After the fifth-ranked H.D. Woodson girls poured water on Coach Frank Oliver in the locker room Tuesday night following their 64-54 win over No. 2 Good Counsel, the team received a few congratulatory words from a graduate.
Wide receiver Josh Morgan, who agreed to a contract with the Washington Redskins only a week ago, said he arrived in the District on Monday and wanted to come watch the Warriors.
“Whenever I’m home, I come support my Warriors,” said Morgan, who displayed his red cell phone as evidence of his H.D. Woodson pride.
Senior guard Rahni Bell said she recognized Morgan, who also attended Eastern, when he walked into the locker room.
“He said he’s always repping H.D. wherever he is and he’s glad that we [won the City Title], too,” Bell said.
Graduate Byron Leftwich, an NFL quarterback who spends his offseason in the District, played pickup basketball with the Warriors last week.
“It’s like family,” Bell said. “It’s good to know they support you.”
As the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference squared off in the Abe Pollin City Title Games, the city’s new statewide athletic director said he is working to include the growing public charter schools in a championship basketball game next season.
Clark Ray, who has been on the newly created job as the statewide director of athletics at District’s Office of the State Superintendent for two months, said his office would try to schedule a city-wide championship game that would also include the city’s public charter schools.
Earlier this month, Friendship Collegiate, the boys’ and girls’ winner of the Washington Charter School Athletic Association, met with DCIAA winners H.D. Woodson and Coolidge and city officials to discuss the possibility of scheduling a game.
While they didn’t agree to play this winter, Ray said there is still a possibility the game could be played in the future. He said his office would be flexible with what shape it would take.
“You’ve gotta find ways to expand at a state level and even regional level,” Ray said.
At first, the 6-foot-3 Morman held only an offer from Massachusetts. After a strong second half of the season, he now boasts offers from George Washington, Seton Hall, UNLV and Virginia Commonwealth, Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones said.
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