Pikesville's Davis, Eastern Tech's Wright win McCormick Unsung Heroes Awards

  • Pikesville basketball player Alysha Davis and Eastern Tech football player Mike Wright are recipients of the 2011 McCormick Unsung Heroes Awards.
Pikesville basketball player Alysha Davis and Eastern Tech… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
May 02, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Alysha Davis and Mike Wright played different sports but had one major similarity — they did anything necessary to help their teams.

Davis helped an injury-hampered Pikesville basketball team in a variety of ways, and Wright played seven positions on the football field for Eastern Tech. Their versatility and selflessness are reasons each won a McCormick Unsung Heroes Award at the annual banquet Monday night at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn.

Davis and Wright, both seniors, are the 66th and 67th winners of the Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship Awards, established in 1969, which have a four-year value of $36,000 for each.

Wright was a starter as a junior, but a fractured foot initially cost him that role in 2010. His foot healed, he began filling in wherever the Mavericks needed him, depending upon injuries or matchups.

By the end of the third week of the season, Wright had played defensive end on both sides of the line, linebacker, strong safety, nose guard, tailback and wingback. He also helped out on special teams.

"It was hard because it was a lot of transitions," Wright said. "But it was what the team needed, so I was there. As long as I could help the team out, I did it."

The scholarship will help Wright go to the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Davis did just as much for a Pikesville team beset by injuries.

She played all five positions for the Panthers, served as a captain and kept trying to boost her teammates' morale during the difficult days they experienced.

"I kept a positive frame of mind and tried to be strong," Davis said. "I'm always a leader."

Davis is headed to Chowan University, a Division II school in Murfreesboro, N.C.

"I can't explain how much this means to me," she said.

The winners were picked from 107 candidates from 67 Baltimore-area public, private, parochial and independent schools.

Byron Pitts of CBS, a Baltimore native, was scheduled to be the event's speaker but was called away Monday to cover the story of Osama bin Laden's killing.

Sean Tuohy, the adoptive father of Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, was going to be a fill-in, but he couldn't make it because of travel problems. CBS radio host Scott Garceau and McCormick president and CEO Alan Wilson combined served as the night's speakers.

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