There has been a plus side to Army life for Severn School lacrosse coach Rob White, whose Special Forces unit was activated in support of Operation Desert Storm last month.
"We have been running and rucking quite a bit. My weight is down 15 pounds, so I'm only 5 away from my college playing weight of 195," the former Boys' Latin and Salisbury State attackman said.
Although the war with Iraq is over, White, an Army National Guard first lieutenant, still is in training in Fort Bragg, N.C., with the 20th Special Forces Group.
"Everyone is still shaking off the shock and mentally adjusting to a year of active duty," White said. "It appears that we will be in a training mode at Bragg for at least 45 days before receiving our mission."
The 20th's activation marked the first time that reserve Special Forces troops (Green Berets) have been called to active duty for anything other than annual training.
White led Severn to the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference championship game before losing to Loyola last year. Peter Trau is serving as interim head coach in his absence.
MSA A Conference lacrosse foes Gilman, Boys' Latin, Mount St. Joseph and Severn will participate in a round-robin of scrimmages Saturday at Gilman in the Robert G. Merrick Jr. Lacrosse Invitational.
The other four participants in the tournament are Episcopal (Va.), Hill (Pa.), St. Albans (D.C.) and St. Mark's (Del.).
Each of the eight teams will play four 40-minute games; however, the four A Conference teams will not play each other. The four local teams will play each of the visiting teams once. Four games will be played simultaneously on four fields beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
A news conference was held last week to announce the formation of the Baltimore Metro Basketball Coaches Association and its sponsorship of this year's Eastside vs. Westside all-star basketball games April 13 at Morgan State's Hill Fieldhouse.
The underclassmen will play at 6 p.m. and the seniors will play at 8 p.m.
Lake Clifton's Charlie Moore is the head coach for the East underclassmen and he will be assisted by Mervo's John Blake. The East seniors will be coached by Southern's Meredith Smith, and he will be assisted by Patterson's Larry Alexander.
The West underclassmen will be coached by Carrell Reavis (Forest Park), and he will be assisted by James James (Edmondson). Northwestern's Mel Washington and his assistant, Al Bentley, will coach the West seniors.
Rosters for all four teams will be announced next week.
The coaches association is seeking additional sponsors for both games. Anyone interested should call the association's executive director, Jean Fugett, at 945-7370.
Overtime: Gerry Gray, who started John Carroll's football program in 1964 and compiled a 15-year record of 73-41-5, has returned as head coach. . . . Towson Catholic 6-foot-2 guard Danny Robinson, a first-team All-Metro pick who completed his eligibility last season, will attend South Alabama. Seniors Karl James (Dunbar) and Kevin McDaniels (Walbrook) made up the starting backcourt this past season for South Alabama, which made it to the NCAA tournament.