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Clowdis to play softball at Roanoke College

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Halifax County High School senior outfielder Anna Clowdis, second from left, signed with Roanoke College Thursday, continuing her softball career. From left, Anna’s mother, Scottie Clowdis, Clowdis, her dad, Reuben, and assistant coach Jennifer Rutledge. Second row, athletics director Allen Lawter, principal Michael Lewis and assistant coach Curly Marstin. / June 05, 2017
One of the senior leaders of Comet softball this season has decided to continue her playing career at Roanoke College.

Anna Clowdis, surrounded by family, friends and Halifax County High School officials and coaches, made it official in a Thursday.

“I really like (Roanoke College) because it’s a small school…They know who you are, instead of you being a number,” she said.

She expects to play in the outfield, after getting very familiar with that position in high school. “Going through high school ball, I’ve gotten a lot better, like with the help of my coaches and my dad,” she said.

Clowdis wants to work just as hard as she did in high school, and she realizes it will be a challenge moving to very competitive D3 softball.

“It means a lot. It’s always been a dream of mine to play in college, ever since I was little,” said Clowdis.

A former Comet, Stephanie Clark, recently had a very positive career playing for the Maroons.

Clowdis wants to get better at the mental aspect of softball.

Comet assistant Curly Marstin endorsed the choice.

“Anna has come a long ways for us. She’s been a leader on the team, being a senior and all the underclassmen looking up at her,” he said.

“She’s led the team in a lot of positive ways, not only with the the hitting and her defense, but the mental side of the game, and keeping the kids up,” said Marstin.

“Anna is a good mix of power and speed. She’s always hit the ball well,” said the coach.

This year, the staff worked on her bunting, and she has speed on top of her power stroke.

Marstin said Roanoke showcases a very competitive program, and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference has a high profile on the NCAA Division 3 level.

Clowdis plans to major in health and exercise science.

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