There was funny banter and kidding, serious baseball talk, opinions, various emotions regarding a canceled season and a consensus that the defending tournament champion McLean Highlanders were the team to beat in the Liberty District this season.
Would this spring have brought a repeat of the unprecedented success a threesome of varsity lacrosse teams in Arlington enjoyed a year ago on the public high-school circuit?
O’CONNELL ATHLETES COLLEGE BOUND: A number of Bishop O’Connell High School senior athletes recently signed national letters of intent to play various sports in college.
Yorktown High School senior linebacker Aidan Burnside has made the decision to play college football, according to Yorktown head coach Bruce Hanson, at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., this coming fall.
REYES MAKES ALL-STATE: Washington-Liberty High School senior guard Anthony Reyes was a second-team all-state Class 6 selection for his performance during the 2019-20 boys high school basketball season.
This spring is uncharted territory for Teddy Herbert. For the first time that he can remember, the Arlington resident isn’t busy playing baseball this time of the year on some level.
With the scheduled start to the high-school baseball season having come and gone, the Washington-Liberty Generals and Yorktown Patriots were among varsity teams in Arlington that were hoping the 2019-20 campaign would still get going at some point.
BRIE PERPIGNAN: Bishop O’Connell High School graduate Brie Perpignan averaged 10.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during the winter as a sophomore guard for the women’s basketball team at Elon University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pair of standout swimmers were the stars from Arlington the night of Feb. 15 during the final races of the 6D North Region swimming and diving high-school championships.
With a season-best performance from start to finish, as expected but not guaranteed, the Washington-Liberty Generals repeated as the 6D North Region girls gymnastics champions.
The points kept accumulating in various events for the Washington-Liberty Generals and Yorktown Patriots, who wound up finishing second and third, respectively, in the girls and boys 6D North Region track and field championships.
By scoring their 51 points in three events, the Washington-Liberty Generals were the leaders after the first day of the girls 6D North Region track and field championships.
The Yorktown Patriots club ice hockey team (6-2-1) is in second place in the Norris Division and tied for fourth overall in the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League standings.
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