Today, a serving of Q's relating to student-athletes.
But first, a reminder to those applying for our 10th annual Anne Arundel County Sun Academic-Athletic Team: Get your applications in as soon as possible.
Deadline for entries is March 20; we run the ballot frequently onthese pages.
With that in mind . . .
* I'm sure you know Annapolis is 17-1 overall in hoops and has a school-record 23 consecutive wins over county foes. But did you know the average grade point average of the team members is 2.66, with the lowest GPA being a 2.16?
Did you know that Annapolis sophomore Larry Brown had a 4.0 GPA on his last report card?
Do you realize that a 2.66 GPA is well above the county required 1.66 for high school athletes, and also above the NCAA's new 2.50?
Obviously, Annapolis head coach John Brady and assistant Roy Brown are stressing more than X's and O's, aren't they?
* Have you ever seen a player take over a high school basketball game down the stretch as Rob Wooster did at Severna Park last Tuesday night, hitting a career-high 38 points and pacing the Panthers to a come-from-behind 76-69 victory over the Falcons?
* Is the 6-foot-5 Wooster the best all-around player Brady has had in his 15 years at Annapolis?
"Without question, Rob is the best of all time," said Brady. "The guy is so confident under pressure and can score from anywhere, any way."
Brady says that the late James Butler was the "best one-on-one player we've ever had," but Wooster is the best player, period.
* By the way, these eyes have been watching Wooster since his varsity career began three years ago, but did you know his fourth-period slam dunk against Severna Park was the first I can ever remember from him?
* Didn't Glen Burnie's Vernon Osborne have a great game Friday night in the Gophers' 73-66 mild-upset victory at Old Mill, with 28 points, including 14 of 18 from the floor and two slam dunks?
* Has a girls player ever had back-to-back games like Debbi Daddsof Northeast did last week with 70 points and 57 boards?
* Remember former Meade star and 1989 grad Jay Mouzon, who attended Anne Arundel Community College briefly before having a fall-out with ex-coach Mark Amatucci? Did you know that Mouzon is enrolled at Howard Community College and says he will play there next season?
* Whatever happened to Amatucci anyway?
* Wouldn't Archbishop Spalding make an excellent choice for its new head football coach by hiring long-time Annapolis and North County assistant Del Hughes?
* Is the boys enrollment at Spalding big enough to field a competitive football team?
* With the way her team's play has fluctuated this season and an admitted lack of intensity all too often, is veteran North County coachSally Entsminger pondering retirement?
* Could the county do any better than taking Chesapeake administrator Roy Skiles out of the school system and naming him to replace outgoing Recreation and Parks Director Joe McCann?
* Can you believe Paul's "B" team defeated Paul's so-called "A" team in the Anne Arundel County Billiards League last week?
* With Navy winning the Eastern Collegiate Division championship, 8-4, Sunday over West Chester at Dahlgren Hall, didn't the Mids show the University of Maryland club team, a 5-3 loser to West Chester in the semis, who should be going to the National Club Tournament at Penn State?
Maryland took two of three from Navy, including the Mids' coveted Crab Pot final, and thought it should be going to the nationals. But the bottom line is that Navy finished ahead of the Terps in the regular-season standings and won the league tourney.
Isn't the right team going? Wasn't it a fine gesture on the part of Navy hockey coach Jim Barry to present the league championship trophy to Mids' Sports Information Director Tom Bates?
* With Navy's hoop team at 6-17, what is Coach Pete Herrmann going to talk about on his new Thursday night radio show at Middleton's Tavern in Annapolis? Jerry Hardesty's oyster shooters?
* Can you believe the Baltimore Orioles are sending a hitting instructor to Northeast High on March 23 to work with the Spindler's 50-and-over men's softball team of George "Wacko" Kelch?
"We believe you're never too old to learn," said Kelch.
* Aren't the 50-and-over guys hoping the instructor will not be Brady Anderson?
* Have you pro boxing fans marked Thursday, March 26, as the next date for buffet and bouts at Michael's Eighth Avenue?
* Isn't it great that ex-Andover catcher Earl Williams, who was a surprise release of the Orioles a couple years ago despite a goodseason at Bluefield, is getting another shot at pro baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization?
Williams tried out for a couple ofclubs last spring, to no avail, and spent the summer playing for DanFielder's Arundel Stars unlimited team, hoping someone would notice.The guy has light-tower power, and Jim Gilbert, the Orioles scout who originally signed Williams, recommended him to the pale hose.
* Isn't it great to hear that Brooklyn Park Broncos 12-year-old cheerleader Lauren Pokrywka knocked 'em dead singing the national anthem at the Orioles/Baltimore County Baseball Clinic at Parkville High a few weeks ago?
"Lauren should get a chance to sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the new stadium (Oriole Park at Camden Yards) this year," said Gilbert.
* Did you know that three countians are playing baseball for the Florida International University Sun Blazers this spring: infielder Nathan Harvey of Annapolis, who attended Riverdale Baptist, and Arundel grads Will Trinidad (infielder) and Pat Kahl (catcher)?
* How about Archbishop Spalding junior Zachary Wood, who played for a soccer team from Baltimore that toured Mexico City in late December, being named to the All-Tournament team after leading his team into the finals of the youth tournament?
* Despite recovering from surgery for a couple of slipped disks in his neck, did you know that feisty Dennis Thiele intends to be back out there this spring coaching the girls softball team at Chesapeake?
"You can't keep me away from it," said the veteran coach. "I will be protected and give signals from the dugout. I've got two great assistants in Lin Sullivan and Chip Lewis to help me."
Sullivan will coach third base; Lewis, a former assistant to Don Leonard at Broadneck, will be the JV girls coach at Chesapeake.
* Did you know that Thiele has lost a very good assistant in Jerry McBee, who is going to try his hand at baseball asan assistant to the Cougars' new coach, Jim Simms?
* Isn't Thiele's idea to train a student to coach first base for the Cougars' softball team a good one?
* Aren't the field hockey players at Severna Park fortunate to have veteran coach Lil Shelton not only coaching them in the fall, but watching over them in a winter indoor league at the school this time of the year?
Does this extra work and dedication explain why Severna Park is so dominant in field hockey?
Who said only basketball, soccer and football players specialize?