Glen Burnie's Meredith picked for Wendy's Heisman program

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October 26, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Glen Burnie's Sarah Meredith, a volleyball and basketball standout, has been selected as one of the state finalists in the Wendy's High School Heisman Award program.

Meredith, who carries a 3.5-grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, will receive a bronze medal from Wendy's International. She is also eligible for the state and national finalist awards.

A dozen state winners, six boys and six girls, will be chosen from a field of 102 to be national finalists at the annual Wendy's High School Heisman weekend in New York City. One boy and one girl will be named national winners.

Sponsored by Wendy's and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, those nominated by their individual schools were asked to write an essay about someone who inspired them. Meredith wrote about her grandfather, Joe Ronquillo, who was a Senior Olympics gold medalist in track and field and swimming.

Ronquillo, a Maryland native, died at 79 last July in Charleston, S.C., his home for the past 15 years.

Meredith, who also played basketball for the Towson Tornadoes, a team that made it to the Amateur Athletic Union nationals in Chattanooga, Tenn., last summer, hopes to play basketball in college and major in biology. She has yet to choose a college.

Moyer giving back

Shawn Moyer, a North County and Naval Academy graduate, is giving back to his high school and sport as a volunteer assistant coach of the Knights' boys soccer team.

Moyer, whose younger brother, Ryan, is a junior midfielder on the team, is an assistant to first-year coach Greg Helms while working in the dean's office at the Academy. The young man is headed to flight school in January.

"I think young people should give back to their sport and high school if they have the opportunity," said Moyer.

"Sean Tettemer is doing the same thing at Broadneck, and he and I were talking the other day about how we hope more young people do the same thing."

Moyer was North County's valedictorian in 1993 and is the only three-time member in the 15-year history of The Sun's All-County Academic-Athletic Team.

Playing soccer, basketball and lacrosse and active in numerous school and community activities, Moyer maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and scored 1,050 on his SAT.

He continued his academic excellence at the Academy and played soccer for the Mids over the past four years. After his military commitment, Moyer hopes to get into high school coaching.

Sideliners

It's that time of year when so many teams are involved in postseason play that keeping up with all the games, times, sites and bus schedules drives athletic directors nuts. Now, with open tournaments, it's all the more reason to make athletic directors full time.

A huge number of players, fans and parents turned out Thursday for the county Hall of Fame induction of Severna Park field hockey coach Lil Shelton, whose teams have won more than 300 games and nine state titles. It was simply a display of affection and respect for one of the greatest womens' sports coaches in state history.

Annapolis Area Christian School finished its best volleyball season at 18-2 with a three-game sweep (15-2, 15-8, 15-5) of Grace Brethren last week and awaits tomorrow's start of the Christian Schools regional.

Kristen Nicolini, former cross country and track athlete of the year and 1994 Annapolis High graduate, will transfer from Auburn to Villanova. Nicolini won the county cross country title in each of her last three seasons.

Severna Park's Mark Teixeira, an All-Metro baseball infielder at Mount St. Joseph as a junior last spring, is being recruited by all the major Division I colleges in the nation, including Arizona State, Florida State, LSU and Miami. He also could go high in next June's major-league free-agent draft.

Joe Barnes, former All-Metro outfielder at Old Mill who started in center field for Indian River (Fla.) Community College this past year, is another outstanding player at Essex Community College.

Glen Burnie volleyball coach Juanita Milani, who is expected to retire after this, her 20th season, joins Annapolis boys basketball coach John Brady as the only two county coaches who have coached 20 years or more without a losing season. Milani and Brady have each won a state title.

I'm still trying to figure out how Glen Burnie football coach Dave Rigot could have asked Florida Marlins lefty Tony Saunders to come out for football his senior year, as Rigot said in a TV interview a couple weeks ago. Saunders did not transfer from Howard High to Glen Burnie until December of his senior year.

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Pub Date: 10/26/97

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