Calvert Hall did a terrific thing this week in naming it swimming pool in honor of longtime coach Arthur "Reds" Hucht.
"Reds is a wonderful man," said the high school's president, Brother Kevin Strong. "He's been our swimming coach for 32 years and he's still here every waking minute."
Hucht turned Calvert Hall into a swimming power and for just about all of his more than three decades with the team, the Cardinals have either won the Maryland Scholastic Association championship or finished second.
Some 200 of his former swimmers were present at the Hucht Pool to pay tribute to their former coach.
* The folks at WBAL radio must be scratching their heads over their Orioles announcing situation.
To find a replacement this year for Joe Angel, they conducted a nationwide search, listened to the tapes of more than 100 announcers, and finally settled on Ken Levine, a Californian whose claim to fame is that he has written episodes for television
This week, to sub for Levine, the station assigned its own Jim West, a veteran sportscaster and one-time Chicago Cubs announcer. Guess what. West, who was sitting right there at WBAL all the while, is better than Levine.
* A whole lot of people are delighted for Towson State lacrosse coach Carl Runk that his 11th-seeded Tigers made such a great showing in the NCAA playoffs, going all the way to Monday's championship game before bowing, 18-13, to North Carolina. Runk, an old Patterson Park boy and a salt-of-the-earth type liked by all, has coached Towson for 24 years.
While Towson State excited people with its heroic playoff march through Virginia (14-13) and Princeton (also 14-13), and Maryland (15-11 in the semifinals at Syracuse), not all Marylanders are disappointed that North Carolina has won the title.
Carolina has 14 players from Maryland on its squad. Towson State has 17, the letters N.Y. being listed behind the hometowns of a dozen Tigers. Most of the Tar Heel players from this state were high school stars at Boys' Latin, Gilman, Loyola, Calvert Hall and Severn.
One Baltimorean in that group -- Brooks Matthews, who captained Gilman four years ago and tri-captained Carolina's championship team this year -- is an example of the kind of things a 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete with fairly ordinary talent can accomplish through sheer hard work.
Matthews, with a 3.0 average in broadcast journalism, has been named the team's scholar-athlete for the season. He's a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll member and a regular on the dean's list at Chapel Hill. He starts work next month for ESPN in Bristol, Conn.
* Speaking of North Carolina, Baltimore banker Quentin Mallard, just back from a visit to his old hometown of Durham, reports that the best known minor-league franchise in the country -- the Durham Bulls, immortalized in the film "Bull Durham" -- will be moved away from Durham next year. Says Mallard: "A guy from Raleigh bought the team and he's going to move it over there." So much for out-of-town ownership, even if it's only a few miles away.
* The Lacrosse Classic, to be played at Johns Hopkins June 6-7-8, will feature top players from every category -- high schools, pee wees, girls, college women, college men, club stars.
One category still needs players -- men's old-timers, ages 35 and up, particularly those from northern colleges. Well over the minimum age and signed up to play in this admission-free Thursday evening game (in conjunction with the opening of the new Lacrosse Hall of Fame) are George Baron, CCNY '48, and Dave Tubbs, Duke '50. Both are goalies. They know what they're getting into. Both played in the old-timers' game last year.
* The only good thing about the Blast's season having ended so early is that this weekend the team's public relations man, Drew Forrester, a golf fanatic, can spend these four days watching the Kemper Open at Avenel.
Says Forrester: "The last two years we've been in San Diego when the Kemper was played. I'm rooting for Fred Funk [former University of Maryland golf coach] this weekend but I think the tournament will be won by an unknown, someone who hasn't won this year and may not have won last year either. There are so many guys out there now who can win. I talked to [Frederick native] Donnie Hammond at Avenel Monday. He hasn't made a cut the last five weeks -- and he's playing well."