If Coolidge guard Corinne Carson makes a mistake in practice, not only will she hear comments from Coach Mac Brown, a couple of boys team members might throw in their two cents worth.

But Carson, who is the leading scorer in the Interhigh League with a 22.5 average, doesn't mind. Since the boys team has won the league, is 22-2 overall and is third-ranked in the metropolitan area, Carson thinks the boys must know what they are talking about.

Carson and her teammates are obviously listening. The girls team is also enjoying its finest season ever. Going into this week, the No. 8 Coolidge girls were 16-1 in the league (one game behind leader Wilson) and 21-2 overall.

Coolidge is one of several area schools that boast excellent boys and girls basketball teams. The friendly competition between the teams has inspired both in their quest to win championships.

The only school that boasted a better combined won-lost percentage than Coolidge (43-4) entering this week was Lake Braddock (36-2). Led by all-Met Hubert Davis and his 29.2 average, the No. 5 Bruins boys were 18-1 and have repeated as Northern Virginia Northern District champions.

The Lady Bruins have matched their counterparts' record in victories, are ranked No. 1 in the area and have gained at least a tie for the district crown.

"There's a natural interest there. We practice at the same time and keep track of their progress," boys coach Mike Wells said. "One of the first things we do after our games is find out how the girls game went. It's a nice, friendly rivalry."

Springbrook's boys are threatening to better, if not equal, last year's mark of 22-3. The No. 6 Blue Devils were 17-1 entering this week and have won the Montgomery AA Division title. The girls team had a rocky period, but won 11 of 12 games to raise its record to 15-3 and earn the No. 16 ranking.

Unlike the situation at Lake Braddock, the Springbrook teams, which have a combined 32-4 record, don't practice together nor do they feel they are competing for the school's attention.

"We have a positive attitude toward one another and we cheer one another one," boys coach John Barrett said. "But we don't skip down the halls holding hands."

Other schools enjoying fine combined seasons going into this week's games include Lee (32-5), Annandale (30-5), Gwynn Park (30-5), Mount Hebron (28-6), Friendly (26-6), Rockville (26-7), Broadneck (26-7), South Lakes (26-7) and Largo (27-8).

The City Championship matching D.C. Interhigh League champion Coolidge against the Metro Conference winner will be played at Cole Field House March 6 at 4 p.m. A preliminary game between the Interhigh League tournament champion or runner-up and the Metro runner-up will be played at 2 . . .

The 15th annual Capital Classic, pitting top local high school basketball all-stars against USA all-stars, will be played April 9 at Capital Centre at 1:30. A preliminary game between Suburban all-stars and District all-stars will be played at 11:30. a.m. Tickets go on sale March 1.

Neil Callahan said he regretted leaving Marshall, where he rebuilt the football program into one of the most successful in the area, for the head job at Braddock Road, a new school, but is looking forward to the challenge.

"I'll be starting over and it'll be different," said Callahan, who had a 42-24 won-lost record with two Great Falls District and two Northern Region championships. "But it's a good time to leave. The Marshall program will be in good shape with 11 starters coming back, along with players from an 8-1 {junior varsity team}, so I'm leaving a good situation to someone. I recommended either Rick Wells or Mike Skinner, my two long-time assistants, for the job. I'm leaving a good situation, but this new position can be a good situation, too."

The new school will field a junior varsity team of ninth and possibly 10th graders when it opens in September. Callahan will also be an assistant athletic director.

Charlie Martin, the athletic director at West Springfield, will assume the same position at Braddock Road . . .

Joe Muskett, a former graduate and assistant at Washington-Lee, takes over as head football coach at his alma mater. Muskett, who also coached at Ireton and recently at Lamar in Houston, replaces Ray Jauch . . .

There are still head coaching vacancies at Hayfield, Jefferson, Edison and Falls Church.

Former Washington Redskins Roy Jefferson and Pete Wysocki, former Bullet Phil Chenier and former AAU and pro basketball player Bill Scheu were among numerous sports celebrities at the first annual HUGS Are Better Than Drugs youth awareness program and tennis tournament at the Skyline Club.

"We raised some money to support the HUGS program, so it was a success," said Scheu, president and founder of the HUGS program. "This program is designed to work with kids from grades kindergarten through 12 and help them become more aware of the drug situation."

Scheu, the player-coach of the USA Legends Celebrity basketball team, was recently cited for his work with area youth and named the outstanding sports personality in Virginia by the Mid-Atlantic Region Special Olympics.