Adam M. Parr, 17, Sparrows Point High senior, soccer player

October 05, 2003|By Jennifer McMenamin and Lem Satterfield | Jennifer McMenamin and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Adam Matthew Parr, an honors student and varsity soccer player at Sparrows Point High School, died Wednesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, less than 12 hours after a car in which he was riding collided with a tractor-trailer. He was 17.

Born and raised in Edgemere. he attended Deep Creek Elementary in Essex and then Chesapeake Terrace Elementary, Sparrows Point Middle and Sparrows Point High in Edgemere.

With only three or four credits left to earn for his high school diploma, he had enrolled at the Community College of Baltimore County. He attended classes each morning at Sparrows Point High and then left with several classmates for the community college's Dundalk campus, where he was taking college algebra and English 101.

He and a friend were returning from the college at about noon Wednesday when the crash occurred at Bethlehem Boulevard and Wharf Road.

Although Adam excelled in math and science and had developed an interest in computers, his friends and parents said he had not yet decided what he wanted to do after graduation.

"If he went to college and continued, he was going to go to Salisbury [University], but he didn't really say what he wanted to study," said his mother, Gail L. Parr. "He had never decided what he was going to do. He thought he had some time."

Although he enjoyed and did well in his high school honors and Advanced Placement courses, his real passion came through on the soccer field.

"He played baseball and football when he was very young, but once he stopped that, it was soccer all the way," his mother said.

He was a second-year starter with his high school soccer team, the Pointers, and a stopper, which typically pitted him against the opposing team's best offensive player.

Just a day before the car crash, his defensive play helped carry the Pointers to an overtime victory against league rival Eastern Technical High School, the two-time defending Baltimore County soccer champion. In a tightly contested game, said Sparrows Point soccer coach George Bischoff, he helped keep Eastern Tech's top scorer from kicking a goal or an assist.

"Adam had been sick with a stomach flu for two days before the game, and we weren't sure that he would be able to go," Mr. Bischoff said. "But he came to the game ready to play, as Adam always was. He did his normal good-job game. That's the kind of player he was."

The team has ordered arm bands with his jersey number, 18, and will dedicate the rest of the season to him. His mother said Adam will be buried in his soccer uniform.

In addition to playing with his high school team, he also played indoor and outdoor recreational soccer year-round with the Essex Ravens.

He spent his summers helping his father, Leonard Parr, at the family business, Parr Electric, and he enjoyed crabbing and fishing from his family's powerboat on Jones Creek just behind their home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk at 7922 Wise Avenue.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by an elder brother, Bryan Parr of Edgewood; a younger brother, Douglas Parr of Edgemere; and his grandparents, Charles "Rob" Parr and Virginia Parr of Baltimore.

Contributions may be made to Sparrows Point High School, Adam Parr Scholarship Fund, 7400 North Point Road, Edgemere 21219.

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