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O’CONNELL BASEBALL: The Bishop O’Connell Knights opened their season with a 7-5 win over Gonzaga in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game, then had upcoming contests suspended because the school closed because of the COVID-19 virus. It is not known when the season will resume.

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An always neat thing about high-school track and field is athletes often are entered in multiple events during meets – some as many as a half dozen or more, if that can be arranged.

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As has been the case for years, hundreds attended the annual Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame awards banquet, this year held March 6 in the grand ballroom of the Hilton McLean Tysons, where three new inductees highlighted the 30th event.

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Custodians at various high schools have revealed over the years that the most forgotten items left inside gymnasiums after sporting events are jackets, coats and sweatshirts.

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The divisions have been finalized for the 2020 Northern Virginia Swimming League season, and the makeup of Division 1 is a little different this year.

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Like school-boundary changes and e-scooter regulations, there’s something about determining who gets priorities on the Arlington government’s athletic fields and related facilities that can bring out the worst in some portions of the citizenry.

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Their regular season was memorable for a couple of reasons, then the Washington-Liberty Generals playoff run, including two victories over Arlington rivals, became even more notable for additional and multiple accomplishments achieved by the boys high-school basketball team.

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Some in the know gave the Washington-Liberty Generals no chance of winning or being close to the South County Stallions in a first-round game of the Virginia High School League's Class 6 boys state basketball tournament. A loss by 40 points was mentioned more than once.

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Taking a “nothing to lose” attitude into the first state basketball tournament appearance in decades, the Washington-Liberty Generals hope to continue their postseason success tonight.

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Yorktown High School girls soccer coach Hannah Laman-Maharg, who led the Patriots to a state championship last spring, will be the guest speaker at the March 11 Better Sports Club of Arlington’s monthly meeting.

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There were two individual state winners from Arlington schools at the boys indoor track and field state championships, one helping his team to a runner-up finish.

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The Washington-Liberty Generals lost to the host Centreville Wildcats on Feb. 28 in the boys championship game of the 6D North Region high-school basketball tournament.

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Ever watch the changing locations of the game ball during high-school basketball contests when there is a break in the action of play?

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So far during her three-year high-school swimming career, Victoria Huske has never lost an individual race.

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Naturally, initial reactions were disappointment for the Bishop O'Connell Knights after finishing second in the state tournament.

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They didn't win the championship, yet the Washington-Liberty Generals' second-place finish continued their journey as a bit of a Cinderella story in the 6D North Region Tournament.

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A Cinderella story of sorts has developed regarding the Washington-Liberty Generals in the 6D North Region boys basketball tournament.

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After finishing third in the state tournament at 145 pounds last season, Wakefield High School senior Steven Rochard moved up one weight class for the 2020 campaign and did two places better.

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Having been blown out by the Yorktown Patriots a few days earlier, the Washington-Liberty Generals turned the tables on their Arlington rival, winning 66-61 Feb. 25 in a quarterfinal game of the 6D North Region boys high-school basketball tournament.

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W-L AT STATE GYMNASTICS: The Washington-Liberty Generals ended their gymnastics season with a third-place finish at the Virginia High School League’s Class 6 state competition.

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It is the same sport, yet the high-school and summertime swimming seasons are similar and very different.

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Led by the Yorktown Patriots' Victoria Huske and her girls team's second-place finish, there were multiple standout performances involving Arlington participants during the Virginia High School League's Class 6 state swimming championship finals.

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Behind a hot-shooting night that added up to 14 three-pointers and a single-game season high for points, the visiting Yorktown Patriots routed the No. 2 seeded Washington-Liberty Generals, 98-73, in a Feb. 18 semifinal game of the Liberty District boys basketball tournament.

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The Wakefield Warriors ended regular-season play in girls and boys National District high-school basketball action Feb. 14 with wins over Justice, then each were victorious in first-round tournament league action Feb. 18.

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A number of high-school swimmers from Arlington teams competed in the championship finals of the 6D North Region swimming championships the night of Feb. 15 at Oak Marr pool in Oakton.

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