Sports Shorts / David Steinbacher


Townes misses NBAs cut
At the recent NBA Draft, former Alexandria resident Darian Townes was not drafted in the two-round draft.

Only 60 players were selected by the 30 NBA teams and Townes not being selected was somewhat of a surprise.

The 610 Townes played his first two high school seasons at T.C. Williams and his final two high school seasons at Archbishop Carroll, D.C.

Townes played collegiately at the University of Arkansas and averaged nearly 16.5 points and nearly 10.0 rebounds his senior season.

It is not clear as of this writing as to his immediate plans.

Are you ready for some football?
The NFL Camps are drawing near.

T.C. Williams alumnus/running back Tony Hunt (03) will attempt to secure his roster spot with the Philadelphia Eagles for the second consecutive season.

The 61 230 pound Hunt played collegiately at Penn State and was primarilly involved with the Eagles in 07 on special teams play.

Episcopal High School alumnus/running back Tim Hightower (04) will attempt to secure his roster spot with the Arizona Cardinals during July/August.

The 61 225 pound Hightower set a number of offensive records at the University of Richmond this past fall, before being drafted in the fifth round by the Cardinals (the 149th overall pick).

Regarding the upcoming high school football campaign, the public schools are scheduled to commence practice on August 5. (Episcopal, by the fact that it is a boarding school, is not scheduled to commence its first practice until August 20).

Last season, the four Alexandria City High Schools combined for 22 wins – one of the most successful combined efforts in recent memory: Ireton (nine wins), St. Stephens/St. Agnes (six), T.C. Williams (four) and Episcopal (three).

All four of the Cities head coaches will be returning in 08: Ireton (Tony Verducci), St. Stephens/St. Agnes (Dave Holm), T.C. (Dennis Randolph) and Episcopal (Mark Gowin).

Summer League Basketball Update
The St. Stephens/St. Agnes Sleepy Thompson Boys Summer Basketball League continues to progress, under the leadership of Kevin McLinton. Local schools SSSA, Ireton, Edison and Hayfield are participating.

T.C. Williams, on the other hand is participating in the Falconers League in Prince Georges County, Md.

T.C. (Virginia AAA 07/08 State Champions) will be led this upcoming hardcourt season by rising seniors: Edward Jenkins, Dominique Copeland, Gavin Peterson, Marcus Via; upcoming juniors: Joseph Moses and Ryan Yates and upcoming sophomores: Ben Dickinson and Jordin Taylor.