Memorial To Hart Is Due -- And What About Laramore?


February 08, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

Time once again, sports fans, for our column together, those "Q's without A's." Yes, I've got another session of questions without answers, thanks to your steady input on the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

Let's start off today with a couple "Q's" on a couple of special coaches dear to many of us, but no longer with us.

* Will North County High move to name its gym or a building afterlongtime Andover coach Dick Hart, who passed away last week, while Annapolis High continues to do nothing for former coach Al Laramore, who died more than two years ago?

Do you want to bet that North County will do something big to perpetuate the memory of basketball/teaching legend Hart before Annapolis does for its football/teaching legend in Laramore?

What is Annapolis waiting for? How much more coulda man give to a school than Laramore did?

Are the school principal Laura Webb and athletic director Fred Stauffer aware there are a lot of teachers and coaches at Annapolis who believe that the football field should be been named after Laramore, leaving the name of the late principal Richard Ensor on the Panthers' stadium?

What would bethe big deal if it was Al Laramore Field at Richard Ensor Stadium?

* This question came in from Ed Bogden of Linthicum, who never played for Hart but admired him from afar: "Couldn't North County High, or all the schools for that matter, put black ribbons on their jerseysfor the remainder of the season in honor of the gentleman?"

Greatidea, and I'm sure that North County principal Bill Wentworth, who has his finger on the pulse of the school and community, will think ofsomething appropriate.

And doesn't Dick Hart Gymnasium, home of the North County Knights, sound good?

* Along the same lines, something that Hart's wife, Pat, said to me at the Singleton Funeral Home this past week, really hit home on the old saying: "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today."

Pat fondly recalled the 25-year reunion and alumni game they had for Dick in 1986, and said, "I am so glad they held that night for Dick back then and didn't wait. Thatnight meant so much to him, and I'm glad they didn't wait until 30 years."

Hart coached 28 years.

* Do you agree with me that one of the nicest things ever done in this county was South River High naming its football stadium after Joe Papetti while he was still coaching? After all that man did at two schools, Glen Burnie and South River, he deserved the unique recognition.

* Do you know that if formersemi-pro (Baltimore Broncos and Eagles) football coach Doc Bartlinski had stayed on at Spalding as head football coach, the Cavs might have landed Doc's grandson, Bobby Bush, who is a standout football -- and baseball -- playing junior at Mount St. Joseph High in Irvington?

Bartlinski, who started the football program at Spalding in 1984, surprised everyone when he stepped down after a 5-5 season in 1986 and turned the reins over to assistant Gary Lyle.

One wonders if Bartlinski had stayed, and Bush, one of those so-called franchise-type athletes who attracts other good kids, had come to Spalding where the Cavalier football program might be today.

* How about an update onformer Broadneck High and Anne Arundel Community College star lefty Brian Toronto, who, we told you last August, was headed for the University of Texas on a full baseball scholarship?

Toronto fulfilled his academic requirements at Anne Arundel this fall and qualified for Division I standards with the Longhorns. In preseason intra-squad games, the classy southpaw, who has a terrific pickoff move, caught eight runners leaning the wrong way.

Isn't it neat that as a member of a big-time college baseball pitching staff with the Longhorns, oneof Toronto's teammates is a kid by the name of Reed Ryan? You got it, baseball fans. That's the son of the great Nolan Ryan.

How big of a thrill do you think it was for Toronto to meet and talk pitching with baseball's all-time strikeout and no-hit king?

Toronto led the nation in ERA for junior colleges last spring at Anne Arundel Community College when he posted a microscopic 0.68 for head coach Clayton Jacobson and pitching coach Larry Shillenberg. The stylish lefty was8-1 for the Pioneers, who had the sixth-highest winning percentage in the country for JuCo teams at .821 (32-7).

* Isn't it great to hear that Kevin Alarie, who was named the Anne Arundel County Sun Pitcher of the Decade last year after leading Annapolis to its first and only state baseball championship in 1988, had successful elbow surgery in the off-season?

His doctor said he "is better than ever," and Alarie is ready for what he hopes will be a big junior season at UMBC.

* Why is that the county boys basketball coaches can choose andvote to use any of six referee associations and the girls coaches have NO choice and have to use the Anne Arundel County Board of Womens' Officials?

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