Recovering at home, Holmes says thanks

SIDELINES

April 11, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's Sunday sports smorgasbrowse time and my Easter basket is full of Q's and A's.

If you have any answers, questions of your own or remarks, please call me on the 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* Have you heard that veteran baseball volunteer Lew Holmes, who suffered a stroke several weeks ago, left Good Samaritan Hospital, where was undergoing therapy, and is back home in Linthicum?

Holmes, who can't accept visitors for a few days, wanted me to tell everyone how much he appreciates all the cards, letters and phone calls he received during his recovery.

Two days before he got out of Good Samaritan, Holmes said: "I'm checking out of this booby hatch, and please thank everyone for what they did for me. I feel like I'm flying on cloud nine, got all my motor skills, but I still have some problems.

"I got through this ordeal thanks to all those who sent me cards, letters and phoned me."

* Don't we all send our sympathy to former All-Metro Northeast softball pitcher and Rider College standout Jennifer Grinath, who lost her mom to a heart attack this week?

* Isn't Anne Arundel Community College catcher Rich Spiegel to be admired for his tenacity and desire to play for the Pioneers this spring?

Spiegel, an All-Metro catcher from Northeast, lost about 30 pounds and worked hard to stay in good academic standing after three of his former Northeast teammates flunked out.

* Have you heard that Frederick Keys coaches Joel Youngblood, Larry McCall and Dick Brown had a meeting with Orioles assistant general manager Doug Melvin last week to try to talk the club out of releasing ex-Northeast All-Metro infielder Don Gilbert?

"I was shocked because I thought I had made the club," said Gilbert, who was cut, apparently to make room for a bonus player being demoted to Frederick.

"The coaches tried to talk Melvin and the organization out of releasing me, and their concern made it a little easier."

Gilbert plans to continue working out and contacting other pro clubs in hopes of another shot.

He batted .272 his rookie season at Bluefield and .250 last year at Kane County.

* How about Archbishop Spalding junior outfielder Brent Pollard going a combined 4-for-4 against Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference powers McDonogh and Calvert Hall last week?

Pollard reached base four times against top-ranked McDonogh with a double, single, walk and was hit by a pitch, and also had two runs scored, two stolen bases and two RBI.

* If you saw the baseball field at Arundel High in Gambrills a couple of weeks ago, do you agree that groundskeeper John Vickers performed a near-major miracle in getting the diamond, which looked as if a tractor pull had been held on it, in shape for Wednesday's game against Severna Park?

* Can you believe those girls lacrosse officials who don't want the girls wearing helmets made the schools pad the football goal posts that stand behind the lacrosse goals for fear that a girl might run into them?

"They forced us to pad the goal posts, but we've never had a girl run into them and probably never will," said St. Mary's athletic director Carmine Blades, who favors helmets.

"I don't understand how they can worry about the girls getting hurt running into a football goal post, and not worry about head and face injuries without helmets."

* How about the Navy women's lacrosse team of coach Ann Wallace off to a 2-1 start, including a 9-7 victory last week over Army?

* Did you know that sophomore Craig Medley and a group of classmates are trying to start an ice hockey club at Broadneck High?

Would the county public school system consider an ice hockey program before swimming?

* How about congrats to U.S. Naval Academy boxer Alex Bullock, who won the National Collegiate Boxing Association 156-pound championship in Reno, Nev., last weekend with a 4-1 decision over Penn State's Paul McGinnis?

Bullock was one of three Jim McNally-coached Navy boxers who made it to the final.

Alex Salunga lost the 112-pound final and Kirk Loftus was the 119-pound runner-up, losing a 5-0 decision to Nevada's Efren Mendoza, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Boxer.

The Mids finished fourth in the tournament won by host Nevada-Reno, 44-39, over runner-up Air Force.

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