Scholar-athletes Of The Year

June 04, 1995

TOPHER CASSERLY

School: Francis Scott Key

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.9. SAT: 1140

Sports: Baseball, basketball

Other activities: National Honor Society, Maryland Distinguished Scholar, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Varsity Club, Class Executive Board, Student Government, Chess Club, volunteer worker for Special Olympics, works part-time at Wakefield Valley Golf Course

College: Villanova

Snapshot: The Baltimore Sun's Basketball Player of the Year in Carroll, Casserly excelled as much in the classroom as he did on the basketball court with a willingness to work hard to achieve his goals. While maintaining a 3.9 grade-point average, Casserly averaged 18 points and seven rebounds as a forward and the county's purest shooter. "Topher has been an outstanding student-athlete his entire career," wrote Key basketball coach Jeff Cook. "I have been most impressed with Topher's desire to excel in whatever he does. He has shown this by his commitment to work hard and do his best." Casserly closed out his high school career as the starting right fielder on Key's baseball team that qualified for the region playoffs. Casserly was recruited for basketball by a number of small colleges, but will attend Villanova University, where he received early entrance and was awarded a full Tuition Exchange Scholarship for four years. He plans to try out for the golf and basketball teams.

MAUREEN RITCEY

School: Francis Scott Key

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.0. SAT: 1320

Sports: Basketball, tennis, volleyball

Other activities: Key Club, Science Club, Class of 1995 Executive Board, Chess Club, Youth Alive, Student Government, National Honor Society, Special Olympics volunteer, headed Key Club Food and Supplies Drive

College: College of Notre Dame

Snapshot: Ritcey has shown leadership and excellence in both the classroom, where she's at the top of her class with a 4.0 grade-point average, and on the playing fields as a three-sport standout. She led the Key volleyball team to a state playoff appearance, earning first-team status. She was captain and the only returning starter on the Key basketball team, finishing among the top five in the county in scoring and rebounding to claim second-team honors. She was a regular the past couple of seasons on the All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League tennis team as a doubles player. She enjoys the same kind of challenges academically. "Advanced Literature and Composition is the most demanding class we offer," wrote Kathleen Heslin, language arts department chair at Key. "While others chose to take the easy way out and elect a less demanding class, Maureen accepted the challenge and continues to strive to receive college credits while in high school." Ritcey will attend the College of Notre Dame and plans to play volleyball, basketball and possibly tennis. She will study liberal arts in her pursuit of becoming an attorney specializing in medical ethics.

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