Wright linebacker named top football scholar-athlete $4,000 for college given Kramer

MSU tackle cited

March 13, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,SUN STAFF

Like the other four regional winners who had to make impromptu acceptance speeches at last night's 34th annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner, C. Milton Wright High School's Jake Kramer stepped up to the podium. He thanked his family and his coaches for their support during his high school football career.

Then he thanked the sport.

"Football has been a very important part of my life," said Kramer, a linebacker chosen "grand winner" from a field of 92 football scholar-athletes honored at Martin's West. "I owe a lot to football."

Kramer, a national Merit Scholarship finalist who scored 1,470 on his Scholastic Assessment Test, received a $1,500 scholarship as East region winner. The two-time first-team All-Harford County selection received an additional $2,500 as overall winner.

"I wasn't surprised he won, because he's a special kid," said Mustangs coach Steve Harward at the event, which the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame sponsor.

Towson's Andrews Simmons was the North region winner and recipient of a $1,500 scholarship. Simmons, a two-way lineman with a 1,540 SAT score, was one of six nominees ranked No. 1 academically in their classes.

Mike Evans of North County emerged as the South regional winner. The three-sport athlete has a 3.84 grade-point average and is 13th in his class. He was a first team All-Metro and All-Anne Arundel County selection at quarterback who led the metro area in passing last season, setting seven state public school passing records.

Dunbar running back Ali Culpepper, in the top quarter of his class in the Hopkins-Dunbar Advanced College Prep Program, ran for more than 4,800 yards last fall and was all-everything.

Brent Mager, a two-way lineman from Linganore in Frederick County and member of the Associated Press' All-State team, was the West region's top candidate.

The association handed out other annual awards, as well:

Willie Thompson of Morgan State, a four-year dean's list student with a 3.85 grade-point average while studying electrical engineering, was named Maryland's College Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The 6-foot, 255-pound tackle led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in in quarterback sacks (12) and tackles for losses (40).

St. Mary's top-ranked football team was given the A. Paul Menton Trophy as the metro area's best high school team.

Loyola coach Joe Brune received the Service to Football Award for his 31 years at Blakefield.

Note: The name of John Carroll High senior Kyle Marmen was inadvertently omitted from the list published yesterday of 92 scholar-athletes honored last night.

Pub Date: 3/13/97

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