Towson Catholic, the oldest coed private school in Baltimore, this summer became the first institution of its kind to fall victim to the heavy economic downturn plaguing the nation. The upstanding educational facility has served thousands upon thousands of students in its 87-year history and it is not surprising many of the students who have passed through its doors have gone on to do amazing things.
In the sports world, the same can be said. Names of collegiate and professional superstars can be associated with Towson Catholic, and with its demise here is a list of some of them and their accomplishments in the world of sports:
• Gene Shue: NBA guard for 10 years -- Philadelphia, New York, Detroit and finished his career in hometown Baltimore. Played in five All-Star games and received All-NBA honors twice. Coached for 23 years -- Bullets, 76ers, San Diego, Washington, L.A. Clippers – and won two Eastern Division championships and two Coach of the Year awards
• Carmelo Anthony: Needs no introduction; left TC before his senior season but as a junior was named Player of the Year and All-Metro Player of the Year by the Baltimore Sun when he averaged 23 points and 10.3 rebounds. He already owns a national collegiate championship (Syracuse) and an Olympic gold medal.
• Donte Greene: Led TC to 32-6 record and its second consecutive state title in 2007. Earned McDonald’s All-American honors and other recognitions, selected to the Nike Brand Jordan All-American Team, participated in the 2007 Jordan Classic, posting a game-high 20 points. Starred at Syracuse and went to the NBA after his freshman year.
• Anita Nall-Richesson: Set a then-world record time in the breaststroke at the age of 15 at the 1992 Olympic Trials before winning three medals at the Games while attending TC. Was the youngest swimmer on the women’s Olympic team. Graduated from TC in 1994
Inducted in Towson Catholic’s 2008 Hall of Fame
• Sandra “Gert” Scott: four-year starter on women’s basketball team; Baltimore Evening Sun said of her: “redefined Baltimore’s girls basketball.” Her senior season: averaged 18.1 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, shot 55 percent from the field, led team to a perfect 36-0 record. Received invitation to the 1984 U.S Olympic Trials. Career stats: 2,355 points, 533 assists, and 457 rebounds
• John H. Lombardi: Three-letter athlete (basketball, golf, football); played basketball all four years. Leader and co-captain of the 1955 team, selected to the 1955 All-Catholic Team, chosen as a member of The Baltimore Sun All-Scholastic Team, 1955 Athlete of the Year at Towson Catholic High School
• Janice Dent: Won eight varsity letters in three different sports. Four-year varsity starter. Left TC with the highest all-time career batting average in school history. 1979 Towson Catholic Female Athlete of the Year
• Dave Turnbaugh: Two-sport athlete (basketball and golf). Number one golfer on TC golf team. Finished runner-up in the 1955 Maryland Scholastic Athletic Tournament
Other notables: Larry Harrison, Jerry Simon, John Bruns, Bob Ackerman, Dick Miasek, Adrian Hubbard, Danny Robinson, Tony Bishop, Calvin Scrubs, Lathante Johnson, Tony Biggers, Jamal Smith, Wendell Jones, Derrick Wise.
Former TC coaches Paul Baker and Mike Daniel helped to compile this list.
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