Two-time city boys basketball champion Dunbar High School has sent out early notices it is eager to retain its title. Led by seniors James "Scoop" Marshall and Johnny Rhodes, Dunbar dismantled three foes to win the Alaskan Classic in Anchorage last week. The Crimson Tide ran past Lathoop of Fairbanks, 107-38; Ballarmine (Calif.), 95-49; and Bishop Sullivan (La.), 88-55.
Rhodes, who had 34 points and 10 rebounds in the final and 86 points in the three games, was named tournament MVP. Marshall, Damon Singletary and Romeo Roach were also named to the all-tournament team.
Dunbar will get a good workout in December when it plays in three more tournaments. League play begins in January. Cross-Country Winners
Arturo Martinez and Zach Brown of PVAC cross-country champion Burke were named to the all-league team. The other members were Georgetown Day's Jon Fram and David Scheider, Field's Clark Rodgers and Arno Roth, and Model's Jerred Puorro.
Becky Brodsky, Catherine Cowley and Liz Evelyn of champion Burke were named to the girls all-conference team, which also included Model's Karen Brush, St. Andrew's Suzi Crespo, Jewish Day's Lisa Frydman and Field's Kate Gregory. . . .
H.D. Woodson's Gary Marbley won the 3.1-mile Interhigh League cross-country race in 17 minutes 24 seconds and teammate Dwaine Perrilloux was fourth (18:05) but their team finished second to Wilson for team honors. Wilson's Pri Gupta (17:34) was runner-up and Ben Hosch (18:29) fifth. Ballou, with Malary Brake coming in third (18:03), was third. Bound for College
Lee 6-foot-4 All-Met center Zeki Blanding, recruited by more than 100 schools, has signed with Duke. She averaged 24 points and 16 rebounds for the 24-2 team last season. . . .
Richard Montgomery's 5-9 Angela Prather, who averaged 20.7 points and 8.9 rebounds in leading her team to a 19-5 record, has signed with Howard. . . .
Madison All-Met guard Jackie Freeman signed a grant-in-aid with James Madison University during the early signing period. The 5-foot-9 senior averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists last season. Kicking It Around
A team of Interhigh League soccer players will travel to Ireland during the Easter break. The team, chosen from the seven schools that participate in the league, will play six to eight games in nine days. . . .
David Camara earned MVP honors last week when he scored to give Wilson a 1-0 win over Cardozo in the co-ed soccer championships. Josh Greenberg stopped a penalty kick by Bell-Multicultural's Bert Reid to give Wilson a 1-0 victory in the semifinals. Cardozo defeated Coolidge, 2-1, in the other semifinal.
Eastern's Nicole Carter and Stacey Tomiko were the only girls in the co-ed league. Odds and Ends
Ex-O'Connell All-Met softball pitcher Kristy Burch, who holds all 16 pitching records at Miami (Ohio), will be honored as the school's female athlete of the year Saturday. Burch, a senior, was 25-6 last season, finishing 10th in the nation in wins. . . .
Bell Multicultural defeated Eastern, 15-8, 15-5, to capture the Interhigh League volleyball championship. Wilson's Van Luong was voted league MVP. . . .
Francis Jr. High won the first Interhigh League flag football title, beating Browne, 21-14.