Stu Vetter, one of the most prominent high school basketball coaches in the nation, will return to coaching this fall at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, replacing Kevin Sutton. Sutton has accepted an offer to become an assistant coach for the Old Dominion University men's basketball team. Rob Monroe, a rising senior guard at Montrose Christian, said Sutton informed the team of the changes on Saturday.

Vetter, who is known for taking small private schools and turning them into basketball powerhouses, did not coach this past season. He spent the previous six seasons coaching St. John's-Prospect Hall in Frederick, Md., where his teams were 136-10 and Sutton was his top assistant. After Vetter left St. John's, Sutton became the coach at Montrose and several St. John's players transferred to Montrose.

Prior to that, Vetter built nationally renowned programs at Flint Hill School in Fairfax and the now-defunct Harker Prep in Potomac. He has a career record of 549-66 in 23 seasons. Among Vetter's former players are Dennis Scott, George Lynch, Jason Capel and Randolph Childress.

"I think it is a great opportunity for us," said Monroe, who played for Vetter as a sophomore at St. John's during the 1997-98 season. "He is a great coach."

Vetter and Sutton could not be reached immediately to comment last night.

Montrose Christian is expected to be one of the Washington area's top teams next season. The Mustangs finished 30-6 last season and lost in the championship game of the Maryland Private Schools Tournament. Center Levi Watkins, a 6-foot-7 junior, has said he plans to transfer from Pallotti to Montrose Christian.

Basketball

San Antonio Celebrates

The San Antonio Spurs have their NBA title and trophy, and now they've been treated to a Fiesta-style parade and party.

Players, their families and team officials rode decorated barges along the San Antonio River yesterday as thousands of fans cheered the team's championship victory over the New York Knicks.

"This is spectacular," guard Steve Kerr told the crowd as the parade began. "Thank you so much for helping us celebrate. This is phenomenal."

City leaders who organized the parade said up to 250,000 people would be allowed along the downtown River Walk to view it. After the river ride, the players were to be featured in a fan rally at the Alamodome.

This is the first title for the Spurs, a former American Basketball Association team that moved to San Antonio from Dallas in 1973 and joined the NBA three years later. . . .

Bill Bradley, who played for the Knicks' 1972 championship team and became a senator from New Jersey after his basketball career ended, was among 20 people who were inducted into the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island.

Auto Racing

Seven Killed in Latvia

Two race cars drove off a track at a road rally and plowed into a crowd of spectators in Riga, Latvia, killing seven and injuring 14, Madona County police told the Baltic News Service.

The cars apparently brushed against each other and lost control at the start of the cross-country race just outside Riga, the capital.

Imants Pullstens, a cameraman for regional Latgale Broadcasting Co., said the accident happened quickly. He said a race car skidded off the track, started spinning in the air and fell into the crowd.

"When I turned my head, everybody was already . . . down," he told BNS.

The dead and injured were taken to nearby hospitals, including Madona County Hospital. Others were flown to Riga by helicopter.

The accident occurred during the Madona Trophy race, which also was a round of the Latvian Cross-Country Motor Racing Championship.

Soccer

Galaxy Wins Fourth Straight

Clint Mathis scored twice as the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy extended its season-high winning streak to four in a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

Mauricio Cienfuegos (70th) and Carlos Hermosillo (86th) had the other Los Angeles goals. Musa Shannon and Steve Ralston scored the Tampa Bay goals.

Colleges

Bertelli Dead at 78

Angelo Bertelli, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1943 while at Notre Dame, died of brain cancer Saturday at his home in Clifton, N.J. He was 78.

Bertelli won college football's highest honor during a season shortened by his serving in the Marine Corps. He played six games for the Fighting Irish before being called to active duty in World War II.

At Notre Dame, Bertelli went from being a tall, skinny 165-pound fourth-string tailback to its first T-formation quarterback. He also was the school's first of seven Heisman winners.

Locally

Mitchell's Classic Set

Bill Russell, Sonny Jurgensen, Oscar Robertson, Chuck Noll, Gale Sayers, Sam Huff and over 30 other football and basketball hall of famers are scheduled to compete in this year's Bobby Mitchell Hall of Fame Golf & Tennis Classic at Landsdowne Resort on July 11 beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding research on leukemia. Tickets cost $5. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

CAPTION: Spurs' Tim Duncan, hands raised, and Antonio Daniels soak in victory parade along San Antonio's River Walk.