Going into this week, the Interhigh scoring race is between Anacostia's Mark Jackson, with a 22.1 average, and Eastern's 6-foot-6 David Williams at 21.6.
Dunbar's Tyrone Gibson is third at 19.5, and Spingarn's Ricky Lewis is fourth at 19.4. Wilson's Grady Thompson next at 18.4 and McKinley's Anthony Tucker is sixth with an 18.1 average.
Dunbar, the highest-scoring team in the area (87.1), has two big scorers in Tyrone Gibson, 18.6, and and Anthony Beagle, 17.3.
The previous three years, H.D. Woodson was one of the highest-scoring teams in the league, but the Warriors lost much of their scoring power to graduation and are going through rough times. Woodson is 2-7 and has been held under 60 points four times. Woodson won 18, 13 and 20 games the previous three seasons.
Gonzaga has won 10 consecutive games since its 53-51 loss to Maria Goretti of Hagerstown and is off to its best start (13-1) in years.
Led by Mark Tillmon (21.3) and Perry Carter (16.0), the Purple Eagles have become a legitimate contender for the DeMatha-dominated Metro Conference.
Gonzaga will get its first big opportunity to challenge for the title Saturday when it faces DeMatha (16-1) at Blair at 7:30 p.m.
Defense has been the Purple Eagles' forte as they have given up fewer than 46 points per game.
"We have been playing pretty good defense. In fact, defense has been carrying us," said Gonzaga Coach Dick Myers. "Our offense has not been that sharp."
Both will have to be sharp to defeat DeMatha.
Cardozo held its annual Hall of Fame induction assembly yesterday, enshrining 11 persons. Inducted were Dr. Samuel Barnes, Sylvester Hall, Dr. John Harvey, Charles Baltimore, Robert Stewart, Dr. William Bowles, Michael Kingsburry, Charles Rigby, William Dunlap, Jerome Jackson and Mervyn Smith.
Recently retired Stanley Gainor, who worked hard to build up the D.C. Public Schools swimming program, instituted the Hall of Fame in 1979. Many of the honorees have either participated as athletes and earned college scholarships or worked as physical education instructors, coaches or school administrators in D.C.
Highly regarded McKinley has already surpassed the number of victories it recorded the previous two years. Led by the inside-outside pair of 6-6 junior forward Anthony Tucker and 6-3 senior guard Carlos Thomas, the Trainers are off to a 12-2 start, their losses coming to Northwestern and Dunbar. Going into this week's games, the Trainers were ranked seventh.
In each of the previous two years, the Trainers, who are seeking their first Interhigh League championship in nine years, won only eight games.
Despite his team's often erratic play, McKinley Coach Charles Perry has been generally pleased with his players' performances.
"We're still making silly mistakes," said Perry, following his team's 13-point loss to first-place Dunbar. "Still too much 'one-one-one' play. The execution is just not as sharp as it could be. We have some problems at point guard and that makes Carlos work too hard on offense. Once we get our point guard position together, we'll be all right."
McKinley starts two other 6-6 players up front, Kenneth Wallace and Benny Williams, but neither has provided the inside scoring and tough rebounding Perry has been seeking. But Orlando Vega, a 6-5 sophomore, has come off the bench and been very impressive. In each of the Trainers' big games, Vega has delivered key points and rebounds.
Perry may be forced to start his sophomore very soon.
"He's a good player and is going to get better," Perry said. "He does a lot of things for us."