Sarah Dorl and James Frieson both regularly took care of many jobs that helped their respective teams, tasks that wouldn't show up in a score sheet.
But the work Dorl did for the Dulaney basketball team and Frieson put in for Towson football finally earned some notice Monday night when they won top honors at the 73rd Annual McCormick Unsung Heroes Awards banquet at the Hunt Valley Inn.
Dorl and Frieson became the 70th and 71st winners of the Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship, established in 1969. The scholarship now has a four-year value of $36,000 for the winners.
There were 115 high school athletes nominated from 73 Baltimore-area public, private, parochial and independent schools. Each nominee must be a senior, and boys were nominated from their football teams while girls came from basketball squads.
Both Dorl and Frieson are representatives of the typical unsung athlete. Each played big roles on their respective teams but didn't receive a lot of attention — and both were stunned to win the award.
"I'm shocked," Dorl said. "It's so amazing to get the award … and nice for my team and my school."
Dorl has been an honor roll student since her freshman year, winning the "Minds In Motion" award like Frieson did at Towson, and often worked with younger players to help them learn their ways at the varsity level.
She also helped the managers and coaches do whatever was necessary, such as setting up for practice. Despite all her work in basketball, Dorl is headed to San Diego State University to play lacrosse.
Frieson is hoping to continue his football career, possibly going to Bowie State. Just like Dorl, winning the award made Frieson simply shake his head.
"I don't win often," he said with a smile. "It feels good."
Frieson has played both football and basketball at Towson the past two seasons. He also learned how to play fullback, linebacker and even safety earlier in his career to help the team.
The Towson coaches wrote on his nomination form how Frieson impressed them so much by doing the little things like volunteering to give up reps in practice so other players could get them.
Both players had a lot of similarities in that they did whatever their teams needed. Now, they earned some recognition for it.
Local author Wes Moore delivered the main address at the banquet, which had more than 700 in attendance.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun