Brothers Norman and Daryl Morrow are on a tear, having scored 158 points the past three games--all victories--to lead Ballou to a perfect start in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association's East division. Last week, the Knights defeated H.D. Woodson, Phelps and M.M. Washington to move into a first-place tie with No. 2 Spingarn. The Knights are 13-4, and 3-0 in the conference.
"They're carrying us offensively and defensively right now," Ballou Coach Michael Grafton said. "They are really special players."
Norman Morrow, a 6-foot senior, is averaging 25 points per game; Daryl, a 6-2 sophomore, is averaging 22.
When Chris Sumner picked off an inbounds pass in the final seconds to secure Gonzaga's 44-41 victory over O'Connell, Knights assistant coach George Sumner had conflicting emotions.
Chris Sumner is his son. The crucial play was made right in front of Dad, who was on the O'Connell bench.
Chris Sumner, a 6-foot guard, played under his father's tutelage the past five summers for an Amateur Athletic Union team.
The Gonzaga-O'Connell game marked the first time the Sumners had faced one another in a game.
"It was definitely strange to be part of that game like that, as a father and a coach," the elder Sumner said. "I was very proud of him. It was an unusual father-son moment."
No Place Like Home
No. 8 Montrose Christian's 71-68 home loss to No. 7 Riverdale Baptist on Monday marked the first time a Stu Vetter-coached team was defeated on its own floor since 1985.
Vetter then was the coach at Flint Hill. He had a sophomore forward named Dennis Scott, who now plays for the NBA's Vancouver Grizzlies.
The streak continued through his tenures at Harker Prep (21-0) and St. John's/Prospect Hall (66-0).
"It's something we're all very proud of," Vetter said. "It's special to be able to stay that consistent over a period of time."
1,200 and Counting
DeMatha Coach Morgan Wootten added another milestone to his career on Saturday, collecting his 1,200 victory when the top-ranked Stags defeated Pallotti, 89-46, in Hyattsville.
"This is just an indication that I've been coaching a long time," Wootten, 68, said during a brief ceremony after the game. He was presented with a basketball emblazoned with the number 1,200.
Wootten, who took over as DeMatha's coach in 1956, has won more games than any high school coach in history.
Called for Traveling
An understandably groggy Notre Dame Academy returned home Saturday night after a whirlwind nine-day stretch in which the Middleburg school traveled over 2,000 miles and played six games.
The Dragons (4-5) lost to Milford (Conn.) Academy, 72-62, in the semifinals of the North American Invitational Tournament in Toronto earlier in the morning to end the most demanding part of their road schedule at 3-3. Last weekend, Notre Dame traveled to Ryan Academy (Norfolk), Shenandoah Valley Academy (New Market, Va.) and St Patrick's (N.J.) on consecutive days before departing for Toronto three days later.
"We're very, very pleased with how things turned out for us," Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Teasley said. "Luckily, now for us, we have most of our games at home and it won't wear us down. But it was an honor for us to be up there [in Toronto] and competing so well with those teams. It was a huge step for us."
Catching a Cold
When players at Wootton (3-8) have a cold shooting night on their home court, they may have a legitimate excuse--it is chilly in the Rockville school's gym. The construction of a new wing (which will house 23 classrooms) has left one wall inside the gym uninsulated.
"That's why we call it the Igloo," Athletic Director Gary Milwit said. "It hasn't been an advantage for us yet, but I imagine someday . . . maybe."
Staff writer Alan Goldenbach contributed to this report.