Gonzaga High, winner of 45 games over the last two seasons, is off to another fine start and should be a major factor in the Metro Conference title rase. Led by juniors Mark Tillmon (20.0) and Perry Carter, the Purple Eagles were 10-3 after last week, two of the losses coming in the conference.
Gonzaga's quickness took DeMatha out of its offense for two periods last week before the Stags' overwhelming height advantage took its toll in a deceiving 75-57 victory. Carter did a good job against all-America Danny Ferry, limiting the 6-foot-10 senior to 15 points before fouling out in the last period. Tillmon turned it on the last period, twice rallying his team within five points before DeMatha pulled away.
Gonzaga's only losses this year have been to nationally ranked Cardinal Gibbons (77-64), St. John's (61-58) and DeMatha. Coach Dick Myers' team doesn't have much size, except for 6-6 Carter, but Tillmon and Scott Gilly rebound well. The ability to force turnovers -- 17 against DeMatha -- has enabled the Eagles to offset that height disadvantage and lack of inside scoring.
Although it is early in the season, DeMatha looks like the best bet to win the Metro Conference championship. And with St. John's, Good Counsel, McNamara and, of course, Gonzaga having good years, the race for the second spot and the berth in the runner-up game to the city title contest shapes up to be a good one.
Just as Los Angeles Lakers' guard Magic Johnson had his effect on high school players when he came into the NBA five years ago, the newest folk hero is Chicago Bulls rookie Michael Jordan. At Ballou, they call fancy-shooting guard Jamie Hines "Baby Jordan." At H.D. Woodson, guard Henry Ellis' reckless dunking style has earned him the same nickname.
Ellis is averaging 19.8 and Hines is at 18.3 going into this week's games.
The Cardozo swimming team inducted 20 individuals into the Hall of Fame at its seventh annual awards ceremony yesterday. Heading the list of honorees was Hortense C. Gainor, Judge John R. Hargrove of Baltimore, Dr. Clifford R. Booker of Washington, Cecil Cooper of Baltimore, Dr. Rudolph Featherstone, Ronald Payne, Mary Pang, Alice Cornet, Judith Newsome, Susie Miller, Sheila Crowe, Regina Green, Martha Swann of Tuskegee, Ala., Dr. Jose Jones, Fleeks B. Hazel, Lorenzo Milner, Howard Contee, Ricardo Taylor, Robert Pollard, Michael Wright and the Howard University swim team coached by Dr. Thomas Johnson.
The first of two meetings between the area's two leading scorers, Cardozo's Earl Moore and Spingarn's Sherman Douglas was won easily by Moore last week. The slick 6-foot-guard had 20 of his team's 32 first-half points and finished with a game-high 32 to raise his average to 27.9. Douglas had only 14 and dropped to 25.6.
The Interhigh League also has the area's third leading scorer in Wilson's Chris Cheeks. The senior guard had 31 points in a 87-75 loss to H.D. Woodson to raise his average to 24.5.
H.D. Woodson is seeking football opponents for Sept. 6, 13 and 27 and Oct. 25.