Ancilla College athletics excelled on the field and in the classroom in 2018-2019. Competing in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and the Nation Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the Chargers completed locally, regionally, and nationally. The past three seasons have been very special for Ancilla and this coming season should be no different.
Our women’s bowling team won the NJCAA National Championship last spring and had two 1st team All-Americans. They had three players earn MCCAA academic honors and two players earn NJCAA academic awards. Coach Al Franklin was the National Coach-of-the-Year. Both the men and women’s bowling teams were national runners-up in 2017-18, as well.
Men’s basketball was the first Indiana college to participate in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball DII National Tournament this past year. The team went 24-11 on the season and won their first NJCAA Region 12, District 9 Tournament, after being in the championship game the last three seasons. They finished eighth at nationals and surprised officials and fans with their competitiveness. Guard Ty’Sean Sheppard was named 1st team All-American. Coach Brian Pearison was Regional 12, District 9 Coach-of-the-Year. The team was 29-3 ranked No.1 nationally for three weeks in the 2017-2018 season.
Men’s soccer was second in the MCCAA and were runners-up in regionals last fall. They also excelled in the classroom, as five players were NJCAA Academic All-Americans. The team was an MCCAA Academic All-conference honoree. In 2016-2017 seasons, they were 18-1 and finished fourth in the NJCAAA DI National Tournament.
Coming off an appearance in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball DII national Tournament in 2017-2018, the women’s basketballl team lost in the regional tournament last winter. They featured a 1st team and 2nd team NJCAA Academic All-Americans. They also rewrote a lot of the record books. Sophomore LaRae Rascoe set records for steals (season: 152) and (career: 287), assists (season: 103) and (career: 197). Camyrn Kopka added a new mark in three-point shooting and sophomore-to-be Talia Bee could reset the career three-point shooting mark this winter.
Men’s golf sent two players to the national tournament in May at beautiful Swan Lake Resort, home of Ancilla Golf. Ancilla and Swan Lake will host the tournament for the fifth time in 2020-21.
Wrestling set four wrestlers to the national tournament this year, with freshman Austen Laughlin winning his first two matches. He returns with two other qualifiers this fall.
Softball and baseball showed improvement last year with new first year head coaches. Both are showing promise to be more competitive this next spring. Lacrosse and cross country will once again be Ancilla sports, after a two-year hiatus. Swimming and diving will be added as a new sport this year. Plymouth is currently building a new swimming complex located along US 30 that will house the Ancilla Swimming and Diving program.