Anacostia, which got off to a 6-0 start, has had a few problems lately.
A 13-point loss to Interhigh League leader Coolidge started the Indians on a five-game losing streak that included consecutive losses in the Woodbridge Tournament.
Anacostia awoke to win two of its three games last week and was 5-4 in the league and 8-6 overall going into this week.
A number of Metro Conference teams are enjoying fine seasons thus far.
Going into this week, DeMatha was 13-2, McNamara, 12-2, Gonzaga, 11-2 and Carroll, 11-4. The combined record of the four teams was 47-10, but four of the losses were within the conference.
Ireton is 9-7, but has three conference defeats. The conference disappointment thus far has to be Mackin. The Trojans (4-7, 1-3 in league play) have talent, but are inexperienced.
As expected, DeMatha's offense revolves around 6-foot-10 senior center Jerrod Mustaf, but Reggie Veney is developing into a steady point guard. Ted Jeffries and Bobby Hill have done a good job rebounding, Rod Balanis is the league's best three-point shooter and Ken Blakeney has become a top reserve.
McNamara, which lost only to Archbishop Molloy of New York (88-64) and DeMatha (54-53), has won its 11 games by an average of 21 points.
Gonzaga's strength lies in the backcourt of Jacob Morton and George Leftwich. Carroll has three good players in football stars Marvin Graves, Eric Hill and Lawrence Moten. Bishop Ireton is led by senior Horace Scruggs.
In the first big showdowns of the 1988 year, DeMatha squeezed past McNamara, 54-53, before stunning Gonzaga, 75-51, last week. The two victories left the defending Metro Conference champions atop the league with a 4-0 mark.
For the first time in the 1980s, there has been a changing of the guard in Interhigh League girls basketball.
Coolidge dominated a rebuilding H.D. Woodson team, 56-43, in their first of two regular season meetings, but the Colts then dropped a tough 57-50 decision to Wilson.
Wilson blew a 15-point lead and lost to Woodson, the five-time defending league champion, 59-57, in the final of the Blair IAABO Tournament. Although not as overpowering as it has been in the past, Woodson maintains a good chance of capturing yet another league title.
Wilson is 11-2, 8-0 in league play; Coolidge is 12-2, 7-1 and Woodson is 10-1, 6-1.
Roger Creed, who coached the Paul VI girls' soccer team to a 19-1 record and the CGAA championship in 1986, coached the University of Dayton to a 12-10 mark this past season, the school's first winning record in nine years.
This year's record included victories over crosstown rival Wright State (5-1).
Creed, who still has ties in Northern Virginia, plans to make the area hotbed for soccer players, one of his main targets for recruiting this year.
"I have been in contact with players who attended the Euro Soccer Camps (directed by Creed) the past few years and I will be attending games during the spring when we return to Fairfax," Creed said. "I have some very good players interested in Dayton."