Dunbar's Singfield 1 of 5 honored Hereford's Wingeart also a region winner at Scholar Athlete dinner

High Schools

March 12, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

On the football field, Dahnel Singfield never questioned his ability.

Last night, however, the Dunbar senior admitted to having some doubts while sitting at the head table with 92 of the state's best and brightest at 35th Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner at Martin's West.

"I didn't think I was going to get it because of all of the competition that was up on stage," said Singfield, who received a trophy and a $1,500 scholarship after being named one of the five region winners. "After the announcer started describing things about the winner in our region, I started shaking."

Singfield, a defensive back, is a two-time All-Metro selection and was a three-year starter for the Poets. He has a scholarship to attend the University of Buffalo.

Justin Wiggs of Frederick County's Walkersville, who played five games with a broken bone in his leg and still finished as the team's leading rusher, appeared calm while accepting the award as West region winner and an additional $2,500 scholarship for being the grand winner.

"I thought I had a shot in my region, but I never thought I would win the whole thing," said Wiggs, who took home $4,000 from the event, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. "I figured someone from around here would have superior numbers."

Jason Wingeart, an All-Metro performer who led Hereford to a Class 1A state championship, was the North region winner. In addition to rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and recording 38 tackles and nine interceptions, Wingeart, who is considering several Ivy League schools, has maintained a 3.4 grade-point average and is an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America.

He leaves Hereford not only with a state title but also as the school's all-time leader in interceptions with 24.

Anthony Snukis, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound two-way tackle from Old Mill, collected a $1,500 scholarship for winning the South region title. Snukis, who has made the honor roll 46 straight marking periods, cleared the way for Old Mill's running backs this season, helping the Patriots to their first winning season (7-3) since 1991 for retiring veteran coach Pete Regala.

"He's a great kid, and this is well-deserved," said Regala.

Gene Liebel, a four-year starter for Fallston and a first-team All-State Academic selection, was the East region winner.

Liebel, who was listed among the top 100 backs in the Northeast region by Prep Star Magazine, led the Cougars in rushing and was ranked eighth in his class of 366 students.

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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