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Episcopal ends basketball season with shock defeat

The 2009-2010 season came to a screeching halt for the the Episcopal boys basketball team shortly after the Times March 4 deadline. Facing fifth-seeded Bishop OConnell in the Virginia Independent Schools tournament, the fourth-seeded Maroon struggled to match the Knight size and athleticism, suffering a 68-34 shock defeat.

Episcopal (17-8) entered the second-round game on the heels of a 47-38 loss four days earlier to Montrose Christian in the Sleepy Thompson final and left with their only loss to Virginia competition. 

Junior Sadiq Abubakar had 16 points to lead the Maroon, who will graduate six players from this years squad. 

OConnell continued its tear through the state tournament, up-ending top seed Benedictine 56-44 and No. 3 Blue Ridge 80-72 Saturday to take the crown.

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Sportsmen to host high school basketball night

The Alexandria Sportsmans club will hold its monthly meeting March 16 when the varsity basketball coaches from Bishop Ireton, Episcopal, St. Stephens / St. Agnes and T.C. Williams high schools will speak.

Athletes of the month will be named as well. Admission is free and open to the public, as are refreshments. Doors open at the Old Dominion Boat Club, 1 King St., at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30.

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Marine Corps Marathon registration open for military

Special early discounted registration for the 35th Marine Corps Marathon began March 4 for all active duty and reserve service members and runs through April 6. Military personnel from all branches of the armed forces will receive a 15 percent discount applied to the $90 entry fee. Military members can register online at www.marinemarathon.com for just $76.50

Registration opens to the general public on April 7 for the October 31 event held in Arlington and Washington. The MCM is the fourth largest marathon in the United States and eighth largest in the world.

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Aces looking for summer host families 

The Alexandria Aces are seeking host families for the upcoming 2010 season in the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. The players, who arrive Memorial Day Weekend, will need a place to sleep and access to a washer and dryer the Aces take care of everything else. 

The Alexandria Aces field amateur players from a wide variety of colleges and universities around the United States. Other teams in the league include the Baltimore Redbirds, Bethesda Big Train, Herndon Braves, Rockville Express, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, Southern Maryland Nationals and Youses Maryland Orioles.

To volunteer as a host family, contact the Aces host family coordinator, Hilary Garner, at 202-216-8304, or email Hilary at hilary@alexandriaaces.org.

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