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College Notebook: Liberty grad Josh Vittek part of Mount St. Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019

College Notebook: Liberty grad Josh Vittek part of Mount St. Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Liberty High School graduate Josh Vittek, second from left, was inducted into Mount St. Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame. Vittek holds MSM's all-time record for home runs in baseball. (Courtesy Mount St. Mary's Athletics / David Sinclair)

Mount St. Mary’s inducted its Class of 2019 into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, and Carroll County had a representative.

Josh Vittek, a 2004 Liberty High School grad and former Mountaineers baseball standout, was part of the Mount’s latest Hall of Fame cluster. He joined Bryan Cole (Class of 2001, lacrosse), Beth Foster (Class of 2004, women’s basketball), Mychal Kearse (Class of 2007, men’s basketball), and Aaron Price (Class of 1998, track & field).

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Holding the Mount's all-time record for home runs, Vittek will be remembered as one of the top players in school history.

As a senior in 2008, he led the Mount to its first NCAA Tournament appearance, hitting .377 with 20 home runs, 16 doubles and 64 RBIs.

Vittek was named the Northeast Conference Tournament MVP after hitting .458 with four home runs and 12 RBIs while leading the Mount to four straight wins out of the consolation bracket and to the tournament title.

In the championship game, he drove home an NEC Tournament record six runs while going 4-for-4 with a home run in the Mount's 14-2 victory over Monmouth to give the Mount its first bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Vittek broke 13 records at the Mount, and still holds school records in hits, runs scored, home runs, RBIs, doubles, games played, at bats and total bases.

Named All-NEC in each of his four seasons at the Mount, he was the league's Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2005. Vittek finished his four-year career with a .335 average, 44 home runs, 60 doubles and 175 RBIs in 195 games played.

Vittek was signed in the summer of 2008 by Kansas City, and played professional baseball with the Burlington Royals of the Appalachian League.

Pair of new college ADs hail from Carroll

Two Maryland colleges recently named new athletic directors, and both are former county athletes.

St. Mary’s tabbed Gus Mohlenrich (Winters Mill) as its new AD on early January, while Goucher recently added Andrew Wu (Westminster) as its AD.

Mohlhenrich spent the last two-plus years at Coker College in South Carolina, where he he served as the director of athletics media relations. During his time at Coker, Mohlhenrich was responsible for promoting and publicizing Coker's 24 NCAA Division II athletic teams. He also managed the content on the Cobras’ official athletics website and social media channels.

Prior to his time at Coker, Mohlhenrich served as the assistant director of athletic communications at Messiah College for two years.

Mohlhenrich was three times a Times first-team all-county wrestler at Winters Mill before graduating in 2010, then competed at Seton Hill University for four years.

Wu officially became Goucher’s new athletic director after serving as an interim AD since the spring of 2018.

Wu was an assistant coach for men’s soccer at both Mount St. Mary’s and McDaniel, and he played for the Green Terror.

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He was a standout goalkeeper for the Green Terror, earning All-Centennial Conference and All-Region selections, and still holds several program records as a netminder.

Myers gaining accolades at Eastern

Former Winters Mill boys soccer standout Jacob Myers had a quality senior year at Eastern University, leading the Eagles to the Division III NCAA tournament last fall. Now, Myers has some off-the-field accolades as well.

The Middle Atlantic Conference recently unveiled its Academic All-MAC Honors, and Myers landed on the men’s soccer team.

The award is intended to recognize students who excel in the classroom and on the field.

Myers was a USC Division III Third-Team All-America and the MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Year. He earned a perfect 4.0 GPA last fall while helping his side to a third MAC Freedom Championship in four years.

For the second time in his career, Myers was named Championship MVP. The Eagles advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to his efforts on defense, Myers netted nine goals — four of those stood as game-winners.

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