Devin Gray, of St. Frances, is the Player of the Year for the Catholic Basketball League.
Gray, a 6-foot-6 senior who averaged 25.9 points and 14 rebounds this season, was honored at yesterday's pre-tourney Catholic League luncheon at the Days Hotel in Timonium. He was named to The Evening Sun All-Metro second team last season. This year, he led the Panthers (12-2, 17-5) to the league championship, earning a berth in the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Cumberland, March 14-16.
Tomorrow, he'll lead the top-seeded and defending tournament champion Panthers into the opening round of the Catholic Tournament against Archbishop Curley at Loyola College (8 p.m.). The tourney semifinals are set at Loyola College on Saturday (5 and 7 p.m.) and the championship game is Sunday (7 p.m.).
Joining Gray on the all-league first team are Mount St. Joe's Darrin Jones, Cardinal Gibbons' Casey Musick, Mount St. Joe's Patrick Young and Calvert Hall's Roland Brown. Gray received 69 of 70 voting points for the top honor from the league coaches, who also named William Wells of St. Frances as the Coach of the Year.
The special committee of the Catholic League selected Calvert Hall's David George for its $1,000 college scholarship. George, a two-year starter and team captain, averages eight points and five rebounds for the Cardinals. He carries a 94 cumulative grade-point average, is president of the student body, a National Honor Society member and participates in yearbook, newspaper and campus ministry programs. He ranks 19th in his class of 221.
* Severn lacrosse coach Rob White has left to serve his country, while two other area coaches, Jean Boyd and Carmine Blades, will ease into retirement.
White, 37, was called to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. He is a first lieutenant in the Maryland National Guard and has coached the Admirals for five seasons. He has taught psychology and served as a counselor. He also has taught physical education at Severn Middle School.
At a school assembly for both schools, White was presented a banner signed by 350 students. It read: "Rob White: Hurry back, we love you." His lacrosse team gave him an autographed ball and a coupon for $350 worth of telephone calls.
White will be making plenty of long-distance calls to his wife, Kathy, and three children, Josh, 12; Jessica, 10; and Matthew, 8.
Boyd has served as teacher, coach and supervisor in Anne Arundel County since 1961. She also has chaired the state field hockey tournament.
Blades will step down as girls basketball coach at St. Mary's after 13 seasons, but will continue to serve as director of athletics.
* There was a story behind the story of Southwestern's Walter Reed (29-0) winning the 189-pound championship at last week's MSA wrestling tournament. It seems Reed suffered a partially torn cartilage in his knee before the title match. He wanted to continue and his father agreed, but drove him to the hospital soon after he had won the championship.
* Parkville's Joy Burns, who withdrew from school to move to Harford County, has returned and is playing with the Knights' girls team. "We checked on her status," said coach Nancy Gross. "Joy never enrolled at a new school, so she was OK to rejoin us."
Burns, a four-year varsity performer at Parkville, was averaging 18 points a game before her brief departure last month.
* Frederick's Jennifer Krantz, the No. 2 cross country runner for the Cadets, made a big splash in the county swimming tournament. Krantz established meet and pool records in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. She also anchored two winning freestyle relays.