The City Title girls and boys basketball games, matching the champions of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, will be played March 11 at MCI Center, according to Neville Waters of the D.C. Sports Commission.
Waters, the Commission's marketing director, said the organization and MCI Center officials have agreed on the date, with the girls game scheduled at noon and the boys game at 2 p.m. Waters said he is waiting to receive a contract from arena officials.
The agreement removes any doubt that the games would be played this season. Last season, prolonged negotiations between the two leagues, the sports commission, MCI Center and potential sponsors cast the games in jeopardy.
Sallie Mae, which stepped in at the last minute to make certain last season's games were played, has agreed to be the title sponsor of this season's games, Waters said, adding that he is hoping to secure long-term sponsorship of the games. "We're trying to forge some three-year deals," Waters said.
DCIAA Athletic Director Allen Chin said he had not spoken to Waters, but that he saw no potential problems blocking the games. "I'm glad it is resolved this early," he said.
WCAC Commissioner Bob Hardage had similar feelings. "We certainly are delighted to have this out of the way," he said.
Hardage also said he hopes to reach an agreement within the next week to hold the semifinals and finals of the WCAC tournaments at either George Washington University's Smith Center or Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.
Girls Lacrosse The Prince William County School Board this week approved girls lacrosse as a varsity sport. The 7-to-1 vote came over the objections of Superintendent Edward L. Kelly, who argued that the addition of a new sport would tax an already overworked staff.
"We are overloaded on activities," Kelly said. "More importantly, we're working the staff to death."
In February 1998 the School Board elevated boys lacrosse, crew, field hockey and swimming to varsity status.
Field Hockey In what both coaches called one of the most intense games they've ever been a part of, No. 1 Lake Braddock and host No. 7 Annandale played to a scoreless, double-overtime tie yesterday in a matchup of the Virginia AAA Liberty District's two top field hockey teams.
The Atoms had the game's best chance to score near the end of the second overtime, but Lake Braddock goalie Allison Ford forced Annandale sophomore forward Natalie Parcell to adjust her shot, which ended up going right of the goal.
"It was the fastest-paced high school game I have ever seen," said Annandale Coach Cindy Hook, in her 21st year of coaching. "Both teams were going end to end. It was an intensively competitive game."
Lake Braddock moved to 7-0-2; Annandale 6-0-1.
Staff writer Christina A. Samuels and special correspondent Seth Emerson contributed to this report.