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Top thrower honored at Statehouse

January 7, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Last spring, Austintown Fitch’s top shot put and hammer thrower Ali Tolich, daughter of David and Deborah Tolich, brought home two state titles after she won the Division I state indoor track and field’s shot put and hammer throw. On Friday, she was again reminded of her accomplishments with a special honor from the Ohio House of Representatives.

Attending a special conference at Fitch on Friday was Ohio Rep. Ron Gerberry, a Fitch graduate himself. He brought a resolution that was read on the House floor at the Dec. 6 session that recognized Tolich's accomplishments.

“This is quite an honor,” Gerberry said. “You have to have won state or national recognition just to be considered for this.”

Tolich did earn the recognition after she threw the discus 154 feet 7 inches in the state finals to capture the championship in Division I. She turned around and threw 43 feet 8.5 inches in the shot put to give her a dual championship.

On Dec. 6, the resolution recognizing her efforts in the spring was read on the Ohio House floor. The resolution was then given to Gerberry who arranged to deliver it in person on Friday morning in the Fitch media room.

“This is a great honor,” Tolich said. “I didn’t expect this at all.”

After the presentation, Tolich revealed her intent for her senior season.

“I want to break the record in the discus and the shot put,” she said.

Determination was in her voice as she made that statement. It was that kind of positive outlook that took her to the top in her junior year. At the state finals last spring, and after winning both competitions, Tolich said, “I wanted to come down here (to Columbus) and win two and I ended up being able to do so.”

Now her sights are again set on taking two as she finished her track and field career at Fitch in just a few months. After graduation, Tolich already has a game plan coming together.

“I want to go to med school,” she said. “I’m not sure of the exact degree, but that’s the field I want to be in.”

She won’t have a hard time finding a good school. So far, she has been contacted by Miami (Florida), Louisville, the University of Kentucky, Kent State, and Ashland. All those colleges could offer her a chance at her academic pursuit, but she did say her athletic career will continue.

“I definitely want to throw on the college level,” she said.

Article Photos

Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Fitch track coach T.J. Koniowsky joins his star athlete Ali Tolich on Friday as state Rep. Ron Gerberry presents a resolution honoring the young athlete for her dual state championship last spring. See more photos at:



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