Picking All-county Team A Big Task


Baseball First Planned At Cannon Stadium

April 17, 1991|By Pat O,Malley

Time once again, sports fans, for another of your favorites and mine, a "Q's without A's" session. Yes, "questions without answers," our column together that stimulates and provokes.

You the reader are so kind to keep calling my 24-hour Sportsline and filling it with "Q's" for me to use in this space. The number to call any time, any day, any hour, is 647-2499.

* First and foremost, let me tell you that the ninth annual Anne Arundel County Sun All-County Academic-Athletic Team will be announced on Sunday, April 28, with the banquet to honor the 12 boys and 12 girls chosen set for Thursday, May 2, at the Annapolis Ramada Inn.

Those selected will be notified by next week as we delve into close to 100 outstanding applications. This year's list of candidates is absolutely mind-boggling but a credit to the so many well-rounded student/athletes in this county.

Now let's hit the big "Q's," which are more popular around here than any David Letterman or Roch Eric Kubatko top 10s.

* You haven't forgotten, have you, that the very first high school baseball game to be played in the new Joe Cannon Stadium at Harmans is set for 7 p.m. Friday with No. 3-ranked Northeast (9-0)meeting No. 8 Old Mill (6-3)?

* In all seriousness, how is it that the panel of baseball coaches who vote for The Sun top 10 in baseball voted Old Mill No. 8 and Severna Park (5-1) honorable mention? Shouldn't the fact that Severna Park defeated Old Mill, 7-5, last Fridaymean something?

Are those guys aware that the Falcons' only loss came in the first game of the season to the metro area's second-ranked and unbeaten Archbishop Curley (9-0)?

* No question that Old Mill's Eric Scott, Craig Everett of Northeast, Derek Hasselhoff of Chesapeake and Shawn Crews of Arundel are all outstanding players, but isn't junior pitcher/shortstop Rob McCandless of Severna Park the county's best all-around baseball player?

Isn't McCandless the best pitcher-hitter Coach Jim Pitt's Falcons have had since David Grier starred from 1974-1976?

Grier went on to sparkle at Virginia Tech and later in the Milwaukee Brewers' system.

Did you know that McCandlesscredits the Falcons' 5-1 start and early success to the winning attitude he and several others, including outfielders Mark Budzinski and Steve Neuberger, developed playing on Coach Charlie Becker's 18-and-under Severna Park American Legion team last summer?

"We got it together in summer ball, and it has carried over," said McCandless afterbeating Old Mill last Friday with his arm and bat (3-for-3, including a home run). "We believe we can win, but I'm not saying right now if we are the team to beat in the county."

* When Glen Burnie's Dave Lanham tied the county record for hits in a game (five) shared by fiveothers last week against South River, did you know his five stolenbases were one short of Scotty Rowe's county record six in a game for Brooklyn Park in 1982?

* Did you see where John Brady has taken the head basketball coaching position at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.? No. it's not April Fool's Day, and it's not the AnnapolisHigh coach.

How could it be the same John Brady when the Annapolis coach was leading his previously unbeaten (was 14-0) Kazmarek Insurance Unlimited men's hoop team to a disappointing 1-2 record this past weekend in the annual Ocean City Rec & Parks Department tournament at the O.C. 125th Street Gym?

Led by former Annapolis High and James Madison University star, the 6-foot-8 Dan Ruland, Brady's Kazmareksquad competed against 31 teams from all over the state and beyond, including a Baltimore contingent with Dunbar High legend Skip Wise.

* Speaking of the old guys, did you know the increasingly competitive 30-and-over Chesapeake Men's Senior Baseball League is set to openon Sunday, April 28, at Joe Cannon Stadium with three games beginning at noon?

The league has expanded from six to eight teams and is nationally affiliated. League spokesman Dave Conrad said some teams had to turn away players this season.

Conrad said opening day will be a festive occasion at Cannon Stadium with the league planning to have a Dixieland combo on hand to entertain in pre-game activities, which will include the introduction of all eight teams and the first ball to be thrown out by the "Mayor of Glen Burnie" Charlie Eckman.

Eckman, the 40-plus-year native of Glen Burnie, is Anne Arundel's most famous sports personality who is not in the Maryland State AthleticHall of Fame.

For those of you who want to see some of your high school heroes of 12-15 years ago, the 30-and-over opening day at Cannon Stadium is the place to be with such catchers as ex-major leaguer John Stefero and ex-minor leaguer Steve Jordan playing in the league (with the Broadneck Dodgers).

Also, isn't it a great idea for the Chesapeake league to sponsor a Memorial Day weekend tournament with out-of-town teams?

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