Get ready, sports fans, for a whole bunch of summertime "Q's & A's."
* As if he doesn't have enough to do in putting on the CABA 18-and-Under World Series in the county, can you believe that Lew Holmes is also tournament director of the 130-team Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Athletic Association Invitational for youngsters 7 to 14 beginning this Saturday?
With an overflow crowd of coaches and organization reps squeezingelbow to elbow into the LFYAA Club House Tuesday night, it was absolutely remarkable that "Big Lew" organized the never-ending list of teams into tournament brackets from Pinto (7-8) to Pony (13-14).
Wasn't it a great idea to name one of the 13-14 tournaments after Doc Bartlinski who has coached and doctored many local players over the last 30 years in Linthicum?
"We wanted Doc to know that we appreciateall the contributions he made to amateur sports over the years," said Holmes, who is back as LF tournament director after a six-year absence.
Holmes also cited the generosity of the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association in allowing LF to use its fields to handle the overload of teams. All the tournaments will be double-elimination and in some cases provide the opportunity to advance to another level elsewhere.
* After the outstanding tournament he had in Stillwater, Okla., playing for the Maryland Team in the Sun Belt Classic, wouldn't the Houston Astros do themselves a favor by signing Northeast grad and everybody's Player of the Year Craig Everett?
Everett was a 93rd-round draft pick of the Astros a couple of weeks ago, and part-time scout Billy Buck of Alexandria, Va., -- an ex-Orioles associate scout-- advised Everett to attend Anne Arundel Community College and be evaluated next spring. Is Buck going to reconsider and sign Everett sohe can play where he belongs right now -- on a minor-league club?
Also, why is Everett's Northeast teammate, undrafted pitcher CharlieBuckheit, who also sparkled in the Sun Belt, considering attending acommunity college in Oklahoma instead of AACC?
Doesn't Buckheit realize that an athlete doesn't have to play all the way out there to get noticed and can do just as well at home if he has the tools?
Shouldn't Buckheit strongly consider that Anne Arundel head coach Clayton Jacobson and pitching coach Larry Shillenberg just sent Brian Toronto (Broadneck) to the University of Texas; Rick Forney (Annapolis) was drafted and signed by the Orioles, joining Mike Hebb (Glen Burnie) who was drafted and signed by the Orioles last year?
And is Buckheit aware that Anne Arundel shortstop Andy Srebroski was just drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays?
* Did you baseball fans know you can catch Buckheit, Everett and Northeast teammate/first baseman Russ Curry, Arundel's shortstop Scott Young and pitcher Jeff Beard and Old Mill shortstop/second baseman Eric Scott Sunday at Memorial Stadium after the Orioles and Bosox play their 1:30 p.m. contest?
The county contingent will play in the prestigious 10th annual Crown High School Baseball All-Star Game.
* How many of you fight fans are going to the Gambrills Athletic Club tomorrow night for the Amateur Boxing Show assembled by Jeff Novotny? For information, just give Novotny a call at 721-7388.
* Won't it be interesting to see how well graduatedAnnapolis High scoring machine Dennis Edwards does against national competition this weekend for Baltimore's Groove II junior men's hoop team in the AAU national championships in Jacksonville, Fla.?
* Did you baseball fans know that the first Maryland American Legion South All-Star Game will be played at 2 p.m. July 21 at Joe Cannon Stadium?