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Basketball seniors look ahead, remembering seasons past

March 09, 2009

Ever since they were freshmen, Kim Staub and Steve Wilson have considered October through February the best time of the year. The past five months mark the seniors final collegiate basketball season, but the fond memories of their time on the Hill will forever be remembered.

As graduation nears, Staub and Wilson reflect back on their experiences at McDaniel and gear up for life after college.

Hanover, Pa., native Staub, a History major with Spanish and Political Science minors, intends to take a year off after graduation to pursue a job or volunteer with AmeriCorps. After a year of working and volunteering, she plans to attend graduate school. Throughout her career at McDaniel, Staub has been involved with several extracurricular organizations. She currently works at the writing center as an English tutor and is also a peer mentor. She is president of the History club and is involved with Relay for Life and Circle K.

Women’s basketball at McDaniel has also reaped the benefits of Staub’s participation. As a senior this year, she was named co-captain. She took on this new leadership role with pure determination and the desire to be successful.

“As a captain this year, I took on a leadership role that taught me how to deal with certain situations and to have patience when dealing with different kinds of people,” said Staub. “I also learned how to persevere through some of the tough times throughout the season.”

The Lady Terror ended with an overall record of 15-12, 11-7 in the Centennial Conference. Staub recalls one of her fondest memories as the game on Feb. 12 against No.10 York. The Terror lost by 2 at the buzzer, but Staub will never forget that game.

“We played so well as a team. After the game, you would have thought that we had won. We were so happy with the way that we played against a very good, ranked team,” Staub remembered. “That would have to be my fondest memory.”

Staub has contributed a immeasurable amount of hard work and dedication to a variety of aspects that make McDaniel College the lively community it is. She was drawn to the college because of basketball and a community atmosphere unlike any other school she had visited.

“The school’s strong tradition and the loyalty to the school by alumni have enabled me to form relationships and connections with a wide variety of people. The relationships I have formed allow for a lot of networking to occur and future job opportunities,” said Staub.

Steve Wilson, a co-captain on the men’s basketball team, has also found that the college’s reputation has created a lot of opportunities for his future.

The Sociology major plans to apply for the state police in his home state of New Jersey after graduation in May. Wilson says that he will miss playing competitive basketball, all of his friends, and the entire college experience the most once he dives into the labor force.

Like Staub, Wilson was sold upon his visit to McDaniel during his senior year in high school.

“On my recruiting trip, I recognized that there was a nice group of guys who seemed like they were really set on turning the (basketball) program around,” recalled Wilson. “I was right.”

In the past four years, the men’s and women’s basketball teams have been highly successful. Both teams made it to the Centennial Conference tournament this past season but lost in the first round of the playoffs. The men entered the tournament as the second seed, and the women entered the playoffs as the fourth seed after a breath-taking win over Dickinson for the spot. The women made a trip to the NCAA tournament and set a record for a 19-game winning streak in the 2006-2007 season. The men won the Provident Pride of Maryland tournament in 2007 and set the college’s men’s record for wins in a season with 18 this past year. Wilson remembers the day the team won the Provident Pride of Maryland tournament during his junior year.

“It is the best memory I have from McDaniel. We won in triple overtime against Hood. The best part about that experience was that we got to hang the first championship banner in the gym,” said Wilson.

Most of Wilson’s favorite memories at McDaniel, however, occurred off of the court. He says that the best times he has had here have just been random nights, hanging out and laughing at funny stories with all of his friends.

“I’m upset that my last season is over but now I am just going to enjoy the rest of my senior year with my friends,” said Wilson. “This year has gone by so fast. I have finally realized that I need to start taking advantage of the last days I have left in college.”

By Ali Moreland '10