Years of Athletes of the Year


June 04, 1991|By Paul McMullen and Dave Glassman

they are teachers and a salesmen and bankers-but no bakers or candlestick makers. Some are still playing football, basketball or lacrosse, and a few of the 42 compiled impressive resumes in other sports, like baseball, soccer and track and field. When The Evening Sun names its High School Athletes of the Year for the 25th time tomorrow at the Towson Sheraton, the boy and girl honored will add to a legacy of acomplishment that has #i extended beyond the playing field.



DON RUSSELL/SOUTHERN * Achievements: Two-way back in football, throwing for 375 yards and five touchdowns; Led MSA basketball with average of 25.9 points; Had 5-1 record as baseball pitcher and second-best batting average in MSA, .444.

* Update: Don played third base for Clemson University for three years, setting a record for career triples that still stands, and reached the Houston Astros' Triple A farm team. A longtime employee of Westinghouse, he is a contracts manager currently working on an F-16 program. Don Russell, his son, was a freshman outfielder for UMBC this spring.



TOM GATEWOOD/CITY * Achievements: All-MSA tight end with 12 touchdown catches; Named to Parade magazine's High School All-America team.

* Update: An All-America wide receiver, Tom set Notre Dame career records of 157 catches and 19 touchdown receptions that still stand, then spent two seasons with the New York Giants. The winner of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, he has worked in publishing and radio. Currently living in New York, Gatewood is trying to organize a new football players' union.



MIKE CREANEY/LOYOLA * Achievements: All-Metro two-way tackle in football; Center in basketball; Hit .350 while playing three positions in baseball.

* Update: Mike was an Academic All-America at Notre Dame, where he played tight end. He does the marketing and leasing for Creaney and Smith, a local commercial real estate firm specializing in industrial projects. He stays in shape by playing basketball and lifting weights, and keeping up with his three children.



JEFF BRADFORD/DUNDALK * Achievements: Leading scorer for state soccer champions; Averaged in double figures for county's best basketball team; Three-year pitching record of 22-2, with five no-hitters.

* Update: Jeff's pitching career was derailed by arm problems at Clemson University, where he still managed to earn four varsity letters. He lives in Hampstead and is still active in sports, playing basketball and slo-pitch softball, and coordinating the youth basketball leagues in the North Carroll rec program. Jeff is a manager at Carolina Freight in Elkridge.

JACK THOMAS/TOWSON * Achievements: Quarterbacked football to Baltimore County championship; Led basketball in assists and scored in double figures; Had an area-record 102 points in lacrosse as senior.

* Update: A three-time lacrosse All-America at Johns Hopkins, Jack was recognized as the "Fairest and Best" player at the 1974 World Games. While at Hopkins, he also was among the nation's top Division III quarterbacks. He coached Wilde Lake High to an unprecedented four straight soccer championships from 1981-84, and is chairman of the school's social studies department.



BARRY SCROGGINS/MOUNT ST. JOE * Achievements: Wide receiver in football; Area's premier basketball player, averaged 23 points as swingman.

* Update: Barry played basketball for a junior college in Florida, spent time in the armed forces, then played briefly again at Morgan State. He has been a police officer in the Baltimore City Schools system since 1976. He's teaching his two sons basketball, and can be seen playing in a 35-and-over league.



JEFF GRANTZ/BEL AIR * Achievements: Two-time All-State quarterback, completed 59 passes for 1,060 yards as senior; Averaged 13.6 points in basketball; Pitcher and shortstop in baseball.

* Update: An All-America quarterback at the University of South Carolina, where he's in the Hall of Fame, Grantz was drafted by the Miami Dolphins but passed on the NFL. He spent two years as a Gamecocks' assistant coach, before going into management with Anheuser-Busch in Columbia, S.C. Jeff is a serious golfer.



KURT SEIBERT/MOUNT ST. JOE * Achievements: All-Metro defensive back and standout punt returner in football; Averaged double figures as a basketball point guard; Two-time All-Metro shortstop in baseball.

* Update: A second-team All-America infielder for Clemson University, Kurt spent six years in the pros, including a short stint with the Chicago Cubs. He was the athletic director at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., before rejoining the Clemson program as an assistant coach in 1989. The Tigers are playing in the College World Series.

DAVE TICKNER/GILMAN * Achievements: Second-team All-State defensive back in football, also rushed for more than 600 yards; Two-time MSA wrestling champion; Two-time All-Metro lacrosse attackman.

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