Practice under way for youth football golfers' benefit to aid school

NEIGHBORS

August 10, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

I ran into her at the corner 7-Eleven. Her three boys were scattered through the store, hands full of Big Bites and Laffy Taffy.

It's time for youth football.

"We never eat at home during the season," she explained as she spread a tablecloth over a newspaper rack. She paused, maternal instincts kicking in.

"Do you think a cherry Slurpee counts as a member of the fruit and vegetable group? Never mind. Boys! Stop trying to make a spiral pass with the Doritos! It only works with the Slim Jims."

I had seen her like this before. Football was not a sport to this family. It was a way of life.

One of her boys tripped over a pile of losing lottery tickets.

"Shake it off," she barked.

This is why grown men take to their bed with the sniffles, I warned. Years of pent up aches and pain denied an emotional outlet.

Suddenly one of her brood started crying. His brother had snatched the last package of strawberry-filled Twinkies for dessert.

"Well, son, I guess he wanted it more than you," she said. "If you want something badly enough, you, too, can be a winner -- football, Twinkies or life."

Nonsense, I replied. If wanting something was all it took, I could stop ordering magazines from

Publisher's Clearing House and just wait at the door for Ed McMahon.

"Huddle up!" she called. "Last one at the table plays for the CFL."

See you on the gridiron, Glen Burnie.

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Two local teams began practice this week for the youth football season. The A.A. Gridiron Rebels and the East Glen Burnie Warriors are suiting up players ages 7 to 15 for a September kickoff.

The Rebels plan to field five teams this year, one each in the 75-, 90-, 105-, 120- and 140-pound categories. Players are grouped according to age and weight.

Registration is $40 for one child, $50 for two, $60 for three or more in the same immediate family. Walk-in registration will be accepted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Rebel fieldhouse next to Cromwell Elementary School. A copy of the player's birth certificate is necessary.

For information, call J.R. Hall, 354-5164.

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On the other side of town, the EGB Warriors are expanding their rosters to include a 75-pound team. Board member Connie Crouch said this is the first time the club has fielded the younger players in recent memory.

"We've bought all new equipment for the team," Mrs. Crouch said. "We're very excited about it."

With the 75-pound team, EGB will have teams in all five weight groups for football and cheerleading.

Registration is $40 for the first child, $60 for two, $75 for three or more players in the same immediate family. Birth certificates are necessary.

Board members will be available to help with registration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. weeknights and 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the clubhouse next to Marley Middle School.

The Warriors are seeking a qualified coach for one of the cheerleading squads.

For information on EGB's football program call David Castle at 760-2847. For additional information on cheerleading, call Mrs. Couch, 760-5508.

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Golfers will tee off for the benefit of Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School at the 8th Annual Peroutka & Peroutka Golf Tournament, Aug. 29, at the Walden Country Club in Crofton. Check-in is at 9 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 10 a.m.

Awards will be presented in these categories: Hole in One, Low Foursomes, Closest to the Pins, and Longest Drives. Prizes will be announced at the 3 p.m. award dinner.

When the final tally is made, co-organizer Steve Peroutka expects this year's tournament to boost total funds raised over the years to more than $20,000.

Registration is $100 per golfer and includes greens fee, cart, on course refreshments and dinner. Businesses can show their support with a $50 tee or green sponsorships. Booster ads in the bulletin also are available for $20.

The registration deadline for golfers, sponsors or boosters is Aug. 14.

For additional information, call Brigitte Smith at 768-2280, or Suzanne Whitmore at the Slade Development Office, 766-8614.

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The Country Club Estates Recreation Association swim team will hold a flea market from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 15, inthe CCERA clubhouse on Paul Marr Drive.

Spaces with a table are available for $10. To reserve a space, call Sue Martin at 761-0317.

In other CCERA news, the swim team Booster Club has announced the executive board for the 1994-95 swim season. Sue Martin will be president and treasurer; John Nangle will be vice president; Linda Currier will be secretary; Bob Bryant will be league representative.

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Holy Trinity Catholic Church is scheduling a series of informal meetings with potential members interested in learning more about the church. There is no obligation to join.

The meetings will be scheduled upon request through the parish center.

For information, call Sister Vera Green at 761-5273.

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Spaces are available for Arthur Slade's Craftoberfest, scheduled for Oct. 15 at the school, 120 Dorsey Road. More than 100 crafters are expected to participate.

A 10-foot by 6-foot space can be reserved for $15. Tables will be provided for an additional $10.

For information, call Sandy Costa at 859-1282.

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