County Hall of Fame banquet to honor class of '92

SIDELINES

October 18, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's Hall of Fame week in Anne Arundel County.

And the first big question of this day is, do you have your ticket for Thursday night's second annual Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie?

This year's induction class includes former major-league Gold Glove first baseman Jim Spencer; former world champion bowler Toots Barger; world-class sailor and author Dr. Stuart Walker; football coach and trainer Joseph "Doc" Bartlinski and the late Al Laramore, longtime Annapolis coach.

Spencer will be presented by longtime Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association president Lew Holmes, and the Capital-Gazette's Bill Wagner will do the honors for Barger and yours truly for Bartlinski.

Rev. Carl Harris will introduce, Walker, and longtime Annapolis assistant coach Billy Phebus will share the presentation of Laramore with Laramore's best friend and opponent, Severna Park football coach Andy Borland.

Orioles center fielder Mike Devereaux will be the guest speaker. Banquet proceeds go to county amateur sports.

Let's get into a session of questions with out answers and remind that your response, answers or questions of your own are always welcome on the 24-hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* Can you believe that George "Wacko" Kelch and the guys who started 50-and-over leagues for softball, basketball, tennis and volleyball are looking for willing athletes who would like to play 50-and-over flag football?

"By starting senior flag football, and we expect to have four teams, we've just about got it all covered now," said Kelch. "Who knows? Maybe 45-and-over cheerleaders will be next."

Anyone interested in flag football should report at 8 p.m. Monday or Wednesday to Tick Nick Park on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena or call (410) 437-8889.

* With North County's Frank Brown reeling off six-pointers in record fashion and starting the weekend with 14 touchdowns, have you been wondering what the county season records are for touchdowns and points scored?

The most touchdowns scored in a season in this county is 23. Dawnie Dorsey of Northeast scored 23 in 1981, and Southern's Bob Stach did it twice in '65 and '66.

Stach also holds the most points scored in a season record. The former Bulldogs great scored 161 points in his senior year of '66, breaking his record of 157 set the year before.

Arundel's Troy Turner, who tied Stach for career TDs (51), scored 20 in 1985, and Old Mill's William "Boo" Beverly duplicated the 20 in 1990.

* Did you know that every time Chesapeake's Brandon Steinheim, who started the weekend with 12 touchdowns, scores another, it's a school record? The Cougars senior broke the record of nine set by the school's JV football coach, Bernie Williams, in 1982.

* Should we call it learning from experience in that Broadneck, which had its problems with former county school superintendent Larry Lorton, gained points with the new superintendent C. Berry Carter in making him grand marshall in the Bruins' homecoming parade?

* How good were last year's county youth football 140-pound champions, the Pasadena Chargers, coached by Mark Frye and Pat Corcoran?

The Chargers were so loaded that all four members of their backfield are starting on the high school varsities and are among the county stat leaders.

Jason Smith, the quarterback on that team, is Broadneck's leading pass receiver in its run-and-shoot, and running backs Mark Frye (son of the coach) of Severna Park, John Vereen (Severn) and Brian Doyle (Chesapeake) are among the rushing leaders.

* Aren't the Grunder brothers, Alan (senior) and Jason (junior) of Northeast, two tough hombres both sides of the football?

* How about congrats for Jim's Hideaway Class D slo-pitch softball team for winning a qualifier among 80 teams in Drifton, Pa., and going on to finish second in the National Softball Association Super World Series in Atlanta last weekend?

Tim Arrington said that skipper Bobby Gentile's team went 5-2 in the Super Series, both losses to the champion Michigan Crush. Jim's lost a 6-5 heartbreaker in eight innings to the Crush in the championship game.

Jim's Hideaway (87-20) opened the series with 10-5 and 10-6 victories over two Texas teams in Wild Thing and the Houston Rookies before losing its first game, 12-4, to the Crush.

Battling back in the losers' bracket, Jim's defeated R & E Limited of Las Vegas, 11-6, Valor's Jewelry of South Carolina, 12-3, and Lang and Fendler of Missouri, 14-1.

Four members of the local team were named to the All-World Team -- Jim's shortstop Leroy Downing (.565), second baseman Mike Kirby (.541), first baseman Kevin Lieberman (.600) and outfielder Ernie Temple (.520). Downing also received the All-Defensive Award.

* Did you know that Walter Chitwood, an aide to County Executive Bob Neall, was the Severna Park High Football Scholar Athlete in 1966 and Old Mill's veteran lacrosse coach Bruce Lawton was the Falcons' scholar in '69?

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