By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore Lady Bucks catcher Tommi Jane Golden is a positive force with her teammates.
Always energized and full of life, the senior catcher is hitting well over .300 and doing a superb job behind the plate in her fourth year on the team.
Daughter of Tom and Deanna Golden, it is easy to generate a laugh and positive reaction with the scholar-athlete with has a 94 academic average. Her grandfather is Dunmore Funeral Director Thomas Golden.
She had a 4-for-4 game, including a double, two runs and RBI in Dunmore’s 14-10 win over Old Forge Thursday, April 25.
Tommi Jane, 18, has been playing softball since age five. She played in travel softball leagues from the seventh grade through last summer. She played four years with the Northeast Diamonds and last summer with the Impact Panthers.
She is coached by the veteran Ryan Ferguson at Dunmore.
“He gets us ready for what it takes to be a good player on the field,” she said.
Tommi said she learned a lot from her parents.
“They teach me to be respectful to others and do well in school. They help me keep focused with academics. They stay on me with that.”
Tommi Jane plays soccer and is a football cheerleader at Dunmore. She is co-captain of the football cheerleaders and was co-captain of the junior varsity squad.
She talked about what it takes to be a good catcher in high school softball.
“You need to be a leader and know where the players are on the field. You need to help with framing. You need to know where the ball goes off the bat.”
Tommi Jane said she will begin studies at East Stroudsburg University next fall. She hopes to become an athletic trainer and play on the softball team.
“I want to try out for the softball team and do well in school.”
She said her best academic subject is history and would love to see Arianna Grande in concert.
Tommi Jane also talked about the recent resignation of Dunmore legendary football coach Jack Henzes.
“It’s really sad,” she said. “It’s the end of an era. He coached my dad. We all love him. We were all hoping he could coach my younger brother Bo someday.”
Tommi Jane is savoring her final couple months at Dunmore High School as she prepares for college.
“Dunmore has been a lot of fun. I love the community. We get a lot of support. I am really going to miss it. Everyone in this school has been around me since I was little. I know everyone here. We are all friends.”