Scary Sports News: Must Be Halloween


October 31, 1990|By PAT O'MALLEY

No need to go trick or treating, sports fans, because I've got your goodies right here this Halloween Day. How about a batch of "Q's and A's" to put in your bag?

And if you want to wish me a Happy Halloween, just give me a call on the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

Let's get to the treats and maybe some tricks: * In sports some teams are labeled snake-bitten, meaning something strange or bad always happens to cause them to lose, but have you ever heard of being bee-bitten?

Can you believe that eight team members and two assistant coaches on the GORC 95-pound youth football team were stung by a swarm of yellow jackets during warm-ups before the team's crucial 19-0 loss to the Severn Athletic Club?

That's not meant to take anything away from Severn because Don Twardowski's team is an excellent club, and certainly didn't know there was going to "bee" an edge like that.

"I'm not making excuses, but it was unbelievable. Eight of our kids got stung, including our quarterback, whose hand swelled up like a football," said assistant GORC coach Carl Contrino.

"Dane (Marquardt, the quarterback) dropped the first snap of the game that he took because of the sting. We took the kid to the hospital after the game."

Contrino, who played high school football years ago at Glen Burnie High and has been around the game a long time, said he "had never seen anything like it."

When asked if Severn possibly had brought the bees with them, Contrino laughed and said, "I don't think so."

The outcome was a very serious sting because depending on what happens this weekend, it could have cost GORC a playoff berth.

Did you know that eight kids stung, plus two coaches, is believed to be a county youth football record?

* If you were there Saturday night at Lake Waterford for the match-up of unbeatens in county 115-pound youth football between the Pasadena Chargers (who won 31-6) and the Bucs, can you believe the crowd that showed up?

With a sea of people on both sides of the field from goal line to goal line, wasn't it like a high school football game atmosphere and an indication that youth football is thriving in this county?

* How about the spectacular choreography of the Annapolis High School Marching Band under the direction of Michael Svec and Liz Winegrad Friday night on the Panthers' homecoming as each couple in the homecoming court was introduced? Don't you wish I knew more about choreography so that I could describe what I saw?

But I will say it was a super show.

* Is that chemical warfare Meade athletic director Ralph Beachley is engaging in by having a recent boys soccer game postponed because he sprayed the field with pesticide the day before?

* With Meade's embattled first-year football coach Hayse Henderson worried more about a game plan to keep disgruntled parents off his back while struggling through a 1-7 season than strategy for his opponents, and Beachley running around with a spray gun ticking off his soccer coaches, do you think former principal James Gross is in stitches?

* After taking about 10 years to throw the football, do you think Glen Burnie coach Dave Rigot is ready to go back to his old fashioned power-I after watching his Gophers get intercepted six times Friday night at Annapolis?

* Why can't the Glen Burnie High School football schedule be changed with Annapolis, Severna Park and Old Mill the first three games instead of the last three so that the Gophers can start off 0-3 or 1-2 and their fans won't be foaming at the mouth with false hopes after still another fast 6-1 start?

* Why was I summoned to the press box by the PA announcer at South River on Friday night after the Seahawks humbled St. Mary's, 40-7? How bad do you think I feel after hearing they were calling for me in Edgewater and I was in Annapolis?

* Did Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer hire a rookie girls basketball coach in Teresa Ross to give his wife, Colleen, the Glen Burnie coach, some sort of an edge?

* With Georgia Tech football coach Bobby Ross expected to be a frequent visitor to Annapolis girls games this season to watch his daughter's team, will Annapolis football coach Roy Brown and his offensive coordinator Billy Phoebus fight to sit next to Bobby and pick up a few tips on how to score?

* Doesn't Broadneck High football coach Jeff Herrick have a good one on the way up in junior varsity running back Chuck Eaton, who has rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdown on just over 100 carries for Coach Art Tate's junior varsity Bruins?

* Isn't cross country a great sport when someone who finishes 22nd decides which team wins a county title?

* Will you be watching Sunday morning at 10:30 on ABC-TV when the New York City Marathon, the world's largest marathon with more than 25,000 runners, takes off with Millersville's Keith Smith as one of the officials from his Central Park vantage point?

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