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College Notebook: Lacrosse standout enters Mount St. Mary's HOF

Erin LaMotte Koenig left North Carroll High School 16 years ago as an all-county girls lacrosse player ready to extend her athletic career at Mount St. Mary's.

Four years later, Koenig left the Mount with more than 100 career goals and a decorated college career. Now, the former Panthers and Mountaineers standout is a Hall of Famer.

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Koenig is part of this year's Mount St. Mary's Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Now Koenig rounded out her Mount career in 2005 as one of just eight players in program history to reach the 100-goal plateau, finishing her tenure eighth all-time in career goals (102). LaMotte led Mount St. Mary's to its only two NEC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in school history during her junior and senior seasons. The team racked up 29 wins and a 14-1 conference record in the two years combined.

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The midfielder collected first-team all-Northeast Conference honors in each of her final two seasons, and finished her career ranked among the top-10 in program history in goals, points, ground balls and caused turnovers.

Following her senior campaign, Koenig was selected to the North-South Game, becoming just the eighth Mountaineer to participate in the prestigious contest.

Koenig joins Amy DeBor (1998, cross country/track), Steve Long (1986, track), Terence McNulty (1987, men's lacrosse), and Josh Warfield (2003, men's lacrosse).

Stevenson's Ani taking her shot

Danika Ani (Francis Scott Key) was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 16 after taking first place in the shot put at the Towson Tiger Invitational. Ani took first place in a field consisting primarily of Division I and II competitors with a toss of 13.82 meters, setting a Stevenson program record. Her throw is the third-longest shot put effort in NCAA D-III this season, and the longest in the MAC.

Ani then won the shot put title Jan. 21 at the Orange & Maroon Classic at Susquehanna. Her throw traveled 13.65 meters. Ani also placed third in the weight throw (13.68).

Claiborne brothers balling for FCC

Frederick Community College's men's basketball is struggling to play .500 basketball, but former Winters Mill standouts Keith Claiborne and Keon Claiborne are certainly contributing.

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Keith Claiborne, a sophomore guard, averages 10.2 points and 3.4 assists per game (16 games, 14 starts) for the Cougars. He scored 12 points and went 8-for-12 from the free-throw line in FCC's win over Hagerstown on Wednesday. The Cougars improved to 8-12, 6-7 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Meanwhile, Keon Claiborne, a freshman guard has six starts in 19 games played, averaging 8.2 points and 2.1 assists.

Frederick's roster also includes sophomore forward Jacob McIntosh (15 games, 7.9 points, 5.3 rebounds). McIntosh had 23 points and 13 rebounds in FCC's win over Potomac State on Jan. 18.

Easterday honored at McDaniel with scoreboard

McDaniel hosted the dedication of a new scoreboard in Harlow Pool on Jan. 14, in honor of Kim Easterday who coached the Green Terror swim teams from 1976-2010. Under her leadership as swim coach, eight different Green Terror swimmers attained All-America status.

Easterday guided Centennial Conference champions with regularity throughout her career. Her understanding of the importance of academics is one of the many reasons she annually produced swimmers for the CC Academic Honor Roll, as well as Academic and Scholar All-American teams.

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During her tenure on the Hill, Easterday has also served as the aquatics coordinator and head women's lacrosse coach. She is still on staff as the Director of Athletics Operations.

"It was a complete surprise and such a surreal experience," Easterday said in a press release. "I am so appreciative of all of the time and effort that everyone put in to making this happen. I am so very thankful and was completely overwhelmed when I saw my family and the many alumni who were able to attend this special event."

The new Daktronics scoreboard upgrades the old board in the pool, which Easterday used for much of her tenure as coach. The scoreboard, which features integrated timing and scoring, was made possible by an anonymous donor.


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