Some area coaches have formed a statewide field hockey association in an attempt to improve skill levels and increase college opportunities for players in a sport that has been hurt by the popularity of girls soccer in recent years.
Serving as officers in the coaches association's first year are: Lillian Shelton (Severna Park), president; Alice Puckett (Fallston), vice president; Mary Finley (Calvert), secretary, and Mary Pat Bozel (Archbishop Spalding), treasurer.
The coaches hope to reverse the lack of postseason recognition given to state players in recent years. In 1990, for example, the state nominated six players for All-America recognition, but none were honored.
"Maryland field hockey is not as strong as in some other states," said Bozel, who referred to the Maryland game as "a dying sport."
"Everything here is feeding into soccer, and we're trying to do things to revive the sport," she said.
The state association will hold its first general membership meeting Sunday, 3 p.m. at Severna Park United Methodist Church.
Ohio State coach Karen Weaver will speak, and information on college requirements and opportunities will be made available to high school seniors who attend.
In ceremonies before Friday night's game against Randallstown, Annapolis dedicated its football field to the late coach Al Laramore.
The sports complex is now called Al Laramore Field at Richard G. Ensor Stadium. Plaques with photos of Ensor (a former principal at Annapolis) and Laramore will be set in the stadium facade.
Laramore, who died at 53 after a heart attack Jan. 10, 1989, held the all-time win record of Anne Arundel County football coaches (156-67-2, .693). He is also the only coach in Maryland history to win at least one state championship in three different sports.
Laramore's titles were in Class 4A basketball (1974), 4A football (1978) and 4A lacrosse (1984-85, 1987). At various times in his 26-year career at Annapolis, he also coached golf and baseball, chaired the physical education department and served as athletic director.
The dedication brought to fruition the efforts of a group called "Friends of Al Laramore." Headed by Laramore's assistant and current head football coach Roy Brown, assistant Bill Phebus and former Laramore assistant Bruce Villwock (now at Broadneck), the group successfully lobbied principal Laura Webb and the school's booster group to recognize Laramore at the school.
Mount de Sales senior midfielder Kerry Coleman scored both goals Friday, as the Sailors soccer team beat Seton Keough, 2-0, for their first victory over the Gators after 12 straight lossses.
Between 1988 and 1990, Loch Raven's football team won five of 30 games, but the Raiders started the 1991 season under first-year coach Bob Helms with an 8-6 victory over Fallston Friday.
A lot of the credit has to go to junior defensive back Ryan Moore. Moore intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for Loch Raven's only touchdown. He also preserved the victory with an interception that halted a Fallston drive inside the Loch Raven 20-yard line with less than two minutes left.
Southern Idaho, a junior college in Twins Falls, Idaho, is becoming home away from home for former Southern of Baltimore basketball players. David Cason, a first-team All-Metro pick last winter, is enrolled there along with two former Southern standouts, Adam Johnson and Craig Tyson.
Johnson, first-team All-Metro in 1990, spent last season at Allegany Community College. Tyson, The Sun's 1989 Player of the Year who signed with N.C. State out of high school, played the first half of last season at Hagerstown Junior College but was ineligible the second half.
Also, Southern grads John Salley and Che Evans, both All-Metro second-team picks last winter, have enrolled in junior colleges. Salley is at Sheridan (Wyo.) College and Evans is at Garrett Community College.
Overtime: Edmondson needs a football opponent for Nov. 8. Call James James or Joe Cassidy at 396-0694 or 396-0695. . . . Poly needs a junior varsity football opponent for a scrimmage or non-league game on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Call Mark Schlenoff at 396-7023. . . . Glen Burnie needs a head coach for girls basketball. Call Terry Bogle at 761-8950.