Browsing table spread with overflowing 'Q's and A's'

SIDELINES

May 01, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

You've heard of an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord, but how about an all-you-can-read smorgasbrowse?

The 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499, has been working overtime with people calling like crazy, so I couldn't jam everything into Wednesday's regular "Q's and A's" session.

* With his team on a tear (five in a row) going into today's home game against North County (4-11), did you know that Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter is within four wins of the coveted 300 milestone at 296-86 (.775) in only his 19th season?

If the Wildcats (11-4) win the next four in a row, Walter would get No. 300 under the lights (7:30 p.m.) at home on May 8, and wouldn't that be fitting?

Walter worked hard and long to get lights at Arundel High, and the planning and diligent maintenance on the part of the coach and his staff has resulted in the Wildcats boasting one of the top baseball parks in the state.

* Have you heard that the more Severna Park center fielder Steve Neuberger plays, the more the college and pro scouts are flocking to the Falcon games?

Interest was shown in Neuberger at the beginning of the season, but it has stepped up with the Falcons being ranked No. 1 by The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, and No. 13 in the USA Today Super 25.

For those who feel that the rankings put undue pressure on the kids, I can only say that the increased interest in Neuberger and other seniors on that ballclub is the direct result of the attention Severna Park is getting.

Most of us around the county know Neuberger has Division I ability, but now with the Falcons on center stage, talent-seekers are sitting up and taking notice.

"I'm getting calls every day on Steve," said Falcons coach Jim Pitt. "James Madison, the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech and Butler University of Indiana have all been calling about Steve.

"As I told you before, Steve is the best center fielder I've ever had, and he runs so good that when he hits a single, it's as good as a double. The pro scouts are also starting to inquire about him, and he is definitely a pro prospect."

Pitt, who set Atlantic Coast Conference batting records at Maryland back in the '60s, would love to see Neuberger play at his alma mater, but will understand if he doesn't.

"Sure I would love to see him play at Maryland, but Tom [Bradley, head coach] won't have any scholarship money for another year or so because of the athletic budget crunch. Steve is a scholarship player, and with Maryland being a .500 club right nTC now, I believe he could step in this year and be the best outfielder they have."

* Isn't it a shame that things have gotten to the point that Anne Arundel Community College has to charge a fee to use its baseball diamond, and Arundel Stars unlimited baseball club coach Dan Fielder has to find another field for his summer team to play on?

"We just can't afford to pay a fee," said Fielder. "I don't know what we're going to do, because as of yet we don't have a place to play."

* Can you imagine being at a gala wedding reception at the Inner Harbor, and lo and behold, the Oriole Bird shows up as the featured guest and dances with the bride?

I saw it and still don't believe it. Linthicum's Darlene Chaney, who attended Andover High and later graduated from North County High, married John Kastner of Towson over the weekend. Kastner, a graduate of Calvert Hall, and his bride are avid Oriole fans.

Kastner's Baltimore office overlooks Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and he frequently attends Oriole games with Darlene.

* What would first-year Old Mill softball coach Lori Darnall do without third base coach Tom Schlitz?

* How about a round of applause for Carmine Blades of St. Mary's for being named District 8 Maryland Scholastic Association Athletic Director of the Year at last week's annual convention in Ocean City?

Did you know that Severn School -- with 28 athletic teams at four different levels for its small student body of 299 -- was honored at the A.D. convention for averaging one team per every 10.7 students?

Severn athletic director Fred Hewitt, whose daughter Amy graduates from Radford College this weekend, was elected to a two-year term as first vice president of the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association.

Remember Bob Grimm? Grimm, the former Northeast High athletic director who is currently on the Meade High faculty, will serve as the state athletic directors' treasurer. So does that make it the Maryland State Athletic Directors and Those Who Wanna Be Association?

* Have you Northeast fans heard that Karen Walton, former Northeast cross country star who was a member of the first Anne Arundel County Sun All-County Academic-Athletic Team in 1983, is working as a CPA in Boston after graduating from Maryland in 1988 and plans to get married to Rich Kelley of Beantown in October?

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