Before I round third and dive head-first into a pile of "Q's withoutA's," let me start today with a "great news" question and also urge you to call the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499, any time with your questions, answers or remarks.
* Didn't the Maryland Scholastic Football Coaches Association make two superb choices for inductees into theState High School Football Hall of Fame in local legends Al Laramoreof Annapolis and Joe Papetti of South River?
Laramore, the county's all-time winningest football coach (156-67-2), will be inducted posthumously, and Papetti (154-82-3) will be onhand Friday evening at the University of Maryland at College Park for the induction ceremonies.
Laramore died Jan. 10, 1989, of a heart attack. Papetti retired the spring after Laramore's death. The two coaches were strict disciplinarians and great teachers of the fundamentals.
Certainly this is a deserving honor for both men and it is really neat that those around the state recognize the contributions these two men made to high school football and to young boys trying tobecome men.
The football field at Annapolis was named after Laramore and the stadium at South River after Papetti.
* Now the bad news about the state football coaches association: Can you believe thatPennsylvania has dropped the Free State like a hot potato from the Big 33 Seniors All-Star Game?
"Pennsylvania dropped us from the Big33 and has agreed to play Ohio in '93, '94 and '95," said Severna Park High head football coach Andy Borland, who is very active in the coaches association.
"We're supposed to play them this summer, but that's up in the air at the moment. I understand they're having problems negotiating a contract for this year's game."
Anne Arundel County's only representatives for this year's Big 33 are North County running back/linebacker Anthony Walker and head coach Chuck Markiewicz.Walker, everybody's Player of the Year, who is headed for Syracuse on a football scholarship, sparkled for the Knights the past two seasons.
Markiewicz was to be an assistant on the Maryland staff headedup by Jerry Franks. Franks, former DeMatha head coach and Navy assistant, resigned last week as head coach at Northern in Calvert County to concentrate on a career in administration.
The Big 33 Game, played annually in Hershey, Pa., was to be Franks' final game as a coach.
But really, with Anne Arundel placing only Walker in the game and getting shut out the year before will we miss the game?
* Also, will the county high school baseball players miss the chance to play for the Maryland Team in the Sun Belt Classic this summer? Did you know that the Maryland Team, consisting of top high school seniors fromall over the state, is disbanding after one year?
The Maryland State Baseball Coaches Association has been unable to land a corporate sponsor to pick up the tab for sending the players out of town to play against the best from Florida, Oklahoma and California.
* How about a big round of applause for Navy boxer Dirk Cooper, the only midshipman to win a national title at last weekend's National Collegiate Boxing Championships won by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.?
Cooper won the 180-pound title by taking a pair of 3-2 decisions. In the semifinals, Cooper edged defending national champion Kevin Eppenger of Nevada-Reno and won by the same score in the title bout over Bill Meschack of the Air Force.
Navy finished fourth among the teams, tying Army with 12 points. The host Falcons won with 44points, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., (18) and Reno (17).
"We had five guys in the semis and Cooper and Lumpy made it to the finals," said Navy boxing coach Jim McNally.
"Lumpy" is Dan Holsberg, a grad of Broadneck High who stopped Brian Walsh of the University of California at Berkley in the second round of their 156-pound semifinal. Holsberg dropped a 4-1 decision to Bryan Dunn of the Air Force.
A most surprising loser in the semifinals was Navy's Marvin Reed. Theclassy 165-pounder was expected to win a national crown, but ran into a neighbor of his from the Bronx in New York in Chris Mendez. As ifthat wasn't incentive enough, Mendez is from that despicable school in West Point called Army.
"It might have been the best match of the tournament," McNally said of Reed's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Mendez. "The two had sparred before and they go at it. It was non-stop action, so close you could have flipped a coin for the winner."
Two other Mids who lost in the semifinals were Craig Rogerson (132) and Tom Sheer (unlimited). Both lost by 3-2 to Air Force boxers. Rogerson lost to Craig Yantiss, and Sheer was decisioned by Bill Meschack.
* Do you boxing enthusiasts know that Jeff Novotny has opened a gym for amateur boxing in the Crofton area?
"The gym is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 12 to 5 on Sundays," said Novotny, who can be reached for information at 721-7139.
"I'm planning on holding an amateur show on May 16."
* How do you like the baseball fashion statements being made this spring by Arundel, Severna Park and South River?
Can you believe Arundel coach Bernie Walter wears green and black mittens when it's cold and the Severna Park baseball team is wearing all Navy blue uniforms like some softball teams do?
With he and his coaches wearing baby-blue caps and his players wearing a dark blue, is South River coach Kenny Dunn the Pierre Cardin of the coaches?
* How about congratulations to former Chesapeake star Alex Spak, the Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Decade for Softball, for taking the Helen B. Krauss Memorial Sportsmanship Award at Shippensburg (Pa.) State College?
TheShippensburg award goes to the scholar-athlete outstanding in the areas of academics, leadership and athletic ability. Spak is the only boy or girl to be named Anne Arundel County Sun All-County four straight years.
* Not only did Old Mill become the first county school to win all five regional championships -- boys and girls indoor track,wrestling, boys and girls basketball -- but how about 91 (40 percent) of the winter sports student-athletes winning Minds In Motion awards for grade-point averages of 3.25 or better?
* Now that Anne Arundel Community College is conducting a national search for its men's basketball coach position, would the unemployed Tark the Shark be interested?
* Will ex-Navy hoop coach Pete Herrmann end up at CatholicUniversity in Washington as the successor to Bob Valvano?
* Why is it necessary for the county to conduct a national search for a successor to Joe McCann as director of Parks when Bill Rhinehart, the unsung hero during the McCann run, is right in the building?
Wouldn'tit be better if the department had someone in charge of the parks and another person in charge of the youth recreation and sports programinstead of the same individual for both?
Wasn't McCann totally out of touch with youth sports but a master at building parks and recreation spots?
* Finally, if you have kids, did you know that the easiest way to get tickets to an Orioles game is to drop a line to the governor and ask if you can use his?
Should you worry about getting your kids out of school to watch a baseball game when the gov sendsyou ducats?
Heck no, going to Oriole Park at Camden Yards is permissible hooky, but kids can't miss a day if Mom and Dad want to take them on a long weekend vacation.