Christmas basketball and wrestling tournaments kept teams busy during the holidays before district play resumed. Gymnastics and swimming squads had the holidays off.
Wakefield, Madison and Mount Vernon surprised many by capturing Christmas tournaments while Fairfax, South Lakes, Stuart, Annandale, Robinson Bishop Ireton, St. Stephen's, and Flint Hill also won holiday titles.
Wakefield center Aaron Bea broke out of a scoring slump as the Warriors upset previously unbeaten Washington-Lee, 64-62, to win the Arlington County tournament. Bea, a 6-foot-4 senior, scored a season-high 20 while the Warriors held Generals' 6-10 center Crawford palmer to just eight points.
Tournament MVP Jess Hatch led Madison to victories over Hayfield and a pair of previously unbeaten squads, Lee and Paint Branch of Prince George's County to capture the Hayfield Invitational. Hatch, despite playing with an injured knee, scored 18 points to lead the Warhawks to a 63-57 win over Paint Branch in the title game.
Mount Vernon won three straight games to capture its own Christmas Tournament. The Majors, winners of their first eight games, finished second in the tournament the past four years. Guard Barry Smith was named MVP after leading the Majors with 28 points in 96-84 title victory over Mackin (D.C.), of the Metro Conference. Earlier, Mount Vernon downed Interhigh (D.C.) teams Wilson and Eastern to reach the final.
Fairfax guard Scott Kvanz' two free throws with 10 seconds to play gave the Rebels the Fairfax Optimists Tournament championship, 67-65, over Potomac District rival Falls Church. Six-four senior John Chernesky, the tournament's MVP, had 40 points and 26 rebounds in two games to lead the Rebels, who have won five of their first six games.
South Lakes captures its own tournament, downing Chantilly, 72-63, and neighboring rival Herndon, 68-60 to win its own tournament. The seahawks were led by senior guard Jerome Scoptt (51 points in two games) and 6-6 sophomore Grant Hill (20.0 average).
Stuard won the first McLean Christmas Tournament with a 60-59 win over Largo of Prince George's County. Stan Malloy had 39 points, including 20 in the Raiders' first-round victory over McLean. McLean's Kevin Blake scored 41 points in the Highlanders' consolation win over Langley.
Annandale came home from the Rainbow Classic in Dunnellon, Fla., with three victories by an average margin of 29 points. Ray Crittenden led a balanced attack with 34 points in the last two games.
Robinson won the I-95 tournament with wins over Anacostia (D.C.) and Woodbridge last week. Peter Zophy led the Rams with 26 in the first-round win over Anacostia while Keith Underwood had 21 in the 66-59 title win over Woodbridge.
Bishop Ireton's Horace Scruggs scored 40 points to lead the Cardinals to a 61-42 victory over Wheeling (W.Va.) in the finals of the Wheeling Tournament.
St. Stephen's routed Norfolk Catholic in the final to capture the North-South Tournament in Norfolk, 90-67. John Feden led the way for the Saints with 24 points in the final, and 40 in two games.
Flint Hill won its third consecutive King Cotton Classic in Pline Bluff, Ark., with a 73-61 victory over Miami (Fla.) Senior. The Falcons, who have won 11 of their first 12 games, were led by Brandon Adams' 18 points while Ronny Thompson, son of Georgetwon basket ball coach John Thompson, added 15.
Lake Braddock, Bishop O'Connell, Annandale and W.T. Woodson each won Christmas tournaments.
Lake Braddock, unbeaten in its first eight games, downed previously unbeaten Lee, 55-43, to capture the first Warhawk Girls Christmas Classic at madison. The Bruins, who defeated Mount Vernon and Madison to reach the final, were led by junior center Laura Teter (see profile). Teter scored 80 points in three games, including 39 against Mount Vernon in the opening round, to take home MVP honors.
Bishop O'Connell survived a second-half rush to edge Yorktown, 46-45, as the Knights successfully defended their Arlington County tournament title. Freshman Christie Finney, filling in for one of two injured starters, scored 18 points in both games. The Knights defeated Wakefield, 53-33, in the opening round while Yorktown got by Washington-Lee, 41-36.
Annandale routed a pair of Florida teams to capture the Astronaut Christmas Classic title. Ann Marie Kennedy (33 points in two games) keyed a balanced attack.
W.T. Woodson downed host West Potomac, 66-41, to capture the invitational tournament. The Cavliers, whose only loss this season was an overtime defeat to Annandale, were led by guards Wendy Shaltis (19 points), Nancy Stengel (14) and forward Kathi Rinaldi (18). Wrestling
Three Northern district schools won three wrestling tournaments while perennial Great Falls District power Marshall captured its own tournament.
Robinson won its 10th straight Ireton Invitational title as five Rams won individual titles. David Long (98 pounds), Kevin Littley (105), Chris DeWalt (145) Chris Ellison (167) and Rob Patten (155) helped the Rams to 189 points, 68.5 more than Bowie of Prince George's County.
West Springfield captured the 18-team Paint Branch (Montgomery County) Invitational as the Spartans had seven finalists and four champions. Ross Iac (116), Eddie Mahoney (136), David Wilderman (142) and Jonathan Blais (159) all won titles as the Spartans finished with 176 points. Seneca Valley of Montgomery County was a distant second with 95.5 points.
Lake Braddock held off Yorktown to win the St. Stephen's Invitational tournament. The Bruins' total of 167 points edged out Yorktown, which finished with 159.5. Both teams had three wrestlers claim titles. Brothers Richard Loza (105) and Sergio Loza (112) each won titles while Brent Gehrig took the 199-pound crown for the champion Bruins.
Marshall rallied in the final round to come from behind and edge out Gar-Field in its own Christmas Tournament. Roger Baxter t 126 pounds, Joon Park (132) and Cuong Do at 105 won crucial championship matches for Marshall, which placed seven wrestlers in the finals. Gar-Field, which finished second to West Potomac a year ago, had six wrestlers reach the finals. Kuan Sragaow (119) and Kevin Haller (98) won individual titles for the runnerup Indians.