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DCIAA playoffs to begin
Warriors, Riders, Yellow Jackets win divisions
(Published February 20, 2006)

Roosevelt's defending DCIAA champion Lady Rough Riders take the only undefeated record in the league into this week's varsity basketball playoffs, culminating in Saturday's championship game.

The defending DCIAA boys varsity champion Cardozo Clerks will need to overcome a second-place tie with Roosevelt in the West Division to earn a repeat appearance in Saturday's title game. M.M. Washington's Yellow Jackets, with an 11-1 league record, claimed this year's title as West Division boys champs.

Meanwhile, the Woodson Warriors are riding high this year, with both the girls and boys varsity teams ending the regular season at the top of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association's East Division with identical 9-1 records in league play. Anacostia's Lady Indians matched the Lady Warriors' 9-1 league record in the East.

The first round of playoff contests get underway at four locations Feb. 22, with girls' games beginning at 5:30 p.m. and boys' games scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Woodson's girls and boys teams will play host to their counterparts from Coolidge, who posted fourth-place finishes in the West Division.

Roosevelt's girls will host McKinley, which finished fourth in the East Division in the Trainers' first year of DCIAA varsity basketball play. Roosevelt's boys will host the Eastern Ramblers, who finished third in the East

Anacostia's girls will host Dunbar's Lady Tiders, who finished third in the West, with Anacostia's boys playing host to the Cardozo Clerks.

At M.M. Washington, the girls' squads from West Division second-place finisher Wilson will take on East Divison third-place finisher Ballou. In the nightcap, the Yellow Jacket boys' team will host Spingarn, which finished fourth in the East.

Winners of the Feb. 22 games will face off on Feb. 23 at Coolidge in four contests that will determine the teams that go to the DCIAA girls' and boys' varsity championship games on Feb. 25, also at Coolidge.

The Feb. 23 contests are scheduled to start at 3 (girls' top-seeded teams), 5 (boys' top-seeded teams), 7 (girls) and 9 p.m. (boys). The girls' league championship game begins at 3 p.m. and the boys play at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25.

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