The usual menu of high school football is on tap this weekend, and yes, we're going to try the 13th annual Anne Arundel County Sun-Oriolelanders All-Star Baseball Games at Joe Cannon Stadium again.
A doubleheader is set for noon Sunday at Cannon Stadium in Harmans with a team of county high school all-stars taking on the Oriolelanders, who come from all over the state and mid-Atlantic area. Admission is free.
Some 92 calls came into the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, on Sunday and Labor Day concerning the postponement.
Because of last Sunday's rainout, the Arundel Suns team won't have Brian Rolocut, the Anne Arundel County Sun Baseball Player of the Year and All-Metro pitcher from Arundel High.
Rolo was available last Sunday because of Hurricane Andrew. Rolo was in the hurricane area ready to start school at Miami Dade Community College, but returned home after the storm hit.
The hard-throwing Arundel grad, who was 11-1 this spring for Coach Bernie Walter's Wildcats, attended tryouts, made the team and was set to pitch Sunday against the Oriolelanders.
"I'm leaving tomorrow morning to go back to Miami Dade, so I won't be around for the game Sunday," said Rolo on the Sportsline Tuesday. "I was really looking forward to pitching in the game again, but I've got to go back. Thanks for the opportunity and tell the guys I wish them luck."
Rolocut is a fine young man. If everything goes as expected, don't be surprised to see him drafted in June. He's one of those pitchers who needs a year at a community college where they play a lot of baseball to develop into a bona fide prospect.
The Suns also might be missing a player or two from Anne Arundel Community College because of the rescheduled doubleheader. The Pioneers have a fall doubleheader slated for Sunday at Delaware Tech, but Coach Clayton Jacobson is trying to work something out for our games.
Few college coaches would consider allowing players to miss fall games to play in an all-star game, but Jacobson really cares about his players and affords them every possible opportunity for exposure.
* With the high school golf season about to get under way, keep your eyes on Severna Park junior David Orso, who completed a banner summer campaign.
Orso, who has been a key member of the Falcons' links squad since his freshman year, became only the third golfer in 35 years to take the Chartwell Country Club Juniors Championship three straight years.
The 16-year-old Orso, who also plays guard on the school's varsity basketball team, will attempt to become the first four-time Juniors winner next summer.
Orso also won the Maryland Junior Classic at the University of Maryland this summer and placed 10th in the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Amateur Tournament, which featured more than 900 youths.
After tying for first in the Prince George's County Junior Classic, Orso lost a playoff.
Orso and fellow junior Gary Carpenter of Arundel High appear to be the cream of the crop in high school golf, not just in this county, but in the entire state.
* For those of you who are Al Lee fans, the former South River High All-County basketball and baseball player is enrolled at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg.
Lee, a middle infielder with good speed, is expected to play baseball his first year with the Mounties and basketball the next four years. He will be redshirted the first season, said South River assistant coach Jack Jordan.
* Former Old Mill quarterback Tim Newby, a 1992 grad, is playing quarterback at Widener College in Pennsylvania.
"I couldn't believe it when I went up to see Tim's first game," said Tom Newby, his dad and a local youth football referee.
"The coach had Tim throw on first and second down. I'm not used to that because here in Anne Arundel County, high school football and especially at Old Mill, they don't throw on first down. They usually wait until third down."
* The local youth football officials group has gone independent. The referees association will continue to work the Anne Arundel Youth Football Association games, but is no longer part of Rec and Parks. "We've got a lot of good men, over 40 refs, and we needed to get more work," said Ray Henderson, who heads the group. "So, we're doing games outside the county as well."
* Frank "Jocko" Svoboda's High School Eligible Fall Baseball League opens this weekend with games all over the county, including some on a new field thanks to the efforts of county Rec and Parks director Bill Rinehart.
"I was desperate for another field and contacted Bill to ask if we could get Marley Junior in shape," said Jocko, who started the fall league with six teams 10 years ago and has seen it grow to 32 squads.
"I can't say enough about the response I got from Bill and his department," he said.
The county high school age fall baseball league runs until Sunday, Nov. 15.
Finally, this anecdote from South River's Al Baldwin Jr. that Orioles' fans will enjoy.
Baldwin, a grad of South River High who is a local youth sports coach and official, is a security officer at BWI Airport.
Recently, Baldwin says that Ken Kaiser, the ex-pro wrassler turned major league baseball umpire, was stopped by security personnel as he attempted to carry a baseball bat onto his plane.
"He said he was using it as a cane, but U.S. Air doesn't allow bats to be carried aboard," said Baldwin. "He got irritable, but had no choice but to give up the bat, and they put it underneath with luggage."
Baldwin says that he saw the Orioles' Mike Devereaux a short time afterward and the center fielder laughed out loud upon hearing about Kaiser being reprimanded by security.