“She’s been coming to our camps for as long as I can remember, so it’s been good to watch her develop through the years. Mak is the first signee from Wesson that we’ve had in my 10 years here, as well,” Kent said Wednesday.
Rials, daughter of Steve and Dana Rials of Wesson, is an all-around student-athlete that Kent feels is a great fit for Co-Lin. Rials plays fastpitch and slow pitch softball, basketball and is a cheerleader, along with being an honor roll student. She has received numerous awards, including being named to the All-District 7-2A team in 2009-2011. Her teammates voted her Most Valuable Player, Best Defensive Player, Most Versatile Player and Cobra award winner in 2011. She also earned a Golden Glove Award from head coach Jackie Johnson.
“Not only is she extremely athletic, but she is also a great student. She is extremely athletic and capable of helping us in several areas,” Kent said of Rials.
Last season, Rials batted .358 with 8 home runs. Her pitching record stood at 10-5. Her plans include pursuing a degree in nursing.
Kent has won three state titles in the MJCAA. His teams are steadily ranked nationally and have earned two region titles, a third place finish in the NJCAA tournament and national runners up in recent years. Kent will begin his tenth season with Co-Lin in 2012.