Bowie head basketball coach Bill Franklin doesn't have to worry about his instructions being carried out to the letter. Like a handful of other area coaches in the metropolitan area, Franklin has a son who plays basketball for him.

"He {son Jay} is a very steady player and because he does so many things for us, he is the one we have to go to," said Franklin, in his 20th year at Bowie. "He's improved a lot since 10th grade and ranks up with the better guards in the area."

A fine outside shooter, 6-foot-2 Jay Franklin is averaging 19 points, seven assists and has 50 three-pointers for the season. He was injured his entire sophomore year and averaged 11 points per game as a junior. A number of colleges have begun to recruit the senior, who scored over 1,100 on the SAT boards and is ranked in the top 10 percent in his class.

But right now, both Franklins are trying to find a way to get in the Maryland state playoffs. Going into the final week of the season, the Bulldogs were 9-11 overall and 6-10 in the Prince George's AA league.

This week is very important for the Bulldogs, who have not won more than 12 games any of the past five seasons.

"Right now, we're struggling some. We are not rebounding like we should and Jay has to do a lot for us to be competitive," Franklin said. "He has to bring it up, pass it and shoot for us. I'm his father, but people can see he is a very good player."

Model's girls basketball team is enjoying its finest season ever, 20-1 going into this week's games.

Senior point guard Linda Hartzog, with a single-game best of 45 points, is averaging 19.3 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. She sat out last year with a broken ankle.

The Model boys team has completed an outstanding season, winning the Tri-State Conference regular season title and league tournament for the first time.

Led by football star Anthony Jones along with Roberto Colbert, R.J. Kauffman and Mike Kent, MSSD scored more than 80 points per game, beating its opponents by an average of 16 as it finished 23-1.

When Sherwood left Cole Field House on the short end of a 59-38 score to Gwynn Park in the Maryland state Class A final last year, Coach Mel Laughner couldn't even begin to think about the 1987-88 year. His starting five were all seniors and he knew this year would be tough. Not so.

Led by the surprise rise of junior guard Richie Anderson (averaging 21 points, nine rebounds), Brian Bichy and Eddie Farrell, Sherwood was 15-6 going into the season's final week and making as if it planned to return to the house where champions are crowned.

Anderson has been the big scorer for the Warriors. An honorable-mention All-Met running back (1,500 yards, 11 touchdowns), the 6-1 junior has come up with key baskets in victories over Montgomery County rivals.

Gonzaga is accepting applications for its head football coaching position until March 4, directed to Headmaster Joseph Ciangcalini.