DeMatha basketball coach Morgan Wootten has had a change of heart as he prepares to enter his 35th season with the Stags. Wootten and new Flint Hill Coach Win Palmer have agreed to renew the annual series between the two schools.

During the past decade, Wootten refused to play Flint Hill because the school played fifth year seniors as it strived to become a national power under Coach Stu Vetter.

But this spring, Flint Hill changed its focus in several areas and hired Palmer, who was athletic director and basketball coach at St. Stephen's. The Falls Church school elected to be competitive on local rather than national level and joined the Interstate Athletic Conference.

"We can renew our relationship because they have changed their philosophy," said Wootten. Preach George Honored

D.C. Congressman Walter Fauntroy presented Banneker High School's Melchoir "Preach" George an award for excellence in community service last week.

George spends his summers as spokesman for the Urban Coaltion basketball league and coach of the league's Budweiser All-Stars.

"I was honored and very pleased with the fact that they recognized my service," said George. "It does show that there is a connection between education and athletics. This award wasn't even for basketball -- it was for community service." . . .

It was another quick-paced extravaganza as the Urban Coaltion league finished its regular season last week.

Denver Nuggets guard Michael Adams scored 52 points to lead Executive III to a 165-163 victory over the Runnin' Rebels. John Battle, a former McKinley star now with the Atlanta Hawks, scored 63 points for the Rebels.

The Coalition playoffs start tonight at Dunbar High School and conclude Sunday with the pro division championship at 4 p.m. A women's exhibition game will start at 12:15 and the high school title match will be at 2.