A 19-and-under AAU basketball team comprised of 15 of the top players in Washington and Baltimore will play the People's Republic of China Junior Men's team in a basketball challenge game Friday at George Washington University's Smith Center at 8 p.m.
Top players from the local team include DeMatha's Danny Ferry, Spingarn's Sherman Douglas, Coolidge's Tim Anderson and David Butler, Gonzaga's Pery Carter and Mark Tillmon, Cardozo's Earl Moore and Dunbar of Baltimore's Perry Dozier, Terry Dozier and Kirk Lee.
The Chinese team, which has eight players 6 feet 4 or taller, is led by 7-3 Wei Quanjia, 6-9 Deng Guoyou and 6-7 Xue Zhengwu. Visiting the United States for the first time, the Chinese team will play games throughout the country. Friday's game is hosted by the Potomac Valley Association.
A new league called the Independent School League will begin girls interscholastic competition this month. The 12 members are Bullis, Calverton, Connelly School of the Holy Child, Foxcroft, Georgetown Day, Georgetown Visitation, Holton-Arms, Immaculata, Maret, National Cathedral, Friends and St. Agnes. The teams will compete in 10 sports: soccer, field hockey, volleyball, fall and spring tennis, basketball, cross country, softball, lacrosse and track and field.
Because of facility problems, the Interhigh League baseball schedule has been revised so much, coaches say they have no idea where they are playing their next game. Several fields are being re-sodded and others are not decent enough to play on.
"Don't ask me why the people downtown wait until the season starts to begin working on the fields," Coolidge Coach Len Ferrello said. "I'm set to play games and they'e planting grass seed."
Coolidge uses LaSalle Recreation Center as its home field. Ferrello said he is playing all away games the first half, hoping his field will be playable for the second half of the season.
The one change the league made was to use a new alignment to give the schools more games and keep the division races interesting. The new format has each team in the West Division (five) playing one another twice and each team in the East Division once. The six East Division teams meet one another twice and each team in the West once. The top three teams in each division made the six-team post season tournament.
McKinley's Gracie Brown recently won the 300 intermediate hurdles title at the Dogwood Invitational at the University of Virginia with a time of 44.40. That time would give Brown the best time in the nation, according to the latest edition of Track and Field News. The previous best time was 44.44 by Lana Cantrell of Muir High School in Pasadena . . . Dunbar track Coach James O'Neal was voted Region 2 cross country coach of the year by the Coaches All-America Magazine.
Spingarn is seeking a new head football coach. George Spicer, the head coach for the past three years, resigned this year. Anyone interested should contact Principal Clemmie Strayhorn or Athletic Director Frank Parks at the school.