The morning of Saturday, June 20 was expected to have been a noisy time filled with neighborhood activity and excitement as the outdoor summertime swimming season would be beginning across the local areas.
The plan was ready to go: Brent Willess would hold a light workout and have a small and easily digestible meal on a Tuesday evening before embarking on an epic crossing of the English Channel the following morning.
Marshall High School recently held a “virtual” college signing and commitment ceremony, in which 20 senior athletes planning to participate in college sports in the 2020-21 school year were recognized.
Sports fans can be very different. Some watch and follow for the action and personalities of the games and events, maybe hoping to get the occasional autograph or catch a foul ball.
Many of the head and assistant coaches leading teams in the July inaugural eight-team Northern Virginia College Baseball League have local connections within the Sun Gazette coverage areas of McLean, Vienna and Oakton.
Multiple girls and boys senior basketball players from high schools in the Sun Gazette coverage areas were recognized in some manner for their performances during the 2019-20 season by the popular Website Novahoops.com.
The Husel Hockey Club of Northern Virginia, which includes local players, recently had girls teams win three field hockey national indoor championships at different age levels.
Two of the three local Little Leagues in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas canceled their 2020 spring seasons in recent days, with McLean Little League still hoping to play some type of regular season for baseball and girls softball teams in June and July.
The Northern Virginia Community College athletic department has announced the suspension of intercollegiate athletics for the 2020-21 academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If any actual local sporting events are ever held this summer – whether baseball or softball games or swimming and diving meets – don’t expect the competitions to look normal.
Halle Duenkel isn’t complaining, and the senior demonstrates a mature perspective on what became a tough-luck spring sports season for the James Madison University women’s lacrosse player.
The names of the teams, the coaches, players, rosters and the July 2 starting date have all been finalized for the inaugural short-season five-week Northern Virginia College Baseball League.
Langley High School recently held a “virtual” college commitment ceremony on YouTube, during which 23 senior athletes planning to participate in college sports in the 2020-21 school year were recognized.
Five of the seven senior basketball players chosen first team on the Sun Gazette’s 2019-20 girls and boys high-school selections have committed to play in college this coming winter.
For 30 years, Glen Cordell was a mainstay of Vienna Babe Ruth, serving as the league’s quartermaster as well as doing many other services to keep the league running.
POTOMAC SCHOOL’S TYSON TO STEVENSON: Potomac School senior quarterback J.T. Tyson announced that he will play college football at Division III Stevenson University in Maryland for the upcoming fall season.
First, she was a dominating championship pitcher in the McLean Little League girls softball program, then later in high school the same for the Bishop O’Connell Knights.