Albright, Walter top list of Hall inductees

Abdur-Ra'oof, Lamon, Sun writer O'Malley also honored by county

September 19, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Local coaching legends Tom Albright and Bernie Walter head the 11th class of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.

Former Maryland and Northeast football standout Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof, Severna Park and U.S. national player John Lamon and Sun sportswriter Pat O'Malley round out the class. Frank "Jocko" Svoboda, a sandlot baseball umpire for the past 50 years, will be awarded the County Executive's trophy. Svoboda and the others will be honored at an induction ceremony on Oct. 24 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Albright has coached the Southern boys basketball team since 1965. During that span, his squads have won 62 percent of their games (513-318).

A math and computer teacher who also doubles as the school's athletic director, Albright has guided his teams to four state championships, 10 regional titles and 11 county crowns. Albright has been the director of the southern chapter of the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks youth basketball league since 1969.

Walter, a Brooklyn Park High and University of Maryland product, has been a fixture at Arundel since 1973. He has served as the school's athletic director since 1981.

Walter has become the most successful baseball coach in state public school history, with a 484-131 mark. His teams have captured a record nine state championships, 13 regional titles and a record 16 county crowns. The first coach to win state titles in four consecutive decades, Walter is a three-time national Coach of the Year and the only baseball coach in the country to earn Disney's American Teacher Award.

Abdur-Ra'oof starred in football, basketball and track at Northeast, and he was named The Sun's 1983 Metro Athlete of the Year as a senior. He set records in winning Class A state crowns in the 100- and 200-meter races and led the Eagles' basketball team to their only Class A semifinal appearance at Cole Field House.

But Abdur-Ra'oof particularly excelled at football, where he established nine school records in rushing and passing while playing quarterback. After a senior season in which he led the Eagles to a Class A state semifinal berth, Abdur-Ra'oof starred as a wide receiver at Maryland, where he ranks in the top six in four career categories. He was a ninth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lamon was a three-time All-County selection in lacrosse at the now-defunct Wroxeter school, earning high school All-American status in 1974.

As a four-year starter at Maryland, Lamon was a member of the squads that were national finalists in 1976 and 1979. A member of Mount Washington and the Maryland Lacrosse Club, he was inducted into the Maryland Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1993.

Lamon was a member of the 1986 national team that won the World Championship in Toronto and the Washington Wave indoor professional lacrosse franchise from 1985 to 1988.

For 33 years, O'Malley has been covering Anne Arundel County and the Baltimore metropolitan area as a sportswriter for the News American (1969-78) and The Sun (1978-present).

A radio and cable television reporter for 16 years who was nominated for an ACE award in 1984, O'Malley hosted a national pro/college football talk show on the USA network for three years in the mid-1980s. He also has been a pro boxing announcer for the past 16 years.

A successful amateur baseball coach who coached 12 future major-leaguers, O'Malley has compiled a career record of 1,536-459 (.770) and guided the Little Orioles and the Brooklyn Optimists Boys Club to four national crowns.

Svoboda, 75, has been a baseball umpire for the last 50 years in sandlot play. He founded the county high school fall baseball league nearly 20 years ago. Svoboda is the second recipient of the County Executive trophy, joining longtime recreation basketball coach Ed Wilson of Severna Park, who received the honor last year.

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