Some Trivia And Not-so-trivial Basketball Questions


December 11, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

All right, sports fans, let's get to our column together, those "questions without answers," because I've got a boat load.

To quickly go over the ground rules, call me any time on my 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, with your "Q's," remarks or answers. You know I love to hear from you guys.

Let's start today's session with some "Q's and A's" on girls hoops.

* Do you realize that eight girls basketball coaches have fewerthan five years of experience as head coaches in the county and two of them, Patty Dages at Glen Burnie and Harry Dobson at St. Mary's, are starting their rookie seasons?

In comparison, only three boys coaches -- Gerald Moore, Arundel (two years); Lee Dove, Archbishop Spalding (two); and Brad Wilson, North County (one) -- with under than five years of seniority.

And did you know the boys have three coaches with more than 20 years of experience on the high school scene in Tom Albright, Southern (26); Butch Young, Meade (26, 15 at Meade) andTerry Bogle, Glen Burnie (24), while the girls have none?

Why is it that the boys coaches stay longer and why is it that seven men arecoaching girls teams and no women coaching guys?

* Do you know who has the most consecutive winning seasons among the girls coaches? How many? (Answers next week.)

* This "Q" from Waves Amateur Athletic Union Girls Basketball Association president Tom Conroy, "Will PatChance (Old Mill coach) be the first high school coach in Anne Arundel County to have five scholarship players in one year -- 1993?"

The reference was to Chance's defending state 4A champion Patriots, who are dominated by juniors, including last season's Player of the Year, Stacy Himes.

How much pressure will the still-very-young Old Mill girls team feel in its bid to repeat as state 4A champion? Will itfeel any pressure at all?

Will the Patriots prove or disprove thetheory that the toughest thing in all of sports is to repeat?

* Who are the two girls coaches who have been college head coaches?

*Who is the only girls hoop coach with 300 wins? (Her record is 303-120 in 19 seasons.)

* Won't it be quite a matchup in girls hoops when Annapolis coach Teresa Ross plays host on Feb. 4 to her ex-assistant Patty Dages, who is new head coach at Glen Burnie?

* Isn't it good to hear that Art St. Germaine has more officials to ref girls high school basketball this year than ever before?

"I guess it's the economy," said St. Germaine. "It's a pretty good part-time job, and our numbers are up this year."

* Now don't all the girls coaches hope the quality is up just as the quantity is?

If it's not, won't Northeast coach Calvin Vain speak up while others don't have the gumption to?

* Walbrook of Baltimore center Tabitha Chambers is 6-foot-6, so when will somebody in Anne Arundel ever grow a girl that tall?

* Which county girls coach notched her 200th career victory on thesame date (Feb. 4, 1987) as John Brady did in boys basketball?

* Wasn't it considerate of Brady to schedule his bid for career win No.300 (providing his Panthers defeat Carver of Baltimore Friday night at Annapolis) on Monday night against Mount St. Joseph so all the other county coaches could be there for the celebration?

Tuesday is, of course, the normal playing day, but Brady wanted his colleagues, who had a lot to do with his reaching the 300-win milestone the fastest in county history (start of his 15th season) to be there for the big moment.

* Isn't it too bad that Annapolis couldn't schedule nationally top-ranked Dunbar this season in boys hoops? Wasn't that a real treat for Annapolis fans the last few years?

* How's this for aninteresting statistic for those who are anti-athletics and extracurricular activities? Of the 273 Arundel High student-athletes who participated this fall, 131 of them compiled a grade-point average of 3.0 (equivalent to a "B") or better.

Doesn't it say something about the motivational values of athletics when Class 4A Arundel has 1,553 students with 273 playing sports and only 10 of them falling below the required GPA of 1.60 while 307 of the rest of the student body (1,280) scored below 1.60?

* How proud do you think Annapolis teacher Bernie Hoff is of being selected Most Popular Player by his peers in the Anne Arundel County Faculty Summer Tennis League? Does it make a statement about Hoff's character?

* Interested in umpiring amateur baseball this summer? Did you know that you can get a crash course on calling balls and strikes and the rules that go with it each and every Sunday beginning Jan. 5 at the Anne Arundel Baseball Umpires School?

The annual school will be conducted at North County High in Linthicum each Sunday with the exception of Super Bowl Sunday (Jan. 26) from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. For information call Umpire-In-Chief Jack Krampat 768-4678 or his assistant, Warren Shadle, at 551-8799.

"It's for men who want to umpire summer baseball only because we already have too many high school umpires," said Kramp.

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