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Guess what time it is, sports fans?

No, not M-I-C-K-E-Y Mouse andthe Mouseketeers time, but time for more of those "Q's without A's."Yes, questions without answers produced by yours truly and you.

It's a 24-Hour Sportsline (647-2499) production because 95 percent of the material in this column comes off the number you can call toblow off steam, offer compliments or raise "Q's" of your own.

* Aren't we all rooting for Navy's seventh-ranked ice hockey team that opens 7:30 tonight in the National Club Hockey Tournament in Tempe, Ariz., against host and third-ranked University of Arizona?

On Thursday morning, Navy will play Penn State, and Friday, the 13-4-1 Mids of Coach Jim Barry hit the ice against Eastern Michigan. After the round robin, the top team in Navy's division will meet the No. 1 team inthe other division for the national championship on Saturday.

Theteams in the other division are: the universities of Ohio, Iowa State, Rhode Island and North Dakota State. This is Navy's first appearance in the national club tournament.

"If we luck out and surprise some of these guys, we'll get to play on Saturday," said Barry before leaving last night. "Maybe the warm weather will help my flu, and this will be quite a learning experience for the kids."

* With all the great weather we've had recently, wouldn't it be apropos for it to snow or be cold and nasty Friday, the first day of spring practice for the public schools?

* Did you know that Northeast of Coach HarryLentz and Old Mill of Coach Mel Montgomery will play the first high school game in the newly constructed Joe Cannon Baseball Stadium at Harmans on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m.?

* Have you Northeast fans heard that Eagle senior first baseman Russ Curry will attend Division III North Carolina Wesleyan to continue his baseball career?

* Is it going to be Broadneck and Annapolis in the Class 4A Region IV final in boys basketball for a third year in a row Friday night?

For that to happen, top-seeded Annapolis (19-3) has to win at home tonightover No. 4 Meade (18-5) while No. 3 seed Broadneck (19-4) has to winat No. 2 Old Mill (17-4). Annapolis has beaten Meade twice this season, by 96-59 and 62-58, while Old Mill downed Broadneck, 68-59.

Did you know that Annapolis and Broadneck are the only county teams with streaks for 20-win seasons, and if Annapolis wins tonight it would be a county record eighth in a row under Coach John Brady, while the Ken Kazmarek-coached Bruins are shooting for their school record third straight?

Is this the big "Q" going into the Broadneck at Old Mill semifinal: Will the Bruins' 7-foot-2 Boris Beck, who saw little playing time the only time the two teams met this season, be the decisive factor tonight?

* Have you heard that Georgetown Hoya veteran assistant (11 years) to John Thompson, Craig Esherick, and Minnesota'sassistant to Clem Haskins, Al Brown, attended an Annapolis practice last week to see seniors Dennis Edwards and Delmore Howard?

Brady said, "Both coaches said Dennis and Delmore are Division I players, and they also liked Rob Wooster and said he is a sure-fire Division I player."

Edwards may opt for a junior college in order to be better prepared academically, while Minnesota is very interested in Howard. Wooster is only a junior.

Wooster should draw a lot of attentionnext season as a third-year varsity performer who can shoot, handle the ball, rebound and play defense, not to mention being a very intelligent player with great court sense. He and Howard are very similar in ability, while Edwards is an offensive machine.

All three Panthers are 6-foot-5.

* How about track official Keith Smith of Millersville working his ninth major record-setter in the last 2 years at the USA Mobile Indoor Track Meet at Madison Square Garden the weekendbefore last?

Smith officiated Californian Lance Deal's American and world record 35-pound weight throw of 79 feet, 3 inches. The old record was 78-6 by Tore Johnson of Norway in 1984.

"Each competitor gets six throws, and Lance, who is a really nice guy, broke the world record on his third toss and rebroke his own record on his sixth and final throw," said Smith. "I got to mark all six of his throws and feel very fortunate to have officiated another record.

"Some officials work nearly a lifetime and never get to work a world record. I've been very lucky."

Smith also worked Jackie Joyner-Kersee's heptathlon world record in July 1988 in Indianapolis.

After working the Princeton University Eastern States Invitational for top high school athletes from all over the country Monday, did you know the ambitious Smith will be officiating the Intercollegiate American Amateur Athletic Association meet this weekend at Princeton and the following weekend the NCAAs at the Hoosier Dome in Indiana?

* Aren't the guysof the Pasadena Senior Volleyball Association 50 and Over League crying to break up Spindler's Roll-off because they are running away with things at 19-2? Randall Realty is the closest to them at 12-6.

In third place are the Sunsetters (11-7), followed by: Ace Hardware (6-12), Betty & Jake's (5-13) and Wooden Nickel (1-14).

The infamousGeorge Kelch guides the Spindlers' squad that is getting outstandingperformances from the likes of Ron Ellencamp, Bill Prunkl and Fenn Stallsmith. In two recent battles, Spindlers swept both Betty & Jake's(15-11, 16-14 and 17-15) and the Sunsetters (15-5, 15-9 and 15-6).

* In response to last week's big "Q" of why won't the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame induct Charlie Eckman of Glen Burnie? A lot of calls came into the 24-Hour Sportsline, all in favor of inducting Eckman.

Here are some of the responses beginning with Ed Bogdan of Linthicum, who called and wrote a letter to the Maryland State Hall committee: "Why can't the committee judge the man for his athletic ability, as well as his keen insight into all areas of sports . . . Although you may have disagreed with his opinions (as a radio broadcaster), he was there to show you the other side of the equation."

On keeping Charlie out because of the no-coach rule, Bogdan added, "That'ssome lame excuse/rule."

Gloria Streets of Glen Burnie: "This man has always been available to attend every kind of athletic function promoting county, Baltimore and Maryland sports."

Charlie Sturm of Brooklyn Park: "I grew up with Charlie and later umpired high school and college baseball with Charlie, and he deserves to be in the StateHall of Fame.

"They can put a man driving a boat in there, and I don't have anything against that, but for all Charlie's done he really deserves to be in the hall."

Charlie Morris: "I think it's a shame that Charlie is not in the Hall of Fame because his efforts are just as worthy as many of the others in there."

Pasadena's Luke Anthony, originally from West Baltimore, knew Charlie as a City College High school athlete and later as an ACC and NBA official and echoed what the others were saying.

Odenton's Dave Owen put it this way: "I'll be the first one to call that man a cab and take him to the Hall of Fame."

Vic Lotterer of Severna Park: "Charlie should have been in there a long time ago and that's what the people want."

And 63-year-old Doris Jenkins, who recently was selected as only the second woman ever to be named to the Maryland Softball Hall of Fame: "I played women's basketball in Baltimore and often watched Charlie referee.He was the most respected referee around in high school, college andeven the NBA."

"As only the second woman to ever go into the Softball Hall of Fame, I understand the bias, prejudice and jealousy thatis possibly now confronting Charlie. Get him now while he's still alive."

Amen!

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