On, Off Court, Senior Stands Out




The following feature on senior F Erin Anthony appeared in the Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.) on March 5, 2011, and was written by Ken McMillan.

WEST POINT, N.Y. — The final basketball game of Erin Anthony's career is fast approaching.

She will leave West Point as one of the most accomplished players in program history, and dreams of a day when she can return to the Academy as a teacher.

A Patriot League championship is one thing that has eluded Anthony's grasp. She desperately wants to end her career on that positive note, and that quest begins Saturday with a quarterfinal playoff game at Bucknell.

"I would like to leave a legacy," Anthony said. "I would like to leave something bigger than individual statistics. I want to leave a legacy of being a good person and somebody who cared about her team and community and showed what a good example of being a student-athlete at West Point is all about."

Anthony has excelled in the classroom. A civil engineering major, she ranks 17th in her senior class with a 3.79 grade-point average. She has been an academic All-America selection the past two seasons and the Patriot League's scholar-athlete of the year for the past three.

Of course, Anthony's main focus for attending West Point was basketball. She is the Academy's career record-holder for blocked shots (218) and will finish second in rebounding (1,024). With four more points, Anthony (1,419) will move into fourth in all-time scoring. She was named a first-team all-league selection Tuesday.

"In my 38 years in the business," said Army coach Dave Magarity, "she is one of the most incredible kids I've ever been involved with in terms of the total package. One of the things that stands out about her is her selfless service — that's why she decided to go into the army and serve her country."

Her father, James, is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, and her mother, Donna, made sure all four of her children did their homework every afternoon before they could do anything else. It's no wonder Erin and younger brother, Mac, became excellent student-athletes. Mac, a junior at Navy, was named the Patriot League swimmer of the year and also is an all-academic winner.

"We always joke with my parents that they don't know how they ended up with us," Anthony said. "They have done a great job. We have been very fortunate. My mom was able to stay home when we were younger, and that made a world of a difference for us, to be able to support us through school and sports, to make sure we had the best childhood and experiences. My dad has instilled a work ethic and dedication that we all seem to have picked up on."

When Anthony arrived at West Point, she was convinced she was going to be a "five-and-fly" cadet, meaning she would serve her five years in the U.S. Army following graduation and move into the private sector. Now, she expects she'll become a lifer in the Army.

"They won me over," she said. "I am excited for that opportunity. From what I've seen here and over my summers, it's something I want to stick with."

Anthony will serve as an athletic intern at West Point next fall before getting into her officer duties with the Corps of Engineers branch of the Army.

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