Elk Lake grad named to MAC All-Century team
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Elk Lake graduate and University of Scranton softball standout Kelly (Guiton) Dougherty was recognized on June 3 for her contributions to the rich history of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC).
Dougherty, 47, who played left field for the Royals from 1985-88, now resides in Old Forge with her husband and two sons.
She said on Friday that it was a great honor to be recognized for her accomplishments.
“It’s very exciting,” Dougherty said. “I loved playing at the University (of Scranton) and at Elk Lake.”
Dougherty earned honors for her play on the field and in the classroom. She was selected first-team all-MAC in 1988 and was voted second team Academic all-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) the previous year.
Her coaches at Scranton were Dr. Wodder (1985, 1986) and Deanna (Kyle) Klingman (1987, 1988).
Prior to that, Dougherty played for Ron Kropa and Tom Bush at Elk Lake.
Dougherty said that looking at the company she has on the MAC team makes it more exciting.
“It’s very exciting when I look at who else is on the team,” Dougherty said.
Dougherty said that she didn’t play much in her freshman year at Scranton, and sat out all of her sophomore season with a shoulder injury.
However, she came back as a junior and played well.
“I played like I had something to prove,” Dougherty said. “And I ended up being All-American.”
After graduating from Scranton, Dougherty kept playing softball up until a few years ago in summer leagues.
“I had been playing summer ball for a while,” Dougherty said. “But in an alumni game I want to prove I still ‘had it’ and ended up breaking my hand on a head-first slide.”
Dougherty said since then she hasn’t played, as her hand required surgery to repair.
She currently works as an accountant and teaches religion courses at the University of Scranton.
In addition to her accolades as a softball player, Dougherty was also Elk Lake’s first female 1,000 point scorer.
Looking back on her career at Elk Lake and at Scranton, she said there are “so many memories.”
But one that stands out in her mind is winning the district championship at Elk Lake.
“We won the district championship against Delaware Valley in the rain,” Dougherty said. “Their team was 1,000 times better than us, but they weren’t used to the rain and we ended up beating them.”
Dougherty’s teammates Sandy Cameli (1972-82) and Maryann Tarantino (1980-1983) were named to the MAC all-Century team, joining 41 others who were honored in four eras—1912-1988, 1989-1993, 1994-2003, and 2004-2012—by the conference as part of its 100-year celebration.