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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Teeing Off Column

Commentary: State soccer event quickly becomes popular

The unique four-team Northern Virginia Invitational girls state soccer tournament for Division I private high-school teams began in 2017 and recently completed its fifth tournament this fall. The pandemic prevented a 2020 event. The competition has become quite popular with...

Commentary: The players were allowed to play

They let them play, so the girls high-school soccer match became more fun and entertaining to watch. The high-school championship clash was between the Bishop O’Connell Knights and host Potomac School Panthers playing for the Northern Virginia Invitational state tournament...

Commentary: Line dancing took the stage

So how long did that impromptu line dance actually become: 20, 30, 40, maybe even 50 yards? With the popular dancing song “Cotton-Eyed Joe” playing loudly over the public-address system, the line began with just a handful of participating high-school...

Commentary: A waiting game for golfers

For some high-school golfers who played in the recent 18-hole girls qualifying competition hoping to earn a berth in the Virginia High School League’s Girls State Open tournament, much of the time was spent waiting around to learn if...

Commentary: Bike riders were on the lookout

For years, the annual Arlington County girls and boys high-school cross country meets have been held on the course at busy Bluemont Park in Arlington. And at times, because many pedestrians and runners are in the same place at...

Commentary: Golf continues for boys and girls.

High-school golf teams in Virginia are boys and girls squads for now. That has been the case for years and likely will be so for many more to come. The majority of teams in Northern Virginia mostly consist of boys,...

Commentary: Working the chain gang

Ever worked the sideline as a chain crew member during a high-school football game, or want to do so? Just ask, and the request likely will be granted. There isn’t a waiting list or a long line of volunteers willing...

Commentary: Keeping tabs one some spectators

It’s a common occurrence that event officials during the annual multi-race Monroe Park Invitational high-school cross country meet at Burke Lake Park become annoyed with spectators potentially getting in the way of runners and impeding their progress. When that happens,...

Commentary: Shortages a growing concern

One of the big concerns regarding local amateur sports these days is a shortage of game officials for all events, and not enough coaches for some of the teams, as well. Basketball, baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and the like all...

Commentary: Scrimmages can be hard to follow

Ever been to a high-school football scrimmage and try to figure out which player is which? That very often can be a challenge.   The thing about scrimmage games is there is no real organization of players, as far as...
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