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Thursday, December 6, 2007

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Liberty District

W.T. Woodson has a loaded back court with sophomore guard Max Lenox (9.7 points per game), senior forward Greg Whitaker (8.5 ppg) and junior guard Stephen Stepka (4.8 ppg). . . . Langley senior Ryan Davenport (22.3 points per game) was the region's leading scorer last season. . . . After 13 years as an assistant coach at South Lakes, Darryl Branch takes over as head coach at his alma mater, replacing 23-year veteran Wendell Byrd. . . . In addition to junior guard Omi Ogolo, Madison has the district's strongest front court in seniors Scott LeDuc and Todd Crissey. . . . McLean senior Tarek Ammoury (19 points, 11 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game) could miss up to three games after suffering a deep thigh bruise. . . . Marshall welcomes first-year coach Bobby Forst.

Concorde District

Ball State-bound senior Maurice Hubbard (16 points per game) is one of three returning starters who will have Westfield looking for its first Concorde District title since 2005. . . . With three returning starters, including senior guard Justin May, Chantilly seemed poised to make a run back to the region tournament's final four. But by adding 6-foot-10 freshman center John Manning -- an extremely skilled player with good footwork who can score with either hand -- the Chargers might be thinking even bigger. . . . After posting a 21-3 record en route to the program's sixth district title last season, Herndon lost all five starters and 18-year coach Gary Hall. . . . Robinson brings one starter and four role players back from a team that won three of its past six games, including a first-round regional tournament stunner over top-seeded Woodson. . . . Centreville will rely on guard Ryan Farrar and 6-8 post player Drake Diamond. . . . Chuck McDaniel is Oakton's fourth head coach in five seasons.

Patriot District

T.C. Williams is undefeated (34-0) against district competition the past two years. The reigning region champion has 6-7 senior Anthony Winbush back. . . . Lake Braddock, district runner-up the past two seasons, brings back Haben Petros, a versatile inside and outside threat. . . . Annandale will rely on Northeastern-bound forward Erik Etherly. . . . To move past its first losing season this decade, Hayfield will look to new head coach Ron Palmer, who posted a 609-150 record, won 19 district titles, eight region titles, one state title and one national title in 25 years at California's Long Beach Poly High. . . . West Potomac's top returning scorer is senior guard Craig Gaylord (10.2 points per game). . . . South County will rely on 6-8 center Chris Panneton, senior guard Bryn Renner (7.9 ppg) is West Springfield's top threat and Tad Dickman (11 ppg) is one of three returning starters for Lee.

National District

Edison has two of its top three leading scorers back from last season's squad that rode a midseason 16-game winning streak to a 20-5 record. . . . Mount Vernon's Marquel De Lancey (17 points, five rebounds) recently signed with Old Dominion. . . . Falls Church has two starters back from last season's 4-18 squad, 6-4 senior forward Keith Long and junior forward Evan Hansen. . . . Senior guard Reggie Williams is Wakefield's only returning starter from last season's 23-6 run to the state quarterfinal. . . . Brian Cahill, who led Yorktown in scoring (14.7 ppg) last season, transferred to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes.

-- B.J. KOUBAROULIS


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