Six win Scholar Athlete prizes

Abbott, football standout for Walkersville, receives top scholarship of $4,000

March 08, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Jason Abbott of Walkersville won the grand prize of a $4,000 college scholarship at last night's 38th annual Scholar Athlete Awards dinner that honored 89 football players at Martin's West.

A total of $10,000 in scholarships was awarded by the Baltimore chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame that sponsors the event, the largest of more than 100 similar dinners throughout the country.

Abbott was one of six regional scholarship award winners that included Michael Miller of Aberdeen, Dominique Williams of Patterson, Clifton Lennon of Loyola, Greg Lotz of Gilman and Ryan Fisher of Mount St. Joseph. Each of the other region awards carried a $1,500 scholarship.

Abbott, the West Region winner, ranks No. 1 in his class of 250, and the team captain played center and linebacker for Lions. He earned All-Monocacy Valley first-team honors and led the league in tackles. Abbott, 6 feet 4, 210 pounds, is the senior class treasurer and also plays basketball.

Miller, the East Region winner and 6-0, 210-pound team captain, ranks in the top 2 percent of his class and played fullback, defensive end and linebacker for the Eagles, earning first-team All-Harford County honors. He also is captain of the wrestling and baseball teams.

Williams won the Central Region honor. The 6-2, 300-pound offensive guard and defensive tackle was a first-team All-Metro guard, team captain and four-year starter while ranking in the top 10 percent of his class. He also participates in track for the Clippers.

Lotz and Lennon were co-winners in the North Region.

Lotz is a 6-4, 220-pound defensive end and tight end who earned first-team All-Metro defensive honors. The Greyhound punted for a 40-yard average, is an Eagle scout and ranks in the top 5 percent of his class.

Lennon ranks first in a class of 175. The 6-0, 170-pound wide receiver and safety earned first-team All-MIAA honors. He's a Maryland Distinguised Scholar finalist and a National Merit Commended student. He will also captain the lacrosse team this spring.

Fisher, the South Region winner, is a 6-0, 250-pound center who earned first-team All-MIAA honors. The team captain is a National Merit Commended student, Student Council president, a shot putter on the track team and executive editor of the school magazine. He ranks in the top 5 percent of his class.

Special Achievement Awards were presented to three-time state Class 2A champion Urbana High School, winner of 38 straight games, and to Western Maryland College, the Division III Centennial Conference champion.

McDonogh was honored with the Paul A. Menton Award as the area's top scholastic team.

Longtime Football Foundation member and former board president Dennis J. Cox was honored with the foundation's Service to Football Award.

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