Nominations for the 12th annual County Executive's Physical Fitness Awards are being sought by the Anne Arundel County Commission on Physical Fitness.

Several citizens are to be selected for their contributions to the advancement of fitness and health. The winners will be honored at the commission's awards banquet in March.

To be eligible for an award, a candidate must be a county resident who has contributed to the advancement of fitness and health in the following categories: health, wellness, youth sports, sports safety and physical fitness.

Recipients will be selected from nominations provided by county residents and received by Jan. 14. Those wishing to nominate candidates are asked to pick up nomination forms at county libraries or to call Bonnie Ulrich (757-5769).

The Physical Fitness Commission was established in 1979. Members are appointed by the governor to carry out activities designed to protect and improve the physical fitness of county citizens. More than 100 county residents have been selected for the annual awards since the commission's inception.

Other commission programs include an annual wheelchair tennis tournament and power-lifting and rowing competitions.

The commission also has spearheaded the effort to provide greater recognition for Anne Arundel County citizens who participated in the annual Maryland Senior Olympics.

ANDOVER GRADUATE TO APPEAR ON ESPN The Corporate Sports Battle National Finals, which took place Nov. 28 in Boca Raton, Fla., and included former Andover graduate Kurt Pilgrim, will air on the ESPN cable television network at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday.

Pilgrim, 29, was instrumental in Westinghouse's victory in the basketball competition, sinking a 45-footer at the buzzer.

Overall, Westinghouse finished sixth out of 18 corporate teams from across the country.

EVENT WILL HONOR ARUNDEL GRADUATE Arundel High graduate Denny Neagle will be among the athletes honored at the 38th Annual Tops in Sports Banquet on Jan. 11 at Towson State University's Towson Center.

Neagle, a pitcher in the Minnesota Twins' minor-league system, and Orioles' farmhand Mike Linskey, a pitcher who attended Loyola High in Baltimore, were selected as co-winners of the Maryland Star of the Future Award.

Neagle, a third-round draft choice out of the University of Minnesota, won a combined 20 games this year while splitting time between Single A Visalia (California League) and Double A Orlando (Southern League).

Neagle was named Pitcher With the Best Control while at Single A. He was 8-0 in 10 starts, walking 16 and striking out 92 in 63 innings. He posted a 1.43 ERA while only surrendering two home runs.

After a June promotion to Orlando, Neagle started 17 games and went 12-3 with a 2.45 ERA and one shutout. He walked 31 and fanned 94 in 121 innings.

The left-hander has been invited to spring training as a non-roster player.

Among the other athletes expected to appear at the banquet are Detroit's Cecil Fielder and the Orioles' Cal and Billy Ripken. The master of ceremonies is Ron Swoboda, a former New York Mets player and current sportscaster at WVUE-TV in New Orleans.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the banquet gets under way at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 apiece.

Information: 321-5772 or 242-3552 (evenings).

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