Scholar-athlete toasts will be alcohol free this year


The annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet will be alcohol free this year.

Bowing to pressure from various principals' associations, officials from the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame have decided to eliminate the pre-dinner cocktail hour for adults.

The March 6 event will honor student-athletes from the football-playing schools of the metro area. In the past, an open bar format preceded the dinner, while the student-athletes were served non-alcoholic beverages in another area at Martin's West.

Last year, principals from Harford County objected to serving alcohol at an affair where students were present. They decided to boycott the affair.

Banquet officials held firm at that time, citing that responsible social drinking was a valuable lesson that should be taught to all teen-agers.

This year, they will leave that lesson for others to teach.

* The MSA wrestling tournament was to begin today at Gilman and wind up Saturday with finals at 3:30. The Howard, Anne Arundel and Harford county tournaments run tomorrow and Saturday. The Anne Arundel finals are set at South River (noon), the Harford finals at Fallston (7:30 p.m.) and the Howard finals at Atholton (8 p.m.).

* The latest Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings: 1. Mount St. Joe; 2. Owings Mills; 3. Old Mill; 4. North Carroll; 5. (tie) Annapolis, Broadneck; 7. Gilman; 8. Bullis Prep; 9. South Hagerstown; 10. (tie) Aberdeen, Northern-Garrett, Smithsburg.

* Top-seeded Gilman of the MSA B Conference will serve as host for the Independent Schools basketball tourney beginning Tuesday. The 15-team affair taps off with simultaneous games on two courts, the new arena and the old gymnasium at Gilman. It will conclude next Friday night in the arena.

The rest of the top eight seeds are St. Paul's, McDonogh, Boys' Latin, John Carroll, Park, St. Mary's and Severn.

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