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 yesterday 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 arrange for 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.
Soccer Churchill senior goalkeeper Lindsay Haywood vowed she would not allow any more goals after allowing two in the season opener. She stayed true to her word last night as senior midfielder Melissa Gonzalez scored her sixth goal of the season and the visiting Bulldogs beat Walter Johnson, 1-0, in a meeting between two of the top teams in Montgomery County Division II.
Churchill improved to 3-0, 2-0. Walter Johnson (3-3, 1-1) has managed only two goals in its past four games.
Gonzalez provided Churchill with the only offense it needed 4 minutes 46 seconds into the game when she scored off a cross by senior midfielder Courtney Shaub. Haywood made the tally stand.
"[The two goals] were in the first half of the first game of the season, and I was not focused," said Haywood of the 4-2 win Sept. 14 over Watkins Mill. "I don't want to give up any more goals this season."
The Wildcats tested her, outshooting Churchill in the second half, 13-1.
Field Hockey Long Reach benefited from another strong performance by senior goalkeeper Jaye Lance who made 10 saves as the Lightning beat host C.M. Wright, 2-1, in a nondistrict match.
Senior attacker Jessica Burkhardt and sophomore attacker Shelby Orndoff scored Long Reach's goals, with Orndoff's game-winner coming midway through the second half.
Long Reach, eliminated in the 2A West region final each of the past two years by Mount Hebron, improved to 3-1.
Special correspondents Bryan Tucker and Seth Emerson contributed to this report.