Although Thomas Jefferson alumnus Alysa Harvey, Hayfield alumnus Nikea Green and West Potomac alumnus Tiombe Hurd did not qualify for the US Olympic Track and Field Team, Former Mount Vernon standout swimmer Marcus Rogan (’00) qualified for the Austrian National Team in a number of swimming events.
The former Major, coached by Cathy Gorsuch at Mount Vernon, competed in several swimming events in Beijing.
Although no other Alexandria-area resident or Alexandria-area high school alumnus is believed to be participating in Beijing, several other Northern Virginia athletes are:
Burke resident Justin Spring (who attended Lake Braddock and competed against Patriot District rival T.C. Williams) is a member of the US Gymnastics Team.
West Springfield alumnus Kara Lawson (who also competed against the Titans in the Patriot District) is a member of the US Womens Basketball Team.
Great Falls resident and O’Connell alumnus Kate Ziegler (who competed against Ireton in WCAC competition) is a member of the US Swim Team.
Other Northern Virginia members of the US Olympic Delegation include Garfield H.S. – (Woodbridge) alumnus Sheena Johnson Tosta (400m hurdles); Annandale resident Giuseppe Lanzone (rowing four); McLean resident Sam Stitt (rowing quadruple sculls) and The Plains resident Karen O’Connor (equestrian eventing).
Other Virginia members of the US Olympic Delegation include: Yorktown, Va. resident David Walters (4x200m swim relay); Newport News resident Christine Marshall (4x200m swim relay); Charlottesville resident Adam Nelson (shot put); Portsmouth resident LaShawn Merritt (400m track/field); Hampton resident David Payne (100m hurdles); Richmond resident Queen Harrison (400m hurdles); Virginia Beach resident Angela Hucles (womens soccer midfielder – coincidentally scored a goal on August 12 in the game vs. New Zealand); Virginia Beach resident Caroline Nichols (field hockey defender) and Charlottesville resident Lindsay Shoop (rowing eight).
The 29th Olympiad in Beijing will conclude August 24th.
Aces Season/Cal Ripken, Sr., Collegiate Baseball League (CRSCBL) Playoffs In Review:
The Alexandria Aces bowed out of the July 29 playoffs to conclude their inaugural season with an overall record of 18-25. The top-seeded Youses Orioles (managed by Dean Albany) eventually claimed the CRSCBL title with a convincing 11-1 victory against the College Park Bombers (managed by Gene Bovello) on August 1.
Eight teams, six from Maryland and two from Virginia, were represented in the CRSCBL.
College Park placed third in the regular season standings, behind Youses and the Bethesda Big Train.
Alexandria, managed by Eric Williams, placed third in the league in attendance and finished fifth (out of eight teams) in the regular season standings, narrowly trailing the other Virginia squad, the Herndon Braves, who placed fourth in the regular season standings.
Team President Pat Malone (who did a herculean job in helping to bring the team to Alexandria) summed up his thoughts regarding the 2008 season: “I’ve been very, very proud of the entire organization. I can’t say enough about our host families and our volunteers. I can’t wait until 2009 so we can once again showcase collegiate baseball in our great city.”
Upcoming High School
Seven of the nine area high schools kick off their season in August; two of the private schools will kick off their season in September.
- August 28 Edison (coached by Vaughn Lewis) hosts Lee.
Jefferson (coached by Tim Puvogel) hosts Falls Church.
- August 29 T.C. Williams (coached by Dennis Randolph) hosts Mount Vernon (coached by Tom Glynn).
Marshall hosts Hayfield (coached by Billy Pugh).
Centreville hosts West Potomac (coached by Eric Henderson).
- August 30 Carroll, D.C., hosts Ireton (coached by Tony Verducci).
- September 6 St. Christophers, Richmond, hosts St. Stephens/St. Agnes (coached by Dave Holm).
- September 13 Episcopal (coached by Mark Gowin) hosts Flint Hill, Oakton.