Have you got your tickets for the third annual Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet set for Oct. 21 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie?
That night former pro football player Louis Carter, a grad of Arundel High and the University of Maryland; former Annapolis High and University of Baltimore basketball star Roger "Pip" Moyer; and Doris Jenkins, one of the finest fast-pitch softball pitchers in Maryland history, will be inducted.
Former Brooklyn Park High three-sport star Keith Mills of WMAR-Channel 2 will be master of ceremonies with two familiar names as guest speakers: Charley Eckman and Artie Donovan. Eckman, a longtime Glen Burnie resident, was a member of the first induction class of 1991.
Proceeds from the Hall of Fame banquet benefit Anne Arundel County youth sports and tickets are $25. Call (410) 768-7901.
* How can it be that the (3-3) Arundel football team upsets powerful and 10th-ranked North County (5-1) one week and is humbled 20-0 by Glen Burnie (3-3) the next?
When was the last time a county team won by 20 or more points as Glen Burnie did over Arundel without completing a pass? Can you believe the Gophers were 0-for-1 passing, but had 309 rushing?
* Wasn't a key to North County's thrilling 27-20 victory over No. 15 Severna Park (4-2) the fact that the Knights kept the football away from the Falcons' dangerous junior back, Mark Frye?
Although he didn't score, Frye carried the ball six times for 62 yards in the first half. But in the second half, he only carried three times for five yards.
North County reeled off 33 plays to 23 by Severna Park in the second half after the host Falcons ran 37 plays to 24 by the Knights in the first half. The Knights had only eight plays in the first period.
* With three touchdown passes Saturday in a 28-20 victory over Class 4A Laurel (4-2), did you know that Broadneck (4-2) quarterback Sean Ryan set two school records?
The three touchdown passes is a Bruins' single-game record that he and several others shared at two. Ryan also has a school-record 13 touchdown passes, breaking Alan Hartman's mark of 11 set last fall.
* How's this for keeping a positive attitude despite being hammered on a weekly basis?
Spalding football coach Del Hughes called my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499 after his Cavs were routed by No. 14 St. Paul's (5-1) of Baltimore County, 42-0, said, "A positive note, it's the second week in a row that we gained more total yardage than the other team points."
Hughes Cavs' had 58 yards of offense in the St. Paul's loss and had 73 total yards in a 62-0 loss to Mount St. Joseph the week before.
* Is it an unwritten Anne Arundel County high school football coaches' rule that all the players stand up the entire game with their helmets on?
* Although Southern lost, 4-0, to Broadneck in boys soccer, didn't the upstart Bulldogs get a great game out of junior sweeper Lee Derrick?
"Lee constantly cut off their attack and has become a tremendous sweeper," said coach Tim Laur. "People at Southern were really excited at the way we played against such a top team."
* Have you heard that Old Mill pitchers Ken Pumphrey, Jeff Haynie and Chuck Harris have sparkled for Gunther's in the county's high school-eligible league this fall? Pumphrey has only given up two hits in his last three outings and combined with Harris to no-hit Severn Legion, 6-1, a couple of weeks ago.
Pumphrey, a hard-throwing 6-foot-5 right-hander, (11 strikeouts) and Haynie (five strikeouts) combined for 16 strikeouts and a one-hitter in blanking the Yankee Rebels of Baltimore, 2-0.
* Did you know that Severna Park High junior outfielder Matt Griswold set a Severna Park American Legion record for hits (59) this summer, eclipsing the record (58) set in 1992 by Spalding grad Jeff Paxson, who is on a baseball scholarship at Towson State University?
Griswold started as a sophomore for coach Jim Pitt's Falcons in the spring and has one of the best swings in the county.