HIGHLAND HAWKS

* Last season: 14-10, 12-6 Delaney Athletic Conference.

* Coach: Jason Coulombe (third season, 20-26).

* Top returning players: F Will Dempsey, 6-2, Jr. (11 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg); C Chris Carrier, 6-5, Sr. (7 ppg, 7 rpg); G Tee Summers, 5-11, Jr. (10 ppg, 7 apg, 2.5 spg).

* Fast Fact: Highland is the favorite to win the DAC in just its third season as a varsity team.

SCHEDULE

November

30 Word of Life

December

3 Highland Invitational

4 Highland Invitational

7 at Bethlehem Baptist

9 Shenandoah Valley Christian

10 Manassas Park

13 Massanutten, 6:30

14 at Shenandoah, 5:45

17 at Col.Beach, 6:30

28-30 Fauquier-Times Democrat Tournament, TBA

January

4 Seton, 7:30

5 at Wakefield, 6

7 Emmanuel Christian at MCI Center, 4:30

10 at Massanutten , 6

21 Notre Dame, 6:30

24 Randolph Macon, 5:30

26 at Wakefield Country Day, 6

29 at Fredericksburg Christian, 6

February

1 Quantico, 6:30

3 Wakefield, 6

8 at Notre Dame, 6:30

10 at Shenandoah Valley Chr. 7:30

12 Emmanuel Ch., 7

14 at Randolph Macon, 5:30

16 Wakefield Country Day, 4:30

18 at Word of Life, 6

21-26 Conference Tournament

LEESBURG CHRISTIAN LIONS

* Last season: 4-16, Independent, but participates in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference postseason.

* Coach: Pastor Terry Overstreet (second season; 12th season overall).

* Top returning players: G Josh Ranier, 5-9, Soph. (8 ppg); G Lloyd Gallahan, 5-7, Sr. (2 ppg).

* Fast fact: Overstreet, who has coached at Leesburg Christian periodically for more than 20 years, lost seven seniors from last year. Despite the school's enrollment of 47 and the lack of a gym (which forces it to play its home games at Catoctin Elementary), Leesburg Christian continues to put much larger programs from around the state on its schedule.

SCHEDULE

November

22 at Timber Ridge

December

3-4 at United Tip-Off

6 Evangel Christian

13 Frederick Ch., 7

16 Faith of Fred., 7

January

6 at Frederick Ch., 6:30

7 at Shenandoah Val., 8

10 Rosedale, 5:15

14 Calvary Temp., 6:30

18 Timber Ridge, 4:30

21 at Faith of Fred., 6:30

25 United, 5:30

28 at Rosedale, 7:15

31 at Heritage, 7

February

4 FBT, 6:30

11 at Calvary Temple, 6:30

NOTRE DAME DAC-VARSITY DRAGONS

* Last season: 2-20.

* Coach: Tim Brown (second season).

* Top returning players: F Nathaniel Heigl, 5-10, Jr.; G Kyle Doniff, 5-10, Jr.; G Gary Walenga, 5-9, Sr.; F A.J. Janus, 6-3, Jr.

* Key newcomers: F Craig Chapman, 6-0, Jr.; F-C John Magruder, 6-2, Sr.; G John Thorsen, 5-8, Soph.; G Kevin Posey, 5-9, Soph.

* Fast fact: The Dragons lose five players who started for them last year, although Walenga and Heigl also started some games. Lack of height will be the team's chief weakness, so the team will try to make up for it by trying to run more.

SCHEDULE

November

30 at Quantico

December

2, 4 at Potomac School

Tip-Off Tournament

7 at Massanutten

14 at Fredericksburg

Christian, 7:30

17 Wakefield Country

Day, 6:30

20 Timber Ridge, 7

January

4 at Shenandoah Valley

Christian, 7

7 at Calvary Tem. 6:30

8 Wakefield, 5:30

11 at Wakefield Country Day, 5:30

15 at Seton, 6

18 at Wakefield, 6

21 at Highland, 6:30

24 Massanutten, 6:30

26 at Randolph M., 7

27 at Mt. Carmel C., 5

February

1 Cary Christian, 6:30

4 Shenandoah Valley Christian, 6

5 at Covenant, 2:30

8 Highland, 6:30

10 Randolph Macon, 7

12 Col. Beach, 4:30

15 Bethlehem Bap., 7

17 Emmanuel Ch., 5:30

21-22, 25-26 Conference Tourn.

WAKEFIELD FIGHTING OWLS

* Last season: 13-15, 5-12 Delaney Athletic Conference.

* Coach: Tom Veith (fourth season, 23-52).

* Top returning players: F Don Mark, 6-3, Sr. (9 ppg, 3 rpg); C Jon Will, 6-5, Jr. (2 ppg, 3 rpg).

* Fast fact: After going winless from 1990 to 1995, the Fighting Owls have improved steadily. New to the current mix are two 5-11 guards who had successful junior varsity seasons. Junior Ritchie Danker averaged a team-high 12 points per game, and sophomore Billy Bunning transferred from Wakefield Country Day.

SCHEDULE

December

3-4 at Highland Tourn.

7 Evangel Christian

9 at Massanutten

14, 16 at Massanutten Tournament

18 Bethlehem Bapt., 3

January

4 at Col. Beach, 5:30

5 Highland, 6

8 at Notre Dame, 5:30

13 Randolph M., 7:30

15 Fredericksburg Christian, 5:30

18 Notre Dame, 6

19 at Wakefield Country Day, 6

21 at Shenandoah Valley Chr., 8:30

27 Massanutten, 6

29 Wakefield Country Day, 2:15

February

3 at Highland, 6

5 Quantico, 5

12 Blue Ridge Chr., 7

15 at Randolph M., 7

17 Seton, 6

18 Shenandoah Valley

Christian, 7:30

21-26 Conference Tournament