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Holmes, Kramp, Walter deserving of baseball awards Three will be honored as 1st scholar dinner

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Can you guys believe the high school sports seasons are over?

They may be, but I've got a whole bunch of "questions without answers" left over, not to mention some postseason remarks, and of course, we have the All-County teams to look forward to in the days to come.

Let me remind you that any comments, answers or "Q's" of your own are always welcome on the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

* Could the Friends of Joe Cannon Committee formed to promote amateur baseball, have picked three more deserving men to receive special awards at the first Baseball Scholar Dinner than Lew Holmes, Jack Kramp and Bernie Walter?

Each of the 13 county high schools that field baseball teams will be represented by its most outstanding academic-athletic individual at a dinner sponsored by the Cannon Committee on at 7 p.m. June 2 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. One of the 13 honorees will receive a monetary scholarship.

That same night Holmes will be honored for his tireless contributions to amateur baseball, and no one is more deserving. Kramp will receive an award for his outstanding contributions to officiating and amateur baseball as the Anne Arundel umpires chief and scheduler.

Walter has been voted by the committee as the Anne Arundel County Baseball Coach of the Year after leading a very young Wildcat team to the 4A Region IV title and a 17-6 overall record. In only his 19th season at the helm of the Wildcats, Walter hit 300 career wins, making him the fastest

county baseball coach to reach the coveted milestone.

Repeat State 2A champion Northeast will receive the Outstanding Team of the Year Award.

Guest speaker for the dinner will be former Orioles pitcher Kevin Hickey.

Tickets to the dinner are $25, and for information call Don Brooks at 222-6652; Dave Conrad at 647-4880 or Michael's at 768-7901.

* Didn't Arundel High's 6-foot, 175-pound senior right-hander Brian Rolocut put on a gas of a show Sunday at the tryouts for the Crown High School All-Star Game at Catonsville Community College?

Rolocut (11-1), the ace of the Wildcats' 4A state semifinalist, was clocked at 86-87 mph on the radar gun and has a few pro scouts interested. The free-agent draft is set for June 1, and Rolo could be among those drafted.

"But the way it looks now, Brian will probably go to college [Miami Dade C.C. in Florida]," said his dad, Ed Rolocut, yesterday.

* Did you hear that Glen Burnie lefty Tony Saunders was clocked at 86 mph at the Crown tryouts?

* Isn't it good to hear that the starting time for first Anne Arundel County Senior All Star Baseball Classic on Saturday has been changed to 7 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans?

The time change is to give those high school seniors who elect to try out for the Maryland Team in Salisbury time to get back from the Eastern Shore.

Admission to the Seniors Classic is $3 for everyone age 12 and above.

* Did you know that South River's catcher/first baseman Kevin Richardson was named the 30th player overall and 15th on the South squad that will play the North in the Seniors Classic?

* How insulting is it to local high school umpires around the state not to be assigned to Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoff games and be replaced by college umpires?

What kind of a bush power play is that to give the playoff games to college arbiters because they don't have any more collegiate games? Why are regular-season high school baseball games beneath the big shots, but playoff games are not?

Isn't MPSSAA baseball chairman Earl Hersh of Carroll County 2-for-2 in blunders -- using college umps over high school guys and saying "no" to the Anne Arundel Umpire Association for offering four men (two of them at no cost) for region playoff games?

* With Northeast winning a second straight state Class 2A championship by 7-6 Saturday over Walkersville, were you surprised as I was in checking the USA Today Super 25 for high school baseball that the Eagles (18-5) weren't even mentioned?

If the Eagles, last year's national champion at 24-0, had lost four games or less, they probably would would have cracked the national polls. Five losses is too many for such an honor.

How about catcher Rich Spiegel's two dingers, key hits from Chad O'Brien and Scott Rey (game-winner bottom of the seventh), and the pitching of juniors Wayne Hudson and Chris Kelly as being the main reasons for Northeast winning?

* What kind of league is that in Washington if some guy (John Beals of Ballou) is batting .794?

* If you are a Severna Park youth baseball supporter, shouldn't you have a ticket to the Greater Severna Park Athletic Association bull roast set from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at LaFontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie?

For more information on the GSPAA bull roast -- with all the proceeds going to expenses for the summer baseball teams -- call Tom Druzgal at 987-8516 or Steve Keefer at 987-5473.

* Didn't Glen Burnie grad Paul Whitlock, the lead singer for the group Skyline, do a great job with the national anthem at last week's Round One Dinner and Boxing Show at Michael's Eighth Avenue?

* With most of the younger, promising players transferring to St. Mary's, didn't it seem likely that Severn boys lacrosse coach Rob White also would move to the Annapolis school?

How's this scenario? St. Mary's veteran boys lacrosse coach and vice principal Jim Moorhead steps down after next season to become the Saints' first layman principal, with Sister Phyllis moving on and White taking over the head stick job.

* Finally, isn't the most gutless and meaningless thing a person can do to a coach is to write anonymous letters to the media and his principal? Do you really expect responsible people to seriously consider such lowdown trash as factual when the writer didn't have the guts to sign his name?

Please, if you have a problem with a particular coach, as some of you obviously do at a certain school, can't you go to that coach and talk it out face to face rather than engaging in cheap shots?

The day I have to resort to printing such trash is the day I don't want to write anymore. If you are so certain you are right, then bring it out in the open and identify yourself.

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