Catonsville, MD- On Monday, Feb. 23, the CCBC family along with friends and family of CCBC Catonsville head basketball coach, Randy Gregory, showed their love and appreciation for the 21 year coach, with "Randy Gregory Night." On this night, the CCBC Foundation with help from organizer and "Coach Randy" colleague Francis Mace, presented a check for nearly six-thousand dollars, to establish a scholarship in the coach's name.
CCBC President, Sandra Kurtinitis delivered an address of thanks and appreciation to the many donors who contributed to the scholarship fund, and CCBC Athletic Director Brian Farrell presented a commemorative game ball to Coach Gregory marking his 200th career win, achieved earlier this month. Other speakers included Chesapeake College head basketball coach Joel Dearring, AAU spokesman Ben Dubose, and CCBC Dundalk head coach, and Coach Randy protégé, Jaron Taylor.
It was truly a family affair, as every Cardinal team was in attendance and Coach Chuck Slater and his Lady Cardinal Softball team worked a concession stand with all proceeds donated to the scholarship fund. The referee's working the game also donated their game checks. On this night an additional eleven hundred dollars was raised in donations and concessions, a remarkable feat and testament to the impact that Coach Gregory has made.
As for the game, the Cardinals came out determined to win this game for their coach. Catonsville took a 32-50 lead into halftime, and then may have let the ceremony and emotion of the night get the best of them as they ended up narrowly escaping with an 80-85 victory in front of a packed house.
Freshman Marcus Knight led Catonsville in scoring with 19 points, but it was sophomore Willie McDowell who gave Catonsville a heartbeat, as he took over the final ten minutes, finishing the night with 14 points and 12 assists to go with 2 blocks. Center Keon Scott, Khalil Edwards, and Tikeace Harris all had 10 points.
More than the victory, this night was about a special feeling about a man, coach and mentor that has touched so many people in a positive way. It was about saying "thank you," and "we love you." Most everybody left the Jack Manley Center better than when they arrived, which is fitting and the most appropriate tribute to Coach Randy Gregory.
Written by: Craig Tyler