Alexander, Johnson are No. 1 in No. 1 year

March 18, 1991|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Evening Sun Staff

Senior leaders of the top two teams in town and two coaches who surprised many by leading their teams to the state tournament make up The Evening Sun honor roll for the 1990-91 basketball season.

The seniors, Terrance Alexander of Dunbar and Dana Johnson of Western, led their teams to a combined 52-2 record in capturing boys and girls Player of the Year honors. Art Gamzon, who took Catonsville to the state finals for the first time in his five years there, and Pat Chance, who guided Old Mill to the state Class 4A title despite starting three sophomores, have earned Coach of the Year honors.

Alexander, a 6-foot-3 guard, helped Dunbar (27-1) to the No. 1 ranking in the area and a No. 3 position in the national rankings. He averaged 18.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists, earning MVP awards in the Gonzaga Tournament, the Baltimore City Public School Tournament and the Metro Classic.

"When you consider the kind of competition he faced all season, Terrance is the best senior basketball player in the area," said Dunbar coach Pete Pompey. "He was consistent all season and he stepped up his game against the toughest teams."

If Alexander just quietly did his job, so did Gamzon, who has guided three different schools to the state tournament in the last 11 years.

After doing so with Oakland Mills and Milford Mill, Gamzon returned to College Park this year with Catonsville. The Comets were 25-0 before an 85-66 loss to DuVal in the Class 3A title game.

"It was a dream season," said Gamzon, who had six players scoring in double figures.

Johnson averaged 22.8 points, 21.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in leading the No. 1-ranked Doves to a 25-1 record and their second straight victory in the Metro Classic. The 6-3 senior was a unanimous pick for All-Metro first-team honors as selected by The Evening Sun with cooperation from area coaches.

Recently, Sports Illustrated and Parade Magazine listed Johnson among the top five high school players in the country.

Chance not only led the Patriots (24-2) to a state title. Along the way, she gained her 300th career victory, 278 of which were earned over 16 years at Old Mill.

Even Chance did not expect her young team to achieve such lofty heights this season, but the Patriots excelled with the kind of unselfish play that is a Chance trademark.

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