The Interhigh League girls softball league is having all sorts of problems, ranging from transportation woes to lack of qualified officiating. Just last week, several games were postponed because no umpires were available.
"The softball leagues have mushroomed so there just aren't enough officials to go around," said the league's athletic director, Otto Jordan. "Right now, we are using officials from three different boards to get our games played. It's rough."
The 11 teams play 10-game schedules (meeting each team once) and the top six advance to the league tournament. The regular-season champion and runner-up receive byes.
Eastern, with hard-hitting Daisy Williams and Tracy Manning, who at last count had four and three home runs, respectively, took the league lead with a 4-0 mark. Behind the Ramblers, a logjam involves no fewer than five teams.
Wilson (3-1) is depending on pitcher Carla Butler and third baseman Hillary Schwartz to finish among the leaders. Ballou (3-1) looks to its big hitters -- first baseman Pam Wheeler (seven for seven in two games), catcher Donna Davis and second baseman Michele Young, who was batting 1.000 after three games. Coolidge (3-1) is young but has quality players in catcher Wyethea Choice, outfielder Tomika Brown and pitcher Linda Lawson. Dunbar (2-2) is also rebuilding but could be tough by tournament time.
Two-time defending league and tournament champion H.D. Woodson got off to a slow start, losing its first three games, but led by basketball star Evelyn Newborn's three home runs, the Warriors bounced back to win their next two games.
Theodore Roosevelt, Spingarn and Cardozo are having difficult times. Worse, Anacostia and McKinley had to forfeit their first four games because they were unable to field teams.
"Our league has had problems this year. The fields are poorly maintained, the umpires who show up aren't using the rules we use and, basically, our kids haven't risen to the level of competition around the area," said Wilson's coach, Glenda Holmes. "We are still using modified fast pitch; we don't have any windmillers."
Led by Darryl Prue, All Saints held on to top Executive III, 83-78, for the Potomac Valley AAU basketball title last week at Potomac. Dunbar's Prue was named tournament MVP and Ballou's Jamie Hines and Dunbar's Darryl McLane, both playing for Executive III, came off the bench and earned all-tournament honors . . . Former H.D. Woodson all-Met Bernard Day, the recipient of Executive III's 1984 Summer League award, was named junior college all-America after leading Moberly (Mo.) Junior College to a 35-5 record and third place in the national tournament. Day recently signed with Nebraska . . . Day's Moberly teammate Mike Milling of Dunbar, an all-conference player, signed with UNC-Charlotte. In turn, Moberly has signed Fairmont Heights' 6-6 forward Joe Phelps . . . Flint Hill all-Met basketball player Gus Hill signed with Richmond. The 6-foot-3 Hill averaged 22.4 points while shooting a school-record 66.3 percent from the floor and 77.3 from the line and taking 9.7 rebounds a game . . . Sherrell Carter of Holy Spirit won the Women's Sports Foundation/Milky Way Bar High School all-star award.