Closings in Howard, Anne Arundel

The closing of schools in Anne Arundel and Howard counties because of inclement weather yesterday meant the postponements of all athletic activities, wiping out a full slate of girls and boys basketball games.

Don Disney, Howard County's coordinator of athletics, said a decision on reschedulings will not be made until he talks to school officials on Monday.

"We are tentatively looking at January 31 for all the basketball games," he said.

Marlene Kelly, Anne Arundel supervisor of athletics, said last night's basketball games will be moved to Monday and that teams will be able to practice today.

Prince George's County games postponed from last Tuesday were moved to Monday as well. Most of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association contests from last Tuesday were moved to this Wednesday.

-- Bryan Tucker

Woodbridge Sans Coach

Woodbridge's girls team played last night's Cardinal District game at No. 14 Gar-Field without Coach George Washington and assistant coach Mike Wilson. They missed the game because of an "internal school issue," Woodbridge activities director Wes Bergazzi said.

Bergazzi said that in addition to last night's game, which Gar-Field won, 56-45, the coaches would miss Friday's home game against Osbourn. Gloria Watkins, coach of the Vikings' freshman girls team, will serve as acting coach.

From Herndon's Hall,

Words to Play By

Herndon boys basketball Gary Hall has an interesting way of motivating his players. Before every game, he writes words of praise or famous quotes on index cards for each of his players. Each index card has a different message, depending on the player. Last night, in a 67-65 loss to Mount Vernon, Hall wrote this on an index card he handed to one of his younger players: "A player that is not afraid of failure, seldom has to face it."

BY THE NUMBERS

69.2 Percent of total offense produced by Clinton Christian's Tremain Davis, a senior forward who scored 36 points in the Eagles' 75-52 loss to Calvary Baptist.