Camille Powell of Howard and Joe Brewer of Hammond have won the eighth annual Robert Davidson Columbia Rotary Club Scholar Athlete Awards and the $2,000 college scholarships that go with the awards.
Amy Fine of Mount Hebron and Josh Tripp of Oakland Mills won runner-up scholarships of $500 apiece.
Powell earned 12 varsity letters in soccer, basketball and outdoor track and field. She made first-team All-State in soccer. She was the Howard County Basketball Player of the Year. And last spring she finished first in the state Class 3A triple jump and third in the 1,600-meter run.
She ranks first in her class with a 4.0 grade-point average while taking 17 gifted-and-talented or advanced-placement courses. And she scored 1420 out of a possible 1600 on the Scholastic Assessment Test. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar Finalist.
Powell has been accepted to Dartmouth, Princeton, Duke and North Carolina and is leaning toward Dartmouth. She most likely will major in English.
Brewer earned seven varsity letters -- three in soccer, three in baseball and one in basketball. He has captained the soccer and baseball teams and batted .411 last baseball season.
He has a 3.9 GPA while taking 13 gifted-and-talented or advanced-placement courses. He scored 1250 on the SAT.
Brewer, an Eagle Scout, is considering Wake Forest, Furman and Campbell.
Fine earned 10 varsity letters -- four in soccer, three in indoor track and three in lacrosse. She plans to major in biology at Maryland.
Tripp earned seven varsity letters -- three in cross country, two in basketball and two in track. He ranks No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 GPA and plans to major in physics at Williams.
Traber on comeback trail?
Jim Traber, one of the most successful athletes to graduate from a county high school (Wilde Lake), is playing for the Monterrey Industrials in the Triple-A Mexican League and hoping to make his way back to the major leagues.
Traber, an Oriole in 1984, 1986 and from 1988 to 1989 who later played in Japan, hopes to be picked up by the California Angels.
Dwindling baseball numbers
Some of the county's baseball teams have thin rosters these days. Centennial started the season with only 11 players.
Last Friday at Wilde Lake the Wildecats had only 10 players and Mount Hebron was down to 11.
The Vikings (9-6 overall, 7-3 league), one of the favorites before the season, remain only two games behind league-leading Glenelg and are still in the regional playoff picture.
But they have struggled with injuries, missing designated hitter Ron Bates (three weeks), No. 1 pitcher Eric Volland (two weeks) and outfielder Matt Driscoll (one week). Driscoll is out for the season with a broken wrist. They're also minus closer Eric Plitt, who left the team three weeks ago.
Hard times for Scorpions
The Oakland Mills baseball team (2-12, 2-9) has fallen on hard times.
It played respectably against Mount Hebron, Glenelg and Linganore -- all good teams. The Scorpions lost to Mount Hebron, 5-2 and 10-9, and to Glenelg, 6-4. And Linganore beat them, 6-3, on a ninth-inning grand slam.
But the Scorpions made 16 errors in a 16-3 loss to Atholton and followed that with 10 errors in a 15-5 loss to Liberty.
To make matters worse, the Scorpions recently lost to the only two teams they had beaten -- Howard and Wilde Lake.
The Scorpions lost to Howard, 11-7, last Friday for the Lions' first victory. Then they lost to Wilde Lake 3-2, Saturday. That was the Wildecats' third win of the season.