Middletown's Paul Glagola won the $4,000 scholarship as the grand winner of last night's 28th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner.
Glagola, representing the West region, was one of 90 football players honored for their achievements on and off the field. He told the gathering of 1,500 at Martin's West that he was grateful to the sponsors, the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, his parents and coaches.
"I also want to thank my older brother, Doug, who is closest to me in age," said Glagola. "He also was a quarterback and was honored here [in 1985]. He was an inspiration."
Doug Glagola, a graduate student at the University of Virginia, was the West regional winner in 1985. Before that, an older brother, Steve, was Middletown's representative in 1981. Another brother, Mark, played soccer and was not eligible to attend the affair for the football-playing schools in the metro area.
Last night, Pikesville's Phil Efron (North), Poly's Lenard Marcus (Central), C. Milton Wright's Israel Sostrin (East) and Southern-AA's Scott Songer (South) received $1,500 scholarships as regional winners.
Interestingly, Glagola, Sostrin and Songer all indicated an interest in possibly attending Bucknell next fall. Marcus already has signed with Stanford on a football scholarship. Efron remains undecided between two Ivy League schools as well as Swarthmore and Johns Hopkins.
Glagola passed for more than 1,100 yards in leading the Knights to an 8-2 record last fall. He was a coaches' pick for the Monocacy Valley League all-star team and ranked No. 1 in his class of 212.
Also honored last night for special achievement were coach John Buchheister of Randallstown, coach Doug DuVall of Wilde Lake and coach Steve Harward of C. Milton Wright. Randallstown won the Class 4A state title, Wilde Lake won the Class 2A title and C. Milton Wright finished runner-up to McDonough-Charles in the Class 3A finals.
The Service to Football award was presented to Mitch Tullai. He has coached St. Paul's for 37 seasons and was the Tri-County Coach of the Year in 1989.
Brian Dolan of the Overlea Recreation Council received the first Service to Youth Football Award. Dolan's Overlea Raiders have gone 146-21-3 since 1974.