The Baltimore Catholic League welcomed another class into its Hall of Fame on Thursday night, and the messages from the newest inductees took on a similar tone at Turf Valley Resort.
There was talk about gratitude, camaraderie, dedication, sacrifice and passion for the game of basketball.
Eight players were honored — Jake Davalli, Calvert Hall, 1990; Bob Fornoff, Archbishop Curley, 1981); Shawn Hampton, St. Frances, 1998; Delmar Harrod, Mount Saint Joseph, 1976; Kenny Johnson, Loyola Blakefield, 1981; Quintin Moody, Cardinal Gibbons, 1992; Mark Scallion, St. Maria Goretti, 1983; and Teddy Walker, Towson Catholic, 1973.
Coach Mike Daniel, who began his 34-year career winning championships at Towson Catholic, was inducted, along with Loyola Blakefield graduate Jim "Snuffy" Smith (1960) as a contributor and Mount Saint Joseph grad Dick Dohler (1965) as a legend.
Johnson, who went on to enjoy a four-year career at Virginia, where he played in an NCAA Final Four and was captain in his senior year, talked about how Loyola Blakefield prepared him for the next level. Living in the city, he took a public bus every day to Loyola Blakefield — leaving home at 6 a.m. and getting home at 7 in the evening. During his acceptance speech, he praised his coach, the late Jerry Savage, thanked his teammates and urged everybody to follow their dreams.
"This is totally amazing and wonderful to follow in the footsteps of other Loyola greats," Johnson said. "What a great honor, and it will stay in my memory banks forever."
UMBC men's basketball coach Ryan Odom, whose Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed (Virginia) in NCAA Division I men's tournament history in March, served as keynote speaker. He is well aware of the caliber of player that comes out of the BCL, having former Archbishop Spalding standout Jourdan Grant playing a big role on the team's success this past season.
"Obviously, we had one that played right here in the BCL which was really important to our success," Odom said of Grant, a junior guard. "He was a guy that sacrificed throughout the entire year, and I think he was key. In any successful venture, you got to have folks that will sacrifice for the betterment of the entire group and he did that. So that's the first thing I thought about walking in here and then you think about all the successful people that have come through this league that have gone on to do great things. And there will be many more to come."
Daniel, whose 34-year coaching career began at Towson Catholic and finished this season at New Town, received a warm ovation as he was introduced. He won 361 games, four BCL titles and four Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A tournament championships at Towson Catholic, and went on to coach at City, Severn and New Town — winning two state titles each at City and New Town. He retired after this season with 596 career wins.
He praised God and his wife, thanked some of the fellow legendary coaches that pushed him and the players he was fortunate enough to lead -- expressing how much he enjoyed the ride.
"It's a great night for me, a moment I'll cherish," he said. "I've had great kids, great parents, great management, principals. A lot of people made it easy for me and I respect that and I honor that."
Jake Davalli, '90 Calvert Hall: Scored more than 1,500 points and grabbed over 750 rebounds in prolific four-year varsity career. Averaged at least 15 points and at least eight rebounds in final three seasons, including 18.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game his senior season. Went on to play at Manhattan College.
Bob Fornoff, '81 Archbishop Curley: Dominant rebounder at 6 feet 3, three-year varsity player came into his own as a junior and went on to score 827 points and pull down 552 rebounds in final two seasons. Went on to play at Washington College and was team's leading scorer and rebounder in three seasons.
Shawn Hampton, '98 St. Frances: Dominant post presence averaged a double double in his three varsity years and was named BCL Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 20.5 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. The Panthers won three regular-season titles and two BCL tournament titles during his career. Enjoyed fine college career at Virginia Commonwealth and Bowie State.
Delmar Harrod, ’76Mount Saint Joseph: Three-year varsity player enjoyed a breakout 21-point, 13.5-rebound senior season that helped earn him a scholarship to St. Bonaventure. Enjoyed a four-year career with the Bonnies, the last three as a starter, that included a trip to the NCAA tournament and a National Invitation Tournament championship.
Kenny Johnson, '81 Loyola Blakefield: Three-year starter averaged double figures every season, finished with 1,275 points and is program's sixth all-time leading scorer. Enjoyed a four-year college career at Virginia, reaching the Final Four in 1983-84.
Quintin Moody, '92 Cardinal Gibbons: Leading scorer in each of his three seasons and finished with 1,631 career points. Led the Crusaders to the BCL regular-season crown as a junior and the tournament title as a senior. Went on to play four years at Towson State, where he was team captain as a senior.
Mark Scallion, '83 St. Maria Goretti: Three-year varsity player is the program's second-leading scorer (1,638 points) only behind the great Rodney Monroe. Followed with a four-year college career at Mount St. Mary's where he scored 1,365 points despite never starting a game.
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Teddy Walker, '73 Towson Catholic: High-scoring guard was a three-year starter who left the program as its leading scorer with 2,000-plus points. Was named the school's Athlete of the Year for all three years there and went on to play at Towson State.
Mike Daniel, Towson Catholic: Spent first 20 of his 34-year coaching career at Towson Catholic, where he won 361 games, four BCL and four Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament championships. Went on to coach at City, Severn and most recently New Town — winning two state titles each at City and New Town — before retiring after this season with 596 career wins.
Jim "Snuffy" Smith, '60 Loyola Blakefield: Became league's first commissioner in 1988 and during his five-year stint created the annual awards luncheon, formed the tournament committee and initiated idea of soliciting sponsors for the tournament. Played two seasons with the Dons before moving on to the University of Baltimore, and then enjoyed an extended coaching career in the college and high school ranks.
Dick Dohler, ’65 Mount Saint Joseph: Rugged rebounder with a precise intermediate jumper, averaged 18.6 points and 21.5 rebounds in stellar senior season to close three-year varsity career playing in the Maryland Scholastic Association. Went on to enjoy a fine four-year career at Mount St. Mary’s where he scored 1,342 points. Was inducted into the Mount Saint Mary’s Ahletic Hall of Fame in 1995.