Jason Wingeart, Hereford's two-time All-Metro defensive back-running back who finished with 25 interceptions in three seasons and led the Bulls to their first state championship, has signed with Division III Western Maryland College, said his coach, Steve Turnbaugh, yesterday.
A student with a 3.38 grade average and 1,130 SAT score, Wingeart is a second-team All-Metro baseball catcher with a .625 batting average and also plays basketball. He will enter the ROTC program at Western Maryland, which went 10-0 and won last year's Centennial Conference.
Although Hereford had four first-team All-Metro players and three second-teamers last fall, Wingeart (6-0, 200) was the cornerstone of a team that went 13-0 with nine shutouts for a No. 3 area ranking. Turnbaugh earned All-Metro Coach of the Year honors.
A three-year starter, Wingeart rushed for 1,912 yards and 28 touchdowns and also caught eight more touchdowns in that span. Hereford went 24-1, reaching the state semifinals in Wingeart's junior year, when the Bulls enjoyed their first record above .500.
Wingeart was a starting defender on the Bulls' state semifinalist soccer team as a freshman before turning to football.
Baltimore players named for all-star game
The Maryland team that will play Pennsylvania all-stars in the inaugural Mason-Dixon Classic July 11 at Carlisle (Pa.) High will have two assistant coaches with Baltimore ties helping head coach Ben Johnson, from Frederick's Thomas Johnson.
They are Randallstown's Bruce Strunk and Ed Ashwell, formerly of Glenelg and Wilde Lake and now at Montgomery County's Einstein.
Baltimore-area players on Maryland's team, announced yesterday, include:
All-Metro defensive Player of the Year Loui Georgalas (Calvert Hall), All-Metros Tavon Mason (Woodlawn, running back), Warren Smith (City, wide receiver), Darnell Pearsall (Lake Clifton, running back-defensive back), Jason Shupert (Hereford, two-way lineman), Sam Wilson (Gilman, two-way lineman), E.J. Henderson Aberdeen, linebacker), Kirk Williams (Dunbar, linebacker) and Dahnell Singfield (Dunbar, wide receiver-defensive back).
City lineman Rickey Holloway also was selected.
The game benefits Shriner's Hospital in Philadelphia.
Pub Date: 5/09/98