When the 1984-85 high school athletic year is reviewed, it is doubtful a more remarkable turnaround will be found than that of the Lee girls tennis team.
Last year, the Lancers went 1-9, although Kelly Ayers and Dina Esterowitz, then freshmen, did win the Gunston District doubles championship.
This season Ayers, Esterowitz and Esterowitz' sister, freshman Terri, each is undefeated in singles. Last week, Lee improved its record to 7-1 with a 5-4 victory over previously unbeaten Fort Hunt (6-1). Fort Hunt defeated the Lancers, 6-3, earlier in the season.
In the rematch, Lee won the first three singles and the top two doubles matches. Ayers teamed with Dina Esterowitz and Terri Esterowitz combined with Lisa Manley in the doubles victories.
If the two teams end up tied for the district title there will be a playoff tomorrow at Groveton at 3:30 p.m.
Beyond this season, the future is even brighter for Coach Dino Vretos. Manley (5-3 at No. 4 singles) is a sophomore and No. 5 Beth Mittendorf (4-4) is a freshman.
"You just got to have the horses," said Vretos, a 20-year coaching veteran who won five straight boys district titles while coaching at Fort Hunt. "It was not that frustrating last year because I knew what we had coming back and I knew we would be getting Dina's sister this season. We just had to wait."
Vretos said Lee caught some teams off guard this year.
"I know we surprised Edison, for one," said Vretos. "We played them the first match of the season and I know they did not expect to lose, especially as bad as we beat them (9-0)."
Lee has never won a boys or a girls tennis title, but Vretos has a feeling that might change soon.
"This is the best girls team we've ever had here," he said. "And it's just great to have such a young team."
Bishop Ireton was officially accepted as the ninth member of the Metro Conference by a vote of the league's athletic directors and principals.
League Commissioner J. Dallas Shirley said the vote was unanimous.
Ireton will begin competing in four sports in the spring of 1985. Participation in other sports, except football, will begin with the 1985-86 school year. To give Ireton time to build its program, it will not play Metro football until 1986.
The quarterback of Annandale's 3-3 football team is senior Mark Lenert.
The best passer, however, is Cary Buckley, the tailback in the wishbone.
Buckley demonstrated his ability in a recent 14-12 loss to W.T. Woodson, and did so impressively.
Coming into the game, Buckley had thrown six option passes, completing four. Lenert entered the game completing about 35 percent and was one of five in the first half against the Cavaliers. When Woodson took a 14-6 lead with 1:43 to go, Buckley took over at quarterback out of a shotgun. He completed four of six passes for 66 yards, keying a 72-yard drive. Lenert, who completed five of seven for 49 yards in the second half, threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Steve Caro with six seconds left. On the two-point conversion that could have given Annandale a tie, Lenert threw an interception.
Last week, in a 14-0 loss to Chantilly in which Coach Bob Hardage said his entire team looked awful, Buckley did did not attempt any option passes.
"We know how well Buckley can throw, but Lenert is our leader," Hardage said. "He's our field general."
WDCA-TV-20 has begun televising "The High School Sports Show." The show includes weekly highlights, features and special salutes to the boys and girls athletes, coaches and team of the week. It airs from 9-9:30 p.m. each Sunday.
The District of Columbia Basketball Officials Association will host the area's first Phillip Fox Memorial Clinic Nov. 7 at Rockville High School. Area basketball officials and coaches are invited to attend the clinic, which starts at 6:30 p.m.