LEETONIA, Ohio (WYTV) – Leetonia may not be the biggest school and senior Kylie Tullis may not be the tallest athlete, but she’s made quite an impact with the Bears.
Tullis is a captain in four different sports: soccer, track, basketball and cheerleading. Plus, she’s a leader in the classroom, earning her the honor of our “33 Student Athlete of the Week.”
“At Leetonia, you have to, in my opinion, play many sports and be athletic but also focus on your school because that’s also important to me,” she said.
Tullus is always striving for excellence. She’s a four-sport standout at Leetonia, including a four-year captain on the track team.
“Well, I love running, it’s always been one of my favorite things to do,” she said. “I have some really good teammates that I like to run with and they push me and I push them.”
Tullus specializes in the 400 and 800 meter runs this season and is on track to qualify for districts for a fourth straight year. But her first love has always been soccer.
“My dad coached soccer and my brother played, he’s older than me so I kind of just got shoved into it when I was little and I grew up loving it. I’ve been playing it ever since,” she said.
Tullus was part of the first Leetonia girls soccer team four years ago and now she holds all the major school records, including goals in a game, season and career.
“It was nice that I got to start out the program and every year for the past four years I broke my own records,” Tullis said.
Next year, Tullus is playing soccer at Malone University and studying nursing. She carries a 3.82 GPA and is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“Obviously, my grades come first and I want to succeed in school so I try very hard, even if it means going to sports then staying up late studying to make sure that things get done or I’m ready for a test. So I try to have a nice balance,” Tullus said.