Soft-spoken Burger given scholarship

April 22, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

South Hagerstown senior Drew Burger is one of those student-athletes who lets his actions speak for him.

Not big on showing off, he led by example as a defensive lineman for the 2006 Rebels football team. It's qualities like those that led Ravens Roost No. 7 to select Burger as the recipient of the Gus Baker Memorial Scholarship on Saturday night at the 44th annual "Extra Effort" Awards Banquet at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge.

"Drew is one of those kids, who you'd never knew he was, but he was a great leader," said South coach Greg Kellick. "He leads with his demeanor and others feed off that."

Burger is the fourth South Hagerstown recipient of the scholarship, which is valued at $2,500 and recognizes outstanding performances in academic, athletic and extracurricular activities.


"He's been with us for four years and he played hard at every practice and at every game," Kellick said. "But as good as he was on the football field, he was better in the classroom."

Seniors on the All-Washington County team were eligible to be nominated for the scholarship, before the field was narrowed to one student-athlete from each county school. The selection is made by a collection of Ravens Roost No. 7 panelists.

In addition to the scholarship, Burger was one of 41 members of the All-County team to be celebrated for their "Extra Effort." Each player was given an honorary plaque and a proclamation from the governor's office.

Baltimore Ravens tight end Daniel Wilcox was on hand to receive the "Extra Effort" award, and he shared some perspective with the county athletes.

"To be a student-athlete, you have to have good discipline," Wilcox said. "It can be a lot to deal with, but you have to stay focused if you want to get where you want to be.

"It's good to get a chance to see kids with positive looks on life, especially when it comes to athletics. There's been a 'dumb jock' stereotype for a lot of athletes and it's good to have a group of kids that don't fit it."

Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders and North Hagerstown coach Dan Cunningham were recognized as "Extra Effort" co-coaches of the year after directing their teams to the playoffs in 2006.

Anders coached the Warriors to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Maryland Class 1A West playoffs, while Cunningham guided the Hubs to the Class 2A West final and an 8-4 mark.

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