Shorewomen of the Month

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What is your most memorable moment as a Shorewomen?  Wifi Dance Parties

Why are you excited about this year?  Winning

What is your favorite thing about your team? Our Friendship

Were you named after anyone? My Dad

Last movie you watched? The Help

If you could have one attribute from one of your teammates what would it be and who would it be from?  Erin’s Hair

What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up?  Plan My Day

If you could have 1 pet and it could be anything what would it be and why?  Basset Hound named Peter cause we would be best friends!

If you could have dinner with 3 people alive who would they be?  Drake, Kevin Hart, Adele

The last song you listened to on your IPOD?  Thinking bout you – Frank Ocean

If you could be any car, what car and why?  GMC because I would take over

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Shorewomen of the Month

Claire

Claire

Year: Junior

Position: Guard

What is your most memorable moment as a Shorewomen?  Winning the Catholic Tournament and getting shot in the leg in Paint ball.

Why are you excited about this year?  It will be fun to integrate all of our new talent.

What is your favorite thing about your team? Our Jokes

Were you named after anyone? No

Last movie you watched? Hunger Games

If you could have one attribute from one of your teammates what would it be and who would it be from?  Latisha’s sense of style

What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up?  Sleep

If you could have 1 pet and it could be anything what would it be and why?  Cheetah, cause they are awesome.

If you could have dinner with 3 people alive who would they be?  Bryce Harper, Sammy Prahalis, Usher

The last song you listened to on your IPOD?  Lemme See by Usher

If you could be any car, what car and why?  Jaguar cause it is fast

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Bay, O’Connell, Pledger Named Shorewomen Basketball Captain

CHESTERTOWN, MD — Washington College head women’s basketball coach Megan Duran has announced that junior guard Katie Bay (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West), sophomore guard Jackie O’Connell (Northampton, PA/Northampton Area), and junior forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) will serve as the team’s captains for the 2012-13 academic year.

Bay averaged 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 20 games played last season. She has played in 40 career games, made two career starts, scored 66 career points, and brought down 49 career rebounds. O’Connell averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 18 contests last year.  Both Bay and O’Connell played behind the Shorewomen’s two captains last season, both of whom have since graduated – Sally O’Donnell ’12 and Meghan Tait ’12.

Pledger was named the Shorewomen’s Most Improved Player a year ago, averaging a double-double of 10.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while making 20 starts in 25 games. She led the Centennial Conference in rebounding. In 50 career games, 27 of them starts, she has scored 476 points and collected 470 rebounds.

The Shorewomen, who tied a school record by winning 16 games last season, will open their 2012-13 campaign against Hollins on November 16th in the first round of the Jackie Ammons Memorial Tournament at William Peace University.

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Shorewomen of the Month: Erin Kile

Erin Kile

Year: Senior

Position: Center

What is your most memorable moment as a Shorewomen?  Beating JHU

Why are you excited about this year?  To do well and make playoffs.

What is your favorite thing about your team? Our Chemistry and we are a family.

Were you named after anyone? No

Last movie you watched? Hunger Games

If you could have one attribute from one of your teammates what would it be and who would it be from?  Speed from Jackie

What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up?  Use the bathroom

If you could have 1 pet and it could be anything what would it be and why?  Horse, love riding.

If you could have dinner with 3 people alive who would they be?  Candace Parker, Channing Tatum, Blake Shelton.

The last song you listened to on your IPOD?  Hard to love

If you could be any car, what car and why?  Jeep Wrangler, can get through rockiest places.

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Cain Court Sanded and Repainted

This summer Cain Court has been sanded down and repainted!  Check out the pictures!

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Basketball Teams Sweep Annual Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Awards

LANCASTER, PA — The Washington College men’s and women’s basketball teams have swept the male and female Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Awards. The Shoremen and Shorewomen were chosen among student-athletes and teams across the conference’s 12 men’s and 12 women’s championship sports and will now be placed on the ballot for the NCAA National Sportsmanship Awards this summer.

The Shoremen were recognized for their role in the story of Gettysburg senior Cory Weissman, who scored one point in his only collegiate start three years after suffering a stroke, while the Shorewomen were lauded for their outstanding work with their “adopt a teammate” program.

On February 12th, the Shoremen were playing at Gettysburg College during the Bullets’ Senior Day. Weissman had suffered his stroke after his freshman season, during which he had played sparingly and had not scored a point. While Weissman worked hard to return to the court and remained a part of the team in the ensuing seasons, he had not been cleared for full contact. The Shoremen’s head coach, Rob Nugent, and Gettysburg head coach George Petrie devised a plan to start Weissman on senior day. He was announced as a starter before the game, to loud applause from all fans and from both team benches.  Immediately after Washington won the opening tip, Washington senior Kevin Breslin (Hagerstown, MD/St. Maria Goretti) handed Weissman the ball. Weissman promptly rolled the ball out of bounds and was subbed out of the game to another round of applause.

If the story ended there, it would have been inspirational enough. However, the Bullets built a large lead late in the game and Petrie made the decision to reinsert Weissman into the contest with less than a minute to play. In the final seconds of the game, Nugent called a timeout to instruct his players to foul Weissman on Gettysburg’s ensuing inbounds play. Washington assistant coach Robert Hughes quickly alerted Petrie of what the Shoremen intended to do so that Weissman would receive the inbounds pass.

After alerting the officials, Washington freshman Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark’s) lightly fouled Weissman on the ensuing inbounds as planned. Weissman went to the line and the entire gym held its collective breath in support. The first shot missed badly. Weissman took the second shot and – swish – nothing but net. The entire gym, both benches, and the players from both teams already in the game erupted in applause and tears. Weisman had scored his first – and only – collegiate point and the Washington College men’s basketball team reminded everyone that sportsmanship is alive and well. The story garnered international attention, including features on ESPN and National Public Radio.

The story behind the Shorewomen’s award, while not as headline-grabbing, is equally inspirational.  Cindy Felton is a local Chestertown woman with special needs. Since joining the women’s basketball team on one of its team-bonding events at a local horse farm, she has practically become a member of the team. The Shorewomen’s head coach Megan Duran and assistant coach Mercedes Van Wagner pick Cindy up from her home and bring her to the team’s home games. During games, Cindy is as much a part of the team as any player or coach.

“Cindy is one of our biggest fans and we love having her in the locker room and on the bench at our games,” says sophomore Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross).

The team also includes Cindy in other team functions and sometimes brings her with them when they attend other Washington College athletic events.  “You would think Cindy was a Washington College student the way she cheers the other teams on,” adds sophomore Michaila Hatty (Philadelphia, PA/Neumann-Goretti).

The Shorewomen have spent some time teaching Felton some basic basketball drills, which she has taken back to the Kent Center recreation basketball league she participates in.

Sophomore Liz Warkala (New York, NY/Marymount School of New York) notes that Cindy “benefits from being with our team and interacting with all of us because she is a part of the family,” but Cindy has no doubt had her own impact on the Shorewomen.

“Cindy is not the only person who benefits from her being a part of our family, notes Hatty. She has such a love for life that I think anyone can benefit from.”

The success of the Shorewomen’s work with Felton has prompted Duran to encourage other teams at the College to explore the possibility of starting their own “adopt a teammate” partnerships.

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Tait Honored with Maryland Top 100 Women Scholarship

BALTIMORE, MD — Washington College senior women’s basketball and tennis player Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) was announced as the 2012 winner of The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women scholarship during an event at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Monday, May 7th.

The Daily Record’s annual list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women was created to recognize outstanding achievement by women as demonstrated through professional accomplishments,community leadership and mentoring. The scholarship winner is chosen from students nominated by Maryland colleges and selected by “The Circle of Excellence” – women who have been among Maryland’s Top 100 Women three or more times.

Tait was honored for her all-around achievement in the classroom, on the court, and in the community.  In basketball, she was named to the 2012 All-Centennial Conference first team (after being named honorable mention in 2010) and to the 2012 D3Hoops.com All-Region third team. A point guard and team captain, she was a three-time All-Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier for basketball and holds the school records for career assists, career free throws made, and free throws made in a single season, and shares the school record for assists in a single game. This spring, she also joined the women’s tennis team, playing the sport competitively for the first time. She was recently named the female winner of the College’s Eldridge Eliason Award, which honors outstanding student-athletes.

A Business Management major and Deans List student, Tait is the president of Washington College’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta business honor society and was named a Middendorf Scholar. Middendorf Scholarships are awarded each year to just three to five students based on overall academic standing and outstanding leadership skills.

Tait has also shown leadership in the community. During her sophomore year, she helped initiate an effort to bring a special needs member of the Chestertown community to the campus for various athletic events and create relationships between this person and members of Washington College community. Shared Opportunity Service (SOS), located two short blocks from campus, is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, school supplies, child care, and parent mentoring for families in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties that could otherwise not afford it. As a junior, Meghan adopted SOS as a charity for her entrepreneurship class. With the help of the Student Events Board, she organized a corn-hole tournament with all proceeds going directly to SOS.

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