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Admission restrictions lifted for DCIAA basketball tournament

(Published February 28, 2000)

D.C. public school officials have lifted recently imposed admission restrictions to athletic events to allow anyone to attend the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association senior high basketball tournament games.

Officials said DCPS Security will be joined by officers from the Metropolitan Police Department to provide additional security at all game sites. Restrictions were imposed after a Feb. 8 fight following a Wilson game allegedly contributed to the shooting deaths of two Wilson students later that night – football team captain Andre Wallace and his girlfriend, Natasha Marsh, both 17.

The first round of tournament games between the top girls and boys basketball squads are scheduled Feb. 28 at Spingarn, Woodson, Coolidge and Dunbar senior high schools. All other elimination rounds and the championship game will be played at Coolidge.

Tournament games are scheduled through March 3. Admission is $5 for students and adults.

Boys and girls teams from Ballou, Eastern, Woodson, Coolidge, Dunbar and Roosevelt will be represented in this year’s tournament, as will the boys teams from Spingarn and Cardozo and the girls teams from Anacostia and Wilson.

The boys and girls DCIAA championship teams will play the winner of the Catholic Schools league championship in the Citywide Title Game March 11 at MCI Center.

For more information about the DCIAA basketball tournament, call the DCPS athletics department at (202) 576-6119.

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