Patterson's Mechlinski gets top scholar-athlete honor

March 09, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Joseph Mechlinski, a starter for the Patterson football team that made its first trip to the state semifinals, walked away with the grand prize at the 32nd annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner last night at Martin's West.

Mechlinski, a 5-foot-8, 176-pound center-linebacker, was a first-team All-Metro and All-City/County pick this past season. He helped anchor the defense the past few seasons, leading the Clippers in tackles during his junior year.

"I want to congratulate all the other scholar-athletes," said Mechlinski. "Everyone should deserve the award I got."

Mechlinski ranked second out of 235 in his class and served as both junior and senior class presidents.

In addition, Mechlinski became the first Baltimore City public schools student to win the grand prize since 1969. City came away with region honors each of the past three years.

The awards, presented by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, went to five players out of the 88 nominees.

Mechlinski took the top $4,000 scholarship and regional winners Chris Abbott (Walkersville), Joe Kadjeski (Southern-AA), Bobby Sabelhaus (McDonogh) and Nathan Stewart (Aberdeen) each xTC won $1,500 scholarships.

Dunbar, which rolled to a 12-0 record as the first Baltimore City team to win a state title, won the A. Paul Menton Award for excellence. The Class 2A state champion Poets outscored their opponents, 404-39, this season.

Class 4A state champion North County received a Special Achievement Award. The Knights, who became the first Anne Arundel County team in 10 years to make the state title game, defeated Largo for the championship.

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