How many of you noticed the batting average Arundel's Tim Giles started with this week as the metro leader and thought it was a misprint?
It was no misprint. Giles was batting a phenomenal .806 with 25 hits in 31 at-bats. And he's put up those numbers in one of the deepest pitching leagues in the state.
The county record for a season is .586 by Severna Park's Rob McCandless in 1991. Garry Burrows of Patterson set the state record at .592 last spring.
Just about halfway through the season, Giles, who accepted a baseball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro last week, has a legitimate shot at establishing a new standard.
Giles also has eight doubles in his first nine games and the state record for a season is 13 set by Chuck Reid of Glen Burnie in 1988.
Did you know that Giles and his teammates jumped from No. 22 to No. 16 this week in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings?
* Did you know that the Jim Simms' 13th-ranked Chesapeake baseball team, off to a 6-2 start, is having its best season since 1988 when it was 15-8 overall under Larry Schillenberg, who is now the pitching coach at Anne Arundel Community College?
Chesapeake lost in the 4A Region IV final that year to eventual state champion Annapolis.
* Did you know that 1992 Severna Park grad and All-Metro outfielder Steve Neuberger was leading the University of Maryland in hitting (.313) at the start of this week?
Neuberger, who is a candidate for ACC Rookie of the Year, and the Terps play host this weekend at College Park to Florida State, ranked fourth in the nation.
* Aren't congratulations in order for South River's Jason Fullmer, who will sign a national letter of intent today and accept a track scholarship to Virginia Tech?
A three-sport standout for the Seahawks in football, basketball and outdoor track, Fullmer's ability in the hurdles attracted the Tech coaches.
Last Saturday, Fullmer, who was the Anne Arundel County Sun Track Athlete of the Year in 1992, had seconds in the 110-meter hurdles (14.3 seconds) and 300 hurdles (38.8) at the Battleground Invitational in Virginia.
* Hasn't the overall outstanding play and leadership of four-year player Brendan Bellotte, a midfielder this year (moved from defense), been vital to the 6-2 start of the young Annapolis lacrosse team?
* Doesn't Annapolis boys lacrosse coach Dan Hart have a right to be very proud of the HLHR (Hart's Lacrosse Honor Roll) Club he started this year? To be a member and earn a T-shirt, the players must have all A's and B's.
When report cards came out last week, Hart did not lose a single player from his 30-man Panthers squad to academic problems. Junior David Winegrad was the top student-athlete with straight A's.
Hart (99-64 at Meade and Annapolis) is one win away from a coaching milestone.
* How about the Navy women's club lacrosse team closing its season Saturday at 5-1 with a 24-11 romp over Villa Julie? Amy Morrison, a plebe from Centennial High in Howard County, had eight goals and three assists, and Deb Roberge and Sara Wright combined for another 10 goals.
* Have you heard that Dana Dobbs, a faculty member at Magothy Middle and assistant track coach at Severna Park, is looking for sponsors in order to compete in the Deaf Olympics in Bulgaria?
If you would like to help Dobbs, give Severna Park AD Borland a call at (410) 544-0900.
* Finally, do we agree that the unsung heroes of high school sports are the athletic directors and that rarely do they get to stand up and take a bow?
If so, how about a deserved round of applause for Severn AD Fred Hewitt, who was honored by his peers last weekend in Ocean City as the Maryland Athletic Director of the Year.
Hewitt also received a State Award of Merit. Glen Burnie's Terry Bogle and Fred Stauffer of Annapolis also received Merit Awards.