1994 All-Carroll County Academic Athletic team

June 05, 1994

BOYS: BRAD SCHULZE

SCHOOL: South Carroll

CLASS: Senior

GPA, SAT: 3.85, 1050

SPORTS: Baseball, basketball

OTHER ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society, Varsity Club officer, Minds in Motion, manages a produce stand in the summer.

COLLEGE: Virginia Tech

SNAPSHOT: A two-sport standout (baseball and basketball) who also maintained a 3.85 grade-point average throughout his career at South Carroll, Schulze recently was chosen the Baltimore Sun's Baseball Player of the Year in Carroll. Schulze's biggest trademark throughout his career has been consistency. Whether on the basketball court or on the baseball diamond, both his coaches and teammates knew they could expect a reliable contribution from Schulze. He was a first-team All-County selection as a small forward last winter and then enjoyed a stellar baseball season, leading the team in a number of offensive and pitching categories. "He's been a great ballplayer for me for three years and is a quiet, but great leader," said South Carroll baseball coach Joe Foltz. "He leads a lot more by example and spoke up when he needed to. He also did a lot of other things aside from baseball and was very impressive [scholastically]." Schulze plans to continue his baseball career at Virginia Tech where he plans to major in accounting.

GIRLS: TRACY DIDIO

SCHOOL: South Carroll

CLASS: Senior

GPA, SAT: 4.0, 1310.

SPORTS: Field hockey, lacrosse

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Student Government, Executive Board, Varsity Club, National Honor Society, Class of 1994 Executive Board, tutoring, Environmental Club, Students Against Drunk Driving, coached and officiated youth lacrosse.

COLLEGE: University of Maryland College Park

SNAPSHOT: Standing out as much in the classroom as she did on the playing fields, DiDio is at the top of her class with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Her excellence in lacrosse and field hockey were not rivaled in the county as she earned first-team All-County and second-team All-Metro status in both the past two years. As captain of both teams, she also made the players around her better. "Words cannot express the talent, dedication and commitment of this individual," wrote lacrosse and field hockey coach Stacy Stem. "She strives to be the best she can be but also works very hard in making her teammates the best they can be. She is by far one of the top athletes in our county as well as the Baltimore area." DiDio will attend the University of Maryland College Park where she hopes to maintain her 4.0 grade-point average and play a major role on the defending Division I National Championship field hockey team.

THE REST OF THE TEAM AT A GLANCE

* JULIE BACKOF, Westminster, senior

GPA: 3.8 SAT: 1120

SPORTS: Soccer, basketball, softball

OTHER ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society, German Club, Girls Athletic Board, National Art Honor Society, softball umpire, Camp Hashawha counselor.

COLLEGE: Western Maryland College

SNAPSHOT: Without question one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the county this year, Backof brought hard work and dedication to the soccer pitch, basketball court and softball field for the Owls while maintaining a 3.8 grade-point average. She started the school year in goal for the Owls soccer team and had a number of shutouts to earn honorable-mention All-County status. She then led the Owls basketball team to a county championship and a region playoff performance, earning first-team honors as a forward. She completed a solid senior year as a first-team All-County outfielder. In all three sports, she was a captain and earned great respect from coaches and teammates as a leader by example. "Julie has an outstanding work ethic that enables her to excel both athletically and academically," wrote Westminster girls basketball coach Bernie Koontz. "It is the strong work ethic that makes her a positive role model and successful leader both on and off the field." Backof achieved honor-roll status her entire four years at Westminster. She plans

to attend Western Maryland College.

* AMY NORTH, Liberty, junior

GPA: 4.0, SAT: 950

SPORTS: Field hockey, basketball, lacrosse

OTHER ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society, Varsity Club, volunteer assistant for Eldersburg Elementary School Playday

COLLEGE: Undecided

SNAPSHOT: North ranks No. 1 in her class academically and is a valuable member of Liberty's field hockey, basketball and lacrosse teams. She has played two seasons at the varsity level in field hockey and has earned postseason honors both years, and enjoyed solid seasons in basketball and lacrosse at the varsity level this year. "As varsity lacrosse coach, I have worked closely with Amy the past three years. She demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities on the field and in the classroom. Leadership, enthusiasm, sportsmanship, cooperation, dedication and effort are words that describe Amy," wrote coach Courtney Vaughn. North is looking to continue to excel next year as a senior at Liberty and ultimately would like to play field hockey and lacrosse at the college level.

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