The Lake Braddock boys basketball team will pay tribute to former teammate Donnie Lindsey tonight when the school retires his basketball and football jerseys during halftime of the Bruins' home game against Jefferson.
Lindsey, a 1999 Lake Braddock graduate, drowned during a freshman ritual at the University of Richmond on Sept 26. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound linebacker had been attending Division I-AA Richmond on a football scholarship.
"This means a lot to the family because it means that Donnie is not forgotten," said Rickie Atkins, Lindsey's uncle. "After [tonight], whenever anybody asks whose jersey that is up there, they'll be told that it belonged to a very special person."
Lindsey's mother, Jennifer Waver, his stepfather, Ron Waver, Atkins and his family, and many friends are expected to attend. In addition, graduated teammates from last year's team are likely to be in attendance.
"It may be hard for some of them," Bruins Coach Mark Martino said. "It may bring back some memories. But we're looking at this as something positive. Hopefully, it will bring some closure."
In his senior season, Lindsey averaged 7.7 points as a center-forward to help lead the Bruins to the Northern Region semifinals. A captain on the football team since his sophomore season, he led Lake Braddock to a 9-2 record and a regional playoff berth two seasons ago.
"He was a role model for other kids, a natural-born leader," Atkins said. "Like his mom says, Donnie was an angel sent here for a short while. Retiring his jersey will be a happy memory."
Tonight's game also is Toys for Tots night at Lake Braddock. Fans who bring new, unwrapped toys will be admitted free. Game time is 7:30.
The Gonzaga/D.C. Classic starts today and highlights a busy weekend of holiday tournaments. The three-day boys event, in its 10th year, includes some of the top teams and players in the nation in addition to the host school and McNamara (with Virginia-bound Maurice Young). On hand will be Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), which is ranked No. 9 by USA Today and is led by 6-9 senior forward-center Eddie Griffin, the city and state player of the year last season. Griffin has signed to play at Seton Hall.
Roman Catholic opens play at 3:15 today against Spalding. The Severn school, which plays in the Baltimore Catholic League, is ranked No. 22 by USA Today, and is led by Villanova-bound point guard Derrick Snowden. Also playing: Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.), Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, N.Y.), St. Andrew's School (Barrington, R.I.) and Westbury Christian (Houston).
Today's games run through 8:30 p.m. at Gonzaga. The double-elimination tournament resumes Saturday and Sunday at American University's Bender Arena. . . .
Eleanor Roosevelt senior Delonte Holland, a 6-6 guard who has signed with Rhode Island, has resumed practicing with the No. 9 Raiders but is suspended indefinitely from playing in games, according to Coach Glenn Farello.
Holland scored 26 points in Roosevelt's season-opening win over DuVal on Dec. 7, but was suspended later that week for violating team rules. He was not with the team at the Largo Tip-Off Classic last weekend, when the Raiders lost to Dunbar and Central. But Holland sat on the bench in street clothes on Tuesday and watched Roosevelt beat Bladensburg, 74-57. He practiced with the team yesterday and Wednesday.
"He is back with the team," Farello said. "It has never been a question about him coming back; it has just been a matter of when he will be reinstated to play. We have not made that determination yet."
Roosevelt (2-2) faces top-ranked Oxon Hill (3-0) tonight.
Mount Vernon's 11th-ranked girls team postponed last Tuesday's game against No. 1 Robinson so the Majors could hold a 5 a.m. practice Wednesday morning. The reason for the early workout? The Majors traveled that afternoon to Santa Barbara, Calif., where they will participate in the five-day Nike Tournament of Champions, one of the nation's premier girls events.
Mount Vernon, led by William & Mary-bound guard Kelly Ercole, takes on Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.), ranked No. 1 by USA Today. Regardless of the result, Mount Vernon (2-0) is guaranteed to play at least four games.
"We wanted to see where we stack up against the best teams in the country," Coach Kenny Farmer said.
The trip, which will cost nearly $17,000, was funded through summer AAU events and other fund-raisers, according to Farmer. Traveling with the team are 13 players, 4 coaches, 3 managers and 20 parents. . . .
North County Coach Sally Entsminger is one victory from No. 300 and could reach the mark tonight when the Knights (1-1) travel to Meade. Entsminger said she was unaware of the milestone until a friend told her.
"I guess it either means you have done a decent job or you're pretty old," she joked.
Staff writer Judith Evans contributed to this report.
CAPTION: Eleanor Roosevelt senior Delonte Holland, left, a 6-foot-6 guard who has signed with Rhode Island, has resumed practicing with the No. 9 Raiders but is suspended indefinitely from playing in games for violating team rules.