Ralph Sampson, Harrisonburg's 7-3 3/4 senior who led his school to its second straight Virginia Class AA title Saturday in Charlottesville, followed up with word he'd narrowed his choice of college to 16 schools -- and "hope to get it down to six this week."

A record VHSL tournament crowd of 8,800 -- beating the 8,000 who saw Moses Malone and Petersburg edge West Springfield in 1974 -- saw Sampson do his 26-point, 26-rebound, six-block stuff Saturday afternoon. That was twice the crowd drawn that night to watch Mount Vernon nab the AAA laurels.

Sampson let it be known he hasn't ruled out Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison; acknowledged interest in Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA; asked about the ACC, he kept "everybody except Wake (Forest) and Clemson" in the hunt... and said he may not make a final decision until summer...

Before Sampson goes head-to-head against Lebanon, Pa., counterpart Sam Bowie, 7-1, in the March 29 Capital Classic here, they both will appear in the McDonald's All American game in Charlotte March 23. De Matha's Morgan Wootten headed the selection committee for that one, and his Stags' guard Sidney Lowe was a selectee... Now that Connecticut has come and gone in the men's NCAA tourney, a nod to Chris Gedney from Gaithersburg, stalwart of the UConn women's quintet. Soph Gedney set the school scoring record, 30 points, not once but twice this year...

Michelle Jordan of the Fairfax golfing sisters Jordan has signed an ALAW letter of intent to enroll at U. of Missouri on a full golf scholarship. She's reigning WDGA junior girls champion -- and, when not burning up Army Navy CC, performs smartly in another fair way: on May 12-14, will be acting and singing one of the leads in "Wonderful Town" at Fairfax High...

Reader Gaetano Gentile caught FanFare in a miscue in calling the $635,000 Great Falls domicile sold by the George Allens "Chateau des Rouges"; reminds us "house" in French is more properly "Maison." Sure, no wonder our typing finger slipped and made "Chateau" come out "Chateaux" in early editions -- come to think of it, maybe that sign on the gate as we used to drive by did say "Maison des Rouges." Alors... Voila!

Larry Brown, the former Denver NBA coach, was due in Memphis last night, hoping to tell Memphis State yes or no today as to their coaching vacancy.

Ray Malavasl, the Los Angeles Rams' coach "definitely" did not suffer a heart attack when stricken Monday night at the NFL meetings in Honolulu, a hospital spokesman said, but last word was he would be kept in intensive care a day or so more; symptoms of high blood pressure. Two years ago Malavasi, 48, underwent a heart bypass operation; even as his bosses, owner Carroll Rosenbloom and G.M. Don Klosterman, have had heart surgery...

Glenn Harris, the former Howard catcher who at 31 still excels on the capital sandlots, is chasing rainbows again. Saying he feels he was a Triple-A level player last summer, he leaves for Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend for a tryout with the Panama Bankers of organized baseball's newest AAA league, the InterAmerican. The Panama skipper, former Oriole Chico Slamon, told Harris come on down and let's have a look. C'est bon, senor.