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All-time Top 20 Baltimore Area Boys High School Teams

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

After beating No. 1 Rice of New York, led by national high school player of the year Felipe Lopez, in the Charm City Classic, the Bulldogs were upset by Southwestern in their next game. That probably cost them the national championship, but they did go on to win the 4A state title. The key players were the guards, Kevin Simpson and Damon Cason.

11. CITY, 1965-66

Record: 20-0.

Coach: Jerry Phipps.

The Black Knights, who beat Dunbar twice this season, showcased Lee Dedmon, who became an All-Atlantic Coast Conference center at North Carolina, and Henry Gareis. City was undefeated the following year, too.

12. MT. ST. JOSEPH, 1970-71

Record: 24-2.

Coach: Gene Nieberlein.

This Gaels team broke Dunbar's stranglehold on the MSA title by winning at the Poets' gym, precipitating the brawl that led to the Catholic schools' nearly 20-year break from the league. Guard Barry Scroggins and 6-7, 240-pound Milt Walker were the catalysts.

13. TOWSON, 1962-63

Record: 22-0.

Coach: Randy Walker.

The most powerful team ever assembled in Baltimore County, the Generals won the state 4A championship, beating Bladensburg, 75-60, in the final. This team featured Ralph Lee and Billy Jones. Jones went on to play at Maryland, where he was one of the first two blacks to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

14. ANNAPOLIS, 1989-90

Record: 23-3.

Coach: John Brady.

The foremost of a long line of solid Panthers clubs coached by Al Laramore, then Brady, Annapolis captured the 4A state title over defending champion High Point, 106-102, in perhaps the best high school game ever played in College Park. This team averaged 85.1 points and included Dennis Edwards, Ted Cottrell, Jeff Brown, Oderio Jones, Gene Slocum and Jamie Cook.

15. DUNBAR, 1971-72

Record: 18-0.

Coach: Sugar Cain.

Following the brawl during the Poets' home game against Mount St. Joseph in February 1971, the league penalized Dunbar by forcing it to play its entire 1971-72 schedule on the road. The Poets responded by going undefeated and winning the MSA title. It was Skip Wise's junior year.

16. CARD. GIBBONS, 1974-75

Record: 26-4.

Coach: Ray Mullis.

The first in a succession of outstanding squads coached by Mullis, this team featured Robert Valderas, Norman Black and Mark Massimini. The big accomplishments were a victory over Long Island Lutheran and the championship of the Alhambra Catholic Tournament in Cumberland.

17. LOYOLA, 1975-76

Record: 27-6.

Coach: Jerry Savage.

The second of three straight Dons clubs that won at least 26 games, this was the best, Savage said. It included senior Bob Barry (Bucknell), junior center Pete Budko (North Carolina) and sophomore Tony Guy (Kansas). The Catholic League champions advanced to the Alhambra finals, where they lost in overtime to Philadelphia Roman Catholic.

18. DUNBAR, 1989-90

Record: 22-4.

Coach: Pete Pompey.

Another Poets powerhouse, this club was nationally ranked for much of the season. Donta Bright was a freshman, but the key players were guards Sam Cassell (Florida State) and Kevin Green, who stayed home and became an impact player at Loyola College.

19. CITY, 1972-73

Record: 16-2.

Coach: Gene Parker.

This team could not beat Dunbar, with Wise and Gibson, but the Black Knights had a strong run through the early '70s. On the roster were Brian Matthews and Pat McKinley, who helped Towson State finish No. 1 in the nation in the Division II poll at the end of the 1976-77 regular season, and Ron Smith and George Pinchback, who helped the University of Baltimore finish fourth in the same poll.

20. CARD. GIBBONS, 1984-85

Record: 32-8.

Coach: Ray Mullis.

At one time, this squad was 29-2 and No. 4 in the nation. Then came a slew of injuries, and the Crusaders lost six of their last nine. The roster included Rodney Walker (Syracuse), Bernard Royster (Old Dominion) and David Brown (Massachusetts).

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