ACHS softball retires former player’s jersey

(left to right) ACHS softball head coach Kirk Delatte stands with Allison Falcon and LSU softball head coach Beth Torina Monday to honor Falcon’s number-8 jersey retiring.

Allison Falcon wasn’t the first to play Ascension Catholic softball. She wasn’t the first to do it well either. But she was the first to get her jersey retired as the school honored and permanently retired her number-8 jersey Monday before the Lady Bulldogs’ game against Maurepas.

“Allison Falcon is one of the best players to ever come through this program,” head coach Kirk Delatte said about Falcon. “She’s one of many that we’ve had to come through this program. She’s been very successful both at the high school and collegiate level. We’re proud to say that she’s from Ascension Catholic.”

As a Lady Bulldog, Falcon earned seven varsity letters, a four-time All State recipient, six-time All District, two-time District MVP, four-time All Baton Rouge Metro, four-time All Ascension Parish, and was a member of the LHSAA Academic All State Composite Team. Softball the only sport she competed and excelled in, she played basketball where she earned three varsity letters, District MVP, All State Honorable Mention, three-time All Ascension Parish, and a member of the LHSAA Academic All State Composite Team. Falcon also played volleyball where she earned two varsity letters, All District, All Metro, and All Parish. In the classrooms at ACHS, Falcon was a top student and was named class Valedictorian in her senior year.

“It’s an honor,” Falcon said about the retiring of her jersey. “I love everything about Ascension Catholic, it’s my home. These people are my family and that they went ahead and did this for me makes me feel so happy and at home and blessed.”

Now as a member of the LSU softball team, Falcon is in her junior season and was named team captain for the 2013 season. As a Tiger, she is a three-year letter winner, a member of the 2012 College Station All Regional Team, three-time NFCA All American Scholar Athlete, three-time Southeastern Conference Honor Roll, LSU Who’s Who List- 2012, LSU’s President’s List (four times with a 4.0 average), COSida All District Team, Student Athletic Advisory Council for two years, three-time Student Athlete of the Month, and she posted a team high batting average in postseason play during LSU’s run to the World Series in 2012.

 “I just hope to continue being a good role model not only on the field but in the classroom for these younger kids,” Falcon said who is majoring in Biological Sciences with a 3.80 G.P.A. “I really try and be a good student-athlete. I hope I’m setting a good example for them. I’ve played with some of these kids and I hope that I’m a good example for them.”

Delatte said her career speaks for itself and her successes tell his current team it has something to work for.

“Just because we are a small 1A school, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it big time, because LSU is big time. It gives our kids something to shoot for,” Delatte said.

Falcon’s LSU softball head coach Beth Torina was there to watch the honoring of her team captain. Torino said she’s a fantastic player and she doesn’t think the team would be who it is without Falcon.

“As good as a player she is, she’s a better person and just a better representative of our program,” Torina said. “She leads us right now in batting average, she leads us on the field, she’s the field general.”

Torina added, “It’s really special. I’m glad that I was able to be here today to see it. It’s awesome that this school was able to do that for her. She deserves everything she’s getting.”