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* Didn't the Maryland Scholastic Football Coaches Association make two superb choices for inductees into theState High School Football Hall of Fame in local legends Al Laramoreof Annapolis and Joe Papetti of South River?
Laramore, the county's all-time winningest football coach (156-67-2), will be inducted posthumously, and Papetti (154-82-3) will be onhand Friday evening at the University of Maryland at College Park for the induction ceremonies.
Laramore died Jan. 10, 1989, of a heart attack. Papetti retired the spring after Laramore's death. The two coaches were strict disciplinarians and great teachers of the fundamentals.
Certainly this is a deserving honor for both men and it is really neat that those around the state recognize the contributions these two men made to high school football and to young boys trying tobecome men.
The football field at Annapolis was named after Laramore and the stadium at South River after Papetti.
* Now the bad news about the state football coaches association: Can you believe thatPennsylvania has dropped the Free State like a hot potato from the Big 33 Seniors All-Star Game?
"Pennsylvania dropped us from the Big33 and has agreed to play Ohio in '93, '94 and '95," said Severna Park High head football coach Andy Borland, who is very active in the coaches association.
"We're supposed to play them this summer, but that's up in the air at the moment. I understand they're having problems negotiating a contract for this year's game."
Anne Arundel County's only representatives for this year's Big 33 are North County running back/linebacker Anthony Walker and head coach Chuck Markiewicz.Walker, everybody's Player of the Year, who is headed for Syracuse on a football scholarship, sparkled for the Knights the past two seasons.
Markiewicz was to be an assistant on the Maryland staff headedup by Jerry Franks. Franks, former DeMatha head coach and Navy assistant, resigned last week as head coach at Northern in Calvert County to concentrate on a career in administration.
The Big 33 Game, played annually in Hershey, Pa., was to be Franks' final game as a coach.
But really, with Anne Arundel placing only Walker in the game and getting shut out the year before will we miss the game?
* Also, will the county high school baseball players miss the chance to play for the Maryland Team in the Sun Belt Classic this summer? Did you know that the Maryland Team, consisting of top high school seniors fromall over the state, is disbanding after one year?
The Maryland State Baseball Coaches Association has been unable to land a corporate sponsor to pick up the tab for sending the players out of town to play against the best from Florida, Oklahoma and California.
* How about a big round of applause for Navy boxer Dirk Cooper, the only midshipman to win a national title at last weekend's National Collegiate Boxing Championships won by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.?
Cooper won the 180-pound title by taking a pair of 3-2 decisions. In the semifinals, Cooper edged defending national champion Kevin Eppenger of Nevada-Reno and won by the same score in the title bout over Bill Meschack of the Air Force.
Navy finished fourth among the teams, tying Army with 12 points. The host Falcons won with 44points, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., (18) and Reno (17).
"We had five guys in the semis and Cooper and Lumpy made it to the finals," said Navy boxing coach Jim McNally.
"Lumpy" is Dan Holsberg, a grad of Broadneck High who stopped Brian Walsh of the University of California at Berkley in the second round of their 156-pound semifinal. Holsberg dropped a 4-1 decision to Bryan Dunn of the Air Force.
A most surprising loser in the semifinals was Navy's Marvin Reed. Theclassy 165-pounder was expected to win a national crown, but ran into a neighbor of his from the Bronx in New York in Chris Mendez. As ifthat wasn't incentive enough, Mendez is from that despicable school in West Point called Army.
"It might have been the best match of the tournament," McNally said of Reed's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Mendez. "The two had sparred before and they go at it. It was non-stop action, so close you could have flipped a coin for the winner."
Two other Mids who lost in the semifinals were Craig Rogerson (132) and Tom Sheer (unlimited). Both lost by 3-2 to Air Force boxers. Rogerson lost to Craig Yantiss, and Sheer was decisioned by Bill Meschack.
* Do you boxing enthusiasts know that Jeff Novotny has opened a gym for amateur boxing in the Crofton area?
"The gym is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 12 to 5 on Sundays," said Novotny, who can be reached for information at 721-7139.
"I'm planning on holding an amateur show on May 16."