Capital Classic Is in Jeopardy

By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

While one long-standing Washington-area tradition is in jeopardy of coming to an end, local basketball fans can look forward to a possible replacement.

The Capital Classic high school basketball all-star game, a tradition that started in 1974, is without a sponsor and may not return this spring, according to game organizers.

Shoe and apparel manufacturer Under Armour was the title sponsor of last year's Capital Classic and it had been hoped that the backing of the Baltimore-based company would help restore the game to national prominence. However, Under Armour opted not to renew its sponsorship.

Corrigan Sports Enterprises, which has run the event the past four years, has turned to the game's founder seeking ideas to make the game happen this year.

"I'd hate to see it just disappear altogether," said Bob Geoghan, president of Sports America Inc., who still holds the rights to the game he started. "We're doing everything we can to get it off the ground. The situation is obviously tenuous to say the least."

Geoghan said he is trying to find a venue and a date to hold the game this year. He said a decision on the game's future is expected by the end of the week.

Meantime, the Reebok All-American Weekend will be held April 16-18, culminating in two all-star games in the Create-n-Finish Showcase at American University on April 18. Chris Rivers, global director of basketball for Reebok, said that one game will match a team of local high school seniors against players from across the nation, while the headlining event will feature two teams of players from across the nation.

Laurel Coach Reassigned

Laurel girls' basketball coach Tommy Harrison has been reassigned from his teaching position at the school and is not coaching the team pending an investigation concerning an overnight trip on which he took several players to visit Delaware State University, Prince George's County schools spokesman John White said.

Harrison, in his 10th season at Laurel, was reassigned on Feb. 3. Assistant coach Angelica Knight has been coaching the Spartans, though the team's game last Friday against Oxon Hill was postponed until Feb. 23 because Knight was out of town, leaving Laurel without a coach.

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