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Bits & Pieces: Women's Athletics Hall of Fame announces new inductees

When I first became a member of a hall of fame committee, I thought that eventually we might run out of creditable candidates. It turns out I was wrong.

The more we looked into our vast treasure trove of talent, the more qualified individuals we discovered.

The same is true of the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame, which has announced its 2012 inductees — Tara Everly, Joan Lovelace, Erica McCauley, Alisha Mosley and Elise Ray. Each of these women has a unique place in the sports history of our county and each continues to share her love of sports by coaching.

Tara Everly graduated from Oakland Mills in 1990. She was a three-sport athlete (field hockey, basketball and softball) and was named Player of the Year in field hockey, the sport that she played at the University of Maryland. The Terps won the national title, 2-1, in overtime in 1993 and Tara scored the winning penalty stroke.

She coaches field hockey at St. Mary's Ryken in southern Maryland.

Joan Lovelace, a 1979 Howard High School graduate, was well ahead of her time. She was the first girl to play on a boys golf team in Howard County and she may have been the first girl on any county varsity boys team.

In 1983, Joan became assistant pro at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club. She opened Fairway Hills in 1995. Joan is head pro and general manager of golf for the Columbia Association and is one of two women in Maryland to hold both positions. In 2005, she was hired to run both Hobbit's Glen and Fairway Hills.

Erica McCauley (1993) and Alisha Mosley (1996) are two of the best guards Mt. Hebron has ever produced. Both were two-time girls basketball Players of the Year. Erica went on to play at the University of Pennsylvania; Alisha headed south to Wake Forest.

Erica is currently an assistant coach at Howard High School, while Alisha is an assistant coach at Loyola University of Maryland.

By the time Elise Ray reached high school at Wilde Lake, the county had eliminated high school gymnastics, so she competed for Hill's Gymnastics, in Rockville. Elise rose through the gymnastics ranks to make the United States gymnastics team. She competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where the team finished fourth in the team competition, but was awarded the bronze medal when a Chinese gymnast was deemed ineligible. Last year, Elise and her U.S. teammates received belated bronze medals.

Elise is an assistant gymnastics coach at the University of Washington and the Huskies have a meet the weekend of the induction, so she will be unable to attend the ceremony.

The Women's Athletics Hall of Fame began in 1997. This year's induction will take place Feb. 4 at Mt. Hebron High School. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., following an alumnae basketball game, and precedes the River Hill-Mt. Hebron girls varsity game, which starts at 7 p.m.

There are still openings for the alumnae game. Email howardcountysports@patuxent.com if you are interested in playing.

Fitzpatrick a Marist record holder

Kevin Fitzpatrick, a senior wide receiver at Marist College, played in this year's Football Championship Subdivision Senior Scout Bowl game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was an honorable mention All-Pioneer Football League selection this year after leading the Red Foxes in receptions (49) and receiving yards (601) and tying for the team lead in touchdown receptions (five).

Kevin finished his collegiate career ranked fourth in school history with 97 receptions for 1,232 yards and eight career touchdowns. He appeared in all 44 games in his four seasons at the school.

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