40 years of Sun athletic standouts




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."


City, 1968

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

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.


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."



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


Gilman, 1976

Why he won: All-Metro football, star wrestler and school-record holder in 100 dash and shot put. Where he has been: A running back, he was slowed by injuries at Yale. Austin majored in economics and became an independent stockbroker "one month before 9/11 - when the market fell out." Now residing in Parkville, he's a training adviser for UPS "while I figure out what to do with the next 20 years of my life."


Hereford, 1975

Why he won: State's first three-time champion in cross country.

Where he has been: Cornwell was a member of eight Atlantic Coast Conference championship teams at Maryland and established Terps records in track's 5,000 and 10,000. He owns 28 acres in White Hall, near the family farm where he was raised. An independent tool distributor, he jogs every other day and coaches his son Ben's middle school track team. He and his wife, Dawn, have four children.


Dunbar, 1978

Why he won: All-Metro in basketball and MSA long jump champion.

Where he has been: Maddox led Elizabeth City (N.C.) State to a title in the nation's premier Division II basketball conference.He earned a physical education degree, but since 1984 has been a correctional officer at a detention center in Washington.Maddox lives in Baltimore, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.


Bel Air, 1978

Why she won: First-team All-Metro in field hockey, basketball and softball.

Where she has been: Stout is in her sixth year as president of Montgomery County Community College, a campus of 16,000 near Philadelphia. She attended Delaware, where she played hockey and softball and later earned her Ph.D. Now 45, she played competitive hockey until deciding "a college president shouldn't come to work with a black eye."


Wilde Lake, 1979

Why he won: All-Metro in football and baseball.

Where he has been: As a college sophomore, Traber started at quarterback for Oklahoma State. A year later he tried baseball and took OSU to two College World Series. He spent parts of four seasons with the Orioles and two years in Japan before becoming a sports talk radio host in Oklahoma City in 1993. He starts a local TV talk show in August.


Gilman, 1979

Why he won: First-team All-Metro in both lacrosse and football.

Where he has been: The No. 6 all-time lacrosse scorer at Maryland, Wilkerson is an account executive for a printing firm in D.C. At 45, he's the father of a 1-year-old who has his own stick. Says Wilkerson: "I'm afraid that when I show up at my son's school for Parents Day, they'll say Grandparents Day is next weekend."


Annapolis, 1979

Why she won: Record-setting distance runner.

Where she has been: Taylor was an All-American at Abilene Christian, where she ran the 800 in 2:09 and the 1,500 in 4:24. She earned her master's in physical therapy and settled in Montgomery, Ala., where she and her husband, Gerry, are raising their three children. Taylor is a pediatric physical therapist, making home visits to young children with birth defects.



Sparrows Point, 1980

Why she won: Track star who won 10 state titles and set five Maryland records.

Where she has been: Clary attended the University of Houston, where she was Southwest Conference hurdles champion and made the semifinals at the Olympic trials in 1988. At 44, she works as a grocery teller near Houston and hopes to return to college to complete her bachelor's degree and get into coaching.


Oakland Mills, 1980

Why he won: Elite soccer player.

Where he has been: In 1980, Gee was drafted by the New York Cosmos and helped the U.S. qualify for the Olympics. A pelvic injury slowed his development, but he played on six continents and for several championship teams before retiring in 1992. The Darryl Gee Soccer Academy trains players and coaches in Maryland and Virginia.


Gilman, 1984

Why he won: First-team All- Metro in football and wrestling, where he won two MSA titles, and third-team All-Metro in lacrosse.

Where he has been: Brown played lacrosse at North Carolina, which won a national title his sophomore year. He earned a master's in civil engineering at Virginia and now works as a water resources engineer for a local environmental firm.


Loyola, 1984

Why he won: Area's premier lacrosse player, All-Metro defensive back.

Where he has been: Welsh played lacrosse at North Carolina and in 1986 was a second-team All-American for the NCAA champions. He played indoor lacrosse for the Baltimore Thunder and has spent the past 10 years as a real estate developer in Jupiter, Fla. In his spare time, he's a youth lacrosse coach.


Glen Burnie, 1989

Why she won: Co-Player of the Year in softball, she pitched a perfect game in the state championship. Where she has been: Parsons went to East Carolina, where she pitched two nohitters and won 102 games, and went south. She landed in Thibodaux, La., as softball coach at tiny Nicholls State, where she does everything from fundraising to field maintenance.


Francis Scott Key, 1987

Why she won: Field hockey Player of the Year; All-Metro honors in basketball and track.

Where she has been: Achziger was a field hockey MVP and ran track at Mount St. Mary's. She earned a psychology degree and has spent the past five years as the dropout prevention coordinator at her prep alma mater. The F.S. Key staff includes her husband, Tom. They have a daughter, 10, and a son, 8.


Meade, 1989

Why he won: Top national sprinter, All-Metro in football.

Where he has been: Love played football and ran track for a junior college in California but never participated in college sports after pleading guilty in 1990 to selling fake crack cocaine to an undercover police officer. Efforts to contact Love were unsuccessful.


McDonogh, 1981

Why he won: All-Metro in baseball and football; twice MSA wrestling champion.

Where he has been: Bosley pitched at Appalachian State and played three years in the Milwaukee farm system alongside Gary Sheffield and Greg Vaughn before retiring with a bum elbow. An insurance salesman, he golfs and coaches baseball and football in the Reisterstown Rec program, where his son Patrick plays.


Centennial, 1981

Why she won: First-team All-Metro in cross country, softball and basketball.

Where she has been: She was a three-year starter in basketball at Rutgers, majoring in sports management.

A tough job market spurred Paladino to change fields. With no computer training, she took an entry-level job at IBM and, 21 years later, she's a project manager in the company's software division in West Palm Beach, Fla.


St. Paul's, 1982

Why he won: All-Metro in lacrosse and soccer; basketball scorer.

Where he has been: LeDoyen was an honorable mention lacrosse All-American as a Virginia freshman, then transferred to Johns Hopkins and was the top midfielder on the 1987 NCAA champions. He runs a company that creates promotional products. LeDoyen lives in Alexandria, Va., and is the father of two.


Oakland Mills, 1982

Why she won: Top soccer player; 2:11.0 in track's 800 is still a state meet record.

Where she has been: Neale played soccer and set track records at Brown, where she studied pre-med. She is an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, specializing in high-risk pregnancies. Neale lives in Virginia with her husband, Kevyn, and infant son, Kevyn II.


Liberty, 1983

Why she won: All-Metro in softball and field hockey; led team to two state titles.

Where she has been: A firstteam hockey All-American at James Madison, she led the nation in scoring as a senior. Her Ph.D. came next, and today Dr. Wilson teaches at Winthrop University (S.C.), training others to teach physical education. "I never aspired to be a coach," she says. "I found my niche in the classroom."


Howard, 1984

Why she won: All-Metro in basketball; excelled in volleyball and track and field.

Where she has been: Governor left Richmond as the Spiders' No. 3 all-time scorer and No. 2 all-time rebounder in basketball.

Since 1992, she has been a manager for Kaplan, an educational service. She lives in Columbia with her husband and two children.


Randallstown, 1985

Why he won: First-team All-Metro in track, also in football for state 4A champions.

Where he has been: He starred at Central State (Ohio), then signed with the Los Angeles Rams but was cut. At 22, Harris returned to college, earned an MBA and now works as a collections representative for Toyota in Owings Mills. Through hischurch, he mentors wayward youths "to show them the right way to do things."


Milford Mill, 1985

Why she won: Made history at both state indoor and outdoor track and field meets.

Where she has been: Amos ran for Brown until her junior year, when she decided that Olympic aspirations didn't mix with her double major in business and engineering. She earned her MBA from Michigan and has been a group marketing director for McCormick since 2001. She and her husband, Anthony, are the parents of 7-year-old twins.


Atholton, 1986

Why he won: All-Metro pitcher in baseball; starred as quarterback in football.

Where he has been: At 37, Carper's goal in life is simple: "To be the best father I can be." A Stanford grad and former minor leaguer, he works as a project manager for a sheet metal contractor and lives in Frederick with his wife and three daughters. An x-Orioles farmhand, he was once dealt to the Yankees for Alan Mills.


Loch Raven, 1987

Why he won: First-team All-Metro in baseball and football; top basketball scorer.

Where he has been: McGonnigal lettered in football as a freshman at Maryland, but switched to baseball. He spent three years in the San Francisco Giants' system, reaching Double-A ball. He negotiates structured settlements in personal injury cases. He lives in Timonium with his wife, Michelle, and daughter Emma, 2.


Mercy, 1988

Why she won: First-team All-Metro in soccer, basketball and softball.

Where she has been: In 1992, Kosiorek took West Virginia to the Sweet 16 in basketball, established a school record for scoring average and was voted the nation's best player 5-6 or shorter. She's a partner with KPMG LLP, a public accounting firm. She and husband, Doug, have a 6-year-old daughter.


Severna Park, 1988

Why she won: Three-sport All-Metro performer in volleyball, basketball and softball.

Where she has been: An academic All-American at Georgia, she studied math and captained the volleyball team. She stayed, earned a master's and taught in Atlanta before stopping to start a family. Her three daughters leave her little time for volleyball,

[ ][ ]she says: "We set up a net in the backyard, and a tornado hit the next day."


Woodlawn, 1988

Why he won: Performer of the Year in track; his 13.6 in the 110 hurdles remains the state record.

Where he has been: Roney went to James Madison University on a football scholarship but turned his attention to track and field, where he won Eastern titles in both hurdles events and finished fifth in the 110s at the 1992 Olympic trials. He has been a Baltimore City police officer since 1998, patrolling the Southern District, where his wife, Dena, is also an officer. Roney is the father of three.



Broadneck, 1990

Why she won: Area's top lacrosse player; All-Metro in soccer and basketball.

Where she has been: At Loyola College, Given set the soccer career scoring record and led the lacrosse team to the final four. She went into lacrosse coaching and opened her own business, training young players. Given and her husband Greg, an NBA executive, have three sons, ages 7, 4 and 2.


Poly, 1990

Why he won: All-Metro in baseball and football, where he was Offensive Player of the Year.

Where he has been: Lafferman enrolled at TowsonUniversity for baseball, but academics kept him off the team. He transferred and led Essex Community College to the title in the 1992 National Junior College World Series. Lafferman never returned to Essex and his whereabouts today are unknown.


McDonogh, 1996

Why she won: Four-time All-State selection in soccer and 1995 National High School Player of the Year. Where she has been: Schwoy led North Carolina to four national titles, then left school to turn pro. Hindered by hamstring injuries, she retired to run her own soccer camps here. At 28, she also coaches the state's entry in the U.S. Olympic Development Program in Rockville.


Wilde Lake, 1997

Why he won: First-team All-Metro in football and baseball.

Where he has been: Jackson was an All-ACC defensive back for Maryland in 2001, when he had a teamhigh six interceptions and the ACCchampion Terps went to the Orange Bowl. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of high school, Jackson hit .353 for Maryland in 1999. He has a criminal justice degree and is a federal police officer.


Hammond, 1994

Why she won: Led basketball team to two state titles.

Where she has been: She started four years at Georgetown, majored in English and taught for four years in Baltimore City before returning to Howard County. She teaches seventh grade at Cradlerock School and runs 10K races "to stay in shape so I can keep up with the kids - those I teach and two of my own."


South Carroll, 1995

Why she won: All-American in soccer and playmaker of 22-2 basketball team.

Where she has been: She captained the soccer team at Campbell (N.C.) University, made all-conference and earned a business degree. She is a budget analyst with the Department of Commerce in Gaithersburg and the mother of a 1-yearold: "The first word Brooke said was 'ball.'"


Western, 1991

Why she won: All-America in basketball, where she was twice Player of the Year. Also city-wide shot put champ.

Where she has been: A standout for Tennessee, Johnson graduated to play pro basketball for three years in France and Hungary before retiring. At Southside Academy, she is athletic director as well as coach of the boys team - the only woman to hold such a job in the metro area.


Cardinal Gibbons, 1994

Why he won: First-team All-Metro in basketball and soccer. Where he has been: "Wojo" became the starting point guard at Duke as a junior and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated's college basketball preview before his senior season, when he was voted the national Defensive Player of the Year. He recently concluded his sixth season as a Blue Devils assistant coach, where he tutors the big men and helped Shelden Williams become a firstteam All-American.


Perry Hall, 1997

Why she won: Twice All-Metro in track, her 10 titles are a Baltimore County record.

Where she has been: The one-time ACC 60-meter champion graduated from Georgia Tech in electrical engineering. A project engineer for Johnson & Johnson, she's helping build a biotechnology plant in Cork, Ireland. McClinton also plays in an Irish basketball league and coaches am youth team.


Towson, 1998

Why she won: All-Metro in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse.

Where she has been: Reynolds played volleyball and starred in lacrosse at Cornell, where she set 11 school records and was the third Big Red athlete to be a four-time All-American. Reynolds is completing her doctoral work in biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester, where she's researching postural reflexes.


Gilman, 1998-1999

Why he won: All-Metro in football, wrestling and lacrosse.

Where he has been: Davis works for a local asset management firm and travels weekends to play for both Chicago of the Major Lacrosse League and Portland (Ore.) of the National Lacrosse League. The Princeton All-American says he'll continue "as long as I have a willing employer - and my body agrees."


Roland Park, 1999

Why she won: First-team All-Metro in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse.

Where she has been: Gaines went to North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship, was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2000 and played in the 2002 final four. Efforts to contact Gaines were unsuccessful.


Broadneck, 1995

Why he won: Set state record for career football catches; two-time All-Metro in basketball; state track champ in 100 and 200.

Where he has been: Smith went to Rutgers to play football but transferred and never played sports at the NCAA level. He is the co-owner of a power washing business, takes courses at Anne Arundel Community College and still plays flag football.


Randallstown, 1991

Why he won: First state football rusher over 2,000 yards; hit .529 in baseball.

Where he has been: Offfield problems and a torn knee ligament slowed Washington at Maryland. He transferred to Towson and ran for 1,101 yards in 1995. Washington lives in Laurel and is the director of a company that runs adult sports leagues. He is an assistant basketball coach at New Town and has a son, 13.


Gilman, 1992

Why he won: Standout in football, basketball and track and field, where he set MSA shot put mark.

Where he has been: Carter-Bey got his MBA from New York University and now works in management for a firm that does electronic testing services. A graduate of Johns Hopkins, where he was All-Conference in football and track and field, he lives in Lutherville and keeps trim just "being a dad."


Dulaney, 1992-1993

Why she won: National cross country champion; first area girl to win at Penn Relays.

Where she has been: At Stanford, White was on NCAA title teams in cross country and swimming. She became a professional triathlete and was on five national teams. White and her husband, Garrett, live in Virginia and have three sons, 7, 4 and 1. She has her own photography business.


Dunbar, 1996

Why he won: All-Metro in football and basketball.

Where he has been: Polley was a two-time All-ACC linebacker at Florida State. As an NFL rookie, he was the St. Louis Rams' second-leading tackler and started in the January 2002 Super Bowl. Last season he joined the Ravens and led them in tackles. As an unrestricted free agent, Polley is uncertain where he'll spend the 2006 season.


St. Paul's, 1993

Why he won: Lacrosse Player of the Year and top football scorer on school's unbeaten MSA champs. Where he has been: Real estate development is his job, but lacrosse is the hub of Watson's life. A six-year pro, he plays for the Los Angeles Riptide, which made the Virginia All-American its first pick in this year's Major League Lacrosse expansion draft. He lives in San Diego, where he fishes and surfs.


Gilman, 2000

Why he won: All-Metro in football and wrestling, where he won three state private school titles and went 43-0 as a senior.

Where he has been: A heavyweight, Faust has moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from Virginia Tech, where he won two conference titles and earned ACC Wrestler of the Year. Faust was also a three-time academic All-American, majoring in business.


Bryn Mawr, 2000

Why she won: All-Metro in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Where she has been: Sherry went to Princeton, leading two NCAA championship lacrosse teams and playing in four NCAA soccer tournaments. She is an auction manager for a wholesale grocer in western Massachusetts. Sherry is playing soccer in a premier women's league and preparing to try out for the U.S. Lacrosse elite women's team.


Towson, 2001

Why he won: Youngest U.S. male Olympian since 1952; youngest male swimmer ever to set a world record.

Where he has been: Phelps won six gold medals at the 2004 Olympics and became the first in a non-boycotted Games to collect eight medals overall. He is the world-record holder in the 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and 400 IM. In Beijing in 2008, he can become the first Olympian with 10 career gold medals. Phelps is a student and volunteer assistant coach at the University of Michigan and swims for Club Wolverine.


Roland Park, 2001

Why she won: All-Metro in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse.

Where she has been: She attended Stanford University on a lacrosse scholarship and stayed to earn a postgraduate degree in education policy and leadership. Twist, who is Stanford's career leader in assists, will teach at Roland Park next year en route to what she hopes is a career in public school administration.


River Hill, 2002

Why he won: Track ace set state record in 1,600 meters (4:07.11).

Where he has been: A senior at Florida, Stroup goes to this week's NCAA championships off an East Region title in the 1,500. He won the 800 at the Southeastern Conference championships. Stroup wants to represent the U.S. in international competition and teach high school geography.


Mount Hebron, 2002-2003

Why she won: All-Metro in basketball and lacrosse, where she made the U.S. under-19 team.

Where she has been: A junior, Waagbo broke Duke's single-season assist record this year for the NCAA Division I semifinalists, and finished second on the team in both goals and total points. A three-year starter, she is a two-time ACC honor roll selection majoring in cultural anthropology.


Gilman, 2003

Why he won: All-Metro in track and football, where he was Offensive Player of the Year.

Where he has been: He started every football game for Notre Dame at cornerback as a junior and intercepted two passes. Third on the team in tackles, he was coach Charlie Weis' "biggest surprise." Says Wooden: "It's been a great ride. I've had my ups and downs, but I'm loving it."


Broadneck, 2004

Why she won: All-Metro Runner of the Year in cross country; won eight state track titles.

Where she has been: Centrowitz was part of the first father-daughter duo to become NCAA cross country champions; she was the fourth finisher for Stanford last fall. After a solid Penn Relays, she suffered a back injury that ended her track season. Centrowitz is a political science major.


Joppatowne, 2004

Why he won: All-Metro in football and wrestling.

Where he has been: Navarre walked away from the prospect of a third state wrestling title to graduate from high school early and enroll at Maryland in time for 2005 spring football practice. A defensive end, he started 10 games, making 25 tackles, all as an 18-year-old freshman. Navarre says he'll major in kinesiology.


Patterson, 2005

Why he won: All-Metro Wrestler of the Year, state and national wrestling champion and All-Metro in football.

Where he has been: Barrett enrolled last fall at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College but "wasn't comfortable there" and left after a month. He plans to attend Delaware State in the fall, for football and wrestling. Meanwhile, he is working as a shoe salesman at Eastpoint Mall.


Towson Catholic, 2005

Why she won: National-caliber runner.

Where she has been: The nation's top prep track and field female as a freshman off a 2:06.48 800, Williams became the only female sophomore to win The Sun honor, then spent her junior year in Eugene, Ore. A stress fracture ended her outdoor season.

Williams plans to return to the Baltimore area for her senior year.

Sun researcher Paul McCardell contributed to this article.

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