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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Teeing Off Column

Commentary: Teams where they should remain

A good thing about the 2021-22 high-school sports year has been a shift of some local teams moving to more appropriate districts. The Marshall Statesmen and Wakefield Warriors, languishing in the National District for the past half-dozen years or so,...

Commentary: Scorebook retired until spring

That maroon-covered and a bit scraped and bruised baseball scorebook that was used by the Sun Gazette staff in recent weeks unfortunately has been stored away for the coming fall and winter. With the high-school and summer hardball campaigns now...

Commentary: A favorite gathering spot

The scoring area, either outside or inside, always is the favorite gathering spot at high-school golf tournaments. Everyone involved in the competition eventually ends up there – players, coaches, tournament officials, those collecting and displaying the scores, parents of players,...

Commentary: Which teams will move where?

What now? With the large 17-division 2021 Northern Virginia Swimming League season now complete for another summer, which teams will be moved about, and to where, before the 2022 campaign begins? Each offseason, adjustments are made as NVSL swimming teams are...

Commentary: Such a quick turnaround

Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago, certainly seems so, that the peculiar and postponed COVID condensed 2020-21 high-school football season ended for local public-school teams? That’s correct. Saturday afternoon, April 24, was the final playoff game for a local...

Commentary: Legion pitch count too low

For nine-inning baseball games, the 105 maximum pitches that were allowed by any one pitcher to throw during the recent American Legion District 17 baseball tournament was a number much too low. For seven innings, 105 is OK, maybe even...

Commentary: Speedy swim meets

Wow, how about high praise for running a summer swimming meet in rapid manner? That’s what happens when the Arlington Knights of Columbus Holy Mackerels host Saturday-morning meets in the Colonial Swimming League. Races start about every 30 seconds, with...

Sports Notebook: Chatter behind the backstop

When the playoffs conclude this weekend for the Northern Virginia College League, it will make the end of the second season for the summer baseball organization. The league was quickly created as an impromptu idea, and run very well, last...

Commentary: Parking easier at Division 17 meets

The first thing noticed when attending a Division 17 meet during the summertime’s Northern Virginia Swimming League is, often, there are available parking spots, well after Saturday morning meets have begun. Depending on the pool, there are some open spaces...

Commentary: Creative ways to watch

With heavily attended high-school state-tournament baseball and softball playoff games in recent days, some spectators found creative ways to watch the action by avoiding the crowded bleachers and other popular spots, like behind the backstop. Instead, a handful of clever...
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Editor’s Notebook: Get those boxes packed!

Yesterday marked the first day that sports czar Dave and I took some boxes from our current office across...
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