The D.C. Coaches Association will hold its annual Interhigh League boys and girls all-star basketball games tonight at Spingarn at 5:15 and 7:15 p.m.
John Wood, who coached Spingarn to an unbeaten record (31-0) and the city championship, will handle the boys' East team and Coolidge's Frank Williams will be in charge of the West team.
Players expected to compete include Spingarn's Melvin Middleton, Manuel Jones and Robert Smith; H.D. Woodson's Freddie McCoy, Henry Ellis and Tim Chase; Ballou's Jamie Hines; Anacostia's Lindy Pickett; Wilson's Chris Cheeks and Poopie James; Eastern's Bo Reed, Derrick Daniels and Jeffrey Holloman; Dunbar's Darryl Prue and Darryl McLane, and Coolidge's Tim Anderson. All-Mets Sherman Douglas of Spingarn and Earl Moore of Cardozo, the top two guards in the metropolitan area, are expected to participate in an AAU all-star game in Sharon, Pa., and may not play tonight.
Ballou's Darryl Price and Theodore Roosevelt's Carlton Saunders will coach the girls' East and West teams, respectively.
Top players for the girls' team include H.D. Woodson's Evelyn Newborn and Adrian Elliott; Ballou's Kathy Walker, Pamela Wheeler and Terri Jenkins, and Eastern's Daisy Williams.
This is the time of year for all-star games, and somewhere along the line, there needs to be some criteria established to guarantee the participants will get fair treatment.
For instance, in the preliminary game to the Capital Classic Sunday at Capital Centre, there was no excuse for some players playing eight, nine and 10 minutes while others logged 24, 25 or even 34 minutes. This game was established to allow college coaches see some of the lesser known players show their skills and, perhaps, earn a scholarship.
But coaches still appear to be caught up in winning and forget this game represents the final chance for many of these players. If a player is good enough to be on the roster, he is good enough to play as long as everyone else.
The general rule in all-star games, including the Classic, is that all players should play at least 10 minutes (the game has 12-minute quarters instead of the usual eight). For some reason, some players are always cheated.
If a player isn't good enough to play 20 minutes, then he should not be on the team. It seems a shame any player who practices all week should be limited to a handful of minutes in an utterly meaningless game simply because a coach wants to add a win to his career.
Former Washington Bullets Bobby Dandridge and Phil Chenier, along with former Washington Senators outfielder Fred Valentine and former Washington Redskins defensive back Rickie Harris were among the guest panelists at the final session of the D.C. Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual conference last week at the University of the District of Columbia.
President-elect Stephen Robbins said he felt the session was the hit of the two-day conference. More than 40 teachers, students and high school and college athletes addressed the issues of drug use and abuse in sports, concerns of moral and ethics in recruiting and the NCAA Proposition 48.
The panelists also addressed the issue of "Is There Life After Athletics?"
"I thought the session went very well," said Robbins, an instructor at Howard University. "The group was very responsive and perhaps they can take these messages back to the junior high and high school athletics."
Bob Headen, H.D. Woodson's highly successful football and girls' basketball coach, has been selected to receive a Distinguished Service Award. The annual award is presented by the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association to persons in the athletic field to deserving coaches.
St. John's big 61-60 victory over DeMatha in the Alhambra tournament championship game gave the Cadets their second win over the Stags in four meetings this season. Cadets Coach Joe Gallagher, who just concluded his 38th year, has had considerable success against the always-tough Stags, having won half of the last 20 games played between the two Metro Conference teams.
St. John's also is the only team to beat DeMatha three times in one season (1977).