We are only about 10 days away from the entry deadline for the 10th annual Anne Arundel County Sun All-County Academic-Athletic Team.
You've got to have your entry in our office by Friday, March 20, or it must be postmarked by that day. For any problems, give me a call onthe 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499.
This year's team is very special. It's the 10th annual team, and if you are a good student playing one or more varsity sports, please don't miss out on the recognition you receive if named as one of the 12 boys or 12 girls.
We honor each of the 24 chosen with a plaque at a banquet in conjunction with the Anne Arundel Trade Council membership meeting. That night each of the 24 outstanding youths selected is introduced for his or her accomplishments.
Additionally, special awards are presented to the Most Outstanding Overall, one boy and one girl. The banquet is going to be the first week in May this year, and I will have the date and place for you very soon.
Prior to thebanquet, the 24 youths are featured in a photo and profile spread right here on these pages. It is our way of saluting those who masterfully combine academics and athletics.
Several of you have called orseen me at high school games this winter and had questions concerning the application. Let me remind all of you that the ballot we frequently run in this publication must be included and signed by a parent or guardian.
All those who reside in Anne Arundel County and attend high school are eligible for this team. You don't necessarily have to attend a county high school to be eligible.
Also, for some of you who have called to say there has been a delay in obtaining lettersof recommendation from faculty and coaches, get your application in on or before the deadline.
We prefer your application to arrive inone package, but if need be you can submit the recommendation letters at a later date. You also can update your GPA at a later date afteryou receive your next report card by calling the 24-Hour Sportsline or dropping the information in the mail.
For those who have asked if you have to be nominated by your school, the answer is no. You cannominate yourself or be nominated by your parents, a coach, friend, anyone as long as the ground rules on the ballot are followed.
Over the years, we have had the privilege of honoring many outstanding student-athletes on this team. Many of our alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves.
The first team in 1983 featured the likes of Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof of Northeast High. Ziz, ranked 15th in his senior class of 260 that year, went on to set pass-receiving records at the University of Maryland (1984-1987) and tried out with the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL before an injury ended his career.
Abdur-Ra'oof returned to his alma mater at College Park and currently is employed as the Terps' director of marketing and membership development inthe office of alumni relations. He worked as an analyst on the Terps' football radio network this past fall.
Also on that inaugural team was Meade's Molly Rounds, a three-sport standout who carried a 3.83 GPA and was ranked seventh in a class of 500. She is now Molly Wilson, wife of North County coach Brad Wilson and coach of the girls basketball team at her alma mater while working at the National SecurityAgency.
I've asked former members of our team to call the Sportsline and let me know what they are doing, and I've heard from quite a few.
Diane Gentile, a member of the '84 team from Old Mill where she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse while maintaining a 3.52 GPA, is coaching soccer and basketball as a member of the faculty at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Prince George's County.
Severna Park's Jill Moore is preparing to graduate with honors at the University of Georgia where she has been a member of the All-American Academic Team the last three years. She was a rare two-time member on our team in 1987 and 1988, and was named both the Anne Arundel County Sun and The Evening Sun's Female Athlete of the Year after sparkling in volleyball,basketball and softball.
She carried a 3.95 GPA and was ranked third in a class of 455 while being named All-County in three sports.
Moore received a volleyball scholarship to Georgia and moved from setter to hitter last fall as a senior. She went on to break the Bulldogs' single-season record for hitting percentage and was named All Southeast Conference a third straight year.
Moore played her final season with mono and a broken thumb. She captained Georgia to a 28-8 season and No. 16 finish in the national rankings.
Jerry Bryl, our overall male winner in 1989 as a football, indoor track and lacrosse student-athlete with a 3.84 GPA, is attending the U.S. Naval Academy.
Tony Reina Jr. of Pasadena, also a member of the '89 team, is excelling at Boston University. Reina, who was the first person not froma county high school to make the team, was a standout wrestler at Mount St. Joseph High in Baltimore who ranked No. 1 in his class with a4.0 GPA.
Reina is a junior at Boston U., carrying a 3.64 GPA on 18 credits and has been on the dean's list every semester while majoring in bio-medical engineering. A three-sport athlete at St. Joe, Reina is not playing any college sports so he can give his full attentionto academics.
Brian Perrone of Chesapeake High, who was on the 1990 team, is at Virginia Tech, majoring in business and carrying a 3.2GPA.
Fellow Chesapeake grad but a member of the Class of '91, Mike Sokoloff is at Duke.
Lance Taylor of Meade and Mark Budzinski ofSeverna Park were on last year's team with Sokoloff and both are playing baseball at their colleges.
Taylor, a freshman at West Virginia Wesleyan, is on the dean's list and pitching for the baseball team, while Budzinski had a good fall season with the bat at Richmond. Budzinski is playing the outfield for the Spiders this spring.