Eric Brown of Northeast and North County's Caitlin Burns are this year's winners of the $1,500 Dick Hart Memorial Scholarships given to one boy and one girl from an Anne Arundel County public school basketball team.
Hart, the late Andover High boys basketball coach, was characterized by his emphasis on defense and the game's intangibles.
Since his death to cancer at age 53 in 1991, Andover alumni have presented the Dick Hart Award to county unsung heroes. Several years ago, the group started giving scholarships by raising money at a golf outing.
This year's golf tournament is set for June 20 at Bay Hills Country Club in Arnold. The day will conclude with a picnic, where the scholarships will be presented to Brown and Burns.
Brown, a 6-foot-4 forward who is a standout pitcher and hitter for the Eagles' baseball team, was the basketball team's leading scorer (13.6) and rebounder (10.1), but those are not the reasons he was named a Hart recipient.
"Eric is the most fundamentally sound post player I have ever coached," said the Eagles' Brandt Schanberger.
"But more than that he is a coach's dream with his work ethic and attitude."
Brown carries a 3.8 grade-point average, scored 1,100 on his SAT and is ranked 23rd in a class of 328. Catholic University, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Penn State and Barton (N.C.) have shown interest in him.
His future may be in baseball.
Burns, a 5-3 guard who has a 3.6 grade-point average and 1,110 SAT score, received the Knights' Team Hustle and Coaches Award this past season, her fourth.
"Caitlin is the epitome of how Dick Hart basketball should be played, " said North County history teacher Dan Krimmelbein, who nominated Burns and is a former player and coach under Hart.
"She is tireless defensively and unselfish offensively."
Burns will attend Western Maryland College.
To play in the golf tournament or make a contribution to the Hart Scholarship Fund, call chairman Ken Larsen at 410-859-3810.
Dual roles for Brady?
County athletic administrator Marlene Kelly has given Annapolis boys basketball coach John Brady the OK to apply for the vacant girls position at Annapolis.
Kelly told Brady there is no rule against coaching both teams simultaneously, something that has never been done.
Brady is seriously considering applying for the girls post.
C.J. Twombly, who played varsity soccer at Northeast last fall as a freshman and recently returned from Brazil as a member of the Maryland under-15 Olympic Development Program team, has been called up to the Eagles' varsity lacrosse team. Twombly adds depth to the attack on the Eagles' 5-4 team that stunned No. 10 Broadneck (8-2), 9-8, this week. ... With a 14-7 rout of Annapolis (4-4) in Severna Park's Faceoff Classic Friday, No. 9 St. Mary's (3-6) extended its winning streak in boys lacrosse over the Panthers to 37. ... In their first meeting since last spring's MIAA B Conference final won, 10-7, by Archbishop Spalding, the Cavaliers (6-8) beat Annapolis Area Christian School (7-4), 13-11, Thursday as Kyle Dixon had two goals and four assists and Mike Duckett, three and one. ... The Meade girls lacrosse team (1-7) snapped a 38-game losing streak Thursday with a 17-1 romp over South Hagerstown, but the Mustang boys (0-8) haven't won since 1998 (3-11), a string of 36 consecutive losses. ... The top two pitchers on the No. 5-ranked Mount St. Joseph baseball team are from Anne Arundel County in Gavin Floyd (Severna Park) and Joe Peeler (Pasadena).
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