All right, sports fans, I've got some really hot Q's and A's for youthis week, so get on your mark at your Touch-Tone phone to respond on the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499.
It's you guys who help me write this column.
* How many of you thought we would extend the deadline for the All-County Academic-Athletic Team as we have in the past eight years? Well, those of you who did are right.
The deadline for applicationsis now Friday, March 29. So that gives some students the extra time they need and asked for. Already, we have received some really impressive applications and are looking forward to hearing from more student-athletes.
Applications must be hand-delivered to our Pasadena office by 5 p.m. March 29 or postmarked by that date to be eligible.
To answer a couple of questions called into the Sportsline, yes, applicants should list all sports played, year by year, throughout theirhigh school careers, not just this year.
Also, to the very nice woman who called and said that "a lot of teachers at our school dread writing recommendation letters and it gets to be a pain for them," I say those teachers are in the wrong profession.
If they don't careenough to take a few minutes and write about a kid who is seeking some recognition for his contributions to school, team and community, then they really don't care about the kids they teach.
Letters can be handwritten or typed, so how can any teacher refuse a kid who is applying for this team of the county's best in the classroom and on the field?
I can tell you a lot of the same coaches and teachers write letters of praise each and every year, and I salute them. For those who find writing a letter to be a pain, I say "boo" to you.
* What would you say if I told you that I really believe we finally will see some of Baltimore City's public schools seek entry into the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association in the near future?
Wouldn't that be great in that we eventually would have true state champions in boys and girls sports? Isn't this the way to go: Allowthe Baltimore City public schools to continue playing in their own leagues with their winners advancing to MPSSAA state tournaments?
When I asked Ned Sparks, the MPSSAA executive secretary about it this week, his responded guardedly, "I have no comment on that, because I don't want people to think that this idea is further down on the roadthan it really is, but there is some interest."
Isn't the Baltimore City public schools entry the icebreaker for the possibility of eventually uniting all state schools, including the private and parochial schools?
* By the way, wasn't that a classy Playoff magazine published by Sparks and the MPSSAA for this year's boys and girls statetournaments -- with a really nice touch on the inside cover: a eulogy and photo of the late Andover coach Dick Hart?
* Did you know that this could be the month that the county school board implements orat least proposes an athletic transfer rule, which basically would have those who transfer just for athletic reasons lose a year of eligibility?
What do you think of Montgomery County having such a rule,but allowing the two principals involved to get together and do whatis in the best interests of the student-athlete in question?
* Doschools and coaches have a right to tell kids they can't try out fora team because "you won't stay academically eligible"?
* How manyof you noticed that three of the four schools that won state titles in boys basketball -- Parkdale (4A), DuVall (3A) and Forestville (2A)-- are all from Prince George's County, where the grade-point average requirement is a 2.0? Prince George's doesn't have any 1A schools, or it might have won that class, too, despite the raising of its academic standards a couple of years ago.
If the 2.0 can work in Prince George's in terms of athletic excellence and obvious academic upgrading, why can't it work in Anne Arundel County, where athletes are allowed to play with a D-plus average, a 1.67 GPA?
* Doesn't the fact that no Anne Arundel football players were named to the Maryland football team for the Big 33 All Star Game against Pennsylvania furtherindicate the county seriously lacks Division I-quality players?
But how do you explain that Severna Park end Darrick Moran could be headed for Division I University of West Virginia?
* Aren't these a couple of great ideas from Arundel High athletic director and baseball coach Bernie Walter?
"For Anne Arundel County to determine participation in high school sports by actually playing in the game, rather than simply being in uniform or on the bench, would result in better player development," he said.
Along the same lines, Walter suggests scheduling jayvee games the day after varsity competition, thus allowing varsity sophomores who didn't play in the varsity game to play in the jayvee game.
He recommends that the MPSSAA let soccer players kick for football teams as a means of increasing scholarship chances and that it "eliminate the 200-mile travel restriction and replace it with the decision process as established by local authorities in order to give athletic teams wider travel opportunities that bands,DECA and other extracurricular groups have."
* Hasn't Walter added an outstanding baseball man as Arundel assistant jayvee baseball coach to Tut O'Hara in longtime Crofton youth coach Gary Carpenter?
* Shouldn't I admit that I erred in Sunday's column on Annapolis coach John Brady, saying that Arundel won a state boys basketball championship in 1965 under the late Jerry Mears when it actually was long-gone John Crowell, who took an assistant college job afterward and hasn't been heard from since?
* Don't I owe a special thanks to Pennington Hebron, who was a member of that '65 Arundel team, for straightening me out on the 24-Hour Sportsline? He says the only games the state champion Wildcats lost that year were to Annapolis and a Kenny Dunn-led Severna Park team.
* In responding to the Brady column in which the Annapolis coach said he might be a "failure" despite 298 winsand one state title in only 14 seasons, didn't county school board member Nancy Gist pay Brady the supreme compliment: "Brady is not a failure by any means.
"This man is an outstanding coach, but first of all, an outstanding, caring educator," said Gist, who once worked with Brady at Annapolis High as an administrator.
* Did you tennis and women's soccer coaches know that Anne Arundel Community College has openings in your sports?
For more information you can call Athletic Director Buddy Beardmore at 541-2300.
* Have you heard that Glen Burnie's Frank Klebe, a former coach in the Baltimore Orioles andCleveland Indians organizations, is head baseball coach at Catonsville Community College?
* Did you know that junior track star Adrienne McCray is the first athlete to be inducted into the North County Knights High School Hall of Fame?
C'mon, North County Principal Bill Wentworth and Athletic Director Mike Baker, how can you put an underclassman in your hall of fame? Isn't that a little much?
* Speaking of Wentworth, how many dads can boast of a son (Chris, graduated baseball first baseman) and a daughter (Allison, sophomore basketball player) who played on state championship teams -- Chris in 1989 and Allison this season?
* How about Stacy Sanders -- the Chesapeake grad and member of last year's All-County Academic-Athletic Team who ran cross country and indoor track and will run outdoor track this spring at Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg, Va.) -- making the President's List with a perfect 4.0 GPA?