A Gift From The Big Guy: More Q's Without A's


December 20, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

It's time once again, sports fans, for another session of those "questions without answers," our column together.

I want you to know that you will be in my thoughts this Christmas for all that you've contributed to this column throughout the year. Without you, I would be nothing.

And speaking of nothing, I have nothing to give you this year, not even a card. So, in this period of recession, when you've cut back on getting that badly needed jogging suit and new pair of sneakers, let this column and our personal hook-up, the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, be our gift to each other.

Give me a call with your comments, answers or big "Q's" of your own. Or leave me a Christmas wish on the Sportsline. Some of the best ones might even make this column.

So, wiping the tears away and hoping you will call, let's get to the "Q's without A's."

* Didn't North County head football coach ChuckMarkiewicz, the Anne Arundel County Sun's 1991 Coach of the Year, receive his Christmas gift early when he learned this week that he had been named an assistant coach for the Maryland squad on this summer'sBig 33 high school seniors football game?

The game pits Maryland's top graduates vs. those from Pennsylvania and is played each summerin Hershey, Pa. Markiewicz will be an assistant to Jerry Franks of Northern High in Calvert County.

It's been a goal of the ambitious and innovative Markiewicz to be named a coach for this prestigious game since he worked as an assistant to the late Jerry Mears at Meade High.

Mears orchestrated the movement to get Maryland into the Big 33 game through the Maryland State Football Coaches Association and coached the first Maryland team to victory over Pennsylvania.

With Markiewicz, who brought the run-and-shoot and the Summer Passing League to the county, on the Maryland staff, should we expect to see thatpigskin in the air in the Big 33 game?

* Have you guys noticed what's been going on this indoor winter season at Annapolis High?

No, I'm not talking about John Brady's 300th win or Dave Gehrdes' wrestling team. For the first time in quite a while, the school has a girls basketball team and indoor track team to speak of.

Hasn't second-year coach Teresa Ross done a marvelous job in turning around the girls basketball team, off to a 2-0 start (not including yesterday's game at St. Mary's)?

If the Annapolis girls win three or four more games to surpass last year's win total (5-17), will Athletic Director Fred Stauffer consider moving the boys games to 3:30 and put the girls in prime time at 7:30 p.m.?

Didn't the experience of coaching a men's team with Brady in the Annapolis Outdoor Summer Basketball League profit Ross?

If Brady ever steps down as head coach, could Rossbecome the first woman in Anne Arundel County history to coach a boys high school team?

And hasn't the indoor track program at Annapolis been raised from the dead -- it had been dropped -- by new coach Dennie DeWitt, with 55 kids participating this season?

"There were numerous people around here who thought that indoor track couldn't work at Annapolis," said DeWitt, the former Brooklyn Park indoor track and baseball coach.

"When I approached Fred (Stauffer) about starting it up, I hoped my achievements at Brooklyn Park would speak for themselves."

While I congratulate DeWitt on lighting a fire under indoor track at Annapolis, I've been sitting here at the sports desk since Wednesday trying to figure out what he meant by "achievements" at Brooklyn Park.

County championships? No.

Region, district or state championships? No.

I guess just running a program is an achievement to some, right?

* Getting back to DeWitt's building a program at Annapolis, isn't his freshman distance runner, Kristen Nicolini, a diamond in the rough?

* How about the 4-0 start, including a 58-51 victory over Mount St. Joseph Tuesday night, by Tom Kraning's Chesapeake boys basketball team?

Could this year's Chesapeake team be the first in school history to have a winning season?

Doesn't this quote from Kraning, after his team routed Archbishop Spalding, 67-33, Wednesday night, say it all: "I'm not used to being on the otherside of those kind of scores, if you know what I mean"?

* How many of you know that Kraning's son, Steve, a 6-foot-6 senior, is a key player on The Sun's 10th-ranked Loyola High team in the Catholic League?

Kraning pumped in 20 points Sunday in the Dons' first loss, 84-52, to Gonzaga of Washington.

* With South River assistant boys basketball coach Jack Jordan owning a 5-0 career record while filling in for Head Coach Kenny Dunn, including last week's 56-55 upset of Broadneck, aren't the South River faithful hoping that Dunn has enough body parts to be repaired for the Seahawks to make it to Cole Field House this year?

* Can you believe that Severn School coach Jim Doyle lost all-purpose back Jake Mack to a broken foot in football and, while hoping for Mack's return around the first of the year to the Admirals' hoop team, has now lost star guard Brad Fowler, with, yes, a broken foot?

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