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Maxwell resident soars with accomplishments

Mallory Mathis prepares for a home game as part of the Angel Strike Force team.

A 2017 Maxwell High School graduate, Mallory Mathis, is making strides this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As a current senior at Chapman University, Mathis is obtaining her Business Administration degree with a minor in Leadership Development. She is also in her first year of graduate school at Chapman University, pursuing a master’s in Leadership Development. 

“I am in the 4+1 accelerated program which allows me to finish my graduate education while beginning my graduate education earlier than normal,” said Mathis. 

Mathis’s extreme education performance is immense as well as her accomplishments in the sports field. 

“The Angels Strike Force is the official interactive cheer squad of the Angels Baseball team,” stated Mathis. “We perform tasks at all home games, including pregame t-shirt launches, prize give-a-ways, dance cam, and other live duties displayed on the video board at Angels Stadium.”

As a well known dancer in Colusa County through Stardust Dance, Mathis dedicated 15 years to dancing before seeking out the opportunity in college. 

“I grew up an Angels fan and attended many games with my dad and brother, DJ and Trent Mathis,” she said. “Dancing is a big part of who I am and something I didn’t want to give up on, once at college.” 

Most cheer squads are a one time interview and try-out, but for the Angels Strike Force, this is not the case. 

“After you make the team once, you are not guaranteed a spot for the following year. Each year we must reapply and go through the individual interview process,” Mathis stated.

The trials and tribulations of the pandemic have made hardships for several college students this year, as well as student athletes. 

“Unfortunately, we did not get to interact with fans this year,” Mathis said. “But we added masks to our official uniform and made appearances at the Angels 5K, the Angels Baseball Foundation golf tournament, and a kids holiday party. I am hopeful that we will be back in the stadium in 2021.”

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