The afterglow of the Interhigh's third annual East Coast/West Coast cultural and basketball exchange program is still very bright in the halls at Coolidge High School. In fact, Principal James Campbell has already begun thinking about his school's return trip to Sacramento, Calif., next December.
"Hopefully, we'll be one of the two schools invited. I hope so because we want to host the schools here in '87 at the brand new Colt Field House," Campbell said. "And when they come here, it'll be standing room only. The games are nice, but the interaction between the students and the adults is the key to making the program the success it has been. This sort of program allows the participants to gain exposure and experience another life style."
"We've enjoyed the camaraderie and competitiveness established between the two areas," said Sam Parnell, coordinator for the Sacramento teams. "We try to outdo one another each year. Next year, it's our turn to roll out the carpet."
Last year, the Coolidge and Dunbar basketball teams spent a week in Sacramento. Two weeks ago, Coolidge and Dunbar were the hosts for Burbank and Grant Union high schools. Dunbar won both games against the visitors while Coolidge split two. Campbell wasn't nearly as enthusiastic about the games as he was about the weeklong experience.
"Each player takes a 'buddy' for the week. That student lives in the home with our student, goes to school with him, accompanies him on tours and to the social events we plan," Campbell said. "They are part of the Coolidge family that week. I'm their principal that week."
The California visitors' lone problem was adjusting to the chilly weather. The two teams also spent a day in Philadelphia and Baltimore, climaxing a day of touring with a basketball game that evening.
"Our Coach Frank Williams and Athletic Director Arthur Riddle did a fine job making things comfortable for the visitors," Campbell said. "Coolidge stands for class, you know."
J. Dallas Shirley, supervisor of officials of the Southern Conference, former chairman of the ABA/USA Officials Committee and a game official for 32 years, will sponsor his ninth annual Stetson men's and women's basketball officiating school at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., July 13-18. For further information, contact Shirley at 471-1779.
Linebacker Andre Conner of Ballou and H.D. Woodson running back Rodney Purifoy, both 1985 all-Mets, won the inaugural Golden Helmet football awards. The awards, to be presented annually to the player of the year for each of the local high school leagues, are selected by a panel of judges from the football committee of the D.C. Coaches Association.
St. Agnes captured field hockey and volleyball championships and finished second in cross country to earn top team honors among the Independent League's fall sports. Georgetown Visitation won soccer and cross country and National Cathedral earned the tennis crown.
Players named all-league in cross country are Wanda Bell, Adrienne Urbina, Stephanie Conway, Amy Cavanaugh and Marina Berry of Georgetown Visitation, Cathy Culver of Bullis, Andrea Gim, Katherine Cooper and Sarah Six of St. Agnes and Laura Wheelock of Sidwell Friends.
The all-league tennis performers are Amy Davidson and Tris Vaughan of Friends, Leslie Fahrenkopf, Elizabeth Hillman, Heather Watkins and Alexa Boer of National Cathedral, Rosalind Wiseman and Michele Ephraim of Maret, GiGi Neely and Leigh Ernst of Holton-Arms.
In volleyball, it is Brittany Cross and Monika Talwar of St. Agnes, Carlie Wilmans, Meg Kinney and Laurel Korholz of Foxcroft, Helen Loennig of Georgetown Day, Claudia Link and Kathleen Kadow of Immaculata and Leslie Schafer and JoJo Rein of National Cathedral.
Named to the soccer team are Lorraine Cirillo and Alice Fieury of Visitation, Mieke Broekman and Laura Parsky of Friends, Isabella Cortesi, Julie Fuchs and Taylor Watts of Maret, Cathy Gouge of Holy Child, Michaela Carroll, Christine Baldwin and Kathleen Baldwin of Immaculata, Suzanne Bailey, Emily Hattwick and Tracy Werber of Holton-Arms and Carol Akuma of Foxcroft.
Bob Headen, the football coach at H.D. Woodson, is seeking an opponent for the weekend of Sept. 20-21, and for teams to scrimmage in the preseason. Contact Headen at the school.