St. Anthony's, which has turned out some of the metropolitan area's finest basketball teams during the past two decades, has been renamed All Saints after a consolidation with Immaculate Conception Girls Academy.
"We only have about 30 boys now and more than 330 girls," said Calvin Ash, assistant principal and athletic director at the Northeast Washington school. "In two years, we'll be an all-girls school. This is the final year we'll have a boys' basketball team. Sam Jefferson, who's running for junior class president, is the only junior on the team. I don't know what he'll do next year.
"This team won't have many players, but they can handle themselves. They've been together for a few years and are a good group. They'll hold their own."
All-Met performers Michael Best and Philip Gamble, along with Bobby Winston, Johnny Scruggs, Charles Smith, Ronald Davis and Jefferson and, hopefully, a few walk-ons (already at the school) will play the same tough schedule in their bid for one last 20-victory season.
The Tonies' new coach, Aaron Long, succeeds Dwight Datcher, who coached St. Anthony's to consecutive 20-victory seasons. Datcher resigned to go into private business in Rhode Island.
Girls' basketball Coach Darryl Toliver also resigned to take an assistant coaching position and Ash announced Bertha Bell will take over that position.
Ash said he hopes to start girls soccer and softball teams in the near future. At the present, the only other organized sport at All Saints is volleyball.
Wilson is seeking a boys basketball team as an entry for its four-team Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28. If interested, contact Coach Bill Powell or Principal Mike Durso at the school . . . Landon is looking for a jayvee football game for Friday, Oct. 12. If interested, contact Lowell Davis at the school . . . Eastern is looking for boys basketball games in December in addition to an invitation to a Christmas tournament. Coach Herman Cannon can be contacted at Eastern.
Board 12 of the D.C. Basketball Officials Association will sponsor the Philip Fox Memorial basketball clinic Nov. 7 at Rockville High School. Instructors for the clinic will include Edgar Cartatto, chairman of the education and visualization committee of the International Association of Amateur Basketball Officials; Danny Doss, commissioner of the CIAA, and Paul Francis, executive director of IAABO.
The clinic, one of several to be held nationally on a yearly basis, was established in honor of Fox, a longtime official and member of the IAABO. Fox officiated three NCAA finals. Upon retirement, he toured nationally, giving clinics on officiating.