Let me answer this week's first "Q" and tell you about a community of caring people.
Isn't it heartwarming the way the Northeast High School community has rallied together to come to the aid of their own Judy Marsh?
For those of you who don't know, the 49-year-old Marsh has cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant. Her medical insurance was to take care of the operation scheduled at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., but she soon learned she has to come up with the $94,000 on her own.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield said her insurance did not cover "experimental" procedures and turned her down.
The community is feverishly trying to raise the money for this woman, who, with her husband, Rolland, has given nearly 20 years of volunteer time to the high school through active involvement in the Northeast Eagles Boosters Club.
Athletic director Bob Grimm and Northeast supporter Paul Zimmerman have set up a benefit basketball doubleheader for this Saturday at the Pasadena school.
"Rolland was president of our Boosters Club and coached in the Lake Shore youth program and Judy was secretary of our Boosters Club," said Grimm. "We are doing whatever we can to help these two wonderful people who have done so much for our program over the years."
Former players from Northeast and Chesapeake high schools, including Ziz Abdur-Ra'oof and Steve Monson, are returning to play in an alumni game.
The Eagles and Cougars will play at 6 p.m. followed by a team of local celebrities vs. the WBAL-TV All-Stars, including the gregarious Channel 11 anchor Rod Daniels, at 7:15 p.m.
Donation is only $3 per fan and all the proceeds go to the more than worthwhile Judy Marsh Cancer Treatment Fund.
Abdur-Ra'oof was named The Anne Arundel County Sun Male Athlete of the Decade this past January after starring in football, basketball and track at Northeast. Ziz went on to become the University of Maryland's all-time leading pass receiver and had a brief tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.
Monson, who was a member of The Anne Arundel County Sun All-Decade Baseball Team after a spectacular career at Chesapeake in Lake Shore, is pitching in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system.
Ziz and Monson are just two of many former athletes who know the Marsh family and hold them in high esteem for all they did for the kids in the Pasadena-Lake Shore communities.
"We hope the entire community will get out Saturday night to support this cause," said Zimmerman, who can be reached at 255-7637 for further details.
Or you can Grimm at Northeast, 437-6400.
* Have you heard that former DeMatha baseball star Steve Miller, who went on to become a minor-league infielder in the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres organizations, has been named head baseball coach at Archbishop Spalding High in Severn?
Why didn't Spalding athletic director Domenic Pachence make a public announcement after naming Miller, who is a Hyattsville native?
* When is the county youth cheerleaders organization going to work something out with the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis to conduct its annual competition at Navy's Halsey Field House?
This past Sunday the cheerleading competition drew an overflow crowd at Anne Arundel Community College with many disappointed parents turned away.
One concerned dad of a cheerleader called the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499, to voice his displeasure with a near fight breaking out in the lobby because one man was denied admittance.
"The thing has gotten completely out of hand, and they've got to move it," said the dad. "Halsey Field House at the academy is the only place that can hold it."
Why didn't the girls from PAL, the Annapolis Crusaders, Annapolis All Stars and Fort Meade participate in this year's supposed countywide cheerleading competition?
* Wasn't that absolutely ridiculous and inconsiderate of the Severna Park High Marching Band to stay on the field after the Annapolis band had performed, dragging the halftime break to 33 minutes in Friday night's Annapolis at Severna Park football game?
With the threat of inclement weather looming wasn't it unfair to the majority of football fans (not band fans) who paid their way in to have to sit through 33 minutes of marching bands, then endure the rain that started to fall in the final period?
The rain came at a time when the game normally would have been over.
* Who are those guys from North County High who keep calling the 24-Hour Sportsline to tell me that the Knights are better than unbeaten county champion Severna Park (7-0)? Are they serious?
No question that North County had a great season for a first-year school at 8-2, but it played primarily a 3A schedule and might have lost eight games had it played among the big boys in Severna Park, Old Mill, Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Arundel, Meade, Broadneck and Chesapeake?
Do you agree with me that North County with its hard-earned 6-3 win over Meade (1-9) might have won one other 4A game in Chesapeake (1-9)?
* Did Southwestern High of Baltimore pad the stats of quarterback Diara Davis so that he finished ahead of North County's Johnny Ray, 2,083 passing yards to 2,020, for the top stat in the metro area and believed to be a state record?
After Severn's 45-6 demolition of Southwestern on Saturday, Admirals assistant coach Jim Doyle said Severn had held Davis to just 131 yards passing. Seems the Sabers' tabulations rung up another 100 yards or more on Davis' total, enabling him to nose out Ray.
Davis went into his final game with 1,797 yards to Ray's 1,995. Ray had a legitimate 25 yards in his final game and Knights' coach Chuck Markiewicz made no attempts to jack up his stats.
* Can you believe that the Annapolis football coaching staff went to dinner at the home of Severna Park coach Andy Borland on Friday night after losing, 34-20, to the Falcons?
* Pasadena's Bob Humphries asks a good question, "Why doesn't Anne Arundel or Maryland have a Winston Cup Race Track?"
* How about Navy's ice hockey club of third-year coach Jim Berry opening with a 10-1 romp over Georgetown and a 3-3 tie with the University of Penn last weekend?
Did you know that you can watch Navy ice hockey for free this Saturday at 5 p.m. against Lehigh, and Sunday at 1 p.m. against the University of Maryland, at Dahlgren Hall on the academy grounds?
If you hockey fans get out to the academy to watch, check out Navy's senior captain Steve Jennings. If you've already seen Jennings play, do you agree with me that he is a throwback to the old, extra hard-nosed hockey players of yesteryear's Boston Bruins?
* Hasn't Wardell Chambers sent out an early-warning shot that he is going to make some team a very good Division I cager with 32 points and nine boards in the Anne Arundel Community College Pioneers' 135-108 season-opening win at Howard Community College Monday night?
"There is no question that Wardell can play Division I," said coach Mark Amatucci. "The way he's playing now has me convinced he can step in and play at a good school."
* Did you know that the second annual Running Panthers Alumni Basketball Game is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, and features teams from 1974, '78, '79 and '84?
Practice dates for the old guys are Nov. 15, 16 and 19, at 7 p.m.