IT'S UNQUESTIONED: LAYCOCK DESERVES AACC HONORS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Time once again, sports fans, for another "Q's and A's" session, your favorite column.

You, of course, make my "Questions without Answers" so popular with your calls to the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499. So, keep ringing the phone, and I'll keep firing those big "Q's."

* Let's start this week with the Anne Arundel Community College Fighting Pioneers' annual bull roast for the benefit of the school's athletic scholarship program.

Shouldn't those of you who played or coached during the 20-year era of Johnny Laycock, the little guy who built the athletic program from the ground floor up, make every attempt to be there Sunday at AACC when Laycock is the first inductee into the AACC Sports Hall of Fame?

It will be a great day at the Arnold campus with contests, helicopter rides, television to watch the Redskins, a silent auction, music by the Crabtowne Big Band, raffles and food by Executive Caterers.

In addition , the Alumni and Friends Association invites everyone to participate in the Seagull 8K race at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., you can catch a glimpse of the defending national women's soccer team, Monroe C.C. of Rochester, N.Y., in action against Mike Miles' AACC squad.

A great time should be had by all, but most definitely the highlight of the day will be the Hall of Fame induction (at approximately 2:30 p.m.) of Laycock and Jeff Herrick, the school's first-ever All-American. Herrick, who is now head football coach at Broadneck High, was an All-American football and baseball player at AACC.

Current athletic director Buddy Beardmore, his staff and the administration are to be commended for the marvelous Hall of Fame idea. And you can just imagine how proud the first two inductees will be Sunday afternoon, especially Laycock, the man who started it all and paved the way through some tough early times.

Don't you student-athletes and former coaches owe it to Laycock to be there Sunday? Wouldn't an overflow crowd at only $25 a pop (roast ticket) be a fitting a tribute to both Laycock and Herrick?

For ticket information, call Babette Bilek, 541-2515.

* Loyalty. How important is it?

Isn't it interesting that South River's Kenny Dunn, who led the crusade of most county baseball coaches in 1989 in damning the transfer of his star pitcher/hitter Josh Bullock by questioning the loyalty of Bullock and the ethics of Arundel coach Bernie Walter, is now an assistant football coach at Annapolis High?

But it's OK for a coach at one school (Dunn coaches basketball and baseball at South River) to coach at another, but not for a legal transfer (Bullock was 18 years old and self-sufficient) from one school to another, right?

Did you know that Dunn, who was an assistant at South River for 12 years under Joe Papetti, will be coaching against the school in which he teaches and coaches other sports when South River visits Annapolis Friday night?

Now, really, is that right? How can we tell students to be loyal to their schools when Dunn and others throughout the county teach and coach a sport at one school and also coach at another?

In fairness to Dunn, it must be mentioned that he stepped down as an assistant last year when Dave Summey succeeded the retired Papetti. Dunn took a year off to watch his son play his senior year of football at Broadneck and hoped to be back as a South River assistant this season, but Summey had no openings on his staff.

So Dunn is now at Annapolis.

Do you think the county needs to look at such freedom for coaches that enables them to do such a thing, something that destroys the very fiber of what parents are trying to teach their children?

Or should it be, "Don't do as I do, but as I tell you?"

* What film did North County football coach Chuck Markiewicz, the ex-Meade coach, send to Fort Hill in Cumberland the Tuesday (Sept. 25) before first-year Meade coach Hayse Henderson took his young Mustangs up there and got annihilated 52-0?

Was it a "Plays of the Week" or football bloopers tape that Chuck sent up to Fort Hill?

* Have you seen Meade's 14-year-old freshman running back Kenny Walker?

Has that kid got a bright future or what?

Quote from Severna Park coach Andy Borland after watching Walker break one for 54 yards last Friday night, "That kid is some kinda quick."

* Isn't the Gary Williams Father/Son Clinic set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 at Cole Field House, a neat concept and one that local basketball players and fathers should take advantage of by calling (301) 314-7029?

Terps' administrative assistant to basketball Peter Sauer, who resides part of the time in Pasadena, says of the clinic, "We hope to draw a lot of kids from Anne Arundel County, because I am well aware of the interest in basketball here. I think it's kind of neat that a dad can participate along with his son in a clinic."

* Did you know that former Severn School and University of Maryland star goalie Jimmy Beardmore is into triathlons these days? He recently was in a 200-participant meet at Camp Lejune, N.C., and finished 22nd, and he was 33rd in a Lancaster, Pa., competition of 650?

* With 11 touchdowns at the halfway mark, will Old Mill's super running back William Beverly keep up the pace and break the record of 20 set by Arundel's Troy Turner in 1985?

* Did you know the Old Mill junior varsity football team, coached by Jack Bliss, has gone 13-0 (4-0 this fall so far) over the last two seasons?

* Is Mark Frye of the Pasadena Chargers 115-pound team, son of Mark Sr., a Meade assistant football coach, the best eighth-grade running back in the county?

* Isn't it neat that Bob Cilento, head baseball and assistant basketball coach at Springbrook High of Montgomery County, who resides in Crofton, gives his time to coach the Crofton 95-pound youth football team and a summer youth baseball team as well?

* Isn't it great the Mayo Post No. 226 national champion baseball team is going to be honored on Jan. 11 by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association, who put on the largest and most prestigious baseball banquet in the country?

"No question we should honor Mayo Legion because what they won was a true national championship," said veteran banquet chairman Frank Sliwika, who played Legion ball for Baltimore's Kelly Post back in the 1950s and is believed to be the only Legion pitcher in the country to pitch back-to-back no-hitters.

Coach Bernie Walter and his Mayo team will be honored with such headliners as this year's Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Crown award winner in Cecil Fielder of the Detroit Tigers.

* Did you know that Keith Smith of Millersville has been named an official for the Atlantic Coast Conference cross country championships at the University of Virginia on Oct. 27?

* Is Annapolis basketball player, senior Jon Holden, who doubles as a member of the Panther Marching Band, the world's tallest sax player? Isn't it great that Holden is also a National Merit finalist?

* Don't such politicians as Democratic county executive candidate Ted Sophocleus, delegates Ray Huff and Charles "Stokes" Kolodziejski, Sen. Phil Jimeno and County Councilman Buddy Ahern deserve a lot of credit for playing volleyball hard (no dogging it) for about an hour and a half Saturday night at Northeast High for the benefit of the George Fox PTA mentor program -- for students in danger of failing?

* What should be the purpose of junior varsity sports? I'm real interested to hear your opinions on that one.

* Are youth football homecomings for the cheerleaders or both the cheerleaders and football players?

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