Mark DeStefano has resigned as head basketball coach at Walter Johnson after four seasons. DeStefano, 32, said he made the decision to focus on other aspects of his life.

"It's the right decision at the right time," he said. "I want to do some other things in teaching and get my master's [degree]."

DeStefano guided the Wildcats to a 54-39 record in his four years.

The Wildcats finished this season with the lone losing record in DeStefano's tenure, 10-13. . . .

Centreville boys' basketball coach Mark Mackmin resigned last week after three years to spend more time with his family, he said. Mackmin compiled a 34-35 record during his tenure, including a 7-15 mark last season.

Postponements Possible

All outdoor sports games and practices in Fairfax County could be postponed or canceled if the Department of Homeland Security elevates the nation's color-coded security threat level to code red, which represents the highest level, school officials said. The threat level was orange, which is one below red.

"The county felt the need to have a plan in place in the event we did go code red to make sure there was no confusion," Westfield Athletic Director Francis Dall said.

Friendly Admits Mistake

Friendly Athletic Director Pat Harris-Paxson admitted yesterday she made a mistake by allowing senior sprinter Harry "Chip" Weeks to compete during the indoor track season, saying Weeks should have been ineligible because of his age.

Weeks, who won the Maryland 3A/2A state title in the 55-meter dash and ran the first leg on the Patriots' state champion 4x200 relay team, turned 19 on Aug. 25, Harris said. According to Maryland Public Secondary Schools eligibility rules, a student who is 19 or older as of Aug. 31 is ineligible to play sports.

A panel of Prince George's County athletics officials will meet Friday to determine a penalty for the infraction, County Supervisor of Athletics Earl Hawkins said.


Captions in Sunday's and Monday's editions misidentified a Gwynn Park girls' basketball player. The player is Kemena Brooks.

Staff writer Tarik El-Bashir contributed to this report.