Around 8:30 on Saturday night, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes had the moment that all basketball teams are chasing: they gathered in a large and happy huddle and lifted a championship trophy high above their heads.
It’s postseason time in the D.C. area, and the Saints are one of the first teams to reach the ultimate goal. They won the Interstate Athletic Conference title Saturday behind four double-digit scorers and an aggressive defense.
On Sunday, the Wilson Tigers donned new hats and shirts as they received the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association trophy. The Tigers ended a dominant conference run with a 92-48 win over Theodore Roosevelt.
The Virginia district playoffs went as expected for many of Northern Virginia’s top teams. Edison, Freedom-South Riding and Woodbridge coasted to titles.
This week, those teams will begin tougher matchups in the state postseason. While Woodbridge is the favorite in Virginia Class 6, Edison and Freedom-South Riding could meet later in the Class 5 playoffs.
On Sunday, Dunbar claimed the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title four years after winning just one regular season game. The Public Charter School Athletic Association’s postseason will occur this week before D.C.’s top teams meet in the D.C. State Athletic Association tournament.
Dunbar girls’ basketball coach Shayla Williams was giddy Sunday afternoon.
After her team’s 62-55 win over Wilson in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game at Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southeast Washington, the third-year coach couldn’t stop smiling for photos with her championship T-shirt, hat and trophy.
More than a few Wilson Tigers pulled out their phones before the trophy presentation, taking videos and photos while donning new hats and shirts that proclaimed they were D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champions again.
Scenes such as this are the new normal in the DCIAA, in which Wilson has won three straight league championships after its previous title came in 1984. The Tigers have become the unquestioned kings of their conference, a team that is good enough to be both admired and reviled by its rivals.
When Ziyah Holman took the baton Tuesday as the final runner in the girls’ 4x400-meter relay, the Georgetown Day junior was more than 50 meters behind the leader. But it was a situation she was used to.
She caught up to the runners just ahead of her in a few strides, then raced past her final competitor in the last 50 meters to win the event for the Grasshoppers at the D.C. State Athletic Association indoor track championships.
It was not a good week to have a target on your back, as 11 of the previous Top 20 teams lost.
The most notable defeat took place Friday night in Washington, as Gonzaga toppled No.1 DeMatha 65-58. The Eagles rode a late-game scoring surge, putting up 30 points in the fourth quarter to seal a victory.