Bob Tucker, DuVal's boys basketball coach from 1965 to 1979, died Jan. 3 due to complications from an extended illness.
Tucker, 72, led the Tigers to the 1970 Class AA (the equivalent of today's 4A classification) title. Under Tucker, DuVal also reached the state finals in 1969 and 1975, but fell to Blair of Montgomery County both times.
Tucker's DuVal teams enjoyed back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 1968-69 and 1969-70. He also was an assistant baseball coach at DuVal and was the school's first varsity softball coach in 1978. He retired from coaching in 1979 and retired from teaching in 1989.
"Just a tremendous person," said Long Reach Coach Al Moraz, who coached at High Point from 1967 to 1984. "He was a players' coach and would do anything for his kids. He looked after them and had them over to his house all the time. At the funeral, some of his former players told me he was like a second father to them."
Area Wrestlers Stand Out
Prince George's County wrestling teams may lack depth, but they do not lack talent. They proved that last weekend at the 17-team Patriot Classic tournament at Northern High School.
Although no team finished better than ninth, the county placed six wrestlers in the finals and won three titles. DuVal senior Darrell Foster (10-1) earned a 9-4 decision over Westlake's Nathan Myers at 135 pounds, Laurel senior Joe Hill (12-1) defeated Patuxent's Ryan Vega, 3-2, at 152 pounds and Eleanor Roosevelt senior Vince Davis (13-0) won a 10-2 major decision over Patuxent's Ben Dansberger at 215 pounds.
Crossland's Calvin Anderson (160), DuVal's Frank Wright (130) and Suitland's Eugene Toms (125) placed second in their weight classes. Laurel's Chris Markley was third at 112.
Felder Outruns Field
Schnavia Felder had competed in the 55-meter hurdles once before Saturday, but inexperience obviously was no problem for the Suitland senior. Felder won the event at the Microtel High School Invitational at Virginia Tech in 8.67 seconds, edging Eleanor Roosevelt's Crystlle Church.
Northwestern senior Dwayne Thomas also had a good day, setting the meet record in the 500 meters (1 minute 5.09 seconds). The previous record was 1:05.51. . . .
Prince George's Community College will host what has to be considered the top regular season swimming meet of the season Saturday, as Bowie, Eleanor Roosevelt and Oxon Hill face off in a tri-meet at 1 p.m.
All three girls teams are 6-0, and so are the Bowie and Eleanor Roosevelt boys teams. The Oxon Hill boys are 4-1-1. Last season, the Bowie girls handed Eleanor Roosevelt its first loss in 13 years, then beat the Raiders again in the county championships. Roosevelt is the defending boys county champion.
Special correspondents Greg Brice, Jon Gallo and Bryan Tucker contributed to this report.