Pros will go to the mat for fund-raiser


October 31, 2001|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FUN-FILLED wrestling is on tap next month at North Carroll High School.

On Nov. 10, the Hampstead school's Business Club will present Pro Wrestling Spectacular 10, a match the group organizes annually to raise money for projects and to update North Carroll's computer equipment and software.

The club is working with a new group this year, Maryland Championship Wrestling, a relatively new federation that provides entertainment drawn from national talent.

Finding a new wrestling federation was crucial. Last year, fans became upset when a featured wrestler didn't show up.

"They pulled a fast one. This year we've found another group with a good reputation. I beg the fans who were disappointed to come back, to give us another shot," said Tom Davidson, who teaches business courses and oversees the 68-member business club.

Maryland Championship Wrestling stages matches about weekly in Maryland and four adjacent states, with appearances at colleges and benefits. The federation helps the club promote the show.

"They've made great strides in bringing the best wrestling entertainment to the area," Davidson said.

Jerry "The King" Lawler, a superstar wrestler who has been in movies, is matched against Bruiser, a two-time heavyweight champion who has wrestled with personalities such as King Kong Bundy and the Iron Sheik. Lawler appeared in the Jim Carrey movie, Man on the Moon.

"Although the King is very experienced, the Bruiser is young and hungry," Davidson said.

Grandmaster Sexay began his career in Memphis, Tenn., and will find a challenge in the North Carroll ring. He will go up against Redneck "Billy" Redwood, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds. Redwood is a former television champion wrestler.

Crowbar, a former World Championship WrestlingHardcore and Tag Team Champion, is a scheduled performer.

Two specialty matches have been announced, including a women's match with Alexis Laree, billed as one of the more talented female wrestlers on the East Coast.

Bell time is 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Only numbered tickets are being sold to correspond with numbered seats.

Ringside tickets are $18, available only at North Carroll High.

Information: the school, 410-751-3458, or Bone Breakers Training Center, 410-737-1533.

General admission seats for bleachers are $12.

Tickets are available at North Carroll High, Ron's Automotive in Melrose, Renfro's Coastal Service Station on Route 30, Greenmount Station restaurant in Hampstead and Ledo Pizza in Westminster.

House of the haunted

The Haunted House in Robert's Field has been a gift to neighborhood children by teen-agers of the housing development.

Tonight will be the last haunted house, and will benefit Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department. Donations are appreciated.

The house will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., coinciding with the hours of trick-or-treat in Hampstead.

The house is in the back yard at the first corner in Gaming Square, off Northwoods Trail. A Hampstead firetruck will be stationed nearby.

Pine Valley memberships

Those who visit Pine Valley Nature Center and the acres of forest and surrounding meadow are delighted with a beautiful preserve within a few miles of home.

Tucked away in Manchester, the park is used to educate children and to preserve wildlife and water quality.

A board meets monthly to govern the park. Elsie McCleary is chairwoman, Ellen Rugemer, vice chairwoman, Betty Smith, secretary, and Sharon Hughes, treasurer.

Board members include Jenny Walters, Laura Leskinen, Rob Shreeve and Steve Bankert.

Memberships in Pine Valley are through Manchester Parks Foundation Inc., and are available at several levels.

Family memberships are $15; individuals are $10; and full-time students are $8. Other levels are available.

Members receive a quarterly newsletter about native species and park events, a discount on nature center items and birdseed, first priority for the programs, and the opportunity to serve on the board.

Information: 410-374-3395.

Blood drive

Blood donations will be taken by the Red Cross from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Hampstead Fire Hall, 1341 Main St.

Blood can be donated every 56 days. Donating takes an hour or less. Information: 800-448-3543.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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