Competing for national titles is but one tradition the Angelina College softball program has established since the arrival of coaches Mark and Barbi Mattson.

Landing players on All-American lists is another.

On Wednesday, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its annual list of All-Americans, and three Lady Roadrunners made their way to the list — giving the Mattsons a total of nine All-Americans in their six years at AC.

Nikki Whitehead, of Kingwood, capped her brilliant sophomore campaign with a 1st Team All-American nod. Whitehead’s batting averaged hovered around .500 for the majority of the 2019 season. She finished the year hitting .476 with 91 hits in 191 at-bats, 11 homers, 53 RBI, 70 runs scored and a .749 slugging percentage.

Earning 2nd Team honors was McKenna Fryar, the sophomore from Hardin who made the most of her one year as a Lady Roadrunner, having transferred from Texas State University. She completed her sophomore season with a 2.00 ERA in 147 innings pitched and earned All-Tournament honors in the NJCAA Division I National Championship tournament in St. George, Utah. Fryar struck out 157 hitters for a 7.48 K/7 innings ratio.

Freshman Kaylee Ancelot of Orangefield earned 3rd Team honors after leading the Lady ’Runners in homers with 15 — two shy of the single-season record — and RBIs with 65. Ancelot hit .443 with a .787 slugging percentage and also earned an All-Tournament nod following the national tournament.

Previous Lady Roadrunner All-Americans were Gia Johns and Kassie James (2014), James again in 2015, Taylor Davis in 2016 and Miranda Wiggins and Kaylee Parker in 2017.

The email for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.