Lakers to Host Annual Tourney

The Garrett Laker men’s team will open with Lord Fairfax CC, VA at 8 PM in the opening round of the McDonald’s Tip Off Tourney.  This year’s tourney will be in tournament fashion, not as a classic. 

If the Lakers win against Lord Fairfax, they will face the 4 PM winner between Erie CC, PA and Potomac State, WV.  

“Thanks to McDonald’s for again hosting the tournament for our men’s and ladies teams this year.  And also to the people that make this type of event work. Eric Hallenbeck is our tourney director and Scott Stallings has done an outstanding job of putting together our tournament program. This is a great opportunity for our players to play in front of our home crowd and also showcase our facility.  The competition is always excellent and it should be an exciting championship in both divisions regardless of who plays”  Coach Dennis Gibson

The ladies team will open their season with Macomb College, Michigan, at 6 PM on Friday, a late addition to the tourney that is a perennial power in D-2 ladies hoops. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Erie CC and Potomac State ladies on Saturday.

Athletics Library Display

Stop by the LRC and check out the collaborative display on sports and physical activity!

Male and Female Academic Athletes of the Year

Garrett College honored graduating athletes with high academic performance at the 41st annual commencement ceremony, held May 18 at the new CARC gymnasium.

Pictured above, from left: Kayley Green, Female Academic Athlete of the Year award winner; GC Interim Athletic Director Dennis Gibson; and Alan Bencid, Male Academic Athlete of the Year award winner.

Athletic Study Hall Implemented

Garrett Laker athletes utilize the academic computer room during study hall. Roy "Bogie" Boggess, Coordinator of Student Athlete Academic Welfare says "It is great to have a classroom that offers the technological resources that allows our athletes the opportunity to stay on top of their classroom assignments." Athletes with a GPA of a 2.99 and below are required to attend the assigned study halls weekly in conjunction with their normal courses, practices, and games.

End of the Year Awards and Summary

Cross Country

The 2011 Cross Country season for the men’s and women’s teams was a new and exciting experience for all involved. This was the first time Garrett College has ever offered this sport. The season started out with roughly 12 runners, but over the course of the semester, it dropped to about six members. All in all, the season being so new, was successful for everyone. The team attended about five meets in all. Every race, each athlete achieved a personal best by dropping their time from the previous meet. The average men’s time was around 32:00 for a 5-mile race and the women’s was around 25:00 for a 3.1 mile race. For the season awards, Katie Welch and Trevon James received the Coach’s Award for their enthusiasm and dedication throughout the season. Josh Armstrong and Brittany Reams were given the MVP Award for not only leading each team in every race, but also showing incredible improvement throughout the season. Katie Welch was also presented with the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award at graduation. The 2012 Fall season will see a few returning athletes and it looks to be an even better season than before.


The 2011-2012 volleyball season was a successful campaign for the Lakers. The Lakers were Comprised of a diverse group of athletes who put hard work and determination in to the season. The team as a whole bonded and became one team with one goal. During the Annual End of the Year Awards Banquet the team was recognized for its accomplishments during the season. Two athletes, both sophomores, were recognized with the Coaches Award and MVP Award. The Coaches Award was given to Lauren Butler (Bowie, MD). Butler returned for her sophomore season as a defensive specialist and started for the 2011-2012 Lakers volleyball team. Her off season and preseason hard work paid off as she showed much improved skills from her freshman year. The MVP Award was given to Alyssa Rounds (Grantsville, MD). Rounds the lone returning starter from the 2010-2011 season was the heart and soul of the 2011-2012 Garrett volleyball team. A middle hitter, she was the leader of the team on and off the court. Rounds will return as an assistant for the 2012-2013 season.

Women’s Basketball

At the 2012 Sports Banquet this year's MVP and Female Athlete of the Year was local product, freshman Terra McKenzie. She worked hard on the court and at her studies. She finished the season averaging 12 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, 3 assists per game, and 2 steals per game. We look forward to having Terra return and be a part of next year's Lady Laker basketball team.

The 2012 Coach's Award winner was Hannah Hill. She was our most improved player this year. She worked hard on the floor, never missing a day or being late, she never complained about anything, and she was always very respectful everywhere she went. I look forward to her return next season.

Returning for Garrett next year will be Kelsey Swann, Brittany Broughton, Brianna Diggs, Mariah Stem and Kailyn Woods, along with newcomers Sasha Wheeler, and transfers Shameena Johnson (Dodge City CC), and Hailey Owen (Lamar CC) for the 2012-2013 roster so far.

Men’s Basketball

The Men’s Basketball team finished the season 13-15. The team ranked 10th in Division 2 Nationally with a 48 % Field Goal percentage and 6th in Division 2 Nationally in Three Point Percentage at 39%. They lost 3 games in Overtime and lost 3 games by four points or less. Team Members with outstanding statistics for the Lakers included Armond Perez, Chambersburg, PA, Matthew Gibson, McHenry, MD, Guila Panzo, Toronto, Canada, and Antonio Bulter, Alexandria, VA.

Armond Perez ranked nationally in Field Goal percentage shooting 58.1%. He averaged 8.42 rebounds per game leading the team in offensive rebounds, 95 and defensive rebounds, 141.

Matthew Gibson ranked 35th nationally in assists averaging 5.2 per game, and had 143 in 28 games. He also led the team with 41 steals. Matt led the country in Three Point Percentage with 54.8% making 57/104 shots and led the team in Free Throw Percentage of 78.9% ranking him 45th in Division 2 Nationally. Matt Received The Laker Award for 2012 for Men’s Basketball.

Guila Panzo led the team in blocks, with 30 in 20 games averaging 1.5 per game.

Antonio Butler was 2nd in the region in scoring, 24th in the country, with a 19.7 average. He had 554 points total with 13/33 threes, and 119/224 shooting 58% from the free throw line. Antonio was selected 1st Team All Region XX, 2nd Team All Maryland JUCO. He also received the honor of Men’s Basketball 2012 MVP and Garrett College Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year 2012 Awards. He scored 21 or more in 15 games, had 3 thirty plus games, and double figures in 25 of 28 games played.

Other awards received during the 2012 Athletics Awards Banquet went to the following: Daniel Brown received the Super Sixth Man Award, and Isaac Akawara was named Most Improved.


The 2012 season started off with great expectations. It was the largest team that Garrett College ever started a season with. The team was closer than any we have had in the past and worked very hard at getting better throughout the year. Coach John Miller and I enjoyed coaching this group and look forward to building next year's team from our returning players and look forward also to having a very successful season next year.

At the 2012 Sports Banquet this year's MVP was Ayla Fulmer. She worked hard on the field and at her studies. She finished the season with a .356 batting average, a .400 on base percentage and an .864 fielding percentage. I was proud to have Alya as part of the Laker's team this year and looking forward to having her back next year.

The 2012 Coach's Award winner was Kendra Hardesty, who was also April's Athlete of the Month for Garrett College. She worked hard as she pitched every pitch during the 2012 season. She was second in batting and had a fielding percentage of .973 with 82 strike outs on the season. It will be great to have Kendra back for another season and Garrett for the first time during the 2012/2013 season will have more than one starting pitcher.

Megan Stolbom earned the Athlete of the Month for the month of May. She ended the season with a .231 batting average, .450 on base percentage with 3 triples, 2 doubles and only 4 strike outs during the entire season. We are looking forward to having Megan back again next season.

Katie Eggleston also came on toward the end of the season hitting a home run in the games against Prince George's Community College. Next year Katie will be one of our power hitter's for sure.

Also returning for Garrett next year will be Brittany Broughton, Kelsey Swann, and Sam Mnyandu. We are looking forward to playing fall ball in the fall of 2012.


Rebound season for the Lakers! The 2012 Lakers did not reach their goal of being one of the final four teams in the Region XX tournament and having a chance to win their first region title but as a whole the season was a success. Again playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, the Lakers finished the season 26-31. After a slow start (7-17), the team went 18-6 in their next 24 to get over the .500 mark before finishing the regular season 0-7. In the first round of the playoffs they upset their arch rival Allegany College of MD 3-1 before getting eliminated by Frederick Community College. “We didn’t reach our goal which is winning the region but our season was still successful”, says 8th year Head Coach Eric Hallenbeck. “We weren’t over .500 but we played a very demanding schedule and lost some one run games early. We did some things this year that hadn’t been done since I’ve been here. We swept Germantown at their place, swept Potomac State, beat Chesapeake at Chesapeake beat Allegany twice once at their place and then again in the playoffs”, Hallenbeck added. “The wins were nice but that does not tell you the whole story of this team. We played as a family. We had each other’s back. This year’s club learned how to be good teammates and how to be committed. They learned what the word loyal means. This year’s team was one of the best teams I’ve been around in my 18 years of college baseball. They were fun to be around. They bought into what we were trying to do. If you get these things out of a team in my book you can call the season a success”, says Hallenbeck.

The Lakers also had some end of the year awards that were given. Andy Umbel won the teams “Coaches Award”. Drew Mason won the team “MVP Award” and Tylr Lawrence was selected first team All-Region XX as a left-handed pitcher. Andrew Umbel also was presented with the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award at graduation.

“I’m pretty excited about next year’s club. We started six freshmen this past year and five have committed to come back. We will have some experience on the hill coming back and have a good recruiting class coming in. If we can get a couple more commitments from a few more quality recruits we will be in the thick of things’, says Hallenbeck.