Lady Cav a fixture on and off the softball field

By Jesse Gaunce
April 11, 2011

Angela Shookster has been productive in many ways on and off the softball field. She is a junior from Havertown, Pa. and has lived in the area her whole life.

Shookster has been playing softball since she was 9 years old and says the only influence she had was the game itself.

“Once I started playing, I loved it,” Shookster said. “My friend’s dad was coaching a team and I went to watch them play one time. After that, I just fell in love with the sport. I love playing and being around people that love the game.”

Shookster has started 18 games this season, all at first base. She is batting .250 and leads the Cavaliers in home runs with three, as well as RBIs with 12.

She made CSAC honor roll during her freshman and sophomore years as well as second team All-Conference and Student-Athlete of The Week on two separate occasions.

“My goal is to get player-of-the-year,” Shookster said.

During her junior year of high school, Shookster took home the Offensive Player of the Year award.

She also used to play volleyball and basketball but stopped because she broke both of her ankles and a finger.

She chose Cabrini because she knew she would get a good education and the school is close to her home, which she likes because she is family-oriented. Despite the size of the campus, she says she loves how she sees a lot of the same people on a daily basis.

“I love how you can become so close with people here,” Shookster said. “It’s not like Penn State where you might see someone once and then never see them again. You have a chance to actually know people in your classes and that can be really beneficial.”

A lot of students may recognize Shookster and may not have realized it. She works in the bookstore in the Widener Lecture Hall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

When she graduates in 2012, she wants to teach deaf children. Shookster says that she was intrigued at how deaf children communicate, and that she herself is learning how to communicate with them.

“One day I saw these kids talking in sign language and I was amazed by it,” Shookster said. “If I want to teach these kids, obviously I have to learn the language. I know how to say a few things, but I’m working at it.”

Shookster described the softball team as a family that would do just about anything for each other.

“We’re a family on and off the field,” Shookster said. “We hang out all the time and we would do anything for each other. If someone was stuck somewhere and they needed a ride or something, any one of us would be willing to pick them up.”

One of her teammates and closest friends, Ryan McDonough, feels the same way about the team and cites Shookster as a leader.

“Ange brings a unique sense of leadership to the team,” McDonough said. “She doesn’t lead by yelling, and she doesn’t necessarily lead by example, but she still manages to be a driving force on our team as a leader.”

McDonough says that Shookster has been an integral part of her personal and college life over the last three years.

“Ange has been there for me through many of my toughest times in these three years we’ve been here,” McDonough said. “She has literally been my shoulder to cry on, my go-to person to vent to and the person who I can count on to listen about anything or even just to talk when I need someone. She’s a big part of my college career so far, on the field and off.”


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