Gamzon having too much fun

December 21, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

He's nearing the 200 career victory mark and still having fun. So Catonsville basketball coach Art Gamzon isn't sure when he's going to call it quits.

"As I approach No. 200, I guess the only thing it indicates is that I've been around a while," said Gamzon, 53, whose record is 197-89.

In his 13th season, Gamzon's Comets play host to No. 9 Milford Mill tomorrow, and could reach the milestone in the three-game, Dec. 27-29 Wes Unseld Holiday Tournament.

At Oakland Mills from 1980-1982, Gamzon was 35-34. He was 38-9 at Milford Mill from 1985-1986, and he's 124-46 at Catonsville since 1987.

Five times, Gamzon has reached the state semifinals at thUniversity of Maryland's Cole Field House, including three state title appearances and a 3A state title victory in 1992.

In 1985, his Millers fell by four points to Forestville in a game "we should have won," Gamzon says.

"Can I remember victory No. 100?," asked Gamzon. "Not at all -- but I bet I could look it up."

Gamzon would rather recall the players he's coached, such as 1985 Milford Mill graduate Brian Jordan, who starred in football with the Atlantas Falcons, and still is playing baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Then there are Catonsville graduates Kerwin Thompson, David Clark, Teron Owens, Rob Reich, Louis Smith and James Lewis.

"I'll just keep taking it one year at a time. In fact, I've told my principal [Donald I. Mohler III] that I'm just going to keep signing one-year contracts," Gamzon said.

Salters relieved

Jim Salters, 11-9 over two years as football coach at Edgewood, last week was relieved of his duties. School principal Bob Williams said he made the decision after consulting with athletic director Bob Slagle.

Slagle said the record was not a factor, but that the school is looking for a "more experienced coach."

Applications for the position should be sent to Slagle at the school, 2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, Md. 21040, before Jan. 14.

Thompson on top

Statistics released yesterday show 1991 Lake Clifton graduate Keith Thompson as the nation's leading scorer in the JuCo ranks.

Thompson, a 6-foot sophomore guard at Frederick Community College, is averaging 35 points and four each in rebounds, steals and assists. His teammate, 6-5 freshman swingman Anthony Wright -- also a Lake Clifton graduate -- is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds. Frederick is 6-5.

Thompson is being sought by schools such as Towson State, Penn State, Loyola of Chicago, UMES and several Division II schools, but says he likely will make a decision after the basketball season.

"I think I'd like to go to a small school, where I could go right in and play, but with a good academic reputation," said Thompson.

Lake Clifton coach Charlie Moore also reports that Lakers graduate Kevin Norris is averaging 12 points, 11 assists and five steals as a freshman at Maine Central Institute (7-2), a prep school.

"Kevin's also doing well in the books, so it turns out that the junior college route is best for some," said Moore, whose son Chucky was a JuCo All-American at Garrett Junior College in Cumberland.

Chucky later played two years at Northeastern University in Boston, earning most improved player as a junior.

"Chucky's played his four years of basketball and he's thinking about playing professionally in Europe," said Charlie Moore. "But what matters most is that he's earning his degree from

Northeastern University this year."

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