The first recipients of the Coach Mike “Papa” Brown MSA Scholarship have been announced by the family.
There were nearly 50 entries for the scholarship awards as the family examined each application for how it “reflected the Pope’s ideals of leadership.”
This year’s honorees:
• The $ 5,000, first-place award went to Shaelyce Hann of Highland, a four-sport athlete (tennis, basketball, cross country, swimming) for the Hornets;
• The $ 4,000 scholarship winner is Brandon Cabaniss (football, track and field) of La Cueva;
• Dylan D’Arco of Sandia (basketball, baseball) was the $ 3,000 recipient;
• Volcano Vista’s Cade Wallin (football, track and field) was the $ 2,000 winner;
• Aelea Thomas of Highland (soccer, cross country, basketball, track and field) earned the $ 1,000 scholarship award.
The scholarship fund was created to benefit senior student-athletes, but only in Albuquerque Public Schools, and only boys or girls who carried at least a 3.5 GPA were eligible. The family intends to hand out five scholarships each year to students who plan to go to college or to a vocational school no later than the fall following their graduation. Students were asked to write an essay on leadership.
“By continuing with the Papa Brown Scholarship, we are continuing his legacy,” the family said in a statement. “Our intention is not only to honor the student athlete that the Pope was so proud of, but to continue to bring to the forefront information about the devastating disease that took his life.”
Mike Brown died June 30. He was 75. He had been stricken with a rare kind of Parkinson’s called Multiple System Atrophy, or MSA. The Hall of Famer coached Albuquerque Academy’s boys basketball program to six state championships – consecutively, from 1989 through 1994.
Various donations were made to help fund the scholarship awards. The Brown family said that 10% of annual donations will go directly to the MSA Foundation. Those interested in donating to the fund can do so by visiting papabrownscholarship.wixsite.com/scholarship-fund.
TRACK AND FIELD: The 26-team Richard Harper Memorial Track and Field meet, probably the most prestigious event of the regular season for schools in the metro area, is Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
The host Chargers will welcome all 13 APS schools, plus Cleveland, Rio Rancho, Hope Christian, Belen, Capital, Grants, Los Alamos, Los Lunas, Piedra Vista, Sandia Prep, Santa Fe and Valencia.
Twelve of the 14 field events – everything except boys and girls discus – will be held on Friday.
There is one individual running final Friday: the 3,200, at noon (girls) and 12:30 (boys), plus the prelims in the non-distance races.
The discus is 9 am Saturday. The running finals, including the 800 and 1,600, are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am
ONE MORE FOR HOLLAND: Los Lunas freshman Jalin Holland has collected his second official Division I men’s basketball offer, this one from New Mexico State over the weekend. Holland announced it on Sunday on his Twitter page.
Southern Utah had offered the 6-foot-4 Holland earlier last week.
MUHAMMAD GOING D-1: Former Cleveland High guard Aamer Muhammad is transferring to Division I Troy. The 6-foot-1 Muhammad averaged 15.4 points and 2.7 assists for Division II Lubbock Christian, which went 27-4 last season. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field last season, and earned second-team Lone Star All-Conference honors.
METRO TENNIS / GOLF: The Albuquerque Metro Tennis Championships are underway, and continue through Saturday.
The boys matches will be at the Jerry Cline Complex on Wednesday at 4 pm, and at Albuquerque Academy Thursday through Saturday. The girls are at the Academy all week, including 4 pm Wednesday.
The singles and doubles finals are 8 am Saturday at Academy.
Academy, Bosque School, Sandia Prep, St. Pius, Cleveland and Rio Rancho join the 13 APS high schools in the event.
• The metro golf tournament is Monday at Ladera Golf Course, with an 8 am shotgun start.
In addition to the APS teams, other schools competing are Academy, Bosque School, Cleveland, Hope Christian, Rio Rancho, Sandia Prep and St. Pius.
SIGNINGS: Eldorado has three athletes who recently signed their national letters of intent: cross country runner Michael Kolek (Ottawa University in Phoenix), soccer player Keegan Davis (Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington), and runner Naseem Dhaouadi (Michigan Tech University in Houghton ).