Bowie senior Barrington Edwards, who is considered one of the top high school running backs in the country by several national recruiting analysts, orally committed Friday to play next season for Louisiana State.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Edwards, who visited LSU in late November, said he made his decision while watching the Tigers lose to Texas in the Cotton Bowl on Wednesday and informed Coach Nick Saban of his choice yesterday.

After bursting onto the national scene by rushing for 2,170 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior, Edwards was hardly a factor this season for the Bulldogs, as first-year coach Ray Hicks rotated Edwards between wide receiver and fullback, where he was used primarily as a decoy. . . .

Eleanor Roosevelt senior sprinter Tiandra Ponteen has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Florida, the defending Southeastern Conference indoor track and field champion.

Ponteen, the All-Met athlete of the year during the 2001-02 indoor season, won the 400-meter national championship at the Nike Indoor Classic in March and clocked the nation's fastest 500-meter time (1 minute 13.5 seconds) last year.

Cadets Upset Stags

Senior guard Joe Miles made two free throws with 8.1 seconds left as host St. John's upset third-ranked DeMatha, 53-52, in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game in Northwest Washington. With the Cadets (9-4, 3-1) trailing 52-51, Miles made the last two of his 25 points to give St. John's the lead. DeMatha (8-2, 2-1) missed a shot at the buzzer and lost its second straight game. . . .

Arundel junior Barry Kitchen set a school record with 10 three-pointers in the Wildcats' 80-31 win over Northeast in Gambrills. Kitchen finished with a career-high 31 points after averaging less than 10 points per game in Arundel's first five games.

Kitchen spends 30 minutes after every practice working on his shot with his father, Barry Sr., Arundel Coach Sam Golder said.

"I leave the school before he's even done practicing," Golder said. "It really paid off. I told him, 'That's what hard work will do. Be happy you've got a dad who will put in that extra time with you.' "

Davidson Paces Glenelg

Cheyenne Davidson's broken right pinkie finger was wrapped in white medical tape, but the senior center scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Glenelg past host Long Reach, 64-40, in her first action since Dec. 16.

Senior Alli Biggs, a small forward who handled much of Davison's role down low during her absence, scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Gladiators (7-1) remained undefeated in county competition. Long Reach dropped to 4-4.

Davidson broke her finger minutes into Glenelg's win over Howard on Dec. 16.

-- Jon Gallo, Kynan W. Kelly, Sean P. Flynn and Todd Jacobson