PSC Recognizes Four Sophomores as Outstanding Athletes

by Rene Trezise

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Potomac State College of WVU recently recognized four sophomores as Outstanding Athletes
of the Year. Andrew (Andy) Smithmyer, a baseball player, second from left; Danielle McGinnis,
a soccer player, third from left; Chelsea Holcomb, a softball and basketball player, third from
right: and Darrell Patterson, a basketball player, second from right. Also pictured with the
students are Campus Provost Kerry Odell, left, and Athletic Director Shawn White, far right.  

Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU) recently recognized four sophomores for their outstanding athletic abilities at the 24th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Banquet during the College’s recent Weekend of Honors. Darrell Patterson, a member of the basketball team, and Andrew (Andy) Smithmyer, a baseball player, were presented the Dana G. Lough Outstanding Male Athlete Award for 2010-2011. Chelsea Holcomb, a two-sport athlete who played both softball and basketball, and Danielle McGinnis, a soccer standout, were presented the Sandra J. Elmore Outstanding Female Athlete Award for 2010-2011. 

Darrell Patterson

Patterson, a 6-0 guard from Woodbridge, Va., stands out as the all-time leading scorer in PSC’s history. He averaged 24.5 points per game with a career-high 40 points in a game on Jan. 7, 2011. He also averaged 6.2 assists, five rebounds and three steals per contest for PSC Head Coach Shawn White. Patterson was named First-Team All-Conference, First-Team All-Region and First-Team All-State. 

Patterson has signed a national letter of intent to play for Mount Olive College, in N.C., as recently announced by Trojan Head Coach Joey Higginbotham. 

Patterson is a physical education major with an emphasis in sports management. He graduated from C.D. Hylton High School in 2009, where he played for Head Coach Barry Smith. 

Andy Smithmyer

"Andy has pitched at the top of our rotation for two years. He is a hard worker and a quiet leader who goes about his business in a professional manner. I am proud to have coached Andy. He is exactly the type of player you want representing your team and school," said Head Baseball Coach Doug Little. 

As a freshman, Smithmyer went 8-4 with 62 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings pitched.  

In 2011, he is 8-2 with 64 strikeouts and just 29 walks in 49 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .223 against the sophomore right-hander. He has surrendered less than one hit per inning and has allowed just 19 earned runs on the year. His ERA currently stands at 3.49 with three complete games and s 2 shutouts. 

Smithmyer is graduated from Altoona Area Senior High School, Altoona, Pa. 

Chelsea Holcomb

As a sophomore, Holcomb helped lead the women’s basketball team to a Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) and Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) State Championship. As captain of the team, she helped lead them to a 23-4 season. As a freshman, she averaged 12.9 points per game while shooting 44.7 percent. As a sophomore, she averaged 11.6 at 35.4 percent. 

Holcomb also played softball her sophomore year and helped lead the team to a perfect 14-0 in the WPCC – winning Conference as well as a Conference Tournament Championship. She was the starting shortstop batting .398.  

“Chelsea is a very hard working, talented student athlete who always puts her best effort forth in the classroom as well as on the court and playing field,” said Basketball and Softball Head Coach Jim Walton. 

Holcomb was also named the Outstanding Physical Education Student of Year by the Physical Education Department.  

She graduated from PSC this spring. She is from Shinnston, W.Va., and is a graduate of Lincoln High School. 

Danielle McGinnis

McGinnis set career records for both goals and assists at PSC having achieved a total of 19 goals and 14 assists throughout her freshman and sophomore years. She was also named to the All-Region XX Team both years.  

“Soccer is not always about scoring and stats,” said Head Coach Mark Sprouse. “Danielle helped us on defense, keeping possession, dead-ball plays, and in physical play. The scoring and assists is just a facet of her terrific ability.” 

According to Coach Sprouse, McGinnis has the strongest leg he’s ever seen on a female soccer player. “Danielle could have scored more but was unselfish and the first player off the field when a safe lead was reached,” said Coach Sprouse. 

McGinnis is touted as a leader, both on and off the field. She had a great desire to win and to do her best. She was a hard worker in every practice and she was an effective communicator.  

She graduated this spring from PSC as a pre-physical therapy major. She is a graduate of Mountain Ridge High School.