The biggest recruiting question of the 1983-84 Northern Virginia high school athletic season concerned not what college Mount Vernon's Frank Smith would attend, but what sport he would play. Even deep into the basketball season, Smith, who was all-Met as a quarterback and a basketball point guard, was undecided.

Smith decided to play basketball at Old Dominion University. To no one's surprise, he is already making a significant contribution to the Monarchs' 9-4 start.

"He's been playing extremely well," Old Dominion Coach Paul Webb said. "His performance so far could easily warrant more playing time, but he is sharing the point with Charlie Smith, and Charlie is a senior (and cocaptain)."

In his senior year, Smith led Mount Vernon to the state AAA football title. Mount Vernon's basketball team went 22-5 and reached the state semifinals as Smith averaged 15 points and seven assists.

His talents as an option quarterback attracted offers from, among others, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Southern California. But at 6 feet and 180 pounds, Smith opted for basketball.

He has averaged six points and leads Old Dominion with 45 assists while playing about 20 minutes a game. Webb said he has shown excellent maturity for a freshman, and he does not hesitate to use Smith at crucial times.

"Nothing surprises me about him," Webb said. "We knew we were going to count on him playing a lot for us. His shooting has been somewhat inconsistent -- that's probably the one point of his game that could be improved -- but he has been doing all the things on the floor you could hope for from a point guard. We are very pleased with him."

To say Mount Vernon's Pat Hood was stunned by his only wrestling defeat this season would hardly be an exageration.

Hood, who finished an unimpressive third in last year's Gunston District tournament, has been a terror on the mats this year. He put his undefeated record on the line last week against Fort Hunt's unbeaten 167-pounder, Eric Lindsey.

In the first period of the match, Lindsey, who was third in the state last year, used a "Japanese Whizzer" that caused Hood to come down on his face. Hood was dazed, but insisted on continuing.

Lindsey won the match, 13-5, but Mount Vernon Coach Brian Taylor said the only details Hood knows about the match are a result of watching videotape.

Lindsey, who is 5-0 this year after missing the early portion of the season with a knee injury, helped his team to 42-18 victory.

Saturday at a quad meet at Langley, Hood (12-1) came back to register two pins and a forfeit victory as Mount Vernon defeated two of its three opponents.

Lee's Jan Foster, the Virginia state AAA all-around gymnastics champion, figured to have an inside track on defending her title this season, but it has not taken long for a legitimate threat to her title to emerge.

The new contender may not sound familiar to those who follow high school gymnastics, but Vicky Volentine is no stranger to followers of local clubs.

Volentine, a senior at Oakton, is competing on the high school level for the first time. Although Oakton lost to defending state champion Robinson last week, 152.60-135.55, Volentine won all four events, finishing with a total of 35.25. Susie Dettmar of Robinson was a second at 33.65.