After suffering through what amounted to a mediocre season (17-10) in 1984-85, Dunbar's boys basketball team appears to be enjoying the phenomenal success to which the Northwest Washington school has become accustomed.
Dunbar, which lost more games last year than any Crimson Tide team had lost in the past 10 years, won its first five this season. Two 20-points-plus victories over California teams, Burbank and Grant Union of Sacramento, were followed by a 30-point triumph over H.D. Woodson in its Interhigh League opener, and two victories in the Blair Invitational Tournament last week.
Roy Westmore, in his third year at Dunbar, took a few lumps last year after his championship year of 1983-84 in which Dunbar finished 24-3. This year, his corps of returning players is experienced, tall and talented. Leading the group are John Sanders (6-foot-6), Tyrone Gibson (6-2), Anthony Beagle (6-6), Dion Lewis (6-6) and Mike Hawkins (6-0).
Dunbar is averaging nearly 90 points in winning all five games by an average of 20 points. The Crimson Tide uses a number of defenses to keep teams off-balance and control the tempo.
Dunbar has served notice early that it will be in the chase for another Interhigh title.
Former Theodore Roosevelt all-Met basketball players Linwood and Earl Davis realized a family dream recently. Senior Linwood Davis, who starts at point guard at nationally-ranked Oklahoma, was matched recently against brother Earl, the starting senior floor leader at West Texas State.
"We had a good time that night," said Linwood Davis, averaging 15 points and eight assists for the Sooners. "Reminded us of the old times on the playground. Both of us had good individual games, about 12 points and a few assists and steals each, but we beat them pretty good.
"Earl is playing very well and is graduating on time in May. I'm very proud of him."
Linwood Davis, who like his brother attended Laredo Junior College before moving on to a Division I school, also has graduation as his top priority. "I need a couple more credits to graduate and I plan to get them during the summer," he said. "I realize how important school is. I'm majoring in psychology. I think I've matured a lot in the last few years."
When the Davis brothers graduated from high school, both had to attend junior college to bring up their grade-point averages. Both did well academically at Laredo and have continued to do well at their respective schools.
"I've done well in school since I got my head on straight," Linwood Davis said. "And it wasn't difficult, either."
The Coach of the Year Clinic will be held February 14-16 at the Twin Bridges Marriott. Scheduled to speak are football coaches Johnny Majors of Tennessee, Lavell Edwards of Brigham Young, George Perles of Michigan State and Don James of Washington. All four guided their teams to bowl games this year.
Also scheduled as a guest speaker is Grambling's Eddie Robinson, who this year became the winningest coach in college football history. Additional sessions presented by high school head coaches and college assistants are to be named later.
For further information, contact Bob Hardage, head football coach and athletic director at Annandale.