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Hood's Kolb exceeds expectations with scoring mark


Melissa Kolb had no visions of grandeur four years ago when she chose a basketball career at Hood College.

She expected little more than to be playing in a cozy gym amid a family-type atmosphere at a lower level Division III women's program.

The bright lights of an NCAA tournament game were far beyond her imagination, as was the possibility of becoming the school's all-time leading scorer.

"I just want- ed to play basketball and try not to get hurt," said Kolb on Tuesday from her dormitory room at the Frederick school, less than 24 hours after she scored 19 in a 90-46 rout of Wilson (Pa.) College to become Hood's all-time leading scorer with 1,375 points.

Those were safe goals for the 5-foot-10 senior who was a three-sport star at Walkersville High.

All that changed once Kolb and her Hood teammates started to click two seasons ago under coach Rod Liller.

There have been two straight NCAA tournament first-round trips, an upset of Salisbury University this season, serious hopes of advancing past the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, and of course Kolb's ride to the top of the Hood scoring charts.

"I never even thought about this record," she said. "I was realistic. But as I got closer, [the record] gained some attention."

Kolb is easily one of the most versatile and talented players on the Blazers (12-6 overall, 6-0 in the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference). She has played every position in her collegiate career and last season led the team in scoring (14.9 points per game) and assists (2.6 per game). She was second in steals (1.7) and second in rebounds (7.4).

Kolb was the team's Most Valuable Player last season, having hit the two free throws that put Hood ahead to stay with 1:57 left in the AWCC championship victory over Trinity College (D.C.), 61-58.

That win gave Hood a second straight NCAA tournament berth.

A UMES week

Maryland-Eastern Shore guards Tee Trotter and Laconia Hatcher have swept this week's top Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball awards.

Trotter was chosen the men's Player of the Week for averaging 27 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and hitting 26 of 29 from the free-throw line.

Hatcher was selected the women's Player of the Week for averaging 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Krause ends home show

Senior standout Aaron Krause ended his home swimming career at Towson University last weekend by leading the Tigers to a 130-105 victory over Loyola College.

Krause captured the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle, in addition to swimming on the winning 400 medley relay team.

Sophomore Chris Martinetti took two events for the Tigers, the 200 and 500 frees. Towson next heads to the Colonial Athletic Association championship meet Feb. 18-21.

Et cetera

The Towson University gymnastics team (7-1) will play host to an East Atlantic Gymnastics League quad meet Saturday, with Maryland (3-4), North Carolina and N.C. State coming to Towson Center.

The McDaniel College wrestling team, led by Mark Nakasone's pin at 149 pounds, defeated Johns Hopkins, 26-12, Tuesday night in a Centennial Conference wrestling match.

Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala will be inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame tomorrow night at the Smithtown Sheraton Hotel on Long Island.

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