The Interhigh League West Division football race has all the earmarkings of a large headache for league athletic director Otto Jordan. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, T. Roosevelt, Cardozo and Coolidge are tied for first place. Wilson, McKinley and Dunbar are a game back with 1-2 records.
Actually, that is better than last week when all six teams had 1-1 records.
In case of a tie, the league has a playoff to decide which team will play the East Division champion for the league crown Thanksgiving morning at Howard University's Green Stadium.
This week's Roosevelt-Cardozo game will go a long way toward deciding the division winner. Whichever team wins the division may not feel they have won anything if they were to meet East Division power H.D. Woodson at Howard.
The Warriors are 3-0 in league play with games remaining at Eastern and at Spingarn. In the preseason, Woodson has already played four of the West Division teams, humbling Roosevelt (51-6), Dunbar (42-0), Cardozo (46-0) and Coolidge (14-0).
Because of the recent domination of certain teams and the small turnouts of potential players, it might be wise for the powers that be to look at a different alignment for the football league. A possible solution might be to group all 11 high schools in a single division with the top four advancing to the league playoffs.
At least with such an alignment, one loss doesn't end your season. The enthusiasm would remain until the end of the season and teams would be scrambling throughout the year trying to qualify for the playoffs.
Wanda Oates, who returned last year to coach the Ballou girls basketball team to an 18-7 record and a third-place finish in the Interhigh League, has resigned for a second time for personal reasons. Oates, who recently lost a lawsuit against the D.C. Public Schools after they refused to acknowledge her contract to coach the boys football team at the school, will continue to teach physical education at Ballou.
Oates was a very successful coach, winning 10 championships in her 16-year career and was very instrumental in starting the girls league. She was also the first woman athletic director in the league. . . .
The Nike Tip-Off boys basketball doubleheader at Georgetown's McDonough Gymnasium will feature three of the area's top teams along with a perennial power from Hagerstown, Md. On Dec. 5, Flint Hill will face Hagerstown's St. Maria Goretti at 6:30. McKinley takes on Mackin in the second game immediately afterward.
The following afternoon, St. Maria Goretti plays Mackin at 1 and McKinley meets Flint Hill at 2:45.
Wit h two weeks remaining in the regular season, Georgetown Visitation's soccer team is in first place in the Independent Schools League with a 6-0 record. Holy Child is second with a 3-1 mark.
Foxcroft and Sidwell Friends were tied for the lead of the girls league in volleyball with 5-0 marks. Georgetown Day is second at 2-1.
In field hockey, St. Agnes is 6-0 and Friends is 5-0. Visitation is third with a 4-2 mark. In tennis, Friends is first with a 6-1 record. Holton Arms is second at 4-1.