THE BEST OF THE BEST 25 years of Athletes of the Year

they are teachers and a salesmen and bankers-but no bakers or candlestick makers. Some are still playing football, basketball or lacrosse, and a few of the 42 compiled impressive resumes in other sports, like baseball, soccer and track and field. When The Evening Sun names its High School Athletes of the Year for the 25th time tomorrow at the Towson Sheraton, the boy and girl honored will add to a legacy of acomplishment that has #i extended beyond the playing field.




DON RUSSELL/SOUTHERN * Achievements: Two-way back in football, throwing for 375 yards and five touchdowns; Led MSA basketball with average of 25.9 points; Had 5-1 record as baseball pitcher and second-best batting average in MSA, .444.


* Update: Don played third base for Clemson University for three years, setting a record for career triples that still stands, and reached the Houston Astros' Triple A farm team. A longtime employee of Westinghouse, he is a contracts manager currently working on an F-16 program. Don Russell, his son, was a freshman outfielder for UMBC this spring.



TOM GATEWOOD/CITY * Achievements: All-MSA tight end with 12 touchdown catches; Named to Parade magazine's High School All-America team.

* Update: An All-America wide receiver, Tom set Notre Dame career records of 157 catches and 19 touchdown receptions that still stand, then spent two seasons with the New York Giants. The winner of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, he has worked in publishing and radio. Currently living in New York, Gatewood is trying to organize a new football players' union.



MIKE CREANEY/LOYOLA * Achievements: All-Metro two-way tackle in football; Center in basketball; Hit .350 while playing three positions in baseball.


* Update: Mike was an Academic All-America at Notre Dame, where he played tight end. He does the marketing and leasing for Creaney and Smith, a local commercial real estate firm specializing in industrial projects. He stays in shape by playing basketball and lifting weights, and keeping up with his three children.



JEFF BRADFORD/DUNDALK * Achievements: Leading scorer for state soccer champions; Averaged in double figures for county's best basketball team; Three-year pitching record of 22-2, with five no-hitters.

* Update: Jeff's pitching career was derailed by arm problems at Clemson University, where he still managed to earn four varsity letters. He lives in Hampstead and is still active in sports, playing basketball and slo-pitch softball, and coordinating the youth basketball leagues in the North Carroll rec program. Jeff is a manager at Carolina Freight in Elkridge.

JACK THOMAS/TOWSON * Achievements: Quarterbacked football to Baltimore County championship; Led basketball in assists and scored in double figures; Had an area-record 102 points in lacrosse as senior.


* Update: A three-time lacrosse All-America at Johns Hopkins, Jack was recognized as the "Fairest and Best" player at the 1974 World Games. While at Hopkins, he also was among the nation's top Division III quarterbacks. He coached Wilde Lake High to an unprecedented four straight soccer championships from 1981-84, and is chairman of the school's social studies department.



BARRY SCROGGINS/MOUNT ST. JOE * Achievements: Wide receiver in football; Area's premier basketball player, averaged 23 points as swingman.

* Update: Barry played basketball for a junior college in Florida, spent time in the armed forces, then played briefly again at Morgan State. He has been a police officer in the Baltimore City Schools system since 1976. He's teaching his two sons basketball, and can be seen playing in a 35-and-over league.




JEFF GRANTZ/BEL AIR * Achievements: Two-time All-State quarterback, completed 59 passes for 1,060 yards as senior; Averaged 13.6 points in basketball; Pitcher and shortstop in baseball.

* Update: An All-America quarterback at the University of South Carolina, where he's in the Hall of Fame, Grantz was drafted by the Miami Dolphins but passed on the NFL. He spent two years as a Gamecocks' assistant coach, before going into management with Anheuser-Busch in Columbia, S.C. Jeff is a serious golfer.



KURT SEIBERT/MOUNT ST. JOE * Achievements: All-Metro defensive back and standout punt returner in football; Averaged double figures as a basketball point guard; Two-time All-Metro shortstop in baseball.


* Update: A second-team All-America infielder for Clemson University, Kurt spent six years in the pros, including a short stint with the Chicago Cubs. He was the athletic director at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., before rejoining the Clemson program as an assistant coach in 1989. The Tigers are playing in the College World Series.

DAVE TICKNER/GILMAN * Achievements: Second-team All-State defensive back in football, also rushed for more than 600 yards; Two-time MSA wrestling champion; Two-time All-Metro lacrosse attackman.

* Update: Dave earned All-America lacrosse honors three years at Princeton, setting a school scoring record. Playing for the Potomac Geezers, he was MVP of the masters division at the Vail (Colo.) Shootout last year. He works for IBM, and is in the process of moving from Darien, Conn., to Washington, D.C., where he will be an account executive.



VINCE KINNEY/CALVERT HALL * Achievements: All-Metro running back, gained 700 yards and caught 24 passes; Top rebounder in basketball; Baseball outfielder, hit .379 with 20 RBIs.


* Update: Kinney was a wide receiver at the University of Maryland, but a broken leg his senior season scared off the NFL, as the Denver Broncos drafted him in the 10th round. He played for the Washington Federals in the USFL in 1982. He's in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga., where he plays on base football, basketball and baseball teams.



DAVE CORNWELL/HEREFORD * Achievements: First three-time champion in history of state cross country meet, only boy to ever break 15 minutes at Hereford's state course, doing so twice; Won several state track titles at two miles.

* Update: Dave made the All-Eastern cross country squad during his days at the University of Maryland, and has since made a living as a self-employed tool distributor. He recently completed the building of a house on 28 acres in White Hall.




MIKE AUSTIN/GILMAN * Achievements: Rushed for more than 3,500 yards in football career; Third in MSA wrestling at 185 pounds; Fourth in MSA track at 100 yards, also put the shot.

* Update: Mike was a starting running back at Yale, but injuries his junior year slowed his progress there. His economics degree took him to several Fortune 500 firms, and he has been a product manager for Black and Decker for four years. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Gilman.



RAY FINCH/WESTMINSTER * Achievements: All-Metro running back in football, gained more than 1,000 yards. Two-time state wrestling champion, runner-up as a junior; Midfielder in lacrosse.


* Update: Ray suffered six separated shoulders and knee damage while at Penn State and never wrestled a varsity match there. He since has been working at the family's business in Westminster, where he is a vice president in charge of turf and governmental sales.



CALVIN MADDOX/DUNBAR * Achievements: Averaged 6 yards per carry in football; First-team All-Metro in basketball, averaging 14 points, six assists and four steals; MSA long jump champion.

* Update: Maddox went to Elizabeth City (N.C.) State, leading the school to the 1984 championship of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the nation's premier Division II basketball conference. Maddox lives in East Baltimore and works as a correctional officer in Washington, D.C.

KAREN STOUT/BEL AIR * Achievements: Star of state 4A field hockey champs; First-team All-Metro in basketball; .450 career batting average in softball, where Bobcats won three state titles.


* Update: Karen excelled in field hockey and softball at Delaware, where she is back working on her doctorate. She commutes from Bel Air, since she is the director of development at Harford Community College. Karen continues to play field hockey, and last year she helped the Southeast Field Hockey Association to a national title.



JIM TRABER/WILDE LAKE * Achievements: Two-way star in football with career totals of 22 interceptions and 3,213 yards in total offense; Guard in basketball; All-Metro first baseman with .459 career average.

* Update: Jim was the starting quarterback at Oklahoma State as a sophomore, but turned his attention to baseball and led the Cowboys to two College World Series. The 21st-round draft choice of the Orioles in 1982, he played first base for the Birds from 1986-89, and is in his second season in Japan, where he plays for Kintetsu and is batting .277 with 10 home runs.

JIM WILKERSON/GILMAN * Achievements: All-Metro first-team quarterback, passing for yards; Averaged 18.6 points in three basketball seasons; Two-time All-Metro first-team attackman in lacrosse.


* Update: Jim became the No. 3 all-time point-getter in the University of Maryland's lacrosse history, leading the team as a junior and senior. After short stints with Mount Washington and the MILL's Washington Wave, he's retired as a player. Jim is an account executive for French Bray, a Glen Burnie-based printing company.

LAURIE TAYLOR/ANNAPOLIS * Achievements: First-team All-Metro in cross country; set state indoor records at mile, two miles and 1,000 yards; State outdoor champ at mile and two miles.

* Update: Laurie was an All-America runner at Abilene Christian University in Texas, dipping to 4:24 in the 1,500 meters and 2:09 in the 800. She received her master's degree in physical therapy at the University of Alabama, but put her career on hold to raise James, her 20-month-old son. She and her husband, also a physical therapist, live in Montgomery, Ala.





* Achievements: Two-time first-team All-Metro in soccer, collecting 72 goals and 45 assists in four varsity seasons. No. 2 choice in North American Soccer League draft.

* Update: Darryl traveled the world with the New York Cosmos when they had a star-studded international lineup. He's worked closer to home since and is in his third season with the Maryland Bays, the defending national pro champs. The kids in Columbia know him as the director of a number of camps, and he also runs a small management and marketing firm.

RACHEL CLARY/SPARROWS POINT * Achievements: Led Pointers to Baltimore County volleyball title; Won 10 state titles in track and field, getting five state records; Nation's fastest at 600 yards indoors.

* Update: Rachel went to the University of Houston and won the 400 intermediate hurdles at the Southwest Conference championships three straight years. She reached the semifinals at the 1988 Olympic Trials. She runs three or four times a week, and is considering coming back for the '92 Trials. Rachel is a service manager for a grocery store chain in Houston.




RICHARD BOSLEY/McDONOGH * Achievements: All-Metro linebacker and team's best offensive lineman; Two-time MSA wrestling champion at 185 pounds; All-Metro pitcher in baseball, record of 8-2 with 1.10 ERA.

* Update: Richard specialized as a relief pitcher at Appalachian (N.C.) State, and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers after his junior year. After several years in the minor leagues, he entered the recreation field. He is a program director, primarily for children, at the Towson YMCA.

DEBBIE PALADINO/CENTENNIAL * Achievements: All-Metro in cross country, won state title as junior; Three-time All-Metro choice in basketball, averaging 19 points; Two-time All-Metro shortstop, hit .507.

* Update: Debbie was the first sub on the Rutgers basketball team that won a national title in 1982, and led the Lady Knights in steals and assists the next three seasons. She has since worked for IBM in Bethesda, most recently as a manager in computer systems security. Debbie plays coed slo-pitch softball and rec basketball, and has coached Little League baseball.

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LARRY LeDOYEN/ST. PAUL'S * Achievements: Area-record 108 career goals in soccer; Scored points in basketball; Three-time All-Metro in lacrosse, scoring 136 goals and leading team to three MSA titles.

* Update: Larry was an honorable mention lacrosse All-America as a freshman at the University of Virginia, but he transferred to Johns Hopkins for his last two seasons. The Blue Jays won an NCAA title in 1987, and he was their top midfielder, a second-team All-America. Larry owns a T-shirt shop in Ocean City.

DONNA NEALE/OAKLAND MILLS * Achievements: Four-time Howard County all-star in soccer; Won state 2A indoor track titles at 600 and 1,000 yards; Set state record in 800 outdoors (2:11.0) that still stands.

* Update: Neale went to Brown University, where she set school records in the 400 and 800 (2:07) and qualified for the NCAA championships. After getting a degree in Human Biology, she attended medical school at Boston University, and is in her second year of residency at Georgetown University. She is specializing in Obstetrics/Gynecology.



* Achievements: Four-time Howard County all-star in soccer; Won state 2A indoor track titles at 600 and 1,000 yards; Set state record in 800 outdoors (2:11.0) that still stands.

* Update: Neale went to Brown University, where she set school records in the 400 and 800 (2:07) and qualified for the NCAA championships. After getting a degree in Human Biology, she attended medical school at Boston University, and is in her second year of residency at Georgetown University. She is specializing in Obstetrics/Gynecology.



AZIZUDDIN ABDUR-RA'OOF/NORTHEAST * Achievements: First-team All-Metro quarterback in football; Top rebounder and No. 2 scorer on final four basketball team; State 3A champion in two --es, runner-up in another.

* Update: Ziz set University of Maryland football records with 108 catches for 1,895 yards. Knee surgery ended a brief career with the Kansas City Chiefs, "but it increased my life expectancy." Abdur-Ra'oof is the director of marketing and membership development of the University of Maryland Alumni Association.


SANDY WILSON/LIBERTY * Achievements: All-Metro in field hockey, led team to two state titles; Top rebounder and No. 2 scorer on state basketball finalists; All-Metro outfielder in softball, hit .500.

* Update: Sandy starred in field hockey at James Madison University, leading the nation with 33 goals in 1986, when she was a first-team All-America. She spent three years teaching and coaching at Roland Park School, and returned to James Madison last fall to work on her master's in physical education. She was a graduate assistant coach in field hockey and lacrosse.



TED BROWN/GILMAN * Achievements: First-team All-Metro guard and top linebacker in football; All-Metro first-team wrestler, won two MSA titles; Third-team All-Metro in lacrosse.

* Update: Ted played lacrosse for four years at the University of North Carolina, handling faceoffs and defensive midfielder assignments. He then taught and coached at Boys' Latin for two years, before moving to San Francisco, where he's a sales representative for Pitney-Bowes. He plays for the San Francisco Lacrosse Club, and says the game is thriving in the Bay Area.


PAT WELSH/LOYOLA * Achievements: Wide receiver, punter and All-Metro defensive back on area's No. 1 football team; First-team All-Metro in lacrosse, won Kelly Award given to top player in MSA.

* Update: Pat was a four-year lacrosse starter at the University of North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels to an NCAA title in 1986, when he was a second-team All-America. He's a top club player with the Chesapeake LC and plays for the Thunder indoors, and is an assistant coach at Loyola High. He is President of Environ Marketing Corp., which markets "up and coming trends."

LAURIE GOVERNOR/HOWARD * Achievements: All-Howard County in volleyball; All-Metro first-team in basketball, averaging 23.8 points and 17.8 rebounds; Howard County track champion in four events.

* Update: Laurie had a fine basketball career at the University of Richmond, finishing as the Spiders' No. 3 all-time scorer and No. 2 all-time rebounder. She was a graduate assistant coach while getting her master's, and now is the administrator for KidsSports Foundation, a non-profit organization in Arlington, Va., that aids sports programs for inner-city children.




ANTOINE HARRIS/RANDALLSTOWN * Achievements: First-team All-Metro running back for state 4A football champions; Averaged 17.7 points for Baltimore County basketball titlists; First-team All-Metro track and field in sprints.

* Update: Antoine was slowed by injuries for four years at Central State, an NAIA football power. He finally became the Marauders' workhorse as a senior in 1989, picking up 928 yards rushing, 193 more receiving and 12 touchdowns. Antoine will receive a degree in management June 9 from the college in Wilberforce, Ohio.

LORI AMOS/MILFORD MILL * Achievements: First boy or girl ever to win four events at state indoor track and field championships; Only boy or girl to win an event four straight years at state outdoor meet.

* Update: Lori placed second in the hurdles at the Heptagonals indoor championships in 1986 and lowered her personal best to an auto-timed 8.10 seconds, but injuries and a double major in engineering and business ended her track career. She is a manager with a corporate bank on Wall Street, is engaged to be married and lives in Hoboken, N.J.




MARK CARPER/ATHOLTON * Achievements: Passed for 1,530 yards and ran for 353 as option quarterback; Averaged 16.4 points in basketball; All-Metro pitcher in baseball, 10-1 record and .364 batting mark.

* Update: Mark joined the nation's premier baseball program at Stanford University. He had a 3-1 record as a freshman, but arm problems slowed his collegiate career. He got his degree in sociology last December, and in February signed a free-agent contract with the Orioles. He pitches for the Single A Frederick

Keys, and recently came off the disabled list.

MISSY SPICER/SOUTH RIVER * Achievements: Third-team All-Metro in volleyball and basketball, getting 1,501 career points and state title in the latter; All-Metro first-team shortstop in softball.

* Update: Missy played volleyball and softball at Charles County Community College, and overcame shoulder surgery to stand out in both sports at Division I Northeast Louisiana. She had a 4.0 grade-point average last semester, when she received a degree in social work. She has begun her graduate studies at

Grambling, and is employed as a social worker.




BRETT McGONNIGAL/LOCH RAVEN * Achievements: First-team All-Metro wide receiver in football; Averaged 15.7 points in basketball; First-team All-Metro outfielder, hit .550 with .933 slugging average.

* Update: Brett went to the University of Maryland on a football scholarship, but soured on the sport after lettering in 1988. After several years away from baseball, Brett switched to that sport last year, and immediately started for the Terps. This spring he hit .324 with 14 doubles and 20 steals, and led all ACC outfielders with 10 assists. McGonnigal is a business major.

JENNY ACHZIGER/FRANCIS SCOTT KEY * Achievements: The Evening Sun Player of the Year in field hockey; All-Metro honorable mention in basketball; State 1A track and field champion at 200 and 400 meters.

* Update: Jenny won four letters in track and field at Mount St. Mary's, but knee problems slowed her progress as a sprinter. She had more success in field hockey, and was the Mountaineers' MVP in 1990. Last month Jenny got her degree in sociology, and will pursue a career in counseling.




JERRY RONEY/WOODLAWN * Achievements: Defensive back in football; Won four gold medals at state indoor track and field championships; Performer of Year in outdoor track, set state record of 13.6 seconds in 110-meter hurdles.

* Update: Jerry dabbled in football at James Madison University before turning his attention to track and field. He won his 110-hurdle semifinal at the NCAA Division I championships last weekend in a personal-best 13.59 seconds, then placed sixth in

the final. Jerry is a political science major.

ROSEMARY KOSIOREK/MERCY * Achievements: First-team All-Metro in soccer, scored 120 career goals; First-team All-Metro in basketball, scored 1,932 points; First-team All-Metro infielder in softball.


* Update: A three-year basketball starter at West Virginia, Rosemary led the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring last winter, averaging 20.2 points and upping her career totals to 1,331 points and 522 assists. An accounting major with a 3.6 grade-point average, Kosiorek is the A-10 Female Student-Athlete of the Year for 1990-91.

nuscr JILL MOORE/SEVERNA PARK * Achievements: First-team All-Metro in volleyball; Second-team All-Metro in basketball; First-team All-Metro infielder with .592 on-base percentage for state softball champs.

* Update: Jill has been a three-year starter in volleyball for the University of Georgia, but she has earned her greatest honors off the court. The math major was a GTE first-team Academic All-America. She has made two trips to the U.S. Olympic Festival.



DERRICK LOVE/MEADE * Achievements: First-team All-Metro running back in football; Nation's fastest in three track sprints indoors; Performer of Year outdoors, matched state record in 200 (20.9).


* Update: Derrick starred in football and track for Taft (Calif.) College as a freshman, but last June he was arrested in Severn and in December he pleaded guilty to selling fake crack cocaine to an undercover police officer. Love was granted probation before judgment and returned to Taft this spring, but was suspended from the college for disciplinary reasons.

JENNY PARSONS/GLEN BURNIE * Achievements: First-team All-Metro in volleyball; Honorable mention All-Metro in basketball, averaging 16.8 points and 11 rebounds; Area Co-Player of the Year in softball.

* Update: Jenny has been named the Outstanding Pitcher at East Carolina the last two seasons. This spring she had a 20-13 record, with six shutouts, a 1.51 ERA and 100 strikeouts. Her two-year record is 32-16.



CHRIS LAFFERMAN/POLY * Achievements: Area Player of the Year in football, All-Metro quarterback completed 85 percent of passes for 1,413 yards and 14 touchdowns; All-Metro shortstop in baseball, hit .442.


* Update: Chris spent the past year at Towson State, but did not play for the East Coast Conference baseball champions, instead working on his academics. He is looking into transferring to a junior college, preferably in Florida.

BETSY GIVEN/BROADNECK * Achievements: Honorable-mention All-Metro in soccer; Third-team All-Metro in basketball, team won state 4A title; Area Player of the Year in lacrosse.

* Update: Given is concentrating on lacrosse at Loyola College, and this spring she settled in as the nationally ranked Greyhounds' center midfielder -- a key position -- collecting 15 goals and five assists.