Dunbar, two-time defending Interhigh and City boys basketball champion, will get a jump on the rest of the Washington area when it participates in the second annual Great Alaskan Classic in Anchorage, beginning Friday night.
The Crimson Tide (61-8 the last two seasons) will join teams from New York, Louisiana and California in the eight-team tournament.
While the tournament presents a wonderful cultural opportunity for the players, Coach Mike McLeese says his team is far from ready to compete on a high level.
"We have only practiced nine days and our timing is far from being ready. Fortunately, we have a veteran group that knows the system," said McLeese, in his fourth year as head coach. "I'm approaching this as a great experience for my players and myself. How often do you get to visit Alaska? We'll spend the weekend together, tour and have some fun. It will be good for us."
Dunbar has three returning starters: 6-foot-5 Johnny Rhodes, who will sign with Maryland; 6-6 Scoop Marshall and 5-4 Romeo Roach. Other key players are 6-8 James Washington and 6-4 Damon Singletary. . . .
W.T. Woodson Coach Red Jenkins will hold the inaugural Champion basketball coaches' clinic Wednesday, 6-10 p.m., at the Fairfax school. All youth, junior and senior high school boys and girls coaches are invited.
Speakers will include Jeff Jones of Virginia, Dave Odom of Wake Forest, Chris Knoche of American and Morgan Wootten of DeMatha High. Admission is free. . . .
Mara Cunningham, Fairfax's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, will sign a letter-of-intent with Vanderbilt. The 6-3 senior averaged 21 points and 18 rebounds for the 23-1 Rebels last season. She selected Vanderbilt over Wake Forest, North Carolina and James Madison. Baseball Tips
Former George Washington baseball coach Mike Toomey, the Mid-Atlantic scouting supervisor for the San Francisco Giants, will hold baseball-softball conditioning sports camps for high school players at Richard Montgomery, beginning Nov. 24. The program will run four Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
The offseason program will emphasize agility drills, coordination, bat speed, arm strength, base running and other skills.
Toomey, who has signed several local players to professional contracts, will be assisted by Steve Miller, a DeMatha graduate who played for the Giants and San Diego Padres, and Orioles conditioning coach Allan Johnson. Cost for the entire session is $100. For information, contact Toomey at 301-277-5456.Woodson Wins Title
Gary Marbley (17:34) and Dwaine Perriloux (17:53) finished 1-2 to lead H.D. Woodson to the Interhigh East Division cross-country title with 18 points. Malary Brake's third-place finish (17:58) helped Ballou to the runner-up spot with 43 points.
Wilson won the West Division with 20 points as Nick Boggs was first (18.32) and teammate Ben Hosch took third (18.75). Coolidge was runner-up with 43 points as Walker Bey-Ali was second in the 3.1-mile event (18.52).
In the girls' championships, Ballou's Rosetta Gardner (16:31) and Charlene Green (17:15) finished 1-2 in the 2.1-mile race, but H.D. Woodson placed four runners in the top 12 to win East Division honors. Ballou was second.
Meta Jones (17:06) and Kim Caldwell (17:29) took first and third respectively, for champion Coolidge, which finished 11 points ahead of Wilson in the West. Banneker's Nzinga Tull was second behind Gardner in 17:25. . . .
The Tri-State football conference (Maret, Quantico, Model and Colonial Beach) wants to expand next season. Maret Athletic Director Nick Markoff said any small school interested in joining can contact him at the school at 202-939-8800.