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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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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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The Yorktown Patriots had little trouble defeating the winless and visiting Herndon Hornets, 55-0, in Oct. 25 high-school football action, while the Wakefield Warriors and Washington-Liberty Generals won important road games.

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Compared to last season’s results, it was nearly deja vu all over again for the Yorktown Patriots at the girls and boys Liberty District high-school cross country championships.

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With an 18-hole score of 82, Washington-Liberty High School’s Kaiya Mitchell tied for the final qualifying spot with two other golfers Oct. 23 to earn a berth to play in the Virginia High School League’s Girls State Open Golf Tournament.

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With an important victory over the host Langley Saxons on Oct. 18, the Yorktown Patriots have the opportunity to win an outright district championship for the first time since 2012.

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What occurred the night of Friday, Oct. 11 in high-school football action was something that doesn’t happen often involving Arlington County’s three public-school varsity teams – they all won.

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Friday night, Oct. 11 brought a trio of success for Arlington County’s three public-school varsity football teams as the Wakefield Warriors, Washington-Liberty Generals and Yorktown Patriots were all victorious in winning their opening district games - leaving all in first place.

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With an individual winner and two team champions, the Bishop O’Connell Knights had a strong showing among rivals Oct. 10 at the annual Arlington County cross country championships.

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The annual Arlington County boys and girls high-school cross country meets were run Oct. 10 at Bluemont Park with both the Bishop O'Connell girls and boys teams winning.

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The Washington-Liberty Generals (2-3) faced a tall task and remained close for a while Oct. 4 against the host and undefeated Chantilly Chargers.

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The Washington-Liberty Generals played a recent girls high-school volleyball match against the host Langley Saxons in Liberty District action. Langley won, 3-1. The teams meet again Oct. 10.

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The defending Liberty District Tournament girls volleyball champion Washington-Liberty Generals are off to a 9-1 start this season, and began the week with a 2-1 record in league play.

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Week four of the high-school football season had two Arlington teams winning and one losing in Friday night, Sept. 27 action in non-district play.

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An already highly-accomplished basketball career now begins a new chapter for Faith Randolph, who recently was named the head girls varsity coach at Washington-Liberty High School.

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The Washington-Liberty Generals had a 4-3 overall record when the week began, including recent losses to perennial region powers Langley and W.T. Woodson.

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In thrilling fashion, and for the third year in a row, the Wakefield Warriors defeated the Washington-Liberty Generals in an all-Arlington high-school football clash.

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Led by a fourth-place individual finish by Benjamin Newfield, the Yorktown Patriots placed second in the 36-hole Liberty District golf tournament at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston.

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The host Washington-Liberty Generals rallied to defeat the Edison Eagles, 14-8, in high-school football action Sept. 13. The win evened W-L's record at 1-1.

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Through the first two games of the 2019 high-school football season the Yorktown Patriots are perfect at 2-0 with as many shutouts and scoring 40 or more points in each contest.

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His original race strategy didn’t go as planned, so Albert Velikonja improvised and the change paid off with a victory.

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Behind a 300-yard passing game from senior quarterback Grant Wilson the Yorktown Patriots opened their 2019 high-school football season with a 40-0 home victory over visiting Wilson of Washington, D.C. on Sept. 6.

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They’re ready. The players are in place, the plays are set and understood, special teams still need polishing, but the Washington-Liberty Generals are otherwise on track to begin the 2019 high-school football season and eager to improve on last fall’s 1-9 record.

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With a championship trophy in their possession, this year’s victorious return bus ride to the school was much more lively and fun for the Yorktown Patriots.

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There were some significant accomplishment during last fall’s high-school cross country season by teams and individuals.

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Yorktown High School junior attack Kate Burke was a Virginia High School League Class 6 first-team all-state selection in girls lacrosse.

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W-L CREW EIGHTH AT NATIONALS, SECOND IN CANADA: With strong sprints throughout the competition, the Washington-Lee High School girls varsity eight shell finished second in the petite final, which was good for eighthplace in the country, at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s natio…

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