Flint Hill Prep School was the number one ranked boys team in America last season and began 1987 with a 51-game winning streak. Falcons, who have an extensive travelling schedule, continue to attract standouts from all over the country under Coach Stu Vetter and are the class of the private schools. Flint Hill

The Falls Church Prep School will feel the loss of standout Dennis Scott, who currently is starting at Georgia Tech.

But 6-foot-6 junior center Arron Bain, a preseason all-America choice after averaging 23 points last season, is back for the Falcons. Guards Reggie Chambers (5-10, 13 points, 10 assists), Leslie Hughes (6-2) and Ronny Thompson (6-4), son of Georgetown Coach John Thompson, also return. Ireton

The Cardinals were impressive in summer league play and have some good size to try and contend in their third season in the always tough Metro Conference. Senior forward Horace Scruggs (6-5) is one of the top players in the conference. Also returning to form a solid nucleus are 6-5 guard Cory Blackwell and forwards Tim Paciolla (6-2) and Eddie McCue (6-0).O'Connell

Coach Bob Reese returns after an 11-year absence from coaching at O'Connell, and needs to find some scoring punch to compete in the Metro Conference. Senior guard Mike Fabean (6-1) is the Knights only proven scorer. Hoping to fill some of the void are returners Chris Saunders (5-10, junior guard) and forwards Jim Lynch (6-4, senior), and Tom McNulty (6-3, senior).

Two 6-5 players could break in for the Knights. Junior forward Phil Curtin and junior center Pablo Coto. Another newcomer is 5-11 freshman guard Mark Meyers. St. Stephen's

The Saints have won the Interstate Athletic Conference for the past three seasons. They return three 6-0 shooting guards from the 1986 team that finished 26-1 and was ranked eighth in the Metropolitan area. Seniors Justin Palmer, Pat Dyson and Chris Simpson will keep St. Stephen's solid in the backcourt. Up front, center John Feden (6-4) and forward Tom Whitworth return as does 5-10 guard Len Armstrong.

Newcomers for Coach Win Palmer are forward Jay Jackson (6-3) and Chris Owen (6-0) and guard Troudi Vaughan (5-10). Episcopal

The Maroon return just one experienced player, 6-4 senior forward Nat Ball, who hyperextended his shoulder during football season. Coach John Dodd has a host of inexperienced players looking to fill the other spots.

Seniors David Ford (6-3, forward), David Roper (6-1, guard) and Jon Beane (5-10, guard) have some experience.