Lakers Hold Annual Athletics Award Banquet


The Garrett Lakers held their annual athletics banquet last night at Pine Lodge Steakhouse. Pictured above is the Male Athlete of the Year DeAndre Davis, and Female Athlete of the Year Anamaria Skaro, with Athletic Director Coach Dennis Gibson.

Award Winners:

Women's Volleyball
Most Outstanding Player: Jana Ajdukovic
Coach's Award: Katie Bowman

Most Outstanding Player: David Hall

Men's Basketball
Most Outstanding Player: DeAndre Davis
Coach's Award: Lake Ojo

Women's Basketball
Most Outstanding Player: Anamaria Skaro
Coach's Awards: Hunter Radford & Beth Dalton

Most Outstanding Player: Conor Archer
Coach's Award: JJ Kitchen

Most Outstanding Player: Lexi Nicklin
Coach's Awards: Brittany Griffin, Erin Holtschneider, Destinee Fulk, Morgan Smith, Larissa Meyers, Nicole Snyder, Rnija Dean, Megan Fazenbaker, Rebecca Youkin

Athletic Department Awards
Laker Spirit Award: DeAndre Davis Men's Basketball
Loyal Fan Award: Kathy Fauber
Volunteer Recognition Award: Kerry Gibson
Most Outstanding Contributors: Mike & Vianne Bell
Female Athlete of the Year: Anamaria Skaro Women's Basketball / Volleyball
Male Athlete of the Year: DeAndre Davis Men's Basketball

Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year will be awarded at graduation.

Ferguson Signs With Lady Lakers

We couldn’t be more excited about adding Taylor Ferguson to our women’s basketball and volleyball programs.

“Taylor is a proven winner that brings an exceptional ability to shoot the ball along with defensive toughness and a competitive greatness that makes everyone around her better,” said Coach Bogie.

“I am very excited to have Taylor join our team. She is an exceptional player that was named to West Virginia’s all-state team as a setter. I believe that her addition will make an immediate impact on our program,” coach Windstein said.

GC Inducts Inagural Athletics Hall of Fame Memebers

Pictured Above L-R Front Row: Ann Wellham, Susan Marie Jack, Nicole Meyers Kemper, Stacy Sines Wilt, Heather Shepherd Phillips, Phil Caruso, and Mick Bayle. Back Row: Alfred "Bo" Bishop, Chuckie Moore, Dr. Dennis Fearnow, Dennis Gibson, Matt Hill, and Wesley Tubbs. Not pictured is Akeem Scott.

On April 10, 2015 Garrett College held a reception to honor its’ first ever Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and thirteen members of the inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Class. The Garrett College Athletics Hall of Fame honors former student athletes, teams, coaches, and staff whose sports achievement and character have reflected positively on the College and its Department of Athletics.

Criteria for Induction states that as a student, the alum must have participated in at least one season of athletics at Garrett College and have been in good academic and disciplinary standing. The athlete cannot be considered for at least five years after they participated. Teams that exhibited exceptional levels of success and were exemplary representatives of Garrett College may be nominated. An individual or company who has made special contribution(s) to the support, growth, popularity and/or community acceptance of the intercollegiate programming at Garrett College may be nominated.

The inaugural athletics hall of fame class included twelve former coaches, players and athletic directors and one current coach and athletic director.

Dr. Dennis Fearnow set the benchmark of sportsmanship, integrity and academic responsibility for athletics at Garrett College. He was the first athletic director, baseball coach, and men’s basketball coach in 1971 at the newly formed Garrett College. His first two recruiting classes in both baseball and basketball included all region performers. He is also Garrett College’s first inductee into the Region XX Hall of Fame.

In 1980 Phil Caruso revitalized the baseball program after a two year hiatus. His teams received 4 post season bids in 4 years; he recruited and coached many Region XX selections. He has continued to assist and improve the Garrett Lakers baseball program in numerous ways. He served as an assistant coach for the Lakers, under his former player, and current head baseball coach, Eric Hallenbeck. Currently, he serves as an assistant coach at Fairmont State University.

Susan Marie Jack, coached by hall of fame inductee Ann Wellham, was a two sport athlete for the Lady Lakers participating in both Women’s Volleyball and Basketball. She was selected to MDJUCO and all Region XX teams in both sports, and was awarded the Glenna Harris Distinguished Player Award in basketball. She went on to accept a basketball and softball athletic scholarship to University of Charleston in West Virginia, and she earned her Master’s Degree from Marshall University.

Ann Wellham is a former athletic director and coach for the Lady Lakers. She has also served Garrett College as an academic dean, instructor, and has made many other contributions to Garrett College during her tenure here. As a coach she served as the head women’s basketball coach, head volleyball coach, and the first women’s softball coach. She was listed in Who’s Who among American Teachers and has received national recognition for our program on academic advising by NACDA. Her contributions as an athletic director have been recognized by the NJCAA by granting her the Award for Outstanding Contributors to Region XX Athletics.

Stacy Sines Wilt participated in volleyball at Garrett College; she was coach by Margaret Quinn. Stacy was a local volleyball standout and was awarded Garrett Athletics first annual Female Athlete of the year award. As a sophomore she was selected to all Region XX team, she was the Lady Laker’s team captain, and received the most valuable player award, as well as the team’s best offensive player award. She returned to Garrett College after a career at Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia, where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Computer Science / Mathematics. She served as an assistant coach for the Garrett College Volleyball team from 1992-2001.

Heather Shepherd Phillips was another female standout in both volleyball and basketball. She played under Coach Marg Quinn in volleyball, and current Men’s head basketball coach Dennis Gibson in Women’s Basketball. She was named the women’s volleyball team most outstanding offensive player, most outstanding defensive player, and most outstanding player. She was also selected to the All-Region XX team and Region XX all-tournament team. In women’s basketball she was awarded numerous honors including Miss Hustle and Most valuable player. Her sophomore year she scored the most points, took the most charges, had the most steals and most assists on the team. She transferred to Davis and Elkins College to continue playing basketball.

Alfred “Bo” Bishop played baseball second base for coach Lawrence Nesselrodt and the Garrett Lakers. Bo is one of the best hitters in Garrett Lakers Baseball history. His freshman year he lead the team with a .404 batting average; hitting 12 doubles, 3 triples, and 5 home runs. He has and on base percentage of .490. His sophomore year he had a batting average of .425 with 6 home runs, 39 rbi’s, and 45 hits at 106 at bats. He was named team MVP his freshman and sophomore year. Bo also received Region XX and All- American honors.

Mick Bayle also played baseball for coach Lawrence Nesselrodt. As a freshman he hit .479 and .476 as a sophomore. His 69 hits in a single season hits was a new record for the Lakers. He started at first base and led the team in doubles and RBI’s. He hit 122/252 at bats in his career for a school record .484 batting average. He was named the Laker’s team MVP for two years, was selected to all Region XX team two years, and was Garrett’s first and only two time first team all American in any sport. After Garrett, he matriculated to West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Wesley Tubbs played men’s basketball for Coach Dennis Gibson. Wes led Garrett to its first ever appearance at the NJCAA national championship in any sport. He was a preseason All American selection, he garnered MDJUCO and All American honors as a sophomore. The team’s 28-7 final record is the best in Garrett College men’s basketball history. He is a member of the 1,000 point club with 1,002 points scored in his two year career. His 695 points in a single season ranks 4’th all time and 350 rebounds in a season ranks 2’nd all time. After his time at Garrett he went on to play basketball and graduate from Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina.

Matt Hill played golf for Coach Gibson, and set the precedence for Garrett’s first ever golf program in the NJCAA. He was the low medalist in every match the team competed in during the regular season. He finished in 6’th place overall in the National Tournament as an individual qualifier. He was awarded NJCAA All American honors. Matt went on to play golf at Fairmont State under former Garrett Laker men’s basketball player, Randy Hess.

Nicole Meyers Kemper played volleyball for the Lady Lakers under Marg Quinn. She was a two time female athlete of the year and two time female scholar athlete of the year. She was named to first team MDJUCO and Region XX teams. As a sophomore she was selected the team’s best offensive player and team’s most valuable player leading the team in attacks and blocks. Nikki led the Lady Lakers to a third place finish in the Region XX Tournament which is one of the best finishes in school history. After her time at Garrett she went on to continue her career at Fairmont State College.

Akeem Scott played basketball for the Lakers under Coach Dennis Gibson; he was named Mr. Enthusiasm during his one year of play at Garrett College. He was selected to the Region XX and All American teams. He scored 594 points in a Laker uniform. After Garrett College he continued his basketball and academic career graduating from High Point University in North Carolina. He has since played professionally overseas on various teams, and was named MP of the Finnish League Tournament.

Chuckie Moore also played basketball under Coach Dennis Gibson. He is the top career scorer in Coach Gibson’s era with 1,444 points. He averaged 24 points per game and 11 rebounds as freshman. His 792 single season points ranks second overall, he holds the single season rebounding record with 375. He was a sophomore All American selection; he was named Garrett’s Male Athlete of the Year, and two time Laker MVP. After Garrett he accepted a scholarship to Northeastern University to continue his basketball career.

Dennis Gibson played basketball for inaugural inductee Dr. Dennis Fearnow from 1972-1974. He is currently the athletic director, head golf coach and head men’s basketball coach for the Garrett Lakers for the past 30 years. He has coached 9 all American selections in basketball and 1 in Golf. He has won the MDJUCO tournament and tied for the MDJUCO regular season title. His teams have won the Region XX Title in 1994 and in back to back seasons in 2014 and 2015. His has made three appearances in the NJCAA National Championship Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament. He coached women’s basketball for seven years concurrently with the men’s team. The ladies teams made it to the championship of the MDJUCO tournament once. He has coached numerous All- American, All - Region XX and All MDJUCO selections, and he coached Garrett College’s first ever Kodak All American, Michelle Duling.

Former Laker Named Maryland Athletic Director of the Year

Congratulations to former Laker, Vashawne Gross, who was recently named Maryland Athletic Director of the year. Vashawne played Men's Basketball at Garrett College under current coach and athletic director Dennis Gibson.

Lakers to Induct Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Members

Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame – April 10 – 7 PM

The Community Athletic and Recreation Center will host the event recognizing many of the top athletes and coaches in the history of Garrett College Athletics.

“Attendance is by invitation due to limited seating for this year’s inaugural event” 

Attendee Information:


Wisp Resort

Lodges at Sunset Village

Quality Inn

Directions to CARC:

GC Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex
695 Mosser Road
McHenry, MD 21541

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