The Metro Conference, the premier private school league in the area, will stage a postseason all-star football game for seniors starting this year.

Players from the league's eight teams will participate, along with invited players from other area Catholic schools. Metro Commissioner J. Dallas Shirley said Pallotti, Paul VI and Georgetown Prep are among the schools being considered for participation.

This year's inaugural game is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, at Good Counsel.

The game will match players from the second, third, fifth and seventh-place finishers this year against seniors from the first, fourth and sixth-place teams plus invited players.

Home Team Sports television will select a boy and a girl student-athlete of the month beginning in November. All varsity athletes in all sports are eligible. Nominations will be made by corresponding media. The top athletes in each region (the District, Maryland and Virginia) will be selected and a scholarship award will be presented to the respective school in that student's name.

"That student must be outstanding both academically and athletically," said Mike Ortman, manager of marketing and communication for HTS. "We aren't able to televise any of the (high school) games and this is a way of recognizing the student-athletes for their accomplishments."

IAABO Board No. 134 is accepting applications for prospective basketball officials. Contact Marty Melley at 9308 Cherry Hill Rd., Apt. 507, College Park, Md. 20740.

Even Spingarn's first-year coach, Mike Johnson, has to smile when he says with pride, we're No. 1 in the Interhigh East Division. Not too shabby for a team that began the year without enough uniforms for everyone and no footballs. Johnson, who didn't assume the head coaching job until the first day of summer practice, had so few players he had to cancel his scrimmages and reschedule his first three games.

Expected to be everyone's prime choice for a homecoming opponent, Spingarn and Johnson have turned a few heads the past couple of weeks by playing extremely well. Last week, Spingarn broke an 18-game losing streak, beating Dunbar, 8-0. Johnson wasn't at all surprised at his team's success.

"We needed that one, but we've played well enough to have won the first couple," he said. "We have so many guys that go both ways, they just got tired in the final period. A lot of our kids are 10th-graders and inexperienced. We have to use our best players both ways."

In Spingarn's first game several weeks ago, the Green Wave led, 12-0, going into the final quarter. Fatigue caught up with Johnson's troops and Cardozo rallied to win, 16-12.

The next week, McKinley got a big break and held on to edge Spingarn, 6-0. Spingarn was simply outmanned in its 18-0 loss to Theodore Roosevelt.

The optimistic Johnson said before the season he didn't consider this a rebuilding season. Optimistic? Spingarn had only a handful of returning players from last year's disaster, nine losses in nine games by a combined score of 360-41.

"Our goal is to win games and a championship here," Johnson said earlier this season. "No rebuilding here."

The Spingarn Invitational cross country meet will be held Saturday at Fort Dupont Park at 11 a.m. More than 50 boys and girls teams are expected.