Pete Pompey, a longtime basketball and football coach and administrator at Edmondson and Dunbar, will be honored tomorrow night at the Camden Yards Banquet Hall during a two-hour program called "A Tribute To Our Coach."
In 29 years of coaching basketball and football at the two schools, Pompey, 62, now the football and basketball coach and athletic director at Edmondson, has a combined record of 495-233-1.
Pompey takes at 298-141 record into tonight's 7 o'clock Class 2A, North region basketball playoff game at Eastern Tech. A victory would earn Edmondson a quarterfinal berth and a shot at Pompey's 300th career win next week against tonight's Poly-Owings Mills winner.
Pompey has coached one NBA player in Sam Cassell (Dunbar) - who has played with the champion Houston Rockets and now with the Milwaukee Bucks - along with a mythical national championship basketball team that went 29-0 in 1992 and a Class 1A state championship team in 1992-93.
In football, Pompey has coached two NFL players in Warren Powers (Edmondson) and Tommy Polley (Dunbar), who played, respectively, for the Los Angeles Raiders and this year's Super Bowl runner-up St. Louis Rams.
"It's never dull, waiting to see what the next crop of kids will bring, and seeing how many people you can move into a better situation," said Pompey.
During the 1999-2000 season, Pompey (197-92-1 in football) became the first coach in Maryland history to win regional titles in basketball and football during the same year.
Pompey's daughter, Rhonda Simms-Pompey, organized the event, which has received sponsorship from the Gilman School, as well as the Ravens.
A lap ahead
The senior class on C. Milton Wright's swim team completed its career with a 64-2 regular-season record and did not lose a regular-season meet during its last two years.
The Mustangs won their second straight boys and girls combined Harford County championship last week, polishing off a two-year 36-0 regular-season run.
Coach Larry Ashman said most of the eight seniors on the team have medaled in the county championship meets. Two set school records - Billy Glodek in the 50-yard freestyle and Alison Smith in the 100 butterfly at the county championship meets.
The girls 400 freestyle relay team, including Smith, Amanda Barnes, Maureen McLaughlin and junior Patty Rawlick, also set a meet record in last week's girls finals.
The girls team powered the Mustangs' combined victory. While the boys finished a close second to Fallston in their meet, the girls clobbered the field in theirs, outdistancing second-place John Carroll, 383-203.
"The girls team this year was probably the best swim team ever out of C. Milton Wright. More school records were broken than ever," said Ashman.
The good news for the Mustangs is that their best female swimmer, Rawlick, will return next season. She already holds nine of the 11 girls individual school records.
The 31st Baltimore Catholic League Tournament, which this year for the first time will also crown the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion, plays first-round games today at Goucher College.
McDonogh of the A Conference is playing in this tournament for the first time in what was a combined league this year.
Four games will be played today. The semifinals are set for 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Sunday and the final is 7:30 p.m. Monday. All the games are at Goucher.
Yesterday at the annual BCL luncheon, the All-League teams and special honors were announced.
Pat Clatchey of Mount St. Joseph was named Coach of the Year; Matt Tanner of St. Maria Goretti, the Player of the Year; and Loyola's Chris Clunie received the Never, Never Give Up Award.
Named to the All-BCL first team were: Tanner, J.J. Outlaw (Mount St. Joseph), Dwight Dean (Cardinal Gibbons), Will Bowers (Spalding) and Gary Neal and Dwayne Birden (Calvert Hall).
Bryn Mawr won the Mid-Atlantic Squash Tournament last weekend at St. Andrews School in Middletown, Del. The Mawrtians team of Cory Warfield, Ashley Campbell, Sarah Hawkins, Mandy Mahle and Deanna Berchtenbreiter defeated their hosts, 3-2, in the final.
The Mawrtians finished their season with a 10-7 record.
Bryn Mawr senior Laurie Sherry completed her basketball career last week with 1,057 points and 990 rebounds.