Alexander’s ace in the circle, Sydnee Council, signed a college scholarship offer on Nov. 14 to play for Nicholls State in Southern Louisiana. Council accepted an athletic offer with a partial academic scholarship thrown in. Council also received an offer from Morehead State.
“I went down there and it just felt like home,” Council said on why she chose to become a member of the Lady Colonials. “My pitching coach when I was younger is also down there.”
Council’s former pitching coach is Jessica Seamon. Nicholls State is coached by Angel Santiago.
Santiago is in his second year as leader of the softball program. The head coach led the Lady Colonials to 14 wins in his first year with the team and increased that win total to 22 last year. The team also showed a lot of progress in other areas including conference victories, offensive production, and team ERA.
In the last two years, Nicholls softball has been represented with individual player and academic awards. On the field, players have received All-Region, Southland Conference and All-Louisiana honors as well as weekly player of the week awards. In 2012,
Ashley Bertot received one of the highest Southland awards as she garnered Newcomer of the Year. This past season, two Colonels were named NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-Americans for their dedication in the weight room.
Academically, players represented Nicholls in the classroom posting an improved 3.12 GPA, which is currently up from a 2.85 GPA before his arrival. In each of his two seasons, Santiago has had a player named Southland All-Academic First Team.
Off the field, Santiago has introduced and implemented various team community involvement opportunities to the public such as Women's Day at the Ballpark, Military Appreciation Day, Jr. Colonels Camps, Advanced Winter Camps, visits to elderly living homes and the Strike Out Cancer Game. Santiago has also brought in guest speakers to enhance the team’s life experiences.
Council will join the team in the fall of 2015. Alexander High School coach Zack Graham believes she will do well at the NCAA Division-I level.
“People say that she is undersized, but that doesn’t matter because she is a gamer,” Graham said. “She does not like to lose.”
Council had an outstanding career for the Lady Cougars. In her senior season, Council posted an ERA of 2.30 and had a batting average of .337.
“She has been one of the better ball players I have ever coached, and I would put her in the top five overall,” Graham said. “She is the best pitcher I have had in a long time and is a great hitter. She will be hard to replace.”
Council looks at her time at AHS fondly.
“Playing for this school the last four years has been a blessing and I have learned so much from the coaches and players,” Council said. “It is four years I will not forget.
As for her coach, Council called Graham “a goof”, but she said she learned a lot from him and could not have asked for a better coach.
Council played travel ball under her father, Scott, with the East Cobb Bullets. She plans on majoring in Psychology.