The new game plan: $20 will get you 10

SIDELINES

October 04, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's time for another session of those questions withou answers.

Any comments, answers or "Q's" can be called into the 24-Hour Sportsline at (410) 647-2499.

* Let's start with a red-hot "Q" that I hope will prompt you to give me a ring on the Sportsline.

What do you think of the new digs for county sports news? And how about my new mug shot?

* Now for some important sports news. Are you looking for ticket bargains to high school sports events?

I got some good news for you and your wallet.

Annapolis parent/booster and lacrosse nut Cathy Samaras called on the Sportsline to tell us about sports savings.

"The county started a $2 sports pass last year [admission is usually $3 for adults], but nobody knew about it, and we want to get the word out this year," said Samaras. "All the schools will have them starting this week, and they cost $20 with 10 punch holes. That's a savings of $10 for 10 games, and you can attend any game or sports event in Anne Arundel County with the pass."

The pass is punched each time you use it. The idea was pushed through by Acting Coordinator of Physical Education Rick Wiles. By the way, when is the county going to elevate Wiles from acting to permanent coordinator?

* Have you heard the rumor in county hoop circles that North County athletic director Mike Baker (former Brooklyn Park coach) is returning to coaching as the Knights' man on the sidelines?

"No way. Brad Wilson is still our basketball coach as far as I know, and I'm not coming back, please tell everyone that," Baker said.

* Remember 7-footer Boris Beck, a German exchange student who was an all-county basketball player at Broadneck a couple of years ago? I hear that Broadneck has another German exchange student who is a pretty good basketball player, too, but he's not 7 feet tall.

* Why does Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association secretary Ned Sparks deplore athletic transfers, such as Norman Nolan's from Milford Mill to Dunbar in Baltimore? Shouldn't he first deplore the people who make rules that have loopholes?

Maybe Sparks and state officials need to spend some time reviewing policy and add an athletic transfer rule if they feel so strongly about it.

* With Pennsylvania opening the seasons year-round for all high school sports, what would that be like in Anne Arundel County? Aren't kids playing more than one sport per season more than we want already?

"I think allowing it year around puts too much demand on the kids," said Northeast head football coach Bart Rader, who says he loses "too many kids to fall baseball.

"I'm old-fashioned and believe sports should be played in their particular season."

The scouts will find you anyway if you've got the talent, right?

Good example: Can you believe quarterback Dietrich Johnson of Cambridge-South Dorchester that played Northeast on Friday night is such a talent that pro baseball scouts have watched him play football this fall?

* Did you local college football fans ever think you would see a fall season when the Navy men's soccer team outscored the football team?

Who says 1-0 double-overtime marathons in soccer are boring? Not the Navy football fans, who were starving for a field goal (the Mids were outscored 121-0 before scoring 14 points yesterday).

* Wasn't it admirable of Severna Park senior quarterback Tim Bowerman to make it a point to offer consoling words after the game to Chesapeake coach Tom Kraning after the Cougars got hammered, 40-13, last Friday night?

"Bowerman is a classy kid who deserves all the best," Kraning said.

* Have you football fans heard that the Tom Newman-coached Annapolis JV football team (5-0) edged Arundel, 14-7, Thursday in a matchup of county unbeaten teams?

* You've heard the old saying that so-and-so is 100 pounds soaking wet to indicate someone is not very big? Well how soaking wet was 5-feet-5, 150-pound Shawn Taylor of Annapolis in running for 224 yards and four touchdowns in Monday night's 35-20 victory over Broadneck in the rain?

* Did you know that University of Maryland strength and conditioning coach Alan Korolowicz has been named the new head wrestling coach at Meade High School?

* Why does Meade have a split head baseball coaching contract between athletic director Ralph Beachley and former JV coach Rick Terry? Why didn't the Mustangs simply promote Terry to solo head coach?

* While no one is saying anything at Anne Arundel Community College, isn't the fact that Tim Mealy is running the Pioneers' fall men's lacrosse team another indication that Buddy Beardmore is going to step down as head coach to devote more time to being athletic director?

* Did you know that Wednesday the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame will announce this year's inductees for the second annual banquet Oct. 22 at Michael's Eighth Avenue?

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