In an all-Arlington high-school swimming and diving showdown, the Yorktown Patriots swept the Washington-Liberty Generals, the girls winning 186-129 and the boys 184-130. Yorktown also swept West Potomac, the girls winning 229-85 and the boys, 164-151.
A frustrating loss in game one was disappointing for the Washington-Lee Generals. But victories in their final two games of the George Long Holiday Hoops Tournament at Wakefield High School gave the boys basketball team some satisfaction.
Strong defense, especially in the second half, sparked the Wakefield Warriors girls and boys basketball teams to comeback victories over their Arlington rival and hosts Washington-Liberty Generals in a high-school doubleheader Dec. 17.
Highlighted by Yorktown Patriots’ senior John Pius being chosen the Defensive Player of the Year, multiple high-school football players from Arlington were 6D North All-Region selections for their 2019 performance.
The highlight of the young girls basketball season so far for the Washington-Liberty Generals and new head coach Faith Randolph is easily a surprise victory over the host Oakton Cougars.
* The Washington-Liberty Generals (2-0) opened their boys basketball season with a 56-45 home win over the Madison Warhawks on Dec. 3, then went on the road in Alexandria and defeated the T.C. Williams Titans, 53-49, in game two.
Wakefield High School senior runningback Isaiah Mefford and Yorktown senior quarterback Grant Wilson were selected as offensive Players of the Year in the National and Liberty districts, respectively, for their performances and production during the 2019 high-school football season.
The Wakefield Warriors, the most successful boys public-school basketball team for a number of years in a row now, begins its 2019-20 high-school season participating in the eight-team Prolook Shootout in Orem, Utah.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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