THE WEEKLYS ON THOMAS:
"Kourtny is a strong, versatile athlete with soft hands and a strong throwing arm. She can play any infield position except second base, has the ability to hit for power and will challenge for a starting position this season."
Under the guidance of head coach Angela Crawford, Thomas, The Macon Telegraph All-Middle Georgia Softball Player of the Year for 2009 wrapped up her senior campaign at Houston County H.S. with a .370 batting average and six home runs, while guiding her squad to its fourth consecutive Region 1-5A title (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and a Georgia Class 5A State runner-up finish at 31-6 overall...She helped Houston County to 102 overall victories over four seasons as well as the school's initial "Elite Eight" appearance in the Georgia State Girls Softball Tournament in 2006...Thomas also started 132 of her team's 135 total games during her career...She was twice chosen first team Georgia High School Association (GHSA) All-State (2008, 2009) and was selected first team all-region three times (2007, 2008, 2009)...As a freshman starting power forward on the basketball court back in 2006, Thomas helped H.C.H.S. to the school's first-ever "Sweet Sixteen" appearance at the state tournament while averaging 16 points and nine rebounds...She recorded basketball averages of 18 points and 11 boards as a sophomore before giving up the hardwood to focus on softball...During summer softball action, Thomas helped her Georgia Knockouts Gold squad to the 2008 18U ASA Georgia State Championship and a 2009 berth in the ASA Gold National Championship.
Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...Claims that Tennessee has been her dream school since she was eight years old...Admires Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron because, despite the adversity he faced throughout his life and career, he always gave his all and refused to give up...Enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends during her time away from the diamond...Hopes to study sports medicine at UT with plans to open her own sports medicine clinic after college...Among former teammates who have played collegiate softball are Caitlin Jordan and Jessica Coan at Georgia Tech...Has a sister, Krista, 24, and two brothers, Krieg, 21, and Kyler, 11...Kourtny Rianne Thomas was born October 22, 1991, in Bibb County, Ga....Her parents are Terry and Tracy Thomas.