Spingarn High School is the defending city basketball champion, not DeMatha as reported in a story and a caption in Thursday's sports section.
Now that Coolidge has finally won the Interhigh League boys basketball championship, it might be just about too fatigued to play the Metro Conference representative in the annual city title game March 9 at Cole Field House. Any of the D.C. public school contenders might have been.
Because of bad weather, Interhigh League boys and girls got so backed up they had to play as many as four games in a week. League Athletic Director Otto Jordan was so desperate to get through the regular season so he could play his postseason tournament (it began Tuesday at the University of the District of Columbia's Physical Education Center), he had no choice but to play games in a recent Monday night snowstorm.
"I called the schools and they agreed to play even though we had no bus transportation," Jordan said at the important McKinley-Dunbar game. "We are running out of days. Next year, we may have to begin league play earlier. We have to work with the transportation department and we can't always get buses when we need them."
There were occasions earlier this year when Interhigh games were postponed and other jurisdictions played. Some coaches felt the games were called off too quickly.
Robert Glaze, supervisor of transportation for the schools, said decisions to provide the athletic department with buses are made early on inclement days.
"Our buses are mainly used for handicapped children," he said. "We realize Mr. Jordan is behind and we are trying to help him out as best as possible. But anytime we have inclement weather, we have to consider safety first."
Many coaches are miffed about the whirlwind windup.
"We had to play eight games in a period of 10 school days," said Anacostia Coach Tom Hargrove. "We'll play a college schedule before we're finished. This is entirely too many games for any high school to play."
Cardozo Coach Henry Lindsey agrees. "The kids won't have any legs at this rate," he said. "No one plays four games in five days."
Two weeks ago, most of the league teams played three games in four days (Monday was a holiday). Three other games were played last Saturday morning.
"Two games in less than 24 hours is ridiculous," Dunbar Coach Roy Westmore said. "This is just too much. We have to play all the regular-season games before Monday. I don't like this at all."
Westmore was even more incensed after Coolidge was awarded the league title on the basis of point differential even before Coolidge broke a first-place tie and finished 18-2 to 17-3 for Dunbar, with whom it had split regular-season games.
Coolidge defeated the Crimson Tide the first game, 81-67, and lost the second game, 67-66. As a result of Coolidge's plus-13 points in the two games, the Colts would have made the city title game even if they had lost Saturday instead of beating Spingarn, as they did.
"We split games and a playoff should be held to determine the champion," Westmore said.
Jordan said the point differential system of deciding the standings has been in effect for several years and none of the other coaches expressed a desire to change.