High Schools -- St. John's basketball team had a 16-14 record last season. (Published 12/8/90)

INTERHIGH: No one can accuse boys' two-time defending City champion Dunbar High School of padding its non-league schedule as it goes for a third straight league title and city title. While most of the area were preparing for Thanksgiving dinners, the Crimson Tide (34-3 last year) was in Anchorage, Alaska whipping three teams by an average of 56 points.

"It was a great experience but I'm not sure I would play that early again," said fourth year head coach Mike McLeese, whose team will play in three more tournaments before the league regular season opens in January. "We only had seven days of practice but fortunately, I had a veteran team and we didn't have to add many new things."

With returning starters seniors 6-foot-6 James (Scoop) Marshall, 6-5 Johnny Rhodes and 5-5 Romeo Roach along with 6-4 Damon Singletary, McLeese's toughest task was probably getting them to Alaska in time to play. The Tide, which defeated Crossland Wednesday night, 81-55, to run its record to 4-0, is an overwhelming favorite to win the West Division (League returns to East-West alignment).

Dunbar gets its toughest test when it plays last year's Baltimore City Champion Southern in the opening game of the Jabbo Kenner Tip-Off tournament tonight at McDonough Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Coolidge takes on Dunbar of Baltimore in the second game at 8:45. The consolation and championship games will be played at McDonough Saturday at 6:30 and 8:15 respectively.

Coolidge (21-9), led by John Stuckey and Kobie Taylor, and last year's league runnerup Cardozo (25-3), are expected to be Dunbar's toughest challenge in the West. The East Division is a tossup with Anacostia (16-12), Eastern (10-14), Spingarn (14-10), Ballou (13-14) and H.D. Woodson (9-15) having enough talented returning players to make a run for the title.

METRO CONFERENCE:

As usual, DeMatha (26-8) will be the team to chase in the competitive Metro Conference. The Stags have opened strong with two easy wins and plays tonight at Maryland State 4A runnerup High Point (24-2) at 7:15. The Eagles' lone two losses came to Annapolis in the state final and to DeMatha.

Returning players 6-4 Mike Jones, 6-3 Vaughn Jones (no relation), 6-2 Ted Ellis and point guard Duane Simpkins should keep DeMatha comfortably ahead of Carroll (22-9), Gonzaga (26-8), McNamara (13-14) and St. John's (13-14).

IAC/INDEPENDENTS: The IAC won't be as strong as it has been in previous years, especially since St.Albans (15-8) graduated all-Met guard Larry Holmes and St. Stephen's (21-3) lost its top three players and under the guidance of new coach Carl Cosimano. Georgetown Prep (14-9), which returns a strong corps of starters including A.J. Wood, could emerge as the team to watch.

Maret (15-7), with talented 6-2 guard Cornell Parker, and Harker Prep (18-4), with new coach Stu Veter and 7-2 Serge Zwikker, are the top independent schools.

INTERHIGH GIRLS: H.D. Woodson (30-1), which won the inauguaral City Title last year with a 70-53 win over O'Connell, has a fine player in Dawn Stewart and should win the East Division. The West Division should be much more competitive. Wilson (24-4) has the league's tallest player in 6-3 Thandeka Masimina while Coolidge (24-6) will depend on its quickness and outside shooting Alfreda Jefferson and Angie Gay.

OTHER GIRLS: Two-time Catholic League champion O'Connell (27-3), with the returning All-Met Finney twins, Christie and Kathy, will make another run for the League championship and hopefully a re-match with Woodson. Should O'Connell somewhow falter, look for Paul VI (21-7), with All-Met 6-2 Kara Ratliff, or Seton (21-7), with guards Lena Patterson and Kim Better, to challenge.

Two-time defending Independent School League "A" champion St. Agnes (17-1), led by Leigh Miller (15.) and Anna Yates, Bullis (17-5), with Christina Lee and Kaire Orr, and National Cathedral (17-5), with 5-10 Kim Allen, are expected to be the top teams. The surprise team could be Holton Arms (7-11) with Kisha Gwyn, perhaps the the best player in the league.

Potomac and Madiera are top contenders for "B" honors.

TOP SHOT-BLOCKERS

Tony Moore, Newport Prep

Willie Jones, Potomac (Va.)

Don Reid, Largo

Janani Nix, Bladensburg

TALLEST PLAYERS

BOYS

Boris Beck, Broadneck, 7-2

Serge Zwikker, Harker Prep, 7-2

Ira Burcham, Hammond, 6-9

Joey Beard, South Lakes, 6-9

Bart Lammersen, Madison, 6-9

GIRLS

Mara Cunningham, Fairfax, 6-4 1/2

Katie Grawe, McLean, 6-3

Thandeka Masimini, Wilson, 6-3

Cherie Douglass, DuVal, 6-3

Tamra Davis, Bladensburg, 6-3

Tiffany Staten, Northwestern, 6-2

SHORTEST PLAYERS

BOYS

Roland Martin, Central, 5-2

Romeo Roach, Dunbar, 5-4

Mike Queen, Friendly, 5-4

Tom Costell, Hammond, 5-4

Lou Golden, Mount Vernon, 5-5

Eddie Gill, Flint Hill, 5-5

GIRLS

Carmen Chicwak, Thomas Stone, 4-11

Morgan Fukunaga, Robinson, 5-1

Melissa Murdza, Mount Hebron, 5-1

Erica McCauley, Mount Hebron, 5-1

Anna Wong, St. Agnes, 5-2

ALL-NAME TEAM

Bart (Lammerson) and (Clark) Simpson, Madison

Phil Chenier, Wilde Lake

Araxavier Willis, West Potomac

Lewis Sinclair, Langley

Kevin Johnson, Sidwell Friends

Kerry Bigger, McLean

Romeo Roach, Dunbar

Xree Hipp, Harker

Boris Beck, Broadneck

John Claud Nix, Potomac (Va.)

TOP RIVALRIES

T.C. Williams vs. everyone

Madison vs. Marshall

Woodbridge vs. Gar-Field

Wilde Lake vs. Oakland Mills

St. Albans vs. Georgetown Prep

DeMatha vs. St. John's

Springbrook vs. Blair

Crossland vs. Friendly

Dunbar vs. everyone

BEST-DRESSED COACHES

BOYS

Jack Burke, Hammond (he lost 110 pounds)

Carl Cosimano, St. Stephen's

Joe Gallagher, St. John's

Steve Henry, Fairfax

Mark Martino, Chantilly

Butch McAdams, Maret

Rudy Peters, H.D. Woodson

Lou Wilson, Largo

GIRLS

Nancy Archer, Hayfield

Skip Davis, Parkdale

Lewis Forrest, Woodbridge

Wayne Knode, Gwynn Park

Patty Langworthy, Einstein

Teresa Waters, Oakland Mills

Ron Wilson, Stuart

OLDIES BUT GOODIES

(Coaches Longevity)

BOYS

Joe Gallagher, St. John's, 45

Morgan Wootten, DeMatha, 35

Red Jenkins, W.T. Woodson, 27

Jim Warren, W. Springfield, 26

Tom Albright, Southern, 26

Butch Young, Meade, 25

Doug Crupper, Annandale, 22

John Barrett, Springbrook, 21

GIRLS

Bruce Stayman, Paint Branch, 19

Sally Entswinger, North County (Andover), 19

Pat Chance, Old Mill, 16

Warren Crutchfield, Sherwood, 14

Dave Greenberg, Mount Hebron, 12

Laura Hagan, Annandale, 12

THE AREA'S BEST GYMS

Blair: Oldest, biggest gym in the county. Coach Dave Scaggs calls his gym "the Fenway Park of the area."

High Point: The floor, baskets, rims and Running Eagles combine to leave visitors with an empty feeling. Eagles are 28-0 since floor was resurfaced.

Takoma Academy: A miniature Capital Centre. Has theater seats and is often used as a convention center.

St. Anselm's: 50-year-old gym, with fan-shaped fiberglass backboards, no half-court line, poor lighting and no heat. "No one likes to come there," said Coach Brian Murphy.

TOP REBOUNDERS

BOYS

Jermaine Reynolds, Atholton, 14.0

Teyril Hackley, Wakefield, 13.0

Tony Moore, Newport Prep, 11.3

Brian Buchanan, Fairfax, 11.0

Rhasheyd Williams, Annandale, 11.0

Pat Flynn, Osbourn Park, 10.0

Warren Williams, St. John's, 10.0

John Stuckey, Coolidge, 10.0

Jalani Nix, Bladensburg, 10.0

Eddie Potter, Paint Branch, 10.0

GIRLS

Mara Cunningham, Fairfax, 18.0

Zeki Blanding, Lee, 15.3

Kara Ratliff, Paul VI, 12.0

Nicole Boykin, Coolidge, 11.5

Karen Sheehan, Robinson, 11.0

Dawn Stewart, H.D. Woodson, 11.0

Erica Kean, Atholton, 11.0

Lisa Jarmon, Parkdale, 11.0

Poncedar Johnson, Bladensburg, 10.0

Marla Wyche, Blair, 10.0

Cecilee Campbell, Springbrook, 10.0

(Per-game averages)

TOP BALLHANDLERS

BOYS

Michael Vaughn, Spingarn

Jon Blackmon, Bullis

Kobie Taylor, Coolidge

Romeo Roach, Dunbar

Keith Thomas, Ballou

GIRLS

Kelly Donahoe, Stafford

Lena Patterson, Seton

Karen Smith, Parkdale

Alfreda Jefferson, Coolidge

Karon Ferguson, DuVal

Cindy Weisman, Springbrook

Renita Young, Wilde Lake

Barbara King, McLean

THREE-POINT SHOOTERS

BOYS

Lutkeke Kalombo, Herndon

Avis Willis, West Potomac

Carl Turner, DuVal

Kevin Herod, Watkins Mill

Kevin Johnson, Sidwell Friends

Chris McGutherie, Springbrook

Romeo Roach, Dunbar

Sefton Robinson, McKinley

GIRLS

Kristi Greer, Howard

Kerri Chaconas, Annandale

Lena Patterson, Seton

Angie Gay, Coolidge

August Kenner, DuVal

TOP SCORERS

BOYS

Sefton Robinson, McKinley, 22.0

Cornell Parker, Maret, 18.0

Warren Williams, St. John's, 17.0

Kevin Motley, H.D. Woodson, 15.8

John Stuckey, Coolidge, 15.0

GIRLS

Grace Wiley, T. Roosevelt, 18.0

Dawn Stewart, H.D. Woodson, 15.0

MOST VERSATILE PLAYERS

BOYS

Maurice Talley, Anacostia

Sefton Robinson, McKinley

Cornell Parker, Maret

Kevin Johnson, Sidwell Friends

Johnny Rhodes, Dunbar