The Maryland Black Ice 18U Gold team hosted a mini clinic featuring Stevenson University Head Coach Julia Culotta and former Unversity of Maryland standout Kathy McLaughlin. They led the 18U Black Ice players, and their guests the 16U LTRC Lazers, through a series of hitting, throwing and fielding drills.
Kathy McLaughlin, a first team All-ACC shortstop at Maryland, went on to spend six years as a member of the Division 1 Providence College coaching staff. Coach McLaughlin ran the throwing and fielding portion of the clinic and focused on proper throwing technique along with drills to speed up transitions as a fielder.
Coach Julia Culotta, entering her second season as the head coach at Stevenson, was an America East All-Conference player at UMBC ranking in the NCAA top 100 with a .384 batting average and top 50 with an on-base percentage of .506. Coach Culotta handled the hitting portion of the clinic and was able to work with the players on tees and in the cage, offering individual tips and corrections for each player.
Miranda Burton heading to Notre Dame of Maryland
The beautiful campus and proximity to her home helped sell Miranda Burton on Notre Dame of Maryland University. She says it was the very strong nursing program, a must-have for her, that was able to seal the deal. Miranda has spent the past 5 seasons in the Black Ice program.
Burton is a 4-year starter on varsity for Eastern Technical High School. Miranda has been an integral member of a Mavericks team that have been County Champions, Regional Champions and State Finalists during her high school career. During that time she was named 1st team All-County Catcher, was awarded the Minds in Motion Award, and is a member of the honor roll.
Miranda has primarily been a catcher for the Maryland Black Ice during her 5 years in the program. She showed her versatility by also filling in as an infielder and outfielder when needed. Miranda says of her time with Black Ice "Playing for MBI has allowed me to grow as both a player and a person, and the memories I have created will live with me forever.”
Sarah Spaeth will attend the Catholic University of America
Sarah Spaeth plans to study in the Busch School of Business at Catholic University. Sarah’s search for a high academic liberal arts college was realized after visits for camp and admissions events. “Each time I visited, I was learning something new and envisioning myself there.” Internship opportunities, the Catholic identity and engaged community also factored into her decision to choose Catholic University.
Sarah was inducted into the White Blazer Society at John Carroll School after earning seven varsity letters in three years. Besides being a 4-year varsity starter and 2-year captain for the softball team, Spaeth also played varsity volleyball and was a member of the swim team. John Carroll won the IAMM “A” Conference softball championship in 2017 and Sarah was named All-Harford County second team in 2018.
Earning a 4.3 cumulative GPA at John Carroll, Sarah’s academic honors include National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Archbishop John Carroll Service Honor Society. Sarah is also active in several clubs, including Patriot Hospitality Group, Romero Service Club and she is a Peer Leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Sarah joined the Black Ice in 2016 and while primarily a third baseman, she has also played outfield and shortstop. “ I am grateful to play for a competitive organization like Maryland Black Ice. The culture of working to get better every day has helped me become an overall smarter and better player. I have really enjoyed bonding with my teammates and the coaches!”
Megan Hamp selects Stevenson University
After graduating from Sparrows Point High School this spring, Megan Hamp will attend Stevenson University. The academics and the coach are what convinced Megan to select Stevenson. The opportunities and the types of degrees and courses are what initially attracted her to the school. Megan says of the Mustangs coach “The coach was also so helpful and showed so much interest in me”.
Hamp is currently in her 4th year as a varsity starter at 3rd base for Sparrows Point High School. She received an honorable mention in her sophomore season and was named 1st Team All-County and 2nd Team All-Metro during her junior year. Megan is an active member of her school community as a member of 3 honors societies, and also serving as class secretary.
Megan’s primary position for Black Ice is 3rd base, but she is also able to fill in at the other infield positions when necessary. Her experience as a softball has taught her that “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference between an athletes success and an athletes failure”.
Kaylin Johnson chooses Widener University
Selecting Widener was an easy decision for Kaylin after visiting the campus and spending some time with the softball team. She credits the Philadelphia location among the reasons she chose Widener. “It’s close to where my mom grew up and I love that area.” Other deciding factors are the strong academics and a strong connection to the softball coach.
Kaylin has been a 4-year varsity starter on the North Harford High School softball team. She is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and maintains a 4.375 GPA.
Kaylin has spent the past 5 years playing centerfield and second base for the Black Ice. “Maryland Black Ice has helped me become the person and player that I am today. Playing for MBI has allowed me to play softball at a high level and make lasting friendships along the way. I am very excited I have come this far and am excited for the future.”