March 27, 2014
BALTIMORE - Two Loyola University Maryland men's basketball alumni, Morris Cannon and Mark Rohde, have been named to the Baltimore Catholic League Hall of Fame and will be induced in a ceremony on Thursday, May 1, at Rolling Road Country Club.
Cannon and Rhode both graduated from Loyola Blakefield High School in before making the transition to the Evergreen campus where they formed a duo that led Loyola to three-straight winning seasons.
Cannon's 1,310 points rank 15th all-time at Loyola; the Baltimore native was a four-year starter whose explosive style made Loyola basketball an exciting attraction in the mid 1970's.
A three-time All-Mason-Dixon Conference selection, Cannon was a key contributor on Loyola's 1972-1973 team that reached the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional. He was named to Loyola's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.
Rhode scored 1,103 points and pulled down 836 rebounds during a career that included two selections to the All-Mason-Dixon Conference team.
He is the third-leading rebounder in school history, and his point total ranks in the top 30. As a freshman, he was a starting forward for the 1972- 973 team that became the first Loyola squad to participate in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
A four-year letterwinner, he started all but one game during his collegiate career. A team captain in 1975 and 1976, Rohde later worked in the Loyola athletic department, serving as the sports information director, head tennis coach and assistant basketball coach in the late 1970s.
Cannon and Rohde will be inducted along with Juan Dixon, Calvert Hall, 1997; Carl Fornoff, Archbishop Curley, 1979; Adrian Hubbard, Towson Catholic, 1975; Sam McGee, St. Frances, 1990; Gene Nieberlein, Mount St. Joseph, 1976; Mark Rohde, Loyola, 1972; Robert Valderas, Cardinal Gibbons, 1975.