A behind-the-scenes story reported first by The Carroll County Sun's Ed McDonough is worth retelling.
It seems Westminster coach Jeff Oeming accidentally scheduled the Owls' wrestling team for three tournaments, one more than permitted by state rules. Oeming believed the Gilman Duals counted as a dual meet, but the state figures it's a eight-team tournament with a dual-meet format.
At any rate, North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein spotted the problem and alerted Oeming in time for the Owls to pull out of the Delone Tournament in McSherrystown, Pa.
Some may have waited until the violation had occurred, then called it to the attention of state officials, thus disqualifying Westminster from postseason competition.
Bauerlein's unselfish action set an excellent example for all of us.
* St. Mary's girls coach Carmine Blades was most pleased with the play of junior guard Randall Goldsborough after his Saints defeated Seton Keough for the first time in their last seven tries last week. "It was not so much her scoring [13 points]," said Blades. "Randall was our floor leader. She just took over in the fourth quarter. We wanted the ball in her hands, so Seton Keough would have to foul her. Randall made all four of her free throws in the final three minutes when they counted most."
Incidentally, Seton Keough had won 39 straight Catholic League games until bowing, 57-46, to St. Mary's.
* Arundel coach Bernie Walter will receive the 1991 Easton Sports Master Coach Award at the baseball coaches' annual convention in New Orleans. Walter guided Arundel to a 17-5 record last spring, then took Mayo American Legion Post 226 to the national championship with a 71-7 mark before serving as head coach for the USA Junior team at the World Tournament in Havana. There his team placed third with a 14-3 overall record.
* More details on the 38-point effort of Northeast's Steve Strauss last week against Southern-AA. The 6-foot-3 senior tied a school record for most points in a game. He shares the mark with George Harrington (1977). Strauss also tied Gene Pleyo's record (1990) for his six three-point shots.
* The Institute of Notre Dame starts just one junior (Melanie Vogel) and four sophomores.
"We have no seniors and two freshmen on the varsity squad," said coach Jerry Hahn. "I am not unhappy playing in the B Division [of the Catholic League], but our goal is to improve and move up to the A Division as soon as we are able."
Hahn said he expects that will happen next season.
* Old Mill's Brent Layman is 15-1 with 10 pins and two technical falls for the top-ranked Patriots of coach Mike Hampe.
"Bucknell, Penn and George Mason are very interested in Brent wrestling for them next season," said Hampe.
Layman, top-ranked by the Maryland State Wrestling Association 140 pounds, was an all-county soccer performer for the Patriots last fall. Last spring, he played No. 1 singles for the tennis team.
* Annapolis coach John Brady credited senior guard Rob Wooster for his play in the Panthers' 43-36 slow-down victory over Broadneck.
"Rob had 10 points, not bad since we scored only 43," said Brady. "But he also had 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and hit all four of his free throws down the stretch."
* Ever sit in the stands and figure you could do a better job than the umpire on the field? Here's your chance. The Mason Dixon Umpires Association is seeking applicants to work high school games in the metro area. Excellent training is provided. Classes begin next Wednesday at Loch Raven Senior High (7 p.m.). Applicants should be able to work between 3 and 6 p.m. two or three afternoons a week in April and May. For more details, call any evening (655-3423 or 377-4839).
* The Maryland State Wrestling Association, ever ready to promote its sport, will hold the first Mason Dixon quadrangular all-star junior league tournament on Jan. 19 at Gilman (1 p.m.). Top caliber entries from Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland are expected. Wrestlers in all but the 60- and 65-pound classifications must have been born in 1977 or later. Entrants for the two lightweight classifications must have been born in 1979 or later.
* Reminder: Nominate Athletes of the Week to The Evening Sun on Mondays between 8 a.m. and noon at 332-6669.