40 years of Sun athletic standouts

The Sun revisits its High School Athletes of the Year. Today, some are parents, professionals and, yes, even still athletes.

June 04, 2006|By PAUL MCMULLEN AND MIKE KLINGAMAN | PAUL MCMULLEN AND MIKE KLINGAMAN,SUN REPORTERS

1960s

DON RUSSELL

Southern-Baltimore, 1967

Why he won: Starred in football, baseball and basketball, where he led MSA in scoring. Where he has been: An infielder at Clemson, he spent two years in the minors and then quit the pros. He's a contracts manager for Northrop Grumman who played sandlot ball until two years ago. Says Russell, 57: "My biggest kick was playing with my son. He was in center field and I was at second base. What a thrill for the old man."

THOM GATEWOOD

City, 1968

Why he won: Parade magazine All-America team and an All-MSA tight end.

FOR THE RECORD - In Sunday's editions of The Sun, the name of Kurt Seibert, a 1973 Sun High School Athlete of the Year from Mount St. Joseph, was misspelled.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Where he has been: At 56, he shows no sign of slowing. The former Notre Dame All-American owns an ad specialty firm and a TV production company. Having changed the spelling of his first name, he has worked behind - or in ront of - the cameras for everything from ollege football to pro owling. A grandfather, e also teaches tennis near his New Jersey home.

MIKE CREANEY

Loyola, 1969

Why he won: All-Metro football lineman, also starred in baseball and basketball.

Where he has been: The Notre Dame grad is chief operating officer of Creaney & Smith, a local commercial real estate firm. A former tight end, he will send his youngest son, Casey, to Maryland this fall. "I can still beat him in arm wrestling," says Creaney, 54. "Tell me that doesn't tick him off."

1970s

JEFF BRADFORD

Dundalk, 1970

Why he won: Starred in soccer, basketball and baseball.

Where he has been: Bradford blew out his arm as a high school junior, but earned four letters pitching for Clemson. He lived and worked in the area until 1999, when he relocated his family to Texas, where he works for FedEx. He has been married for 35 years to his wife, Connie, a former Dundalk High cheerleader. They have four grown children and one grandchild.

KURT SIEBERT

Mount St. Joseph, 1973

Why he won: Two-time All-Metro shortstop; All-Metro in football; basketball starter.

Where he has been: Siebert was a shortstop for Clemson in 1976, when he was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in seven major league games in 1979. He started a baseball program at Georgia State, served as athletic director at two Maryland high schools, and lives in Irmo, S.C., where he runs an instructional baseball service.

JACK THOMAS

Towson, 1970

Why he won: Quarterback, point guard; area-record 102 points in lacrosse. Where he has been: In 1974, Thomas led Johns Hopkins to the NCAA lacrosse title and was the top player at the World Games. He also quarterbacked the Blue Jays in football.

Thomas became a history teacher and coach, guiding Wilde Lake to four straight state titles in boys soccer. He's an assistant in two sports at Centennial High.

JEFF GRANTZ

Bel Air, 1972

Why he won: All-state quarterback; averaged 13.6 points in basketball; shortstop-pitcher.

Where he has been: At South Carolina, Grantz was a threeyear starter at quarterback and the shortstopon a team that lost in the final game of the 1975 College World Series. He has been a wholesale beverage distributor and is president of the Gamecocks Lettermen's Association. He lives in Columbia, S.C., with his wife, Jill.

BARRY SCROGGINS

Mount St. Joseph, 1971

Why he won: Area's top basketball player; wide receiver in football.

Where he has been: Scroggins played for a junior college in Florida and briefly for Morgan State, did a stint in the armed forces and worked as a police officer in the Baltimore City schools. He now drives a delivery truck for Phillips Seafood, lives in Baltimore and is the father of two grown sons.

DAVID TICKNER

Gilman, 1973

Why he won: All-Metro in lacrosse, All-State football running back and two-time MSA wrestling champion.

Where he has been: A business development executive for IBM, Tickner, 51, lives in Rockville and still plays lacrosse "in the geezers division." Next up for the Princeton All-American: the World Games in Ontario. Tickner is married with three daughters, the oldest of whom just graduated from Southern Methodist.

RAY FINCH

Westminster, 1977

Why he won: First-team All-Metro in football and two-time state wrestling champion.

Where he has been: Injuries kept him from wrestling at Penn State, but Finch graduated and is now president of the family's outdoor equipment firm in Carroll County. A son, Ryan, of Westminster, was Athlete of the Week this year. Finch still bicycles but says "it's amazing what [adding] 40 pounds will do to your knees."

VINCE KINNEY

Calvert Hall, 1974

Why he won: All-Metro running back, also starred in baseball and basketball.

Where he has been: A truck driver for Diamond Auto Glass, Kinney is moving from Pennsylvania to Baltimore next week to be with his teenage daughter. A one-time wide receiver, he had knee problems at Maryland and in the NFL (Denver) and USFL (Washington). Kinney also spent 13 years in the Army, mostly overseas.

MIKE AUSTIN

Gilman, 1976

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