The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference will hold the semifinals and finals of its boys and girls basketball tournaments at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, WCAC Commissioner Bob Hardage said yesterday. Hardage said the semifinals will be played Feb. 26 and the finals Feb. 27.

In the past, the WCAC final fours have been held at Catholic and American universities. But the opportunity to secure dates at the 5,000-seat Show Place and financial incentives lured the games to Prince George's County, Hardage said.

"We just thought it would be a good venue," he said. "If this works out it could be a long-term relationship. The universities in town are ideal, but we're not sure we can get those facilities on the dates that we want. We felt like we would give [Show Place] a shot. . . . The costs are going to be very reasonable. We think that's a real plus. The P.G. County Chamber of Commerce is going to help us some, also the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce."

Hardage said the WCAC is looking to move its outdoor track and field championships to the new facility being constructed adjacent to Redskins Stadium in Landover.

New Day for Draws

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association will hold its draw for field hockey, soccer and volleyball Thursday at 6 p.m. at its Baltimore office. This marks the first time the draw hasn't been held on a Sunday.

Mary Lucas, the MPSSAA's coordinator of information and publicity, said the move to Thursday is an experiment as the winter draw already is set for a Sunday.

The MPSSAA wants to see if the move helps region chairs and athletic directors schedule games easier. Lucas said there were also some concerns about giving up part of a Sunday, often the only free day for coaches.

Special correspondent Jeff Seidel contributed to this report.