St. Paul's Behrens aces Scholar Athlete exam

Studious senior wins $4,000 scholarship award

High Schools

March 11, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When his football coach first met him, Andrew Behrens was reading a Tolstoy novel.

Last night Behrens of St. Paul's was the grand prize $4,000 scholarship winner at the 41st annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

"He's quite studious and wants to study medicine," said St. Paul's coach David Dolch. "He was highly recruited by the service academies and the Ivy League schools and is considered one of the top students at St. Paul's in the last 20 years."

Behrens, a 6-foot-2, 216-pound linebacker and offensive guard, will attend Columbia after leading St. Paul's to back-to-back Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference titles.

He has a 4.0 grade point average and ranks first in his class of 75. He has won both Princeton and Harvard "book awards" for outstanding academics and personal qualities and achievement.

He played in the Baltimore Touchdown Club's Super 22 all-star game, and is also a member of the St. Paul's lacrosse team and a yearbook editor.

About 1,200 attended the dinner, which is the largest of its kind in the United States among 100 chapters. A total of 94 players were honored at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

Four other regional winners - Josh Rutter, Francis Scott Key; David Galbreath, North Harford; Timothy Fair, Broadneck; Earl Chaptman Jr., Dunbar. - received $1,500 scholarships.

Rutter, a 6-2, 220-pound fulback and linebacker, was the Carroll County Defensive Player of the Year, a two-year captain and described by his coach as "the full package." Josh is a top 10 percent student, a National Honor Society member and a four-year varsity basketball team member.

Galbreath, a 5-11, 225-pound two-year, first-team All-Harford County defensive tackle, ranks No. 2 among 331 students, is president of student government, an all-county baseball player, National Honor Society member and honorable mention Maryland Distinguished Scholar. Like Behrens, he led his team in tackles.

Fair, a 5-10, 195-pound offensive guard and linebacker, ranked No. 7 among 444 students. He is the recipient of Anne Arundel County's distinguished mathematics award for the past three years, a National Honor Society member, and first-team all-county player for the three-time county and regional champs. He also plays baseball.

Chaptman, a 5-10, 170-pound quarterback and cornerback, threw for more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns with a 65 percent completion ratio and was second team All City-County. He ranks eighth among 194 seniors academically and plays basketball and baseball.

Bob Williams, a 1947 Loyola High grad who played at Notre Dame and with the Chicago Bears, was honored with a Distinguished Maryland Award.

The A. Paul Menton award for the area's top football team was given to Broadneck.

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