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Hall of Fame to recognize four in October event

A renowned sailor and ESPN commentator, a former Maryland quarterback turned pro, a major league baseball trainer and a now-deceased NCAA football official will be inducted Oct. 18 into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.

The quartet of Gary Jobson, John Kaleo, Jamie Reed and Joe DiRenzo Jr., whose names were to be announced today, will be the 16th annual class of local sports standouts to be honored. The banquet will take place at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

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The group, chosen by a volunteer committee from a list of about 10 nominees, brings the total number of inductees to 75.

Jobson rose to fame when he was the tactician and Ted Turner the skipper as Courageous won the America's Cup in 1987.

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Jobson later became an ESPN sailing commentator calling the America's Cup and earned an Emmy for his work with NBC at the Olympics. Soon after, Jobson became sailing coach at Navy. The Annapolis resident has also written books and lectured on sailing.

Reed, a St. Mary's High School graduate, started as a trainer at the U.S. Naval Academy under the legendary Red Romo. He later worked as an assistant trainer for the Baltimore Orioles, head trainer with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and is currently with the Texas Rangers.

Kaleo, who grew up in Edgewater, was a standout quarterback at South River High before transferring to Bowie in Prince George's County.

After playing at Montgomery-Rockville Community College, Kaleo went on to College Park to play for the Terps, setting numerous passing records in then-coach Mark Duffner's run-and-shoot offense.

Over the past 14 years, Kaleo, who resides in Tampa, Fla., has quarterbacked for 10 teams in the Arena Football League. His current team is the Columbus Destroyers.

DiRenzo, whose plaque will be accepted by his son, Joe DiRenzo III of Suffolk, Va., worked as a college football referee for 28 years.

A heart attack at his summer home in Sarasota, Fla., took his life in 1996 at age 62. DiRenzo had retired as a referee in 1991 after working seven bowl games, including the 1982 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, where Alabama nipped Illinois, 21-15. It was Paul "Bear" Bryant's 323rd career win and his final game as coach.

DiRenzo also refereed games involving eight Heisman Trophy winners, including Doug Flutie of Boston College.

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DiRenzo made the touchdown call on Flutie's unforgettable "Hail Mary" pass to beat top-ranked Miami on the game's final play in 1984.

Also at the banquet, George Mills, longtime Brooklyn Park resident and youth sports volunteer, will receive the County Executive's Award for his contributions.

The Oct. 18 event will begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner at 7 and the ceremony at 8. For ticket information, call Barbara Walter at 410-859-0151.


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