The Interhigh basketball league, regarded as the most competitive and toughest in the metropolitan area, opens practice today. Dunbar, the defending champion, returns all-Met Darryl Prue and should once again be among the contenders for the title.

Spingarn, which features its quicksilver three-guard offense led by all-Met Sherman Douglas; Wilson, with Chris Cheeks, and Coolidge, led by David Butler, should also enjoy fine seasons.

Cardozo has a legitimate all-Met candidate in guard Earl Moore, Anacostia has a good group of returning players and H.D. Woodson has been competitive under Coach Rudy Peters.

Ballou is the only school that will have a new coach, Frank Young.

The Interhigh League football regular season ended Saturday with H.D. Woodson shutting out defending champion Anacostia, 14-0, at Cardozo to earn the East Division title. Woodson will play Theodore Roosevelt for the league title at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving at RFK Stadium. But once again, the league had a few problems.

Anacostia began the season by failing to show up for its scheduled opener at Gar-Field. Anacostia finally got transportation the following evening for the trip to Prince William County and lost, 21-0.

Coolidge, the big surprise of the Interhigh, was rolling along with a 5-1 record when Dunbar charged the West Division school with using two ineligible players. The protest was upheld by the athletic director's office and Coolidge had to forfeit two games.

Coolidge then filed a counterprotest against Dunbar. It was discovered the Crimson Tide also had an ineligible player and was forced to forfeit two games. The league office officially declared the Coolidge-Dunbar game no contest.

The Coolidge-Dunbar situation allowed McKinley the opportunity to tie Roosevelt for the West Division title but the Trainers were defeated at Wilson, 6-3, in overtime.

Judging from this season's performances, the Woodson-Roosevelt championship game appears to be a mismatch. West Division champion Roosevelt has played poorly the past few weeks, despite winning five in a row at one point. The Rough Riders ended their regular season by dropping a 12-6 game to Coolidge.

Roosevelt lost to Anacostia, 14-6, during the nonleague phase and has relied almost strictly on the running of Robert Thomas. All-Met receiver Maurice Johnson scored four touchdowns in his first four games but has caught very few passes since and made only one touchdown in his last six games.

Woodson scored its third straight shutout, sixth of the year, when it eliminated Anacostia. The Warriors easily defeated all the West Division teams they met while outscoring their foes, 217-20. Basically a power running team that boasts an offensive line averaging close to 270 pounds, the Warriors have been throwing more lately. Ronald Jones completed two touchdown passes in the victory over Anacostia.

All Saints (St. Anthony's) needs boys basketball games on these dates: Dec. 3, 4, 20; Jan. 2, 3, 14, 15, 20, 31; Feb. 4, 11, 12, 25, 28. Contact Calvin Ash, the athletic director, or Larry Long at the school. Long, who coached Carroll for one season, will handle the head coaching for the Tonies this final season . . . Spingarn seeks a boys basketball game either Dec. 13 or 14, preferably at home. Contact Coach John Wood at the school.