Catonsville's Mohler behind Gamzon's drive for 200th win


Catonsville High School principal Donald I. Mohler III hopes he and Comets basketball fans will be celebrating the 200th career victory of coach Art Gamzon this week.

Gamzon, whose Comets are 4-3, enters the week with a 199-91 record. His 13-year career covers his 1980-82 tenure at Oakland Mills, where he went 35-34; a 38-9 record at Milford Mill from 1985-1987; and his present record (126-48) at Catonsville since 1987.

His Comets travel to Overlea tomorrow at 7 p.m., and take on Chesapeake Friday at 8 p.m.

"That would epitomize an outstanding career. I'm thrilled for him," said Mohler. "He's an excellent coach and an excellent teacher."

Fast forward

Lansdowne's Kenny Clay Jr. had a busy day in the Vikings' Dec. 10 game against Patapsco, tying a 21-year-old school record for single-game scoring with 53 points.

What makes his feat more impressive is that Clay, a 5-foot-9 small forward, made only eight foul shots and had no three-pointers, according to his coach, Mike Cromer.

"It was pretty much driving the lane and short jumpers," said Cromer. "The game was so fast-paced, to tell you the truth, that he should have probably had 70."

Nine more points from Clay, and the Vikings might have won. Instead, they lost, 103-95.

AP football

The Associated Press last week released its selections for its consensus All-State football team.

Local players earning unanimous first-team honors on offense were All-Metros Dwight Banks (City, wide receiver), Greg Kyler (Poly, running

back), Derrick Player (Dunbar, lineman), Joe Brown (Poly, lineman) and Mike Knoedler (Overlea, lineman).

Defensively, there were All-Metros Rashaad Kitchen (Poly, end), Lamar King (Chesapeake-BC, linebacker), Andre Turner (Joppatowne, back) and Sean Lipscomb (Dunbar, back).

The AP this year selected separate first teams for both the large and small schools, with All-Metros Jason Bloom (Perry Hall, punter) and James Whiting (City, defensive line) being chosen on its defense among the area's big schools.

On offense for the small schools, All-Metros Dennis Badham (McDonogh, wide receiver) and Bobby Sabelhaus (McDonogh, quarterback) were first-team picks. The small school defensive first-team representatives were two-time All-Metros Shawn Bean (St. Paul's, end), Jamie Biddison (Gilman, linebacker) and All-Metros Peter Bogue (Gilman, back) and Dwyane Stukes (McDonogh, back).

Area second-teamers were All-City player Sebastian Smothers (Poly, defensive line) and from C. Milton Wright, All-Metros Mike Sprouse (offensive line) and Jason Tharpe (running back) for the big schools, and All-City pick Than'l Badder (Gilman, offensive line) in the small schools division.

Coach wanted

Calvert Hall is accepting applications for its head football coaching position.

Resumes should be sent to Lou Eckerl at 8102 LaSalle Road, Towson, Md. 21286 by Jan. 14. The Cardinals also have four open dates for games Sept. 3, Oct. 1 and 8, and Nov. 5.

Eager Engineers

Poly is seeking opponents for games Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Call athletic director Mark Schlenoff at (410) 396-7023.

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