Kramp's recovery is relief for county


February 19, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Before I get to a session of those "questions without answers," let me offer some really good news.

Jack Kramp, the incomparable chief of the Anne Arundel Umpires Association, had a successful balloon angioplasty operation on his heart Wednesday at Washington Adventist Hospital and expects to be home today.

"It's like a miracle," said veteran umpire and close friend, Frank "Jocko" Svoboda.

"The balloon opened up his arteries and cleared out everything. We are relieved for him and for our organization because I don't think people realize how valuable he is to us.

"I don't think we could find anybody to put in the hours he does, and really his job [scheduling the umpires for local high schools and the huge summer program] should be a county job."

I agree, because Kramp performs a great service to county baseball and does the job as well as it can be done. We're all glad he's not going to have to have a bypass and is on the road to recovery from his heart attack.

After his latest ordeal, still another back surgery (about his 10th) on March 5, this should be a piece of cake.

Now let's get to some "Q's and A's," and remember, the number to respond is the 24-Hour Sportsline (410) 647-2499.

* Which county school may have the most dangerous girls basketball team at 8-12 in the area?

If you said Northeast, you are right.

While Old Mill's girls get most of the attention, and rightfully so, how many of you girls basketball fans have noticed the way that Northeast plays shoot 'em up?

Did you know the Eagles of coach Calvin Vain, who play host to Broadneck tonight, have unloaded 127 three-pointers?

"We don't have any height, so we fire it up there and take our chances," said Vain, who said his players are shooting 25 percent from three-point range and 29 percent from two-point range.

"There is not a whole lot of difference in our accuracy, so we might as well keep doing it."

Vain is starting four sophomores and a freshman, and sophomore center Amy Van Fossen, the tallest at 5 feet 7, is

averaging seven rebounds and five points.

Sophomore guards Jen Johansen (17.5) and Jamie Pleyo (15.0 lead the Eagles in scoring and are neck-and-neck in three-pointers. Johansen has hit 47 and Pleyo 46.

Johansen had seven in one game, believed to be a county record for girls, and Pleyo has had two games in which she has hoisted six threes.

Sophomore Maleah Rey (6.8) and freshman Kristin Briggs (4.7) have thrown in 19 and 12 three-pointers, respectively.

"We've lost five of our games by three points or less and rank fifth in our region [Class 2A, III]," Vain said.

* While we're on the subject of three-pointers, did you know the eight by Severna Park senior Tony Curro on Tuesday in a 72-67 loss to Glen Burnie (15-4) were just two short of the county boys record?

Glen Burnie's Mike Thibeault, now at the University of Maryland, had 10 in a game against Queen Anne's in 1990 and also had a county record of 52 points in that game.

* With that loss to Glen Burnie, did you know that Severna Park (5-14) is the only county boys basketball team that hasn't won a game in its division (0-7 Friendship)?

After three wins (Spalding, Annapolis Area Christian School and Sts. Peter and Paul) in its first four games, the Falcons of coach Wayne Mook have won only two other games, 64-55 over North County (2-17) in the Pascal Tournament, and 66-53 over Class 2A Northeast (5-15) in a county game.

Northeast and North County are members of the Bay Division, where they each have won one game.

Hasn't it been a really tough year for Mook, who has lost four key players for four reasons -- grades, suspension, injury and one who quit the team?

* Won't Severn School be more than fortunate if Wayne Fowler former NFL player and longtime youth basketball coach as well as Severn assistant, can replace Jim Doyle who recently announced his resignation?

* Was that a great game or what Tuesday night at Southern of Harwood, with the home team dropping a 69-68 heart-breaker to neighbor South River?

How about South River's 6-foot-7 senior Darren Hall taking over that game in the last two minutes by scoring the last 10 points from all over the court and grabbing three boards in the last 37 seconds?

Is it any wonder that schools such as American, Liberty, Rutgers and UNC-Greensboro are interested in Hall?

* Isn't smooth and quick South River sophomore Cory Davis, who had two three-pointers and nine points in all, a player to watch the next couple of years?

* Having lost three key players (grades, illness and work) and stil being able to hang in there with South River, isn't that an indication of the way Southern coach Tom Albright gets ALL of his players ready?

Albright, who runs an extraordinary computer class at Southern, has several inspirational mottoes hanging in his classroom. One of them says, "Confidence will come from knowing you are prepared."

Obviously, 6-1 sophomore Ryan Petska (seven points and eight boards) and 6-3 senior Kenny Joyce (10 points, six rebounds and two steals) took heed of the motto when pressed into more action than usual Tuesday.

* How's this for an understatement left on my 24-Hour Sportsline Tuesday by Spalding's fourth-year coach Lee Dove after his Cavs' stunning 52-46 upset of the top-seeded and ninth-ranked Severn (23-2) in the Association of Independent School's Tournament?

"It's the biggest win since I've been here," said Dove, whose 13-8 team had been humbled in two previous meetings with the Admirals by 66-42 and 68-41.

* Finally, how about a fine hand for first-year indoor track coach Tut O'Hara, who led the Arundel Wildcats from the doldrums to fifth in the region meet with three individual winners in Christy Nichols (two mile), Geoff Warren (two mile) and John Nichols (one mile)?

"Things are looking up. It's the best done here in recent memory," said O'Hara, best known for coaching baseball.

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