Sports — 18 February 2010

Maroon second, Saints third in IAC wrestling tourney

The St. Stephen’s / St. Agnes wrestling team turned in a third-place finish at Monday’s Interstate Athletic Conference tournament, led by senior Tyler Haley’s first place honors at the 130-pound level.

The Saints finished behind first-place Georgetown Prep and second-place Episcopal, with whom they also tied for second during the regular season. Junior Anthony Jacobsen came in second at the 215-pound weight class, while Shaw Whitley (112 pounds), Greg Voorhees (125), Jonathan Herrera (140), Erik Romanin (160) and Matt Brinckerhoff (171) all finished third.

Episcopal had three individual winners, with Adam Lynne (171), Henry Eshelman (215) and Alex Henry (275) topping their weight classes. The Saints and Maroon are scheduled to begin the Virginia Independent Schools tournament Friday.

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Alexandria’s Swift joins Tennessee sports royalty 

The Renaissance Hotel in Nashville is nearly 700 miles from Old Town, but surely both places will be on the mind of Alexandria native and basketball legend Harley “Skeeter” Swift Friday night when he is immortalized in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

That night, Swift and 10 others will join the likes of Pat Summitt, Steve Spurrier and Reggie White in the state’s sports pantheon.

Swift, now 63 and living about halfway between Nashville and Northern Virginia in Kingsport, Tenn., starred at the former George Washington High School where he was a two-year all-state selection and an All-American his senior season.

After high school, the sharpshooter played four years at East Tennessee State University, earning conference Player of the Year honors as a senior and later moving on to play in the ABA and NBA. 

“This is a huge affair and I’m thankful and humble,” Swift said of the enshrinement, which is also accompanied by a joint proclamation from both houses of the Tennessee legislature.

During his years of success on and around the hardwood as a player and later a coach, Swift had to overcome several off-court obstacles a rough childhood, bipolar disorder and, just recently, a bout with lymphoma but he remains irrepressibly positive.

“These two awards are very special and I am so thankful to so many that made it possible for me to reach my goal,” he said. Swift lauded several Alexandria institutions for their help along the way, including the Boys and Girls Club, the city’s recreation department, the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club and “too many more to list.”

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Sportsman’s Club names top athletes for February

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club honored their latest Athletes of the Month on Tuesday night, awarding the prize to Bishop Ireton swimmer Angus MacDonald and Episcopal sprinter Shantell Bingham.

Last weekend at the Virginia Independent Schools state championship, Bingham finished second in the 55-meter dash and won the 55-meter hurdles to lead the Maroon to third place overall.

MacDonald, the swim and dive team captain, has set school records in the freestyle and backstroke and won the gold medal in the 100-yard butterfly at the Catholic National championships earlier month. He plans to continue his swimming career next fall at the Air Force Academy.

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Postseason basketball

After wholesale postponements dating back to February 4, the basketball postseason for public and private schools are planned to tip off this weekend. For the T.C. Williams boys and girls, the Patriot District playoffs start this Friday with games at the highest seed. The semifinals and finals, to be played at T.C., are slated for Saturday and Monday, respectively.

In the Interstate Athletic Conference, the Episcopal (No. 3) and St. Stephen’s (No. 4) boys tip off action Saturday night at the higher seeds. The girls, in the Independent School League, begin their tournament next week.

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T.C. crew pushes off this weekend

A break in the snow means it’s finally time for ACPS students in grades eight through 12 to sign up for the T.C. Williams crew team. Returning female rowers should report to the T.C. boathouse today at 4 p.m. Returning boys should report to the boathouse at the same time on Friday. Newcomers to T.C. crew should plan to be at the T.C. boathouse at 8 a.m. Saturday with their parents.

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