Letter From Belichick Unquestionably Tops


September 11, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

All right, sports fans, let's get going with another hot batch of "Q's and A's."

Just call the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499, with yourquestions, comments or suggestions.

* Wasn't it great that Cleveland Browns head coach Bill Belichick, an Annapolis High alumnus, took the time to write a letter to his alma mater in honor of his former high school coach, the late Al Laramore?

The football field at Richard G. Ensor Stadium officially wasnamed in honor of Laramore last Friday prior to the Panthers' home opener against Randallstown of Baltimore County.

As emcee of the special night, I had the privilege of reading Belichick's letter to theAnnapolis crowd with Laramore's proud wife, Dorothy, and two sons, Dan and Dave, looking on.

"A less than outstanding athlete, I choseto compete in not only one -- but two -- of Annapolis High School's sports programs," wrote Belichick. "I encountered some pretty high highs and equally low lows, and, although I wasn't setting the world onfire, sports was still very much in my blood.

"Al Laramore was instrumental in teaching me what through thick and thin was all about, and for that, I owe him a great deal. While encouraged to keep up with the competition, it was suggested that I consider the next best thing to participating as a player in professional sports.

"It was recommended that I learn everything I could about the intricacies of the game and approach it from yet another angle. This was a tremendous learning experience at a very delicate age."

Belichick worked his way up through the ranks as an assistant coach, eventually masterminding the defense of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants under BillParcells before taking his first head coaching position with the Browns this season.

* Isn't Annapolis High Principal Laura Webb to becommended for coordinating the Friends of Al Laramore committee and other school-affiliated groups and making the name "Al Laramore Field" happen?

* For those of you who saw Coach Roy Brown's Panthers lose to Randallstown, 18-17, in the last five seconds, did you know that Donte Boyd, who scored the game-winner for the Rams on a fourth-and-goal situation from the 1, stepped out of bounds?

According to the tape of the game, Boyd's desperation run should have been ruled no touchdown, and Annapolis would have won, 17-12. Instant replay for high school football?

* Aren't congratulations in order for former Meade High three-sport standout Joe Wilkinson, who was named head golfpro at Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park?

Wilkinsonsucceeds George Jakovics, who moved on this summer to become director and golf pro at the new Walden Golf Club in Crofton. The former Meade captain in soccer, wrestling and baseball was an assistant to Jakovics for seven years at Chartwell.

* Now that Wilkinson has the job he deserved, how about John Irvine, the Chartwell president, being named Anne Arundel County coordinator of physical education? Irvine, who has been in the school phys-ed system more than 20 years, currently teaches and coaches golf at Chesapeake High and has proven his administrative abilities at Chartwell.

The county coordinator position is still open, with Paul Rusko in semiretirement waiting for someone to fill the spot he left at the end of last year.

* Will Patty Dages, the county's all-time girls basketball scoring leader (2,262 points) from Brooklyn Park High and Auburn University, be named the next head girls hoop coach at Glen Burnie High?

Did you know that Dages resigned as an Annapolis assistant to Teresa Ross after one season, and Colleen Stauffer, who teaches at Severna Park High, resigned ashead coach at Glen Burnie?

* How about the performance of Broadneck High shortstop Jeff Vincent for the Arundel Suns in the 12th Anne Arundel County Sun-Oriolelanders All-Star Baseball Game, won by the Oriolelanders, 3-1, Sunday at Joe Cannon Stadium?

Did the Broadnecksenior impress the scouts there, or what?

Vincent handled four plays flawlessly, two of them in spectacular fashion, at shortstop and had two hits, including a double.

"He's a good-looking kid," said Orioles' scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert. "I would like to see him again."

* With starting Suns' shortstop Scott McClelland, the Old Mill grad now at Anne Arundel Community College, going 2-for-3 before giving way to Vincent, did you realize that the local team got four hits from the leadoff position, yet scored only one run?

* How aboutthat snag by Suns right fielder Steve Neuberger in the first inning of a shot by the Oriolelanders' Joe Goodwin that had extra bases written all over it until Neuberger grabbed it in the right corner?

* Did you know that Suns' coach Bill Nevin, who runs the Glen Burnie Patriots' 16-and-under summer team and who has been coaching for about 20 years, says that Old Mill junior Ryan Dempsey is "the best 15-year-old hitter I've ever coached?"

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