said.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.
Name: Casey Stevko
Likes: Watching the New York Rangers, watching her brother play sports, watching Everybody Loves Raymond
Dislikes: People who don’t hustle, playing in the rain or the snow
Future plans: Have a successful and enjoyable experience in college.