Start thinking about scholar-athlete nominees

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Since this is Super Sunday, how about a "super" sports smorgasbrowse, going from academia to pugilism to employment?

First, we will soon start running the application for our 15th annual All-Anne Arundel County Academic-Athletic Team.

It'll be our job to select the county's top 20 student-athletes -- 10 boys and 10 girls, and we will be looking for the most well-rounded student-athletes we can find.

Each year, we search for the student-athletes who combine the rare qualities of excellence in the classroom, on the field or arena, and in the community.

To be eligible, applicants must be Anne Arundel County residents, although they can attend high schools outside the county, and must play at least one varsity sport.

In the spring, we honor them at a banquet in conjunction with the Anne Arundel Trade Council. More to come in the future.

In the ring

Has there ever been a classier, more personable and popular pro boxer to fight in Anne Arundel County than Crofton's super-middleweight Alfonzo Daniels?

Daniels ran his record to 18-2 Thursday, posting his seventh knockout in front of nearly 1,000 fans at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

The 26-year-old Daniels simply wore down Benito Fernandez (17-7, 5 KOs) of Spartanburg, S.C., who was unable to answer the bell for round seven of their bout, a scheduled eight-rounder

"His [Fernandez] heart was racing like a race horse. He was totally exhausted," said referee Bill Holmes.

Daniels' victory was one of the highlights of the seven-bout card put on by promoters Mike and Scott Wagner.

People love Daniels not only because of his textbook skills and stellar conditioning, but because he loves people. It's routine for Daniels, an emergency technician when not in the ring, to mingle with the fans and all of those who put on the shows at Michael's. From the county policemen and paramedics to Joe the fan, everybody seems to be Daniels' pal.

You can only hope for the best for him as he chases a United States Boxing Association belt, a goal he hopes to reach within the year.

Christy Martin, women's world lightweight champion (36-2-2, with 26 KOs), also made quite an impression on county boxing fans with her personality and charm. It's hard to believe she participates in what can be a brutal sport.

Martin sat at ringside with Home Team Sports' Doc Walker, who was calling the program for the cable channel, after the heavyweight she trains, Jeff Bailey (2-0, one KO) of Orlando, Fla., knocked out his opponent in the first round.

The Ballroom Boxing card will air on HTS at 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 6.

The 320-pound Bailey is a bona fide Elvis Presley impersonator, complete with coal, black hair, lamb-chop sideburns, the pounds and voice. He delighted the audience after his victory by grabbing the microphone from the ring announcer and giving his impression of the King.

Wilson on hold

Brad Wilson, North County football defensive coordinator and head basketball coach, is one of several who interviewed for the vacant football position at Meade.

Wilson, a former Meade assistant in both sports, would be a perfect fit for the job left open when Jerry Hartman resigned after four seasons.

"They [Meade] told me they will announce their coach in the spring," said Wilson, who knows the school as well as anybody and always has received high praise from North County's very successful head coach Chuck Markiewicz.

Markiewicz leaves the defense in Wilson's hands, and while he ** would hate to lose him, the North County coach is on record as saying Wilson is ready to become an excellent head coach.

Rumors are also hot that if Wilson leaves for Meade, Annapolis basketball coach John Brady might apply for the Knights' hoops post, if he can land a teaching job at the Ferndale school. Brady resides in Brooklyn Park, which is in the North County district.

Have an idea for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

Pub Date: 1/26/97

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