LANDERS AIMING FOR MORE CELEBRATIONS

Landers aiming for more celebrations

Senior leads way as Mavericks begin their softball title defense

Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 2:00 am


By Odell Suttle
Contributing Writer

Winning softball games has become a way of life for Mauldin senior Dana Landers. Her biggest win came in 2010 when the Mavericks won the Class AAAA state championship.

“It was such a big deal,” Landers said. “It was a great feeling knowing that team had put in so much hard work and finally it paid off.”

Landers has been a starter for the Mavericks since eighth grade. The team has a 97-26 record during that time and won three Region 2-AAAA championships, three district titles and one state championship. Landers has been the Mavericks' defensive most valuable player (MVP) one year, twice was the offensive MVP and once the co-offensive MVP.

Through five games this season, Landers has a .786 batting average, which includes six singles, four doubles and one triple; 1.214 slugging average; and fielding percentage of 1.000. The team was 5-0.


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Third year Mauldin coach Joseph Terry said Landers is the epitome of the high school student-athlete.

“I have never coached a girl that was as physically talented and such a good person all wrapped up,” Terry said. “I think anybody that had a daughter would want her to be just like Dana. She is the hardest-working, most talented girl I have ever coached. You don't have to worry if she is going to do the right thing or not.”

Landers has a 4.0 grade point average. Excelling in both sports and academics is a matter of wanting to do both, Landers said.

“It takes concentration. I don't take a lot of opportunities to goof around. You have to be focused and know what you want to do,” Landers said.

With five of the seven teams in the region ranked among the top 10 in the state, Landers will have to be more focused when Mauldin plays the region part of the schedule.

“We don't have any days off this year in our region. It is so hard,” Landers said.