Good football prospects are often overlooked when their teams are losing, but even a first-year college re-cruiter would find it difficult to look past Ballou tackle Darryl Sheffey.
One of the few bright spots for a 4-6 team. Sheffey at 6 feet 3 and 285 pounds is considered one of the top high school linemen on the East Coast. Playing on a team that scored only 72 points all season didn't do much to boost Sheffey's ego, but it didn't affect his performance.
"I wish we could have had a better season, but that's life," said Sheffey. "I feel I played some very good games. I knew the scouts were coming around, but I would have played the same way whether they were there or not. I didn't try to impress anyone."
Sheffy opened enough holes on offense and made enough tackles on defense to catch the eyes of more than 200 schools, including Michigan, Iowa State, Miami, Pittsburgh and North Carolina.
"We definitely plan to recruit him," said Chuck Priefer, who handles the recruiting chores in Washington and Northern Virginia for the University of North Carolina."Sheffey has the size, speed and strength. He could play either offense or defense and do either well. He has unlimited potential."
Sheffey says he "majored in offensive tackle," but prefers defense.
"This is the first year I've played defense and I've seen a lot of double-teams," said Sheffey, a B student. "I guess that's one reason I don't have too many tackles average: seven unassisted tackles per game. Teams test me a few times, then run the other way."
Ballons Coach Tom Hargrove said Sheffey has improved each year and is one of the best linemen he has seen.
"people look at our record and may think he hasn't had a good year, but he's done the job," Hargrove said. "He went both ways and that's a lot of wear and tear on a kid. we didn't run as many plays behind him as we should."
Sheffey agreed. "I don't understand why more plays weren't called on my side. We might have scored more."
Ballon lost its final game of the season, 27-6, to H.D. Woodson last week, but Sheffey enjoyed a fine game against the Warrior's 6-7, 273-pound tackle Calybon Fields.
"Darryl didn't have a lot of help, but he played an excellent game," said Hargrove. "On the one touchdown we scored we ran behind him six plays. It took me 10 games to finally do that."
On Dec. 6 at Capital Centre, Dunbar, the Interhigh basketball champion and runner-up last year to De Matha in the city title game, will meet Dunbar of Baltimore, winner of 21 of 24 games last season. The game will be a 6 p.m. preliminary to the Georgetown-Indiana contest.
Dunbar (D.C.) Coach Joe Dean Davidson recently underwent: heart bypass surgery and is recuperating in the Heart Institute Center in Houston.
The Holy Child girls' field hockey teams (9-1) will spend its Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 18-26 in Ireland playing teams in Dublin.
"We have a sister school in Dublin, and we've had academic exchanges among students in the past and we thought, why not an athletic trip?" SAID Susan Abrams, assistant coach. "It'll be a great experience for us. This will be more than just a sports event."
The 16 players and four adults who are paying approximately $500 each to make the trip will stay at home of sister school associates during their stay.
The last three years Holly Child has won 20 of 23 games.
"We've just started to opgrade our schedule," said Abrams. "We started talking about the trp and everyone was in favor of it."
The Internationa Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Board 134 will sponsor several officiating clinics for interested persons in the next few weeks. New applications can attend clinics at DuVal High School each Monday and Wednesday evening through Nov. 22. The annual girls' clinic will be held Nov. 13 and the boys' clinic Dec. 2 at De Matha.
Applications are also being takes for the D.C. Approved Basketball Officials Association. If interested, contact J. Dallas Shirley, Reston.
O'Connell's girls tennis team closed out the season undefeated (16-0) in match play and 18-1 overall. Ann Johnson (16-1), Liz MacQueeney (15-2) and Eileen Wynne (9-0) had a combined 40-3 won-lost mark . . . The Theodore Roosevelt junior varsity football team will play Mifflin of Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 18 at Coolidge at 11 a.m. . . . Charles Faulconer, an out-fielder with Washington-Lee High in 1976, recently sighned with the Pittsburg Pirates. Faulconer played two seasons at South Florida Junior College, hitting 330 adn 281. He was selected to the J.C. all-star team both years.