Loss of Kramp would hurt county Dedicated umpire-in-chief is having problems with malcontents


The 24-Hour Sportsline has been flooded with so many "Q's" and comments that I am having trouble keeping up with them.

Don't get me wrong, sports fans. I really appreciate all the great calls you have swamped me with, because that is the purpose of the Sportsline.

* Won't it be a devastating loss to county and high school baseball if Jack Kramp carries out his plans to resign as umpire-in-chief and scheduler of the Anne Arundel Umpires Association by June 15?

Has there ever been a more efficient and dedicated man in that position than Kramp, who apparently is having problems with a few malcontents within his ranks?

* Can you believe that despite glowing recommendation letters from Frank Cashen (New York Mets executive), Walter Youse (veteran Milwaukee Brewers scouting supervisor) and Joe Duff (longtime Navy head baseball coach) that Tommy Lind, who turned in a remarkable 12-11 campaign as coach of the Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers, could not get an interview for the vacant Yale University baseball position?

"Cashen, Youse and Joe, who told me about the job and suggested I apply, all wrote great letters for me, but they wouldn't even call me up for an interview," said Lind. "They apparently have someone already picked for the job."

After going 2-12 last spring, Lind led the Cavaliers into the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference playoffs, where they were eliminated by Calvert Hall, 13-0, Monday after upsetting Mount St. Joseph, 7-6.

"Every move I made against St. Joe worked. It was just one of those games," said Lind, who couldn't say the same about the Calvert Hall game.

* Do you find -- as I do -- the request of Northeast baseball coach Harry Lentz (328-174, 25 seasons) to credit his 22-year assistant Al Kohlhafer with a 300th win as an assistant coach last week as absolutely ridiculous?

C'mon, Harry, we can't start giving credit to assistant coaches for career wins. There's only one win per game (one for the head coach and not one for each assistant).

How about a video titled "The Big 300 and the Little 300," starring Harry Lentz and his right arm, Al Kohlhafer? Or how about getting a head coaching position for Al to get his own 300?

Is it something in the water down there in Pasadena, where I also got a call from someone wanting to name Rich Bowen as "assistant lacrosse coach of the year?"

* Did you know that Arundel's junior varsity baseball team has won the county title only twice, 1974 and last year, and the '74 grads went on to win back-to-back state championships in '76 and '77? Is history about to repeat itself?

* Isn't Arundel coach Bernie Walter, who owns more state baseball championships (five) than any other Maryland coach, really saying something when he says that 6-foot-3, 215-pound first baseman Tim Giles, last summer's Maryland Babe Ruth 15-and-under Player of the Year, "has the best swing we've ever had here?"

* To the caller who asked, "Is [Arundel pitcher] Brian Rolocut really that good, or is it just a bunch of hype?" You be the judge: Rolocut is 11-0 with 131 strikeouts in only 73 innings and won two title-clinchers -- Bay Division and 4A Region IV -- in the same week.

* After boasting Northeast as a national high school baseball champion last year and Arundel at No. 17, don't the USA Today Super 25 rankings look strange with no Anne Arundel County teams listed? Last week's No. 17, Severna Park, dropped off the face of the earth after being upset, 5-4, by Broadneck in the 4A Region IV playoffs.

* Shouldn't we have figured that Anne Arundel Community College would name someone with little head coaching experience in Richard Bloom to take over the Pioneers' men's basketball program?

Can you believe the Pioneers offered Broadneck High's veteran coach Ken Kazmarek just $2,500, no paid assistant and no summer camps to give up his $3,500 high school coaching position? Is it any wonder Kaz withdrew his name from consideration?

With Bloom experienced in running summer camps, do you think he might be running one, and wouldn't that be odd after the school's firm stance with Kaz?

Has there ever been an athletic department with so many surprises as the one in Arnold off College Parkway?

* How many of you knew that Baltimore Oriole GM Roland Hemond now resides in Anne Arundel County in the Riviera Beach area?

* Isn't it great news that Big Lew Holmes, the county czar of amateur baseball, has accepted the CABA 18-and-under World Series once again, but this time with no strings attached?

"I don't have to guarantee the teams coming in $1,000 each as we did last year, and that is great news," said Holmes, who is plowing straight ahead for the July 26-Aug. 5 classic.

* How about congrats to the 14-4 Chesapeake junior-varsity baseball team?

* Is it fair for local high school cheerleader coaches to make it a mandatory requirement for girls to raise money when they still are trying out and not actually on the team?

* Doesn't track and field need to change some of its rules so it can correct mistakes when they have been made rather than leave them the way they are?

Case in point: Chesapeake's Mattie Cymek actually had a discus toss of 138 in the county championships but got credit for only 128 because the distance was written down in error.

This is not meant to take anything away from county champion Michelle Smith of Old Mill,who threw it 134-2, but shouldn't we strive to get it right?

* How about Bob Rood of Pasadena winning the U.S. Powerlifting Federation National Masters Championship for those in the 50-54 age group, 220-pound weight class last week in Raleigh, N.C.?

Rood had a 1,610 total and catch these stats: 623 in the squat; 386 bench and 600 dead lift. The National Masters title has qualified Rood for the World Team in Sydney, Australia, this fall.

The ageless powerlifter is looking for sponsors for his world opportunity. If interested,give Big Bob a call at 255-7682 or say hello to him at tonight's Round One Promotions Boxing Show at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Rood will be among the fans.

* Isn't the saying "It's lonely at the top" apropos for the defending state 4A champion Chesapeake softball team of Coach Dennis Thiele after noticing a big balloon flapping in the breeze and anchored to the North County bench with the words, "Good luck North County, from Old Mill?"

* Don't I owe an apology to the Zubalik twins, Donna and Deb, for writing that the Baker twins, Alison and Amanda, were the first set of twins to be named to the Anne Arundel County Sun All-County Academic-Athletic Team (1992) when in fact the Zubaliks were in 1987? All four girls attended Old Mill, and thanks to the school's veteran public address announcer Al Smith, I've got it straight now.

* Finally, to the anonymous gymnastics coach who called to ask "How could the county Sun forget Tracy Miller as Female Athlete of the Week when she won three of four events?"

Answer: Because you didn't nominate her, coach, that's why. Would it be fair to pick someone not nominated over someone whose coach took the time to call? The rules for Players of the Week are listed at the top of the weekly feature.

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