Randallstown running back Larry Washington, winner of The Evening Sun's male High School Athlete of the Year Award yesterday, received quite an accolade from the Rev. John P. Buchheister, of Grace United Methodist Church.
"I told Larry," said the reverend, "that he's the best football player I've ever seen, high school or college."
Rev. Buchheister's son, John, coached Randallstown to a 13-0 season and the state Class 4A championship last year. The reverend, an old Poly quarterback himself, was a volunteer assistant coach at Randallstown and saw all Washington's games.
Said Larry, who enters Maryland in the fall: "I'm going down there hoping to play as a freshman."
Washington's chances of cracking the lineup may be better after the experience the Terps had last fall with first-year player Mark Mason. Mason languished on the bench until the season was almost over. Then, given a chance, he turned out to be the best running back on the team. Maryland learned from that.
* An insider's view of Andy Geiger's performance as director of athletics at Maryland comes from Terps lacrosse coach Dick Edell.
"Andy is everywhere," says Edell, who also has coached at Towson State, the University of Baltimore and Army. "He's in the locker room. He's on our sideline. Not since Carl Ullrich [now Patriot League commissioner] at West Point have I had an AD who was so willing to get down with the boys. Andy Geiger is a breath of fresh air."
Geiger, who only took over last September, can't take all the credit for the up year just concluded at College Park, but he had something to do with it.
Maryland, after years of failure and frustration in sports, had a winning season (6-5-1) in football and went to a bowl game, Gary Williams' undermanned basketballers had a 16-12 season, Chris Weller's women's basketball team went back to the NCAAs, volleyball went to the NCAAs for the first time, the baseball team won a school-record 29 games, men's lacrosse went back to the Final Four and women's lacrosse went to the NCAA championship game before losing to Virginia.
* By now just about everyone realizes that Orioles play-by-play man Jon Miller is one of the best in the business.
What we're learning this year is that Miller, when teamed with Brooks Robinson as he was on O's games on Channel 2 two weeks ago, makes Brooks a better broadcaster. This week Jon made Jim Palmer better.
* The brand new Lacrosse Foundation national headquarters and Hall of Fame Museum at Homewood Field opens its doors to the world this evening. One feature people will like is the auditorium with 116 theater-type seats. All the planning for this weekend's Lacrosse Classic has been done in that auditorium.
The best game of the three-day Classic should be the Mount Washington-New York Athletic Club game for the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association championship Saturday afternoon. That game (air time 3 p.m.) will be broadcast over WITH-AM. Quint Kessenich, usually the analyst, will be in the goal for Mount Washington. Doing the analyzing will be Chesapeake L.C. coach Jody Martin.
The New York A.C., which defeated Long Island to get to the title game, has some of the best talent in lacrosse including ex-Hopkins All-America Steve Mitchell, Yale '90 All-America Jon Reese and ex-Cornell and U.S. World team goalie Paul Schimoler.
* When Princeton's basketball team comes to Loyola next winter, Tigers coach Pete Carrill will have with him a new assistant coach, Armond Hill, who played eight seasons in the NBA after graduating from Princeton.
Hill has spent the last four years at Lawrenceville Prep as basketball coach and -- get this -- art curator. When Hill told Carrill he was afraid his basketball duties would leave no time for art, Petey told him: "We've got two kids named Art coming in next year. You can have both of them to work with."
* What will Baltimore's new baseball park be named? It looks as if it'll be Camden Yards. Not Camden Yards Stadium or Park. Just Camden Yards -- period.
Camden Yards brings to my mind an ugly city in New Jersey -- plus a hint of stockyards. Oriole Park, though unexciting and unimaginative, would have been fine with me. Just so the place is not named for Babe Ruth, the ultimate Yankee. I'm told it won't be.