All-time Top 20 Baltimore Area Boys High School Teams

February 28, 1995|By Compiled from a survey of area coaches by Kent Baker

1. DUNBAR, 1982-83

Record: 31-0.

Coach: Bob Wade.

The first of three national champions at Dunbar, it was also the best team ever in Baltimore. Wade had it all size, depth, talent and three future professionals in 5-3 point guard Muggsy Bogues (Wake Forest), Reggie Williams (Georgetown) and the late Reggie Lewis (Northeastern). The bench, led by Lewis, showed its mettle at a tournament in Johnstown, Pa., when starters Williams, Mike Brown (Syracuse, Clemson) and Keith James (South Carolina) fouled out. Other key members were Tim Dawson (Miami), Herman Harried (Syracuse), Eric Green (James Madison), Derrick Lewis (Northeastern) and co-captain Darryl Woods (Virginia Union).

2. DUNBAR, 1991-92

Record: 28-0.

Coach: Pete Pompey.

What this team lacked in size, it compensated for with grit and hustle over a two-year span when it lost only once. Three members are now impact players in big-time college programs: Keith Booth (Maryland), Michael Lloyd (Syracuse) and Donta Bright (Massachusetts). This national championship team also included Cyrus Jones (West Virginia), Paul Banks (Texas-Arlington) and Alexander Mobley (UMES) as the key reserve. The Poets played a brutal schedule that included nine nationally ranked opponents, among them Simon Gratz of Philadelphia, St. Anthony of New Jersey, Oak Hill of Virginia and Dunbar of D.C.

3. CALVERT HALL, 1981-82

Record: 34-0.

Coach: Mark Amatucci.

A veteran team playing together for the third year, Calvert Hall went everywhere and won everywhere. A triple-overtime win over Dunbar the year before established the Cardinals' credentials, and this team went on to capture the Las Vegas Holiday Classic and beat such opposition as Camden (N.J.), Dunbar of D.C., DeMatha and Long Island Lutheran. Current pro Duane Ferrell (Georgia Tech) and Marc Wilson (Minnesota) advanced to big-time college play and Paul Edwards starred at Mount St. Mary's. Vernon Hill and Eddie Oliver were also key players.

4. DUNBAR, 1981-82

Record: 29-0.

Coach: Bob Wade.

This team was deprived of the national crown only because Calvert Hall was so strong. Despite plenty of lobbying for a showdown between the Cardinals and Poets, the teams never met. Featured were all the key members of the 1982-83 squad, plus another future pro, David Wingate (Georgetown), and Gary Graham (UNLV). The Poets won by 25 points at Camden (N.J.), beating a team led by Billy Thompson.

5. DUNBAR, 1972-73

Record: 19-0.

Coach: Sugar Cain.

The breakthrough team that focused attention on the quality of Baltimore basketball, this Poets club was cited by Cain as " as good as any I've ever had." He retired after its historic 85-71 victory over DeMatha and Adrian Dantley at the Civic Center in his 30th season. Skip Wise (Clemson), Larry Gibson (Maryland), Donnie Joy (Clemson), Billy Snowden, Duke Richardson, Petey Butler and Tim Greene formed an awesome cast.

6. DUNBAR, 1984-85

Record: 29-1.

Coach: Bob Wade.

Perry and Terry Dozier transferred from Hammond High and Wade instantly had another national champion. The Doziers' height Perry was 6-10, Terry 6-9 was the missing ingredient for a club that had point guard Kurk Lee, later a star at Towson State, Karl James and Clarence Hutton as the other starters. The big national win was over a Dobbins Tech team from Philadelphia that included Bo Kimble and the late Hank Gathers.

7. CALVERT HALL, 1980-81

Record: 29-2.

Coach: Mark Amatucci.

The forerunner of the 1981-82 national championship team included Ferrell, the Edwards brothers Darryl and Paul and Wilson. The squad had to overcome the death of teammate Paul Kinney. The triple-overtime win against Dunbar at the Towson Center was the highlight for the Catholic League regular-season and tournament champ. The Cardinals lost only to Dunbar of D.C. and Gonzaga.

8. LAKE CLIFTON, 1975-76

Record: 23-2.

Coach: Woody Williams.

A dominant team locally for two years, this team's only defeats were to Dunbar of D.C. Ten of its players eventually received college degrees. Arnold Gaines (Wisconsin), Rodney " Pop" Wright (Drake), Ernie Graham (Maryland) and Lance Hill (Kansas) advanced to major-college programs and Robert Brown played at Florida A&M. The Lakers won the MSA A Conference and were second in the Knights of Columbus Tournament.

9. LAKE CLIFTON, 1986-87

Record: 27-1.

Coach: Woody Williams.

But for a last-second 60-foot shot by St. Maria Goretti's Rodney ++ Monroe in the Fuel Fund game at the Baltimore Arena, this team would have been Williams' only unbeaten in a long line of quality teams. It was the game in which Lake came from 17 down in the first half and played the second half without star Thomas Jordan, who walked out on his teammates at halftime. Long-range shooter Kenny McNeil and inside standout Anthony Wiley were also stars for these MSA A champions.

10. SOUTHERN, 1993-94

Record: 23-1.

Coach: Meredith Smith.

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