Weekend walk-through

Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, February 17, 2011; 6:05 PM

Top-ranked Montrose Christian earlier this week cancelled its game scheduled for Saturday night against 18th-ranked Middleburg Academy because the Mustangs will not play teams that use reclassified players, according to Coach Stu Vetter.

"It is our school policy not to reclassify players and we're not going to play schools that do," Vetter said.

Earlier this season, though, Montrose Christian played Arlington Country Day of Jacksonville, Fla., whose roster includes well-traveled forward Jordan Goodman, listed as a junior. Goodman two years ago played at Seneca Valley when he was a sophomore.

Vetter said he was unaware that Arlington Country Day had reclassified players and believed that since the school was ranked by USA Today and ESPN that they did not.

Vetter added that the policy is very difficult to maintain. For instance, Goodman was attending a school in Dallas when the game between Montrose and Arlington Country Day was scheduled, then later transferred to the Jacksonsville, Fla., school.

Also, in the past two seasons, Montrose Christian played D.C. public charter schools Cesar Chavez, KIMA and Friendship Collegiate, which have had reclassified players.

Middleburg first-year coach Gary Hall said the schools had discussed the situation last month, but nothing was resolved until this week. Hall said he was under the impression that his team did not have any reclassified players because the transfers who are repeating a year of school this year have not reached their fifth year of high school.

"I thought when they entered their fifth year of high school, that's when they become reclassified kids," Hall said.

Montrose Christian has scheduled a game against Cesar Chavez - which does not have any reclassified players this season, according to Vetter - for Saturday night instead. ...

Some former local standouts who transferred out of the area will play in the Presidential Hoopfest on Saturday at Wise High, including last season's All-Met Player of the Year, guard Quinn Cook.

Cook, a Duke recruit who transferred from DeMatha to Oak Hill Academy, will play in the headline event of the four-game showcase, as the Warriors (30-3) play Arlington Country Day of Jacksonville, Fla., at 7:30 p.m. Arlington Country Day is led by Rutgers recruit Jordan Goodman, a junior forward who previously attended Wise, Seneca Valley and Progressive Christian. Arlington Country Day is 19-1, its only loss coming to top-ranked Montrose Christian in overtime.

Saturday's first game has Riverdale Baptist playing Blue Ridge at 3, followed by Princeton Day against Our Savior New American at 4:30. Princeton Day went nearly four weeks between games as Coach Van Whitfield was hospitalized with pneumonia, according to assistant coach Mike White. Led by standout sophomore Chris Thomas, the Storm beat Silver Oak Academy, 91-27, on Wednesday night in their first game since Jan. 21.

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