So much for the holiday spirit last week at Central High. First, Dunbar girls basketball coach Johnnie Walker received his second technical foul and an ejection from the Crimson Tide's second game Dec. 28 at the Lady Falcons Holiday Tournament. Then he pulled his team off the court and forfeited.
The next day, Walker pulled his team out of the tournament altogether. Dunbar was scheduled to play fellow D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association team Eastern, but Walker informed Eastern Coach Harry McAfee that morning that he had to serve a one-game suspension, and his assistant coach had to work, so the team would not play. Eastern did not accept a forfeit.
The Crimson Tide (6-6) led Central, 39-36, with 1 minute 19 seconds remaining in the third quarter when Walker was given his second technical of the quarter for walking onto the court. As a Central player lined up at the free throw line, Walker and his team walked off the court.
Walker said he removed his team "for the safety of his players" and "felt either one of my kids would get hurt or retaliate" to, what he said, was Central's physical play and unbalanced officiating.
Twelve fouls had been whistled on Central (4-3) and eight on Dunbar when Walker pulled his players off the court.
"That's ridiculous," Central Coach Eugene Couser said. "In my opinion, there were no safety issues. They were getting the same calls we were. My kids have never had a problem before. The kids did nothing wrong.
"On both sides, the kids' conduct was exemplary. The game wasn't even physical."
The teams are scheduled to play each other again Jan. 26 at Dunbar.
Broken Record at Fairfax
It was a pretty typical jump shot--a 15-footer, fairly nondescript, midway through the third quarter of Fairfax's 53-45 boys victory at Jefferson Tuesday.
But for senior guard Mike Daniels, the two points weren't just part of a 19-point night, but also part of a 1,268-point career, making him the Rebels' all-time leading scorer. The previous mark of 1,258 was held by Joe Martinez (1992-95). . . .
Hammond announced last week that Bill Smith will take over as football coach, replacing Joe Russo, who resigned at the end of last season. Smith was an assistant for the Golden Bears, who finished 1-9 last year.