Walter, Albright head local inductees

Sportswriter for Sun among 3 others honored

Hall of Fame

High Schools

October 25, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Two of Anne Arundel County's winningest high school coaches, Bernie Walter in baseball and Tom Albright in basketball, topped the list of new inductees into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame last night.

Longtime Sun sportswriter Pat O'Malley, University of Maryland and Northeast High football standout Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof and two-time University of Maryland lacrosse All-American John Lamon were in the 11th class inducted before record crowd of 600 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

They also saw Frank "Jocko" Svoboda, who has umpired more than 3,000 county games in 43 years, given the County Executive Award.

Walter has coached 28 seasons at Arundel High, amassing a 484-131 record that includes nine state titles, 13 regional titles and 16 county titles. He was named National Coach of the Year by three separate publications, in 1993, 1996 and 1998.

"I think it's really great to be honored by your local people," said Walter, who also led Mayo Post 226 to the 1990 American Legion World Series title and is the only baseball coach to win the Disney's American Teacher Award. "When they recognize what you do, that's really significant."

Albright began coaching boys basketball at Southern High in Harwood in 1965. His 513-318 record ranks eighth all-time among state coaches in the sport, and his teams won state titles in 1973, 1981, 1983 and 1986, on top of 11 regional and 12 county titles.

"I'm really flattered and kind of embarrassed, because I'm not sure I'm ready for this yet," said Albright, who also has been Southern's athletic director since 1961.

O'Malley has covered Anne Arundel sports since 1969 for the News American and The Sun. He also has coached four amateur baseball teams to national titles and was a radio and television broadcaster for 15 years.

"One of my favorite sayings always was, `Winners make commitments, and losers make promises,' " O'Malley said. "I really believe in that, and that's how I've tried to live my life."

Abdur-Ra'oof was Baltimore Metro Athlete of the Year in 1983 for his success as a football, basketball and state champion track athlete at Northeast. He set several school records in all three sports and a meet record in winning the Class A state championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He later started a wide receiver at Maryland from 1984-87 and was All-ACC as a senior.

Lamon was a four-year starting lacrosse attackman at Maryland after being three-time all-county at the Wroxeter School. He was on the 1986 world title team for the United States and also is in the Maryland Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Svoboda was inducted into the Old-Timers' Baseball Association Hall of Fame last winter. His awards include being Umpire of the Year by the Maryland State Baseball Coaches Association in 1998.

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