Before we get into this week's sampling of "Q's and A's" let me first tell you about a big event coming up Sunday at Severna Park High School.
In conjunction with the Anne Arundel County Commission on Physical Fitness, the second annual Powerlifting Competition sanctioned by the American Drug-Free Powerlifting Association will be at Severna Park. It will get under way with registration at 8:30 a.m. and will run all day until about 9 p.m.
Local sports medicine doctor Mike Kuegler and Arundel High assistant football coach Brien McMurray started the competition last year and are contributing once again although Brian Washington of Baltimore is the meet director.
Nearly 50 contestants including high school teen-agers are expected to take part. Among the 50 participants will be two 200-pound lifters in teen-agers Brent McGee and Gary Dingle. McGee will go for the national bench press record.
Two of the top females expected are Debbie Burk and Joni Gould.
For more information, you can call McMurray at 647-0633 or Washington at 944-4002.
Now let's hit those "Q's and A's," sports fans, and don't forget if you got any "Q's" of your own or comments, give me a call on the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499.
* After a full season down in the bushes of the Chicago Cubs' organization, did you know that 31-year old catcher John Stefero of Glen Burnie might return to the American League with the Detroit Tigers?
The Tigers are interested in the left-handed hitting catcher, who started his pro career in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 1979 at Bluefield and has played with Montreal and Cleveland as well. Stefero told me Monday that he is optimistic about playing again and getting back to the big show.
* Wouldn't Anne Arundel Community College be making a wise choice in naming veteran coach Jim Shuck (currently South River girls soccer coach) its women's lacrosse coach?
* Can you believe this list of candidates from assistant coach Dan Krimmelbein for the North County boys basketball coaching position now that the ill Dick Hart is unable to coach this season?
"All these guys are candidates," said Krimmelbein, rattling off the names, "Bob Wade, Bill Zucco, Art St. Martin, Calvin Vain, Denny Saylor, John Carter, Denny Shuck, Mark Amatucci, Jeff Atkins, Lee Rogers and Nat Frazier."
Do you think Krimmelbein was pulling my leg?
* With Southwestern of Baltimore quarterback Diarra Davis firing seven touchdown passes in a 59-2 demolition of Archbishop Spalding last Friday, did you wonder what the county record for touchdown passes in a game is?
The county record is believed to be five by Southern's Bob Holman in 1971 against Calvert High of Calvert County. Holman had a county record 16 touchdown passes that season. That record is in serious jeopardy with the way North County's Johnny Ray, who has 13, has been throwing.
Another Southern quarterback who went on to become an All-American kicker at the University of Maryland, Dale Castro, fired 15 touchdown passes in 1976. Brooklyn Park's Dave Fajerski threw for 14 in 1988 and set the county record for interceptions the same year with 20.
Fajerski had the most yards passing in a season with 1,633 in 1988.
Will North County's Ray, who has 1,545 yards and 13 touchdowns to date, set new county standards on the Knights' homecoming Friday night against 1-6 Northeast?
And is the metro area record of 1,880 yards passing by Dave Mikush of Gilman (Baltimore) in 1980 in danger of going down as well? Ray would need 336 to set a record and the Knights' sharpshooter is averaging 220 yards per game.
After a check of my archives, here is the list of all-time yardage passing leaders: (1) Dave Mikush, Gilman (1980), 1,880; (2) Gary McIntosh, Gonzaga (D.C., 1984), 1,724; (3) Dave Fajerski, Brooklyn Park (1988), 1,633; (4) Trevor Smith, Havre de Grace (1985), 1,592. (5) Johnny Ray, North County (1990), 1,545. (6) Dale Castro, Southern (1976), 1,541.
The metro area record for touchdown passes is 25 by Rich Crosby of Franklin in Baltimore County in 1985.
Did you know the national record for touchdown passes in a game is eight by Kirk Saul of Turkey High in Texas Valley in 1986?
* Won't today's 3:30 p.m. boys soccer showdown, Severna Park (8-2) at North County (10-0), be a preview of the Class 4A Region IV championship for the right to advance to the state final four?
* Will Glen Burnie's football team survive its final three games at Annapolis and home against Severna Park and Old Mill?
Is Annapolis going to wear the spoiler's cloak as it closes out the season with games against Glen Burnie this week and Severna Park the final game?
* Will St. Mary's High of Annapolis finally get some respect in area polls if the Saints win at South River (4-3) Friday night? Is it any wonder that at 8-0 and averaging about 300 yards rushing per game the last couple of weeks, the Saints want to know what they have to do get some respect?