Einstein High School's head football coach, Jamie Hunter, certainly remembers the tough days when he wasn't sure he could survive an entire season. Times have changed.

Last week, Einstein shocked defending Maryland State AA champion Gaitherburg, 11-0.

"I haven't been here but five years, but I would have to say this might be the school's best victory," Hunter said. "It was a great team effort. The kids really played very well. Charlie Barber was outstanding, with many tackles and two safeties. The kids just went out and stayed aggressive and they {Gaithersburg} never got out of the hole.

"We told the kids to just go out and play hard. They were out there flying around and we did fine."

Five years ago, the Titans were 0-10. Hunter's first seasons produced two victories. His next three seasons produced 6-4, 3-7 and 5-4 records. Now that his school is reclassified in AA, Hunter remains cautiously optimistic.

"I really don't think there is that much difference between the A and AA," he said. "It's a weird setup in AA. Everyone doesn't play everyone, but you still have to win your games to get in the playoffs. I don't know who made our schedule, but we face Gaithersburg and {Maryland State A champion} Magruder in our first two games. That's tough."

The first week of football resulted in some mild surprises, with Einstein's victory over Gaithersburg the biggest.

Another notable winner was Oxon Hill, which lost most of its firepower from last year's State AA runner-up team, but bested host Gar-Field, 15-11, in a rare Prince George's-Northern Virginia matchup.

Visiting Annapolis rallied from an 8-0 deficit to knock off much improved Friendly, 16-8. Ballou also showed it will be a factor in the Interhigh League East Division with a tough 6-0 win at two-time defending League champion Coolidge.

The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association announced that Paul VI's 200 medley relay team of Kristin Williams (backstroke), Sonya McCarthy (breaststroke), Shelley Gesker (butterfly) and Christi Chronowski (freestyle) was selected honorable mention all-America.

Paul VI has fielded a varsity swim team only three seasons. The top 25 teams in the country are recognized for all-America honors, and for the Fairfax school to earn such plaudits so quickly is rather remarkable.

Each of the four members placed at the Washington Metro Championships last spring. Three of the four placed in another stroke . . .

The 22nd annual D.C. basketball clinic will be held Oct. 2-3 at the Ramada in Lanham. Featured guest speakers will include University of North Carolina Coach Dean Smith, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Purdue's Gene Keady, Baylor's Gene Iba, Maryland's Bob Wade and Catholic's Jack Bruen. DeMatha Coach Morgan Wootten also will participate. His team will demonstrate various skills and techniques.

For further information, contact Wootten at 864-2755 or Joe Gallagher at 686-0151.