Gary McIntosh, two-time All-Met quarterback from Gonzaga, has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Maryland. One of the most highly pursued seniors in the Washington area in years, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound McIntosh said he selected Maryland because he likes the Terrapins' offensive system and was very impressed with Coach Bobby Ross.
"Gary felt comfortable with the Maryland people," said McIntosh's father, Gerald McIntosh. "He felt he was going into a good situation. I'm very pleased with his decision. He will be the first black quarterback to play for Maryland, but I don't think there will be any pressure on him. Gary was very impressed with the football program and everything connected with the school environment."
A three-year starter at Gonzaga, McIntosh completed better than 60 percent of his passes the last two years for more than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also scored 12 touchdowns as he led the Purple Eagles to back-to-back winning seasons.
McIntosh listed Stanford, Penn State, Michigan State, Boston College and Pittsburgh among his final choices.
Michael Hollis, a senior defensive back and teammate of McIntosh, also will attend Maryland.
If the holiday basketball tournaments meant anything, several teams should fare pretty well in league play, which opened this week. In the Metro Conference, Gonzaga, considered the best bet to unseat defending champion DeMatha, won the Richmond Benedictine tournament to raise its record to 8-1.
Carroll is also off to a good start with an 8-3 record and a third place in the Mount Vernon tournament. Two of Carroll's three losses were to Interhigh League power McKinley. Mackin, trying to rebound from three just average seasons, is 7-3. St. John's, with only one returning player from last year's 23-8 team, is 6-3.
In the Interhigh League, the big surprise has been Spingarn. The Green Wave enjoyed a dream season last year, 31-0 and ranked first in the area and in the nation. First-year Coach Kenny Howell inherited only a few reserves from that squad, but has molded a quick, competitive team that won five of its first seven games, including the I-95 holiday tournament.
McKinley, expected to challenge for title honors, won the Mount Vernon tournament and is 7-1. Eastern and Coolidge, also contenders, are 5-2, after splitting games in their holiday tournaments.
In the IAC, St. Albans and Sidwell Friends were both 5-2 prior to their conference game Tuesday evening.
John Youngblood, supervisor of athletics for the Arlington Public Schools, was presented the Award of Merit from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association at the National Conference of High School Directors of Athletics last month in Anaheim, Calif.
The Award of Merit, the highest award given by the NIAAA, has been presented only six times. Youngblood is the third athletic director to receive the award. Youngblood worked at Washington-Lee, serving as athletic director the last 19 years, before assuming his current position. He has received numerous honors for various achievements over the years.
The season's top junior high school cross country runners were Kari Randall and Oscar Camocks, both of Deal.