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It used to be that taking team photos of championship sports squads wasn’t a big deal or all that popular. A team would win a title, gather with a trophy and banner, and a few would be on hand to snap a picture.

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With a semifinal victory led by an efficient, effective, confident and productive short-passing attack, the No. 3-seed Yorktown Patriots will next play for a region championship.

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The best season in program history ended for the Washington-Liberty Generals with a semifinal loss in the Virginia High School League’s Class 6 girls state volleyball tournament.

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The Yorktown Patriots held on to defeat the visiting Marshall Statesmen, 28-23, on Nov. 15 in a first-round 6D North Region tournament high-school football game.

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It used to be that varsity high-school sports teams in Arlington didn’t enjoy much post-season good fortune during the various fall public-school campaigns beyond district-tournament competitions.

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Yorktown High School’s Piper Dean and Anna Macon Corcoran had strong finishes at the Virginia High School League’s Class 6 girls state cross-country meet at Great Meadow in The Plains.

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The eighth-seeded Wakefield Warriors understood their task would be difficult, playing on the road against the top seed, undefeated and defending champion Westfield Bulldogs on Nov. 15 in a first-round game of the 6D North Region  high-school football playoffs.

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Picking up where they left off in the regular season, the Yorktown Patriots continued their winning ways with a first-round victory Nov. 16 over the visiting Marshall Statesmen in a first-round 6D North Region tournament football playoff game.

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When the Wakefield Warriors and Yorktown Patriots take the field tonight in first-round 6D North Region high-school football playoff action, the teams will be facing opponents they have not played for many years.

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The Washington-Liberty Generals hosted the Yorktown Patriots in an all-Arlington clash among high-school football rivals on Friday night, Nov. 8.

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Three Arlington Travel Baseball teams won their final competition of the fall season at the 9-under, 10-under and 12-under age groups, capturing the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League End of Season Tournament.

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At last! A visual two-step process has begun with the hope of helping to eliminate, or certainly lessen the number of those annoying delay-of-game penalties in high school football.

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The Bishop O'Connell Knights scored the first 20 points against the visiting Paul VI Catholic Panthers on Nov. 9, then allowed the next 21 in a 21-20 loss in their final regular-season game of the high-school football season.

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The results of the final Friday night lights of the 2019 high-school football regular season in Nov. 8 action secured an outright district championship for the Yorktown Patriots and Wakefield Warriors.

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A strong race-ending kick was parlayed into a region championship for one Yorktown High School runner, while the same strategy fell short for another.

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Depending on the outcome of final regular-season games on Nov. 8, there is a possibility that the Wakefield Warriors, Washington-Liberty Generals and Yorktown Patriots could all end up as district football champions.

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It took a while, but when the stakes became the highest, that’s when the Yorktown Patriots started playing their best field hockey of the 2019 campaign, in what has become an historic season for the girls team.

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A unique thing about many high-school cross country courses is that spectators are often right there with the runners, with very often ropes throughout the entire course, preventing them from wandering onto the course in various places, sometimes inadvertently getting in the way.

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With the Washington-Liberty Generals’ 42-0 victory over the host McLean Highlanders in Nov. 1 high-school football action, the winning team kept possession of the annual Highlanders-Generals Cup trophy awarded to the winner of the game each fall for 12 seasons now.

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In a trio of important district football games with first place and or playoff implications on the line Friday night, Nov. 1, all three of Arlington’s public-school teams won big.

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For those who knew Art Saenz, they were acquainted with, among other things, a passionate baseball fan with a lively personality and a tireless volunteer in many facets over the years with Arlington Senior Babe Ruth.

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The Bishop O'Connell High School girls and boys cross country teams participated in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship meets on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Bull Run Regional Park.

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It’s not a frequent occurrence in Arlington that a high school athlete or sports team wins some type of state title. When that does happen, it would be a nice touch of class if those winners were recognized by the County Board on a consistent basis.

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Beginning with an impressive individual low score in the 60s shot during an early-season practice round, the local 2019 high-school fall golf season became one of the best ever for teams and players in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas.  

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The Bishop O'Connell Knights had maybe their strongest girls race of the season, scoring a low of 35 points with three runners finishing strong and among the top four in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship meet. The St. John's team, with the individual champion, ran a bi…

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