By Dana Mate
Collegiate Staff Writer
Allie Annese has no problems walking around GRCC campus to shouts of “Hey little Annese.” Stardom as a Lady Raider on the softball diamond, and through her father’s very prevalent role as head football coach, Annese is happy to be involved in the Grand Rapids Community College family.
“My family has always been involved in the teams that my dad coaches, but I have never, until now, attended the school he coached at,” Annese said. “It’s kind of hard to meet people in a college setting, so it really helps to know people through the football team.”
Being a part of a team herself for the past 13 years has not only taught her how to be socially aware, but it has clearly given her an appreciation for helping her peers. Along with an inspiring social psychology class with Dr. Frank Conner, her softball career is perhaps her other driving force for choosing to major in social work.
This selfless nature is evident when Annese talks about her favorite part of this season in regards to her teammates. “On Thursday against Kellogg Community College, Alison Luelle broke the school’s career home run record with her 15th run,” Annese said.
Another one of her favorite parts of the season was the team trip to Florida for spring training. Growing closer to her team and getting in some shopping was the sophomore’s ideal way to spend spring break.
Staying true to selfless form, Annese’s goals for the season are not to increase her batting average, or make more outs on defense.
“My goals for this season are just to play well as a team and win a lot of games,” Annese said.