Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Washington Nationals enter the 2013 Major League Baseball season as favorites to win the World Series thanks to Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and some important new additions.
Major League Baseball opens its season Sunday, March 31 and the Washington Nationals are an Opening Day favorite to win the World Series. The Nats, winners of the National League East division in 2012, begin a 2013 season heavy with expectations on Monday, April 1 when they play host to the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. • Opening Day ticket information for the Washington Nationals With the deepest pitching staff in baseball anchored by standouts Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, and a strong lineup that should be buoyed by 20-year-old prodigy Bryce Harper—the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year—entering his first full big league season, baseball experts are high on the Nats. World …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Summer is right around the corner, and a variety of area camps offer fun and learning for kids of all ages.
Before you know it, the last bell of the 2012-2013 school year will ring and your kids will have more than two months of school-less days. To keep your kids active in sports and activities and educationally challenged during their long summer vacation, now's the time to sign up for one or more summer camps that include everything from science and sports to performing arts. Here's a quick line-up of a few area summer camps scheduled in the Greater Alexandria area: Arcadia Farm Camp This year, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture will offer its second annual Farm Camp for kids between the ages of six years old and 12 years old. Camp will run from July 8 to Aug. 2. Kids will have the opportunity to learn more about farming and food. …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Want to see Virginia teams in NCAA Tournament action? Act quickly, as two of them are No. 16 seeds. Plus, where to watch games in Mount Vernon and Greater Alexandria
March Madness is upon us! Have you filled out your bracket yet? Virginia flavor - James Madison, the No. 16 seed in the East Region, opens play Wednesday. The Dukes, who have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1994, got there by winning the Colonial Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, will play No. 16 seed Long Island University in a first-round game in Dayton at 6:45 p.m. The winner of that game goes on to a matchup with No. 1 seed Indiana on Friday. Virginia Commonwealth, a Final Four team two years ago, enters this year's NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed. The Rams (26-8), who got in with an at-large bid, will play No. 12 seed Akron - winner of the Mid-American Conference Tourney - in the late game (9:45 p.m.) Thursday in Auburn …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Student athletes were recognized for outstanding achievements.
Student athletes were recognized for their achievements at the West Potomac High School Winter Sports Awards on Sunday night. Athletes from each sport were selected for MVP and Coaches Awards. Seniors Will Rupp and Lauren Price were awarded with the Scholar Athlete Award, which is presented to a male and female senior who excels in their sport and academics. Student athletes are nominated by their coaches & the winner is voted by all winter head coaches.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Senior Will Rupp won the Virginia State AAA Wrestling Championship for the 220lb weight class.
West Potomac High School senior Will Rupp won the Virginia State AAA Wrestling Championship for the 220lb weight class this weekend. This is the first time West Potomac High School has had a Wrestling State Champion since 1987. Will went undefeated this season and was the Patriot District Champion, the Northern Region Champion and the Virginia State AAA Champion. WPHS senior Zac Prinzbach came in 8th in the Virginia State AAA Tournament.
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Panther Cheer Club took home a national championship trophy.
Monday, February 18
Congratulations are in order to the athletes of The Panther Cheer Club of Alexandria who competed at the beginning of February at the American Masters Championship in Baltimore, hosted by Varsity Brands. The athletes, all of whom are middle school students at Carl Sandburg Middle School, wowed the crowd and judges, taking home a team national championship trophy, as well as championship jackets for each athlete. Coaches Anna Diefendorf, Ann Larkin, and Kelly Larkin, stated that the team has worked very hard this year to go from a team with very limited stunting and other skills to a team that is now performing skills that would be characterized as level 2 and 3 skills pursuant to the all-star skill level division guidelines, which …
Monday, February 11, 2013
If enacted into law, the measure would allow home-schooled students to try out for teams at public schools. Area's Del. Rob Krupicka and Del. Scott Surovell voted "no" to measure.
Monday, February 11
By Paige Baxter Capital News Service RICHMOND – Home-schooled students in Virginia could participate in public school sports under the so-called “Tebow bill” that has been passed by the House and will be considered by a Senate committee this week. Delegates voted 56-43 for House Bill 1442, which will be heard by the Senate Health and Education Committee Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Del. Robert Bell (R-Albemarle) would require public schools to allow home-schoolers to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. Area Delegates Rob Krupicka (D-45th) and Scott Surovell (D-44th) voted against the bill. Many parents who home-school their children support the legislation, which is nicknamed for NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who …
Five swimmers will advance to the state swim meet at George Mason University.
Monday, February 11
West Potomac’s swim team swam fast, set a new Northern Region record, and achieved multiple best times at the Northern Region Swim & Dive Championship Meet at Oak Marr Rec Center on Feb. 2. Five Wolverine swimmers will advance to the state swim meet on February 15 and 16 at George Mason University. Sophomore Michael Valceanu, who placed 6th in the 100-yard butterfly in a state meet qualifying time of 52.97 and 12th in the 200-yard freestyle in a personal best 1:48.66 led the boys team. Valceanu also swam the butterfly leg of the 200-yard medley relay with teammates junior Cyrus Adams-Mardi (backstroke), sophomore Will Rausch (breaststroke) and freshman D.J. Pinter (freestyle). Rausch swam in the 100-yard breaststroke in the preliminaries…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Soccer player commits to play soccer at University of Pennsylvania.
West Potomac High School senior Lindsey Sawczuk committed Wednesday to play soccer next fall at the University of Pennsylvania. Sawczuk began her soccer career by playing for the Gunston Soccer League. In 2011, she began playing for the McLean Power Soccer Team under Coach Clyde Watson; her team won the ECNL National Championship in 2012. She is a member of the Virginia State Olympic Development Team and the U-17 Region One Olympic Development Team. She was a four-year starter at midfield for the West Potomac Wolverines and earned Patriot District honors and the WPHS Golden Boot Award. Lindsey has also played basketball all four years and is the starting point guard. She is an AP Scholar with a 4.33 GPA, National Honor Society President, …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Chris Blewitt and Jayme Murray signed letters of intent Wednesday on National Signing Day.
West Potomac High School athletes Chris Blewitt and Jayme Murray signed their letters of intent Wednesday to play college ball. Blewit signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play football this fall at the University of Pittsburgh. The signing marked the end of a recruiting process that began with Blewitt, a kicker and punter, winning a kicking competition at Pitt last summer. This past season at West Potomac, the All-District, All-Region, All-Met and All-State selection kicked eight field goals, including a school record setting 51-yarder. All but three of Blewitt's kickoffs reached the end zone for touchbacks. He also averaged 43.5 yards punting. West Potomac football coach Jeremiah Davis said that Blewitt was a "tremendous" …