Anyone who glances at the sports page doesn't need to be reminded that lacrosse is one of the biggest games in this part of the country. From the playing fields of Johns Hopkins to the University of Maryland, this sport of agility and speed is one of the fastest and most exciting games on two feet.
Union Bridge resident Cynda Bertier is a lacrosse fan who wants to promote knowledge and appreciation of the sport for area youngsters.
In cooperation with Union Bridge Recreation Council and the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, she is organizing the Union Bridge Lacrosse Clinic for boys and girls ages 8 to 14.
The clinic will be held the mornings of July 24-28 at Old New Windsor Fields and will stress an introduction to the fundamentals of the game. It's a great way to acquaint kids with the sport.
Mrs. Bertier organized a similar clinic last year, and the youngsters thoroughly enjoyed it. She hopes these summer clinics will lead to an interest in the game for northwest Carroll residents.
A healthy way to jump-start the summer for youngsters is to send them to Francis Scott Key Basketball Camp, scheduled Monday through June 17 from 9 a.m. until noon at the school.
Players will be instructed in the fundamentals of individual and team offense and defense. The camp includes an opportunity for competition and prizes. Cost is $50 for one child; $90 for two children. The camp is sponsored by New Windsor Recreation Council and conducted by Francis Scott Key High School's basketball coaching staff.
Lady and gentlemen, start your engines.
These are words that thrill for Uniontown residents George and Phyllis Conaway. The couple just returned from their annual Memorial Day weekend road trip to Speedway, Ind., for the Indianapolis 500.
I sat in the Conaway's kitchen and talked with them about their trip. A bouquet of peonies decorated the table and on the sideboard rested a miniature replica of an Indy race car and Indianapolis newspaper articles about the race.
Mr. and Mrs. Conaway have held tickets to the race for years and wouldn't think of missing the event.
Mr. Conaway has been interested in race car driving since he was a boy growing up on a farm in Carroll. When he mentioned to his father that he would like to buy an old car and fix it up to race it, it was not an idea his father could endorse.
Besides, then there were no racing opportunities in the area, so the boy with car racing on his mind instead became an avid fan. He has attended the Indy 500 for the past 23 years.
"You can watch this race on TV," he says, "but it's just not the same as being there. You can't get into the excitement of the thing. Everything about the place is so overwhelming."
About 400,000 fans attended the race this year and the Conaways had seats at the beginning of the first turn "about as high as you can get."
After the race, a tour bus takes interested fans on laps around the track, stopping at start and finish lines and at the pits.