Even though his young team has won the Interhigh East baseball division and is one game away from earning the top seed in next week's (beginning Tuesday, June 4) league tournament, H.D. Woodson Coach Clarence (Boomer) Washington is not quite ready to proclaim his team the best in the league.
"This tournament is like starting a new day," he said. "In the championship round you never know what will happen. We have beaten every school in the East Division. The kids are well disciplined and that goes a long way toward winning."
The Warriors have also beaten all the teams in the West Division. Woodson won last week, 8-5, over Wilson, the defending league and tournament champion. Woodson (13-2 overall and 11-0 in the league) defeated the West's other power, Coolidge earlier this year, 16-1.
Entering this week's play, Wilson (11-1, 10-1) held a half-game lead over Coolidge (10-5, 10-2) in the West Division. Should they finish tied, Wilson would earn the top seed in the division because of run deferential.
The division winners receive a bye. The second-place team in the East meets the third-place team in the West and vice versa in quarterfinal games. The survivors of each division play for the title June 7.
Adrian Dixon, Coolidge's girls track coach, has been named assistant women's coach for the East team at the National Sports Festival, July 28-Aug. 4 in Baton Rouge, La.
"I feel honored," said Dixon. "I think it is a first for a high school coach from this area."
Dixon's main responsibility will be choosing the East squad and working with the field events.
Ballou long jumper/hurdler Lynda Tolbert and Lake Braddock quarter-miler Cathron Birge could be invited to the Sports Festival if they do well at the TAC/Mobil championships June 14-16 in Indianapolis.
College long jumpers Brenda Bailey and Teresa Allen of Howard and Nina Gage of George Mason are given good chances of making the festival team. Bailey made it in her freshman year.
St. John's senior basketball player Bobby Jones was the school's first black student to be named valedictorian in the school's 130 years. The 6-foot-1 Jones, who has made straight A's since going to the Northwest District military school in the seventh grade, plans to attend the Naval Academy. Jones averaged 12 points per game in helping the Cadets to a 23-8 record, including two victories over DeMatha and the Alhambra tournament championship.
Jones' teammate, all-Met 6-4 forward Michael Tate, signed a grant-in-aid with Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md. The left-handed Tate averaged a team-high 17 points and eight rebounds per game for the Cadets . . . All Saints' 6-4 forward Johnny Scruggs signed with San Diego State. Scruggs averaged 18 points and six rebounds. Teammate Michael Best, who played in only a handful of games for All Saints because of academic problems, signed with Clemson . . . Eastern's all-Met Bo Reed signed with Moberly (Mo.) Junior College, Derrick Daniels with Winston-Salem State, Jeff Holloman with Southeastern (Iowa) JC, Fletcher Bush with Florida Memorial in Miami and Earl Robinson with Corning (N.Y.) Community College . . . Landon's all-Met Neil Phillips, who averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds, signed with Harvard . . . Springbrook all-Met Mike Mundy signed with Massachusetts, Kevin Joyce picked Lynchburg College and Tim Lea will play at Ferrum JC, which is to become a four-year school in the fall . . .
All-America hurdler Gracie Brown of McKinley signed an Eastern Kentucky letter-of-intent. Other track performers who signed recently are Ballou miler Felecia Lesene and H.D. Woodson middle distance runners Lisa Milner and Angela Pettus with Maryland-Eastern Shore. . . Ballou miler Parrie Everitt will attend St. Augustine's (N.C.) and Spingarn's Rodney Scott will play football and run track at Bridgewater (Va.).
Luis Grillo, one of the area's top basketball officials, high school and college, has been named director of minority affairs at Mount St. Mary's. Grillo was a star basketball player at Archbishop Carroll and Mount St. Mary's.
The Forest Village Park Mall and United Cerebral Palsy will sponsor their first annual 10-K race Sunday, June 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race will be run through the neighborhoods of Forestville and District Heights in Prince George's County.