All-baltimore City

March 22, 2006

BOYS BASKETBALL

Louis Birdsong

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mount St. Joseph

The unquestioned leader of the top-ranked Gaels (38-1), who set a state record for most wins in a season, set the example for teamwork and effort.

Birdsong, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward headed to George Mason, averaged 12.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, two blocks and 1.5 steals per game, with many of his statistics coming at key moments.

Bob Gibbons, who has been a recruiter for 32 years for the All Star Sports Report, appreciates Birdsong's all-around excellence.

"Birdsong's a guy who's going to a smaller program, but will win games there and put up numbers," Gibbons said. "He may not be on a lot of people's national radar right now, but he will be down the road."

COACH OF THE YEAR

Pat Clatchey

Mount St. Joseph

Clatchey's calm, confident demeanor on the sideline had a lot to do with the Gaels' unprecedented success this season. Mount St. Joseph repeated as the regular-season champion in both the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

The Gaels then won both tournaments to go with the Gonzaga (D.C.) and Benedictine (Va.) tournament championships.

With a state record for wins, the Gaels (38-1) matched the Dunbar teams of 1983 and '84 as the only Baltimore teams to win 30 games or more in back-to-back years.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

Jamal Barney Southwestern Senior Guard

Dejuan Goodwin Mt. St. Joe Senior Guard

Walter Sanders Mervo Senior Guard

Rodney Spruill Walbrook Senior Guard

Louis Birdsong Mt. St. Joe Senior Forward

Sean Mosley St. Frances Soph. Forward

Jarwand Rheubottom Southwestern Senior Forward

Delano Johnson Dunbar Senior Center

Second Team

Name School Class Pos.

Chase Adams Mt. St. Joe Senior Guard

Marc Davis Walbrook Junior Guard

Antoine Smithson Douglass Senior Guard

Kevin Swecker Mt. St. Joe Sen ior Guard

Dino Gregory Mt. St. Joe Junior Forward

Marcus Taylor Dunbar Senior Forward

LaQuan Williams Poly Senior Forward

Wayne Dorsey Southwestern Senior Center

Note -- Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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