The only two women head coaches of boys varsity basketball teams -- Wanda Oates of Ballou and Pat Harris of Oxon Hill -- are scheduled to meet in a game next season, Dec. 6 at Oxon Hill.
Oxon Hill Athletic Director Christine Johnson said the game is a natural and she worked hard to schedule it. "The two women are friends; it should be a very good competitive game and it should create interest," Johnson said. "Hopefully, our team will have improved by then."
Ballou, which has steadily improved under Oates, is 7-6 despite four straight losses. Four of the losses have been by four points or fewer. But Oates says her team is talented enough to challenge in the Interhigh East Division.
Oxon Hill has not been quite as successful. The inexperienced Clippers, who enjoyed a fine run when all-American Michael Tate (James Madison) played in 1984-88, have struggled this season. The team is looking for its first victory in Prince George's 4A play. Making Tracks
Despite winning only one race, Eleanor Roosevelt piled up 40 points to win the boys championship at the 29th annual Maryland National Guard Indoor Track Scholastic Games Saturday at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore. A total of 85 schools in the state of Maryland participated. Despite a good field of athletes, no meet records were set.
Omar Wilkins won the 500 meters in 1 minute 10.2 seconds to help the Raiders win the championship. Meade was second with 37.5 points and Old Mill third with 35. Rounding out the top 10 were Suitland with 32, Perry Hall 30, Central 20, Crossland, Oakland Mills and Landsdowne 16 each and Woodlawn and Friendly 12 apiece.
Central got splendid efforts from Michele Edwards and Charmene Fields and its 1,600-meter relay team to easily win the girls title with 60 points. Eleanor Roosevelt was runner-up with 36 points and Catonsville was a distant third with 20. Severna Park was next with 18, Suitland had 15, Good Counsel 14, Meade 12, Friendly and Churchill 11 apiece and Boonsboro, Chesapeake and Whitman 10 each.
Edwards took first in the 500 meters (1:19.9) and 800 (2:25.5) and Fields edged Bullis's Kristine Thorne in the 55-meter hurdles final. Both Fields and Thorne were timed in 8.5 seconds. The 1,600 relay team won in 4:08.7.
Other winners included Eleanor Roosevelt's Ebony Robinson in the 55 (7.0), Churchill's Tina Brown in the 1,500 (5:05.3) and Friendly's Kim Johnson in the shot put (38 feet 3/4 inches). Robinson ran on the Raiders' winning 800 relay team (1:48.5) and Chesapeake won the 3,200 relay (10:27.6).
Centennial's superb distance runner, All-Met Pat Rodrigues, won both the 1,500 (4:09.2) and the 3,000 (9:02.6). Crossland's James Cunningham took the 55-meter dash (6.3), Old Mill's Rocky McMillan the 55-meter hurdles (7.6), Central's Quovadis Ford the 800 (2:03.2), Suitland's Tracy Roberts the high jump (6-6) and Meade's Jeff Miller the pole vault (14-0). Friendly won the 1,600 relay (3:37.1) and Glenelg the 3,200 relay (8:40.4).
In the Swim of Things
A total of 14 records fell in the 24 events Saturday at the Virginia Scholastic Swim Coaches Association Invitational at Oak Marr Recreation Center in Reston. Two of the marks fell in the 100-yard breaststrokes. West Potomac's Sean Lichtenberger won the boys event in 59.84, bettering the nine-year-old record of 1:00.31 set by W.T. Woodson's John Cann. Jefferson's Jen Clarkson won the girls event in 1:07.47, bettering the 1:08.40 set by Woodson's Lisa Nencioni in 1978. . . .
Wilson's boys 200-meter freestyle relay team of Ben Beers, Eric Siegel, Eric Elsworth and Brian Edmondson set an Interhigh League swimming record of 2:01.08 in winning a big tri-meet with Theodore Roosevelt and host Ballou. Wilson amassed 114 points. Wilson's girls relay team of Emily Goldwasser, Anna La-Mond, Maline Cashdan and Arienne Lockie set a record in the same event, covering the distance in 2:38:01. Wilson's Robin Hall won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:13.72.
The Interhigh League, trying hard to upgrade its swimming program, now has seven schools with programs.
Can Hear a Pin Drop
St. Stephen's junior wrestler Khalil Abdul-Malik pinned Ireton's John Taliamento in 44 seconds to record his 100th career victory last week. Abdul-Malik added another triumph to run his season record to 23-0 and career mark to 101-7. Abdul-Malik is closing in on the Virginia state record of 139 victories set by Ireton's Mark Mangrum. . . .
In probably the biggest dual wrestling meet in Anne Arundel County, Old Mill (7-0), ranked No. 1 in the state by the Maryland Wrestling Association, visits No. 7 Broadneck (5-0) Friday.
Thrown to the Lions
St. John's All-Met offensive tackle Wayne Holmes has committed to Penn State. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound senior, who also played defense, selected the Nittany Lions over Syracuse, Maryland and Duke. . . .
Gar-Field two-time All-Met guard-forward Charleata Beale signed early with Virginia. The 5-10 Beale has led the Indians to 20-plus wins her first three seasons and is averaging well over 20 points for her 10-1 team.