Around the area in high school sports:


At W. Springfield,

A Streak Halted

Was that an all-points bulletin sent out by West Springfield last night for Kara Lawson? Could have been -- because the Spartans sure needed her.

West Springfield's fifth-ranked girls team, which had not lost since the 1997-98 season, saw its 32-game winning streak stopped in decisive fashion last night by visiting Mount Vernon, 71-42.

The Spartans (2-1), defending Virginia AAA champions, trailed 40-19 to the No. 14 Majors (3-0) at the half and were never a factor in the second half. Anesia Smith led Mount Vernon with 24 points and Kelly Ercole added 18.

Pulling the Plug

On a Powerful Matchup

Paul VI Coach Red Jenkins said Spingarn backed out at the last minute. Spingarn Athletic Director Bruce Williams said he did not want his boys basketball team to play on the smaller floor -- and in the smaller gym -- of the Fairfax private school. Either way, the scheduled matchup of top 10 teams last night -- the No. 3 Green Wave and No. 9 Panthers -- was scratched late Thursday.

As Jenkins tells it, Spingarn Coach Doc Robinson agreed to help Jenkins fill out his home schedule earlier this fall. But in a telephone conversation Thursday night, Jenkins said Robinson would only reschedule the game if Paul VI could find a larger gym.

After consulting with school officials and losing $1,000 on its earlier game against Dunbar at George Mason University, Jenkins said that Paul VI has no intentions of rescheduling the contest with Spingarn.

"Everybody felt we should wash our hands of it," said a disappointed Jenkins. "In 40 years of coaching I've never canceled a game or had one canceled on me. When I agree to play somebody, I don't go inspect their gym. We had the game scheduled and they backed out of it."

Williams said the schools never signed a contract, which is standard practice when a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association team plays out of conference.

"Since the game was supposed to be a home game for Paul VI, they were supposed to send us a contract," Williams said. "We never received it, and we had concerns about playing on the small floor there. Most of the time we sign contracts for nonleague games that we submit to the DCIAA. The DCIAA requires that."

Robinson could not be reached to comment.

-- Judith Evans

Simpkins, Wootten

Reunited at O'Connell

Onlookers last night at Georgetown Prep might have noticed a familiar face along the O'Connell bench. Former DeMatha All-Met and Maryland point guard Duane Simpkins is in his first year as an assistant with the Knights, coached by Joe Wootten, who was one year ahead of Simpkins at DeMatha and Maryland.

"Joe asked me if I would join his staff over the summer and I thought I would give it a try," Simpkins said. "I had not coached before, but so far it is going pretty well."

Wootten joked before the game that even though Simpkins played "a lot more" than Wootten did at DeMatha, Wootten was a senior in 1991 when the Stags finished undefeated. The next year, the team lost twice.

"I always joke that they went downhill once I left," a smiling Wootten said.

-- Christian Swezey