Vaughn humbled by hall induction

Winters Mill lacrosse coach savors honor


February 04, 2007|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For Courtney Vaughn, earning a place in the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame was the easy part. Trying to succinctly sum up her emotions at last weekend's induction ceremony, however, proved more difficult for the Winters Mill girls lacrosse coach.

"It was really tough trying to get it to 500 words or less," said Vaughn, 43. "You have 20 years of thoughts and memories and people you want to thank."

Vaughn was one of 10 inductees during a ceremony in Hunt Valley on Jan. 27, and for good reason. She has a career record of 229-65 in 18 years as the head coach at Liberty and Winters Mill, launching the programs at both schools. Vaughn has led her teams to 12 county and five regional titles and was named The Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year in 2000.

She also has been quite involved on the recreational and club level, even coaching two of her club teams to national championships.

Vaughn learned she had been selected in mid-October. And though she does not foresee quitting coaching anytime soon, she said that the memory of being inducted will be hard to beat.

"It was an awesome evening," Vaughn said. "I was just very honored and very humbled by it."

Falcons adjusting

Winters Mill boys basketball coach Dave Herman said that his team is making a few tactical adjustments in the wake of point guard Jimmy Dorsey's dismissal from the squad.

Dorsey, a senior who was averaging 17 points per game and led Carroll County in both assists (6.2 per game) and steals (5.1), was removed from the team prior to the Jan. 26 game against South Carroll.

"He broke a team rule, and that's all I can say," Herman said.

In his absence, the Falcons have turned to several other players to help fill the void on offense.

Senior forward Brett Burrier, the county's leading scorer, has continued to produce, but the team also has gotten a major boost from juniors Devon Lesniak and Cammeron Woodyard. The three combined for 70 points in Winters Mill's 83-81 overtime win against Middletown.

Lesniak, a point guard, was averaging more than 20 points per game in preseason scrimmages before fracturing both wrists in early December. He returned last month.

Woodyard, 6 feet 5, led the school's junior varsity in scoring last season and has pleasantly surprised Herman with his ability at the varsity level.

"We're trying to put some more stuff in to utilize Brett and Cammeron," Herman said. "We're also running some stuff for Devon, because he's showed he can score."

Dorsey will continue his playing career next season at Binghamton University.

Coaches honored

North Carroll varsity field hockey coach Denean Koontz has been selected as the 2006 National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Mideast Sectional Coach of the Year. The Mideast section includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Washington.

Koontz automatically becomes a finalist for the NFHS's national Coach of the Year.

North Carroll also received another honor when varsity wrestling coach Dave Dodson was named 2006 NFHS Maryland Coach of the Year.

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