St. Frances' Gray will not play in Capital Classic

It was reported incorrectly in yesterday's editions that the last basketball player from a Baltimore high school to participate in the Capital Classic was Bernard Royster of Cardinal Gibbons in 1985. Thomas Jordan of Lake Clifton participated in the game in 1987.

The Sun regrets the errors.


St. Frances' Devin Gray, who had an emergency appendectomy March 15, will not play in tomorrow's Capital Classic.

According to St. Frances coach William Wells, Gray has been instructed by doctors not to play for three weeks.


Gray complained of stomach pains after scoring 38 points March 14 in a first-round victory in the Alhambra Tournament at Frostburg State. He was taken to a hospital that evening, and the operation was performed the next morning.

Gray was to play for the Capital All-Stars, a team of Washington standouts, against the United States All-Stars in the game at the Capital Centre in Landover.

Gray would have been the first player since 1985 from a school in Baltimore to participate. Cardinal Gibbons' Bernard Royster played for the Capital team that year.

Gray will participate in the pre-game ceremonies.

"Devin is so dedicated, I hate to see him go out this way," Wells said.

Gray may not be able to play in the senior all-star game at Morgan State on April 13.

"It's borderline," Wells said. "We have to get the OK from his doctors."

Because of the operation, Gray also was unable to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test on March 16. Wells said Gray scored 690 on the SAT the last time he took it, which is 10 points shy of the score needed for freshman eligibility under the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Proposition 48.


Wells said Gray is scheduled to take the test again May 10.

Gray, the area's hottest recruit, has not made a college %o commitment. He has visited Minnesota and Richmond and will take his remaining three visits at either Maryland, Clemson, Wake Forest, St. John's, Towson State or La Salle.

... Dunbar's boys basketball team finished second in The Associated Press' final national top 25. (Poll, Page 4B)

Philadelphia's Simon Gratz (27-1) finished first. Dunbar (27-1) finished No. 1 in the AP regional rankings for the East Coast.

The No. 2 ranking is the best for any area team since the Poets won a mythical national title in 1985.

... Linebacker Sam James and quarterback/defensive back Dewayne Washington, who led Lake Clifton to Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference title-game appearances the past two years, including a championship in 1990, have signed with Slippery Rock (Pa.).


James was an All-Metro first-team pick at linebacker in 1990, and Washington was a second-team selection at defensive back.

Joe Watkins, Parkville's All-Baltimore County halfback who ran for 1,184 yards and nine touchdowns last season, has signed with Virginia State.

Former Mervo and Coppin State catcher Mark Taylor signed a minor-league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Taylor has been assigned to the Cardinals' Class A affiliate in Savannah, Ga.

... Records, streaks, milestones, etc.: McDonogh's Jim Lewis set a school shot-put record in a dual meet against Mount Hebron last week with a throw of 52 feet, 4 inches. . . . Eight members of Gilman's 1987 lacrosse team are serving as captains, co-captains or tri-captains for their college teams. They are: Brian Voelker (Johns Hopkins), Billy Barroll (Denison), Clark Wright (Washington & Lee), Brent Powell (Williams), Scott Kurlander (Tufts), Simon Hamilton (Haverford), Will Gould (Haverford) and Brooks Matthews (North Carolina). . . . Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky, The Sun's 1991 Wrestler of the Year, heads the list of local wrestlers named to the Maryland State Wrestling Association 1991 All-Academic Team. Other local picks are: Ty Long (Edgewood), Brian Eveleth (Chesapeake-AA), Greg Smith (Loyola), Mac McWilliams (St. Mary's), Kris Reina (Mount St. Joseph), Walter Sipe (McDonogh) and John Swigart (Overlea). Smith carries a 4.0 grade-point-average. . . . Beth Tfiloh's Joe Shuster finished his basketball career with 1,284 points, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer and the second player to exceed 1,000 points. . . . R. Michael Working has been named McDonogh's varsity football coach, replacing Mike McMillian, who resigned after the 1990 season.

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