Hayfield basketball coach Bobby Chuey Sr. did considerable planning, and made a number of sacrifices, in order to watch and to help his son grow up. A lot of his job as a parent will come to an end this year when Bobby Jr. graduates, and now Bobby Sr. is uncertain if he will continue coaching the Hawks.
For the moment, however, Chuey, in his sixth year at Hayfield, is not only enjoying his son's performance as one of the top players in Northern Virginia, but also, Bobby Jr. has an excellent chance to lead the Hawks to their first Gunston District title in almost a decade.
Friday at Hayfield, the Hawks improved their record to 7-2 by scoring 35 fourth-quarter points to defeat Mount Vernon, 76-65, in their district opener. Chuey, who was stifled by a box-and-one defense during the first-half, scored 19 points in the final period to finish with 29. Mount Vernon had led, 45-41, at the end of three periods.
The younger Chuey, a 6-foot-3 senior wing guard, is averaging 25 points a game. He sat out one of the Hawks' losses -- to Stuart in the final of the Hayfield Holiday tournament -- because he sprained his hand in the semifinal game.
Chuey's hand is still tender but improving. He will have had a week off before Hayfield hosts Fort Hunt Friday, and should be back impressing the college recruiters who attend his games.
Coach Chuey gave up a promising career in college coaching to move to Hayfield six years ago. His primary aim was to coach his son. Another goal of his -- to bring a district title to Hayfield -- also is imminent, leaving him without as much motivation to continue coaching.
"I don't want to think about it until the season ends," he said. "I'm really not sure if I'll want to continue coaching without Bobby. I'll just have to see how I feel when it comes time to make a decision."
Regardless of whether Chuey continues to coach, he will get to see son play in college because Bobby Jr. wants to go to an area school.
The 12th annual McDonald's Capital Classic, one of the top national basketball all-star games for seniors, has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon, March 31, at Capital Centre.
Among those expected to play for the Metro All-Stars, who will face the National All-Stars, is 6 feet 10 Danny Ferry of DeMatha. Other anticipated invitees include 7-2 Tito Horford of Houston; 6-3 Jeff Lebo of Carlisle, Pa.; and 6-6 Kevin Madden from Lee High School of Staunton, Va. Lebo and Madden have already signed letters of intent with the University of North Carolina. Horford will attend the University of Houston.
Tickets will be available starting Jan. 18 at all TicketCenter outlets in the metropolitan area.
Some of the top individual and team track performers on the East Coast are expected this weekend at the third annual two-day Father Diamond Track and Field meet at the George Mason University field house.
Sunday's events, run under NCAA rules, will be open for all athletes 18-and-older. Saturday's events -- which are strictly for individuals -- will be open for metropolitan area boys and girls 17-and-under. Ribbons will be awarded for the first three finishers in each event.
Eastern collegiate powers entered Sunday include Villanova, Temple, Virginia, Maryland and East Carolina. Georgetown, Howard and Navy also will send teams.
Local clubs entered include the D.C. Striders, Ms. International, Adams Track Club and the D.C. Capitols.
Events for 14- to 17-year-olds, which begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, will be the 55-meter dash, 400-meter run, 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter run, long jump, high jump, shot put and pole vault. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
There are also events in age groups 11-13 and 10-and-under. Details are available by calling George Mason University.
Flint Hill and Oak Hill Academy have been chosen as two of the best high school basketball teams on the East Coast, and Rodney Strickland of Oak Hill has been listed among the top individuals by the recently released High School News report, published by Eastern Basketball Magazine.
Flint Hill, paced by 6-6 Dennis Scott and 6-3 Gus Hill, was listed fifth among the top 11 teams in the East. Oak Hill of Wilson was listed ninth.
Strickland, a 6-1 point guard who led Truman High School to the New York City and New York State titles last year, was fifth on the list of the top 60 individuals in the East. Strickland, who has signed a letter of intent with DePaul, went to Oak Hill to improve his academics.
Other metropolitan teams on the list were DeMatha (third), Spingarn (seventh) and Dunbar (11th).
Many of the best gymnasts in Northern Virginia will be at Park View High School in Sterling Saturday for the eighth annual Park View Invitational meet. The meet starts at 1 p.m. . . . Free supervised fitness sessions for men and women are being made available on a biweekly basis at the Charles Drew Community Center in Arlington. The programs include workouts with adjustable weights, rowing machines, exercise bicycles and floor exercises coordinated with music.