Lakota West Senior Allie Cummins (’18) has verbally committed to play softball and continue her education at The University of Akron next school year.
Coach Keith Castner: Allie loves the game of softball and she works very hard to become a better softball player every day. She has helped our softball family these last 4 years on and off the softball field. Allie is one of the best softball players I have coached in my 30 years of coaching.
1. What led you to your decision to attend your chosen college?
I chose the University of Akron because it offers the field of study I want to pursue. They have a beautiful campus and I really like the coaches. Going to the University of Akron also allows me to play college softball at the D1 level.
2. What other schools did you consider?
Other schools that I considered were the University of Kentucky, Kent State University, Miami University (Ohio), and a few others.
3. Do you know what you want to study?
Yes, I want to study Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Akron is one of few schools around that offers it. The world we live in today is becoming very dangerous and I want to do my part to help. My hope is to be able to work for the government.
4. When did this school come into the picture?
Actually, this school came into the picture very early. The Akron coaches saw me play at the Underclassmen All Star Games the summer of my freshman year. Then, they invited my parents and I up for a visit, and I just knew. I waited a month though, visited other schools, and one night in July I decided Akron was the college for me.
5. Have you visited the school? If so, when? How did it go?
Yes, I have visited the school several times. I’ve been up 3-4 times for camps and had my official visit at the beginning of October. Each time I go, I get more and more excited for my future at Akron.
6. Did anyone help you through the recruiting process? What kind of help did they provide?
My parents and grandparents (my grandparents were actually the 1st ones to talk to the Akron coaches), my softball coaches at West, my summer ball coaches, and my hitting coach, Wendell Hutchinson, have all been a big help. My parents devoted a lot of time and money to allow me to play for some of the best summer ball teams in the state of Ohio. They helped with emailing and contacting coaches and schools that I was interested in. My parents and grandparents have supported me so much along the way. My coaches at West, my summer ball coaches, and my hitting coach have done a lot to get my name out there and to get coaches to come and watch me play.
7. What are your strengths?
I feel my strengths are my understanding of hard work and discipline. You have to work for everything you get (my parents taught me that). I don’t expect anything to be given to me, and most importantly I have fun playing the sport I love.
8. What do you think you need to improve before starting college?
I think I need to improve my time management. I will have to find a balance with playing a college sport, training, and my studies in order to be successful.
9. Please list any special awards, accomplishments or distinctions you may have earned:
-1st Team NFCA All Region Team (5 surrounding states) – sophomore year
-1st Team All State – sophomore and junior years
-1st Team All Area – sophomore and junior years
-1st Team All City – sophomore and junior years
-Position Player of the Year for SW Ohio – sophomore year
-1st Team All GMC – freshman, sophomore, and junior years
-GMC All-Academic Team
These awards are really nice, but what I really want is to win the GMC this year and go to the Final Four in the State Tournament. Softball has been very good to me. I’ve met a lot of great coaches, players, and families and will never forget them.
Congrats Allie! #WestPride #WeAre