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Sier awarded Gus Baker scholarship

April 14, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

When he hit the pillow Saturday night, Smithsburg's Dustin Sier probably had visions of success dancing through his head.

After all, he had just encountered a day full of achievements he'll long remember.

Sier was named the Gus Baker Memorial Scholarship Award winner by the Baltimore Ravens Roost No. 7 at the club's 40th annual banquet.

Earlier in the day, Sier had won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored the 400- and 800-meter relays for the Smithsburg boys at the Dwight Scott Invitational in Boonsboro.

"Winning this award was the last thing on my mind," Sier, somewhat worn out after an exhausting day, said. "I don't think I could run home right now."

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Sier has a heavy load in the classroom which is based around his liking for science, particularly physics. He carries a 3.2 grade point average and will take his talents to Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., where he plans on playing football and continue his physics studies.

"I'm very interested in teaching and coaching in high school," Sier said. "Taking a heavy load of studies helps keep me out of any trouble. It keeps you straight."

There's no lack of determination in Sier.

His senior season on the football field was nearly curtailed when he suffered an early-season shoulder injury which forced him to miss 2 1/2 games.

Still, he recovered substantially and managed to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the Leopards.

"My whole family has always been supportive of me," Sier said. "My father (Byron) has always encouraged me on and off the field."

Ravens Roost No. 7 also honored Ed Hartwell of the Ravens as the 2002 Extra Effort award winner.

The second-year linebacker became the first player in Ravens history other than Ray Lewis to lead the team in tackles with 191, including 125 solo hits.

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