Since I had so many "Q's without A's" left over from our last query session, I thought I would unload them today, sports fans.
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* Will Severna Park's 63-year-old infielder, Jack Kendall, the former assistant football coach at Anne Arundel Community College, be invited to the Baltimore Orioles' spring training camp with Mike Flanagan, Larry Sheets and Jim "Cakes" Palmer?
What's that, you say?
Well, Jack recently returned from an outstanding outing in Bradenton, Fla., at the Orioles' Fantasy Week, and the Boston native is optimistic about a comeback.
"The moment I put on that Orioles uniform down there in Florida, I thought I could play again," said Kendall, who received the trip from his wife and kids for Father's Day.
"For one brief instant, I returned to my youth, and I recommend it to everybody. Go if you can do it. You will love it."
Kendall didn't feel like a spring chicken simply because rocker Joan Jettwas in camp with him this Fantasy Week, but because he got to put onthat uniform once again and, as he said, "Was taken out of reality."
Kendall simply had a ball at what has become one of the greatest promotions ever for the Orioles. He got to play two six-inning games a day and was treated just like a pro.
"You had to be dressed and ready for the bus to the ballpark at a certain time, and if you weren't, you got left behind," he said. "The staff was marvelous, and whata thrill to get out there and play with people like Brooks Robinson."
Kendall also got a special thrill when he got to turn back the clock about 50 years to his childhood knothole gang days in Beantown. The Orioles sent a team over to the Texas Rangers' fantasy camp in Port Charlotte to play a contingent of Ranger dreamers, and Kendall gotto meet a couple boyhood idols in Lew Burdette, the former Boston and Milwaukee Braves right-hander, and ex-St. Louis Cardinal Gas House Gang outfielder Harry "The Hat" Walker.
"I actually had tears in my eyes when I got to shake Harry 'The Hat's' hand," said Kendall.
Walker and Burdette were Ranger fantasy camp coaches and provided Kendall with an unforgettable moment.
"It took me back 50 years to see Walker," he said. "When I was a kid growing up in Boston and watching the old Boston Braves, I got to see 'The Hat' when he came to town. He could sure hit.
"The whole camp was absolutely super and everybody should do it if they can," he said.
* Did you know that AnneArundel Community College baseball pitching coach Larry Shillenberg says that Pioneers second baseman Mike Kirkpatrick, who played at Northern Alabama last year and is from Pennsylvania, reminds him of Orioles second baseman Billy Ripken?
* Won't Kirkpatrick and Anne Arundel shortstop Andy Srebroski, the Anne Arundel County Sun Baseball Player of the Year from Northeast High, turn a lot of double plays thisspring for the Pioneers of coach Clayton Jacobson?
* Do you think, as I do, that the Anne Arundel Community College men's basketball team of coach Mark Amatucci, at 24-4, is headed for a national championship in Division II JuCo play in Michigan on the weekend of March 2?
* If Navy (6-18, 2-10 in the Colonial Athletic Association) relieves coach Pete Herrmann in this, the final year of his contract, needit look any further than in its own back yard in Arnold, where Amatucci coaches?
Wouldn't Amatucci, who once coached Loyola College ofBaltimore in NCAA Division I hoops, do a great job at the academy with his background as a coach and academic counselor/monitor at Anne Arundel?
* On the subject of academics, how many of you coaches outthere knew the requirement for an ACT score went to 18 in October oflast year to play Division I sports?
In recent columns concerningstudent-athletes, I've written about the qualifications to play Division I sports and have said that the required ACT score was 15. No one called to inform me that it was changed to 18. Normally, people will call the Sportsline to crack on me when I make a mistake.
Anyway, parents and student-athletes, it's 18 on the ACT and 700 or better on the SAT, along with a 2.0 grade-point-average in CORE subjects, toplay Division I sports.
* Do you agree with Brooklyn Park High graduate and Pasadena Chargers youth football coach John Olecski that "there should be no academic standards to play sports in the county and that the GPA should be up to the parents?"
Olecski says, "Some kids are not made out to attend college and, therefore, they should begiven the chance to play. Those that are made for college should have to achieve a 2.0."
Really, isn't a required 2.0 in CORE subjectsnot fair to special-education student-athletes who would never be able to play? Shouldn't those in special-ed just have to have an overall 2.0 to play high school sports?
* Are you Glen Burnie High gradsaware that longtime athletic function PA announcer Max Powers has collected some really neat sports memorabilia relevant to Glen Burnie sports and to be stored in the school's archives?
"No graduate everlooks back on his high school career until he's been out of school for about 10 years," says Powers, an Indiana native who bleeds the Gopher red and white colors.
* Do you remember when the Southern of Harwood at Annapolis boys basketball game set for Tuesday, Feb. 12, meant something and was the county's fiercest hoops rivalry?
* Aren't congrats in order for Annapolis High administrator John Foreman nowthat his 6-foot-6 son, Andre, of Salisbury State College, became thefirst junior in state collegiate history to crack the 2,000 career points milestone?
Andre Foreman pumped in 45 Tuesday night in a 102-96 victory over Lincoln University to run his career total to 2,013.
The question is, will Andre get a shot in the NBA after next season? There are some hoop observers who believe he will.
* Aren't former South River High athletes John Kaleo and Josh Bullock vivid examples of how the system can work for you and result in athletic scholarships?
Kaleo, an outstanding high school quarterback, transferredhis senior year from South River to Bowie in Prince George's Countybecause, in his words, "I wanted a chance to throw the ball."
He and his dad were perfectly within rules in getting an apartment in the Bowie area so John could play for the Bulldogs. Kaleo went from Bowie to Montgomery-Rockville Community College, where he rewrote the record book for quarterbacks.
Now Kaleo is on a full football scholarship his final two years at the University of Maryland, an opportunity he might not have gotten had he stayed at South River. He is in line to be coach Joe Krivak's starting quarterback the next two seasons.
Bullock, a left-handed pitcher, also transferred his senior yearvia being 18 years old and self-sufficient. He wanted to play for his Mayo Post No. 226 American Legion coach, Bernie Walter, at Arundel High. Walter, who is the best high school baseball coach in the Mid-Atlantic area and one of the very best in all of America, helped Bullock land a full scholarship at the University of Nebraska.
How can anyone fault such transfers when it helped the kids like that? Would Kaleo have gotten a scholarship to Maryland had he continued handing off at South River, or would South River baseball coach Kenny Dunn been able to help Bullock, as Walter did?
In each instance, it wasn't the coaxing of the high school coaches, but rather the parents and kids themselves, who made the decisions. And weren't they right, individually speaking?
* Finally, isn't it great that North County football coach Chuck Markiewicz will be giving free clinics this football season espousing the assets of his "run and shoot" offense to localyouth football organizations such as the Gambrills-Odenton Recreation Council and the newly formed Brooklyn Park Broncos of Warren Rice and Danny Mangum?
Is the Markiewicz "run and shoot" going to be theoffense of the '90s in county high school football?