Ringgold’s Rachel Akers does it all, while making all A’s


RINGGOLD, Ga. (WDEF) — As if being the star on the region’s best girls basketball team isn’t enough, Ringgold’s Rachel Akers spends her free time playing two other sports and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

“It’s hard to say you know what we’d be like if she wasn’t out there on the floor. I’m just glad I don’t have to figure that one out,” Coach Margaret Stockburger said.

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With plenty of postseason basketball still left to play, senior Rachel Akers has already shot her way into the Ringgold record books. Akers hit the thousand point mark against Coahulla Creek last month.

“It’s something I’ve been trying to work for,” Akers said. “So whenever I found out, I celebrated. Like, ‘Whoa, I can’t believe this actually happened.’ So it didn’t actually feel real. But once I got the ball, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m kind of a stud.'”

“I think it’s really hard to get a thousand points, especially if you don’t get a lot of minutes as a freshman,” Stockburger said. “She really had to put up some points, over 300 every year, and she’s done that. That’s what’s so good and exciting for her.”

Not only has she scored over 300 points each year, she’s also scored all A’s.

“It’s very stressful, very stressful,” Akers said. “For a moment there I wanted to be valedictorian. Realized I couldn’t do that also playing three sports. That’s just very hard to do. But I still try to be the best in the room.”

“For her to be able to do three points and still keep a 4.0 grade point average, that says a lot about who Rachel is and her character and work ethic,” Stockburger said.

Akers does it all while keeping a positive attitude.

“Rachel is just always happy and charismatic, unique all around,” teammate Maggie Reed said. “She’s an amazing ball player, an amazing friend and an amazing student.”

“If I had a daughter, I’d want her to be like her because she strives to be good,” Stockburger said. “She strives to be good in the classroom. She strives to be good outside of Ringgold High School. And she’s a good example of what we like for our RHS students to be like.”

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."