Beyond honoring the memory of Al Laramore, a coach who helped build Anne Arundel County sports, the Capital City Lacrosse Classic tonight and Saturday at Broadneck matches four teams in The Evening Sun Top 20 rankings: Severn, St. Mary's, Annapolis and Broadneck.
Severn, already off to an 8-0 start thanks to a five-game West Coast tour against admittedly weaker competition, is No. 3. The Saints (2-0) rank No. 5. Annapolis (3-0) is No. 12 and Broadneck (1-0) is No. 16.
Laramore, affectionately dubbed "Big Al," died two years ago. He coached football, basketball, baseball, track and lacrosse for many years at Annapolis. He initiated the Capital City Basketball Classic in the mid-1970s and thus the name was chosen for this lacrosse tournament.
St. Mary's faces off against Broadneck at 7 tonight. Severn meets Annapolis in the 5 o'clock opener. Saturday, the public and private school teams will swap opponents. It will be St. Mary's vs. Annapolis at 5 p.m. and Severn vs. Broadneck at 7.
Rob Chomo, a four-year starter on attack for St. Mary's, has six goals and three assists in the Saints' two victories. He said he enjoys facing the public school teams as a change of pace from the MSA A Conference contests.
"You can always expect a more physical game from the public schools," said Chomo, who is headed for the University of Maryland next year. "MSA teams play with more finesse and you always have to be thinking, or they'll just take the ball away."
Against Annapolis or Broadneck, Chomo can expect his body will be the prime target of the hard-checking defensemen.
On paper, Severn has the most explosive attack with the likes of Jason Wade, Matt Long and Dudley Dixon routinely taking target practice on the enemy goal. But take it from Chomo. Neither Severn nor St. Mary's should underestimate Annapolis or Broadneck.
"They may play a different style, but they are still very good teams," he said.
* The Maryland Football Coaches Association will induct three area coaches into its Hall of Fame on April 5: Jerry Mears (1968-1987) Arundel/Meade; Vic Woods (1947-1978) Mount St. Joseph/Atholton; and Howdy Myers (1935-1945) St. Paul's. Suter Kegg of the Cumberland Times will receive the Jerry Mears Special Service Award.
The ceremony will be held at 8:30 p.m. in Cole Field House during the University of Maryland's Spring Football Clinic.
* The Quest for Gold wrestling clinic, geared toward freestyle wrestlers, is set for April 13 at Northeast-AA (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Andre Metzger, two-time national champ, will be the featured clinician. For cost and more details, contact Al Kohlhafer at 437-6400 (days) or 969-8151 (evenings).
* Lake Clifton's Sam James and DeWayne Washington have signed to play football at Slippery Rock. James, an All-Metro defensive back, also was one of the area's best split ends. Washington, a quarterback, led the Lakers to the MSA B Conference championship.
* Mel Washington of Northwestern will coach the Westside seniors against the Eastside seniors, coached by Meredith Smith of Southern, in the coaches' association annual all-star basketball game, set for April 13 at Morgan State (8 p.m.). An underclass game will tap off at 6 p.m.
Sponsors are needed. Contact Jean Fugett (945-7370).
* John Carroll is accepting applications for a boys varsity basketball coach. Bernie Mullin, veteran of 22 seasons at the frosh/soph, JV and varsity levels, has resigned his coaching post. Resumes should be mailed to athletic director Jerry O'Brien, c/o the school.
* Broadneck's Andrea Macey, a 6-foot center, will play at Marist next season. Macey helped the Bruins to the state Class 4A title in 1990, but missed some time with an injury this year.
* Beginning next Thursday, the area's lacrosse scoring leaders will be published. Coaches may update statistics (number of games, goals and assists) any time before noon on Wednesdays (332-6669).
* The Evening Sun again this spring will publish the area's top track and field performances. For inclusion in the listings, telephone 332-6662 Mondays and Wednesdays.
* Nominate Athletes of the Week on Mondays between 8 a.m. and noon at 332-6669. Weekly winners, their coach and a parent will be invited to the Athlete of the Week luncheon on June 5.