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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Because you guys are swamping me with tidbits and "Q's" without answers, I've got to unload a second batch since Wednesday.

Don't get me wrong, sports fans, I'm not complaining. What I am doing is showing my gratitude and at the same time giving you what you want -- a lotof interesting notes on our favorite subject, Anne Arundel County sports.

Let me give you the 24-Hour Sportsline number, 647-2499 (most of you know it by heart anyway, as well as 911) and invite you to call any time with your answers, gripes, compliments or big "Q's" of your own.

* Isn't it a compliment to his extraordinary basketball talents and to the fact that he is a quality person and student/athlete that Rob Wooster of Annapolis has generated interest from not only the U.S. Naval Academy but the Georgetown Hoyas as well?

Have you heardthat Hoyas veteran assistant coach Craig Esherick attended the Annapolis High practice Thursday to watch the 6-foot-5 Wooster work out?

"Georgetown is definitely interested in Rob, and Esherick told me he can't believe that Rob hasn't signed with anybody yet," said Annapolis coach John Brady, who says Georgetown has one scholarship left.

"They (Georgetown) will be back to see Rob play a game, and Craig was also impressed with Marvin Brown."

Brown is a 6-foot-2 senior with exceptional quickness and the ability to fill it up.

Esherick,who graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1978 after playing for the Hoyas, has been an assistant to John Thompson since 1982. So, witha decade of recruiting big-time players under his belt, his interestin Wooster puts the Panther star in the blue-chip class.

* Did you know that this is the time of year that many Division I schools arebeating the bushes for marginal college hoop prospects to complete their scholarship allotments?

Most of the big schools have one or two scholarships left and don't be surprised to see the likes of Albert Lee and Edmund Hicks of South River and Gene Pleyo of Northeast endup with an opportunity.

One other thing on this college hoops recruiting business: Doesn't the NCAA practically force specialization with its short period during July that allows college hoop coaches to scout prospects in summer leagues and camps? Isn't that time of the year the period in which most of the top recruits are discovered?

In other words, high school hoop players can forget other summer sports or activities because they almost have to be ready for a competitive summer league or big-time camp to have a chance of being noticed.

Isn't one of the problems facing the big men who are hoping to be noticed by attending one of those summer-camp meat markets, the fact that the guards usually dominate? The backcourters are also out to impress and don't like to give the ball up.

* Speaking of college opportunities, isn't it great that North County's Anthony Walker, headedfor Syracuse, has joined the growing list of county football playersin the last few years receiving scholarships to play Division I football?

Some others within the last four to five football seasons include:

Lineman Mitch Suplee and quarterback John Kaleo from South River, who are attending the University of Maryland; Chris Alexander,lineman of Annapolis playing at Navy; Meade running back and kick-returner Tavio Henson, playing at University of Tennessee; lineman Brian Evans of Old Mill, at Towson State; and Matt Cook, an Annapolis lineman now at Dartmouth.

Wednesday's "Q's and A's" session that raised the issue of coaches who pad individual player stats resulted in one boys coach thinking he had been singled out when in actuality it was a jab at more than one boys coach and at least one girls coach.

The feedback to that item has raised a very interesting question. What constitutes a rebound?

Well, the NCAA defines a rebound as "retrieving the ball." Some coaches don't count it as a rebound when the ball hits the floor, but that is retrieving the ball and should count.

Also, shots that go up and don't hit anything are counted as a board by some coaches, but maybe not by others. The National High School Federation pretty much leaves it up to the leagues.

What this all leads to is the need for either the state or county to issue a list defining what constitutes rebounds, steals and assists, the three most abused stats. If each team put that sheet in their score book andoccasionally reviewed it with their (mostly) student scorekeepers, we would have a more accurate reporting of stats.

How important is an accurate stat sheet and game report to the media? It's probably more important to the kids and parents than anybody else, and that is reason enough to do it right.

I also heard from Dr. Garrett J. Lynch, director of the Arthroscopy and Sports Injury Center, who called on behalf of several others who felt they were left out of a Sidelinescolumn on volunteer athletic trainers.

The purpose of the column was to cite the growing need for full-time athletic trainers in our schools and I apologize for jilting a few by not including their names. It was the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center of Annapolis thatbrought up the need.

Did you know that state legislators passed abill to approve full-time athletic trainers in Maryland schools, butNed Sparks, of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), who was all for it, discovered "there are not enough (qualified trainers) to go around?"

"It's against the law in Maryland for athletic trainers to generate income," said Dr. Lynch. "They can work in New Jersey and other states, but not here.

"Working with physical therapists is not legal in Maryland. It would be great ifwe could have them in Maryland, and it's wonderful that so many volunteers are now working in Anne Arundel schools."

* Isn't it great to hear that the Maryland Department of Education is likely to retainthe graduation requirement of one credit in physical education and not use interscholastic teams as a means to earn credits?

What has to be interpreted is "one credit that integrates components of comprehensive health education" -- has been proposed in a revision to eliminate team sports as a way to earn phys-ed credits. Does that mean a student can earn his credit by taking health classes only and no phys-ed?

Would you like to see more phys-ed for our kids or less?

The state and Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick will be taking public comment until March 10. The address is 200 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, 21201.

It must be noted that none of the graduation requirementrecommendations are etched in stone and are still open to suggestions. That means the phys-ed/interscholastic team issue could come up again. It's not totally dead. Let's say for now it has been TKO'd.

*Shouldn't we thank Annapolis High Principal Laura Webb for keeping the crowd under control so we could all enjoy that thrilling South River at Annapolis boys' basketball game Tuesday night?

When two unruly fans charged onto the floor at halftime to chastise the zebras, Webb acted quickly and had them removed by county police. That cooled tempers considerably, and we were able to enjoy the 84-81 thriller won by Annapolis without further incident.

* Finally, isn't it wonderful that the stubborn Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame won't change its bylaws to allow great coaches and referees such as Glen Burnie's Charley Eckman (college and NBA) in its doors, but is inducting an ice dancer this year to go with the walkers, skeet and pistol shooters, hydroplane racers, badminton and squash players and bowlers who have been inducted?

Shouldn't the Hall, which opened in 1956, consider changing its name to the Maryland Recreation Sports Hall of Fame?

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