The Maryland Orioles youth baseball organization has suffered a big loss with the accidentaldeath Tuesday of coach Dean Laumann of Brooklyn Park.
Laumann, who was 38 and coached the Orioles' team for 13-year-olds to a sixth-place finish (7-3 overall) in the CABA World Series in Broken Arrow, Okla., this summer, drowned in Aruba. Posing for a vacation picture above a waterfall, Laumann slipped, fell in and could not be saved.
"It's a great loss for all of our kids, and of course, his family," said Maryland O's president Dean Albany. "Dean would do anything for his family and friends, and the kids loved playing for him. He coached with us for four years, and we're really going to miss him."
Albany said that Laumann, owner of a local vending machine business and Orioles' season-ticket holder, was an avid Cal Ripken fan who had an "unbelievable collection" of Ripken memorabilia.
The Laumann family, with his three brothers, Phil, Joe and Paul, and sister, Patricia, attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Brooklyn and is well-known around the county.
Survivors include three children, Stephanie, 15, Sara, 6, and Albert II, 13, who was named after Dean's dad and played on the Orioles' CABA team.
Memorial donations can be made to the Laumann's Children Fund at Arundel Federal Savings Bank, 333 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21225.
Anne Arundel County high school football teams were truly offensive in 1996.
There were more 1,000 yard passers (4), more 1,000-yard rushers (9) and more players (12) with 10 touchdowns or more than during any other county season.
All-County quarterbacks Mike Evans (2,296) and Arundel's Erik Lipton (2,056) led the passers, followed by Ryan Metzbower (1,250) of St. Mary's and Broadneck's Jonas Weatherbie (1,023). The '96 season marked only the second time the county had a pair of 2,000-yard passers.
North County's Justin Rice (2,032) and Broadneck's Sean Ryan (2,048) were the first in the same season in 1993.
Meade's All-County junior running back Tornardo Sharps led the backs with 1,765 yards rushing -- third best all-time in the county. Dennard Melton's 23 touchdowns and 148 points were tops among the scorers.
With six 1,000-yard runners, 1993 is the next closest year to the county's nine 1,000-yarders this fall. There were five in 1994 and 1992, as well. The '80s never saw more than two or three; the '89 campaign had none.
But in 1989, Brooklyn Park sophomore Anthony Walker led the county with 985 yards. In 1991, Walker became Player of the Year at North County (the 1990-merged Brooklyn Park and Andover high schools). He started at Syracuse this season.
Recapping the football teams and their coaches as we usually do each season, the number of winning teams was up -- with nine of a total 15 (were six in '95). Seven of the 12 public school teams were net winners (vs. four in '95) and Northeast was the only .500 team.
Glen Burnie's 1-9 season enabled coach Dave Rigot (86-114) to pass Southern's retired Buck Gardner (100-113) for most losses in county history. Rigot confirmed Thursday night that he is retiring from coaching after 20 years, but not from teaching.
Severna Park coach Andy Borland (140-103, 24 seasons) holds the distinction of being third in career wins and career losses. Only the late Al Laramore (156-67-2) of Annapolis and retired South River coach Joe Papetti (154-81-3) won more.
South River's Dave Summey, who turned the Seahawks around from 3-7 in '95 to 7-3 this fall, could be the next to reach 100-loss mark. His teams are 86-95-1 in 18 years.
If he stays around long enough, Chesapeake's nine-year coach Tom Kraning (27-63, .300, making him the fastest to hit 60 losses) could break all the records. It shows perseverance through tough times.
After 10 seasons, the last seven at North County, coach Chuck Markiewicz (79-29) holds the county record for career winning percentage (.731).
Meade's All-County guard, Rico Walker (6-2, 255), is being recruited by Duquesne, Central Connecticut, West Virginia, Howard, North Carolina State and Shepherdstown (W. Va.)
St. Mary's football coach Brad Best hopes the possibility (it's being discussed) of DeMatha, Gonzaga and Bishop McNamara joining the Saints, Mount St. Joseph, Loyola, Gilman and Calvert Hall in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference becomes reality.
Best also says there is more pressure in lacrosse for his athletes who also play the stick sport, and that "they seem to relax in football."
Northeast will move up next fall to Class 3A with Broadneck in the new state classifications for the next two years. All the other county schools stay the same.
St. Mary's All-County goalie Jen Corradini and teammate/defenseman Nicole Foran have signed for lacrosse scholarships to James Madison and North Carolina universities, respectively.