Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The winner on Friday goes to the state tournament.
The South County Stallions defeated the Chantilly Chargers 74-57 at home on Tuesday in the second round of the Northern Region Tournament. Tight defense led the South County team to victory, and the Stallions face Woodson for the regional championship game at 6 p.m. Friday at Robinson Secondary School. South County (7-15 in the regular season) won four out of the last five playoff games. "We had a lot of close-call games in January, and I think the team learned from them," said South County coach Wendell Johnson. "And we've learned the defense we need to have in order to win at this level." South County senior forward Justin Hampton led the Stallions with 22 points. "If we lose we're done, and none of us want to turn our stuff in tomorrow…
The Virginia High School League this week is reconsidering its decision to drop crew from its list of sanctioned high school sports.
The Virginia High School League is reconsidering its December decision to drop crew from its list of sanctioned school activities—a move that could slow the growth of crew at many high schools, McLean parents say. Membership in the VHSL comes with a number of benefits for most sports, including catastrophic insurance coverage, transportation funding, other supportive funding and more. VHSL is a private, non-profit organization based in Charlottesville that sets high school sports and activity regulations. One reason VHSL reportedly has given for their decision is that crew is not a sport in at least half of Virginia schools, according to a letter to crew parents posted on South County High School’s crew page. However, Virginia Scholastic …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Senate Committee Kills ‘Tebow Bill’ on Thursday night, but some Patch readers think proposal should be voted into law.
Virginia's Senate Education and Health Committee shot down a bill Thursday that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in public schools’ sports teams. Committee members killed House Bill 1442 — also known as the “Tebow bill" — on a 7-8 vote, shelving it for the remainder of this legislative session. But should the bill have reached the full Senate floor? In a Patch blog post, Fairfax County School Board member Ryan McElveen highlighted the defeat of the bill as one of the three most important actions residents could advocate for this session as Richmond pressed on with what he called an "educational extremism." The school board voted to advocate against the proposal, McElveen wrote, "because, in short, the bill would …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
You never know - today could be a big day in history!
Welcome to Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013! Here are a few interesting facts about today: 1. The Welcome Stranger, the largest alluvial gold nugget ever discovered, was found on this day in 1869 in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia. The nugget measured 24 inches-by-12 inches and was worth about $3 million in today's dollars. 2. Like to go to the movies? On Feb. 5, 1919, film legends Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith founded United Artists. 3. Famous Birthdays: American baseball legend Hank Aaron turns 80; American actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 51; American Actress Laura Linney is 49; American singer Bobby Brown is 44 and Welsh actor Michael Sheen is 44. 4. The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Here are some tips on making your Super Bowl party a success.
The 2013 Super Bowl is almost here, and whether you're interested in the commercials, the game or the halftime show, Fairfax Station-area residents along with millions of others will be glued to their flat-screen TVs. Most Northern Virginians are Redskins fans (and some even Baltimore Ravens fans), but who can deny a good game of football? Have you liked our Facebook page? It's awesome. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the highest day of food consumption in the country just after Thanksgiving, so it's not uncommon for there to be a lot of food and fun. For this national event and the most-watched sporting event of the year, most people like to go all out. Here are a few ways to take your party to the …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers face off in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. Here's some information for getting the most out of the game in Fredericksburg.
When the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers meet in Super Bowl 47, several players will be familiar to the Virginia/DC area. The game, of course, is in New Orleans, but the Super Bowl reaches everywhere, including Fredericksburg. Here's all the information you'll need to get the most out of the matchup, including local players to keep an eye on, television schedules and where to watch the game close to home. Look for Ahmad Brooks, a 49ers linebacker who attended the University of Virginia, C.D Hylton High School in Woodbridge and Hargrave Military Academy. (See Brooks’ bio here). He was born in Fairfax. Read Patch interviews with Ahmad Brooks' sister and his high school coach. Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for Baltimore, lived in …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
SPEAK OUT: Should the coach have taken Redskins' quarterback out of the game sooner?
The talk after the Washington Redskins' tough loss Sunday in its playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field: RGIII's injured knee. Star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III played hurt and went down with an injured knee in the fourth quarter. On Twitter, the debate was fast and furious about when RGIII should have left the game. Here's a roundup of what some were saying: What do you think? Do you think the coach should have pulled RGIII out of the game sooner?
Sunday, January 6, 2013
The Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks are in.
The Washington Redskins fell to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 Sunday in a disappointing loss for a team on the rise. Despite the loss, the team clearly has a solid foundation for the future. After dominating the first quarter and storming to a 14-0 lead, Robert Griffin III hurt and already injured and braced knee. He continued, a move criticized by some, but did not finish the game. Seattle nearly evened the score by halftime at 14-13. Neither team could muster a score in the third quarter, but the Seahawks pushed through with another 11 points in the fourth quarter, while shutting down the Redskins for the win. Earlier in the day, the Baltimore Ravens knocked No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts out of the playoffs at …
The Washington Redskins face the Seattle Seahawks this weekend in one of four NFL wildcard games.
The Washington Redskins have spent since 2007 traveling the road back to the NFL playoffs -- but it's been a heck of a ride. Next stop: Sunday's wildcard game against the Seattle Seahawks. All this hailing to the Redskins should seem familiar. In 2007, the Redskins also made the 2007 NFL playoffs as a wildcard team. And, just like this year, that 2007 playoff game was against the Seattle Seahawks. Let's hope the similarities end there, because the Seahawks won the last time around. That game, though was in Seattle. Sunday, the Redskins are at home for the first time in the NFL playoffs since they beat the Detroit Lions in 1999. Find more Redskins playoff history here. Can Robert Griffin III -- RG3 -- pull off another run against the …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Fun, free events for the whole family this weekend.
Choose from a variety of local activities as we close out 2012 and welcome in the New Year. First Night Alexandria Christmas Cookie Burn 5K Watch Night Falls Church The Nutcracker The Nation’s Gun Show 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil War Raid at Lake Accotink Bull Run Runners 5K Run First Day Hikes – Three Blinds Hikes Library Events: Nature Highlights: