Linganore's Seetoo wins scholar-athlete award

March 10, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Linganore's Joe Seetoo was honored as the 1994 Scholar-Athlete of the Year last night at Martin's West, and no one had to ask why.

Especially anybody around Carroll County who watched Seetoo run for seemingly endless yards in his spectacular Central Maryland Conference football career.

The lasting memory of Seetoo this past season came after a tough victory over South Carroll, during which the talented running back broke loose in the second half for some long runs that carried Frederick County's Linganore to a 14-10 victory.

The Linganore players were in their traditional victory huddle with a lot of the usual rah-rah stuff. See too stood quietly behind the circle of teammates and went through the motions with his teammates.

It seemed as if Seetoo wasn't that happy with his performance and had expected more.

High expectations, that is what Seetoo, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back is all about.

He does it all on the football field, in the classroom and in the community.

The reward for those accomplishments came in the form of a $4,000 scholarship from the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, which presented the 31st annual Scholar-Athlete Awards dinner last night.

Seetoo was selected as the grand-prize winner from among 90 nominees.

He walked to the microphone and said: "I really don't know what to say. I've won many awards in my life but this is the most prestigious because it comes from people who understand how hard it is to grow up these days. Thanks to everybody who ever supported a football player."

Winners were named from five regions representing football-playing high schools in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Seetoo was the West region winner, Gilman's Jamie Biddison took the top award for the North region, City College's Rickey Dangerfield won the Central region award, Fallston's Chris Harrison walked off with the East Region award and Meade's Sean McNaboe was the South region winner.

Seetoo amassed 1,790 yards in his senior season for the Lancers, making him the second-leading rusher in the state. He was also a team leader on defense at linebacker.

In the classroom, he ranked 24th out of 330 in his class and made the honor roll every semester in high school while taking Honors and Advanced Placement classes.

In the community, he taught reading at Liberty Elementary School, was a camp counselor at Round Meadow Camp and donated time to projects such as working in soup kitchens with the St. Peter's Church Youth Group.

In school activities, he was treasurer of the senior class, treasurer for Students Against Drunk Drivers and a member of Students Helping Other People.

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