When one chapter closes, another one begins.

When one chapter closes, another one begins.

For Ringling’s Angel Stoker, her softball journey is far from over. In fact, it’s simply just moving on to the next phase of the story.

Last Saturday at Oklahoma Christian University, the Lady Devils standout pitcher made one last impact on the high school softball world, as she played in the small school All-State game for the West team.

Stoker was one of four representatives from the area to be featured in the game along with Jacey Henry and Tracy McGill from Turner High School, and Caycey Griffin from Healdton High School.

In her senior season, Stoker made sure she left a legacy worth remembering along with her teammates.

Ringling managed to make it to the state semifinals this season, a historic accomplishment which Stoker is proud to look back on as she enters the next part of her career.

“I was able to finish out my high school softball career with my best friends and the girls I grew up with,” Stoker said. “Making it to the state semifinals this season was extremely special for us. I knew this was my last chance to represent Ringling High School as a Lady Devil. I know as a team we made the whole town proud.”

Ringling coach Steve Pybas had plenty of praise for his departing standout, citing her ability to always want to be better as one of her strongest qualities.

“Angel is just a great student-athlete,” he said. “She’s a fierce competitor and hated losing. She was constantly pushing herself to get better each and every day.”

“We’re definitely going to miss her at Ringling,” Pybas added. “She was a great team leader, but we are very excited to follow her career at East Central.”

Stoker will be looking to make an immediate impact for the Lady Tigers, who finished last season with an overall record of 31-26, including a 22-21 mark in the Great American Conference.

ECU was eliminated in two straight games this season in the conference tournament.

“I’ve been playing softball since I was four years old, but I didn’t get serious about it until I was nine,” Stoker said. “I’m super excited to start a new chapter in my life at East Central and experience life outside of Ringling, Oklahoma. As of right now, I have no idea what I’m going to be majoring in, but I’m excited to figure it out.”

Stoker added getting to have the teammates she did this season has helped her in a lot of areas as a player and a person.

“Being apart of such a tight knit group has taught me how to be a better leader,” she said. “Even though I wasn’t always a good one, it’s really helped me out.”

“My advice to younger athletes would be to never give up,” Stoker added. “Always chase your dreams. Coaches will always look at your attitude and effort. As long as you are hustling on the field and being positive, you have a shot at being recruited.”