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By MICHAEL OLESKER | August 31, 1993
Charley Willis had a happy fearlessness about him. If there was a cliff from which to jump, he was first in line. If there was a stranger to be embraced, he was there. Did he know what he was doing? Not always. And that was precisely what made him beautiful.A lot of us wake up and cringe from each new day. Charley got up and danced. He plunged joyfully into life's unknowns for 21 years, until that crazed kid with a gun shot him in a Severna Park doughnut shop last week over a pen. The mind reels: Charley Willis was always the most alive kid you ever saw.Random snapshots arrive: Charley playing ice hockey for Boys' Latin several years back.
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Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Charley Winner doesn't take old age lying down. At 90, the former Baltimore Colts coach plays tennis five times a week, for 90 minutes a day. "That's about all I can stand," Winner said from his home in South Fort Myers, Fla. "All of us in the group are 70-and-up. We all like to win, but nobody argues about points. Life's too short. " A defensive coach for the Colts for 12 seasons, Winner is the last surviving coach of either team from the 1958 NFL championship, dubbed "The Greatest Game Ever Played.
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By Pat O'Malley | December 15, 1991
Battling cancer and trying to shake the aftereffects of chemotherapy, Charley Eckman is still Charley Eckman. The guy forever will be fighting to save horse racing in Maryland and contributing to great ideas to make the state as good as it can be in sports.Eckman, the longtime Glen Burnie resident who was one of the five inaugural inductees into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in October, stillis pushing hard for simulcast betting on the ponies to become a reality in Maryland.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The 18-team field for the NCAA tournament was announced Sunday night, and Loyola was the highest-seeded team from the state of Maryland, earning the No. 3 slot. The Greyhounds (15-1), who earned an automatic berth by winning the Patriot League tournament and won the 2012 national championship, will host Albany (11-5) on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex. Here is a sampling of Toomey's reaction just minutes after the bracket was unveiled. On getting the No. 3 seed and a home game: That was the goal from Day 1, to advance to the first round and have a home game.
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By Jen DeGregorio and Jen DeGregorio,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2004
Michelle Marvin couldn't sleep. The Ellicott City mother of two was out of bed Friday and glued to her television by 6 a.m. Hurricane Charley was moving up the west coast of Florida, and her daughters - Tory, 11, and Carly, 6 - were visiting their grandmother in Punta Gorda. Michelle called her mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Marvin, a few hours later to check on her and the girls. What's it like down there? she asked. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, Mary Ellen said. No sign of a storm.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | July 5, 1995
Everything about Charley Eckman, never the quiet man or one to underestimate his own ability, had to do with taking on a challenge. He had an undeniable, unequivocal and unbounded belief in himself.Bold, brash, blunt, boisterous, brassy.He was all of those things. And he made no secret that if he didn't know what he was doing he could somehow out-talk anyone who did. With all the bravado and an inordinate measure of bluff, when the occasion called for it, there was a deep feeling for the underdog -- because he was one himself.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | January 27, 2009
A 28-year-old chimpanzee named Charley died at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore over the weekend. Zoo spokeswoman Jane Ballentine said an initial necropsy provided no obvious explanation. The animal's remains have been sent to the Department of Comparative Medicine at Johns Hopkins University for closer examination and tests. Charley is the third adult chimp to die at the zoo in the past two years. The others were Joe, a male about 35, of peritonitis; and Rusty, 23, a female, of anesthesia complications after severe tonsillitis, said Dr. Ellen Bronson, senior veterinarian.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | July 4, 1995
Charley Eckman marched through life like a one-man band, all brass. The angels in heaven must be holding their ears today. Such language, Mr. Eckman! Such stories, Mr. Eckman! Oh, but, Mr. Eckman, could you tell us again about the time . . .?Which time? The time Charley refereed North Carolina and Duke in basketball, and Carolina went to its four-corner stall? It was 2-0 after 15 minutes. Everybody was yawning. Charley pulled a folding chair onto the court in the middle of play and sat himself down.
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By PAT O'MALLEY | January 13, 1995
It's regrettable that more people couldn't have been there Tuesday night at Michael's Eighth Avenue in G1en Burnie, but for those who attended it was an unforgettable evening.The Four Rivers District Boy Scouts of America honored Charley Eckman with its Good Scout Award. He was joined by his wife, Wilma, and their children, Barry, Linda, Gail, Janet and other family members along with a group of Boy Scouts.Eckman was honored for his humanitarian and community deeds over the last 45 years as a Glen Burnie resident, and a cavalcade of sports and media personalities joined in the tribute.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | July 9, 1995
When the mourners left Charley Eckman's funeral service last week and stepped into the muggy sunlight outside the Harundale Presbyterian Church, they found a Dixieland band at the front door, merrily tootling to the heavens. Charley would have loved it. It was his version of Beethoven's Fifth.That's it, everybody said. End of an era. They broke the mold with Charley. And maybe they're right, and we can talk about such things in a minute, but I tell you the truth, I never laughed so much at a funeral.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Charley Toomey and the rest of the coaching staff at top-ranked Loyola Maryland aren't afraid to try something new. That could help explain why freshman midfielder Romar Dennis got his first start in 11 games, joining redshirt freshman Brian Sherlock and senior Matt Sawyer in Saturday's 7-6 double-overtime decision against Navy. The move bumped sophomore Tyler Albrecht to the second line with senior Kevin Ryan and sophomore Jeff Chase (Boys' Latin). Toomey said the Greyhounds (10-1 overall and 6-0 in the Patriot League)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Charley Toomey is one of those rare people who is coaching at the university from which he graduated. He was a two-time All-America goalkeeper at Loyola before becoming the program's head coach for the 2007 season. But Toomey grew up in Annapolis, rooted for Navy and spent one year as the coach of the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) and two years as an assistant coach for the Midshipmen. That's why he admitted on Wednesday that he may feel slightly torn as he leads the No. 1 Greyhounds (9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
When Maryland earned the No. 1 ranking earlier this month after knocking off then-No. 1 and reigning national champion Duke, Terps coach John Tillman deflected the accolade by saying that he preferred to be the best team in May and by admitting that he voted for Virginia to receive the top ranking. Coach Charley Toomey, whose Loyola program was anointed as the No. 1 team in many polls this week, has taken a slightly different approach. “We're not going to shy away from it,” he said on Thursday afternoon.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Not only was Sunday's 14-7 victory over No. 6 Duke critical for boosting Loyola Maryland's resume for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament if it doesn't capture the Patriot League automatic qualifier, it was another piece of evidence suggesting that the team is moving in the right direction. But as No. 3 Loyola (5-1) is getting praised roundly and moving into the top three in many polls, coach Charley Toomey said he is not concerned about the players' mental state after the emotionally charged outcome against the reigning national champion Blue Devils.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
It would be understandable if No. 6 Duke still feels the sting of Saturday's 10-6 loss to No. 1 Maryland and tries to channel that anger into Sunday's game against No. 5 Loyola at 6 p.m. Sunday at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. But as far as coach Charley Toomey is concerned, the Greyhounds (4-1) are concentrating on the skills, not the emotions, of the Blue Devils (4-1). “I'm expecting a very talented Duke team coming to Ridley,” Toomey said Thursday. “We certainly don't worry about Duke of the past, or else we would've been worried last year about playing a 2-4 Duke team.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Loyola surrendered 14 and 11 goals in the first two games, resulting in one overtime loss to No. 8 Virginia and one overtime win against No. 11 Penn State. Since then, the defense has given up just four goals each to No. 19 Towson and Holy Cross. The unit's recent play is a promising sign for a defense that had to replace three starters in defenseman Reid Acton (22 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers), long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (77 GB, 29 CT) and short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins (25 GB, 13 CT)
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By PAT O'MALLEY | July 9, 1995
Charley Eckman got what he deserved -- a funeral not to be forgotten.Eckman, who in the words of his son, Barry, "called a cab to heaven at 7:20 a.m." on Monday, July 3, ending a four-year bout with cancer, was laid to rest Thursday.Music from a Dixieland band played tunes as Charley's casket left the church for internment at Loudon Park Cemetery in southwest Baltimore after the unique ceremony.The 73-year-old Eckman was eulogized as a one-of-a-kind sports celebrity at the Harundale Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie, where he and his wife, Wilma, had resided for more than 40 years.
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May 16, 2008
On May 13, 2008, devoted husband of Carrie Day and father of Gloria Day Canaday. Friends may visit the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue, on Sunday after 10 A.M., where the family will receive friends on Monday at 11:30 A.M. Funeral services will follow at 12 P.M.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
The manner in which No. 13 Loyola pounded No. 18 Towson, 20-4, on Wednesday seemed to catch even Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey by surprise. Loyola was fast, opportunistic and overwhelming in almost every aspect of the victory, which was the program's most convincing win since 2007. But Toomey said the next challenge for the Greyhounds (2-1) is turning around and trying to get ready for Holy Cross in a Patriot League opener for both teams on Saturday. The quick turnaround is a difficult task, but nearly as important is avoiding the emotional and physical letdown that can follow a seemingly easy outcome.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
After a heartbreaking 14-13 overtime loss to No. 10 Virginia in the season opener, Loyola almost found itself in a similar spot Saturday when the No. 14 Greyhounds and No. 12 Penn State were tied, 11-11, at the end of regulation. But junior attackman Nikko Pontrello guaranteed a different ending when he scored just 19 seconds into the extra session to deliver Loyola its first victory of the year. “Our kids had a great week of practice, and I thought that emotionally for them to have success after truly working hard and wanting to get that taste out of their mouths after Virginia, I was really happy for the kids,” coach Charley Toomey said Monday morning.
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