The City Title basketball games will be played March 7 at George Washington University's Smith Center, changing the site of the games after four years at MCI Center.
The games, which pit the girls' and boys' champions of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association against those from the Washington Catholic Athletic Association, are scheduled for 6:30 and 8:30 p.m, respectively. Tickets have not yet gone on sale. "The MCI Center was busy on the days that the two leagues needed to play," said Bobby Goldwater, the president and executive director of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, which puts on the games. "But the fact that the Smith Center is available is terrific. For the size crowd the game gets, the Smith Center provides a more intimate setting."
Smith Center also will cost significantly less to lease than MCI Center, which could mean higher proceeds from the event for the DCIAA and WCAC. Each league has received $5,000 from the event in each of the last three years, sources said.
Goldwater could not say how much more money the leagues could expect because the commission is still negotiating a contract with GW officials. "The important thing is that the event be held," D.C. Deputy Superintendent Ralph Neal said, "because the community wants to see a City Title championship."
Field Hockey Standouts
Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2002 All-Met goalkeeper Elizabeth Schlossberg and 2000 Centreville All-Met midfielder Claire Laubach (Wake Forest) were named to the U.S. under-20 field hockey team. The team will compete in the U.S. Field Hockey Summer League and at the annual JFK International Tournament in Virginia Beach.
Laubach played on Wake Forest's NCAA championship team, while Schlossberg yielded seven goals to help the Barons to their ninth straight Maryland title last fall.