Keep those grades up and keep playing, student athletes.
Continuing its commitment to student/athletes and their achievements, The Sun will award a $5,000 scholarship to the overall boy and girl winners on the 16th annual All-Anne Arundel County Academic-Athletic Team for this school year.
Ten boys and 10 girls will be chosen for the team, and two will be honored as overall winners.
All high school students who reside in Anne Arundel County will be eligible to apply by filling out the application we will publish frequently after the first of the year.
Annapolis resident Vince Touhey, a three-sport athlete with a 4.0 grade-point average at Gilman School, and South River's Sarah Wood, another three-sport athlete with a 3.81 GPA were 1996's best.
Touhey, who attends Harvard, and Wood, a student at the University of Maryland, each received a $3,000 Sun award last May.
Lenzi soccer co-captain
Broadneck's Rachel Lenzi, a member of our 1994 All-County Academic-Athletic Team, is a senior co-captain of the women's soccer team at Division III Chatham College in Pittsburgh.
Lenzi, a four-year starter at fullback for the Cougars, is majoring in communications. She never played soccer in high school, but played field hockey in the fall at Broadneck, ran indoor track and played softball.
Don Gilbert revisited
Northeast principal Roy Skiles, who could not be reached earlier this week to comment about the resignation of baseball coach Don Gilbert, says Gilbert's departure came down to choosing a teacher, not a coach.
"We simply have more people interested in teaching at Northeast than we have positions available, and that's good news for our school," said Skiles.
A faculty position opened up this summer and Gilbert applied. The job went to lacrosse coach Steve Gorski, and Gilbert took a job at Dunbar in Baltimore.
"I know Don is angry, but I have a lot of respect for him as a coach. I hired him as head coach, and he was part of a great tradition, but coaching is a consideration when we hire teachers. We have a very competitive situation [in terms of teaching] at Northeast, and our top consideration is instructors first."
Gilbert, who played for the late Harry Lentz at Northeast, succeeded him as baseball coach in 1995 and was a full-time substitute teacher in social studies.
Two former county baseball players of the year and All-Metro selections, Arundel outfielder Andy Vermillion (1996) and Old Mill's pitcher/outfielder Danny Miller (1997) are having very good fall seasons at Essex Community College.
Coach George Henderson has landed several Anne Arundel County standouts of the past two years. Vermillion batted over .400 last spring for the Knights, and with a lot of pop in his bat, very good speed and a good arm has drawn the interest of pro scouts.
Right-handed pitcher Mike Ziegler, an All-Metro at Old Mill this spring, is impressing scouts pitching at Shoals (Ala.) Community College. Throwing consistently in the 87-mph range to go with a superb changeup, Ziegler figures to be Shoals' No. 1 or No. 2 hurler next spring.
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Pub Date: 9/28/97