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Madison High School's Soren Almquist, McLean High's Randy Shepherd and Oakton High's Max Wilson and Winston Aju-Onu were scheduled to play in the annual NOVA Challenge all-star senior game for the Fairfax County team.

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Two local basketball players and a head coach received the highest honors for the Virginia High School League’s Class 6 girls division as a result of accomplishments during the 2019-20 season.

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ALL-STATE HOOP SELECTIONS: Flint Hill School basketball player Caitlyn Shumadine was a Division I private-school second-team all-state selection for her performance during the 2019-20 season. She was the team’s leading scorer and three-point shooter.

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There were a lot of choices and challenging decisions to make in choosing the 2019-20 girls and boys All-Sun Gazette high-school basketball teams.

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If the 2020 spring high-school sports season had started, one of the most anticipated and competitive local campaigns on the public-school level was expected to be girls softball and involve four teams.

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There are only unknowns at this point, but various thoughts and hopes certainly exist and are circulating from local high-school coaches regarding what might occur if students return to classes and the high-school springtime sports season begins sometime in mid April or later.

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POTOMAC SCHOOL SOFTBALL: The Potomac School Panthers won their season opener, 5-2, over John Paul the Great before the seasons were put on hold because of the COVID-19 virus situation.

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McLean High School’s Xavier Jemison had a strong showing at the Virginia High School League’s Class 6 boys state track and field meet with a first and a second place in distance races.

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Trailing 4-3 early in the contest, the host Marshall Statesmen charged in front for good, thanks to a 9-0 run, en route to defeating the Langley Saxons, 49-35, Feb. 25 in a quarterfinal game of the 6D North Region girls high-school basketball tournament.

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McLean High School senior guard Elizabeth Dufrane was chosen as the girls 6D North Region Player of the year in basketball for her performance during the 2019-20 season.

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Now with four straight state championships, the Madison Warhawks are tied for a special place in the history of the Virginia High School League's girls swimming and diving state competition.

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If there was any rust from an 11-day layoff without a game,  that wasn’t much visible, at least in the manner the Madison Warhawks teams began their Feb. 18 girls and boys semifinal basketball games of the Concorde District tournaments.

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The 6D North Region swimming championship final races were held the night of Feb. 15 at Oak Marr pool in Oakton.

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From the first race to the last of the Feb. 15 championship swim finals, the Madison Warhawks on the girls side and the Oakton Cougars on the boys had strong performances throughout the high-school competition to successfully defend their titles as 6D North Region swimming and diving champs.

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Led by a strong performance in the running events, the Oakton Cougars placed second in the 6D North Region boys track and field championships.

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In a showdown for first place in the National District, the visiting Edison Eagles (18-5, 12-0) concluded their regular season with a 61-41 win over the Marshall Statesmen in girls high-school basketball action Feb. 11.

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Thanks to a five-game winning streak the Marshall Statesmen (15-5, 9-1) will play for a share of first place on Feb. 11 when they host the Edison Eagles (17-5, 11-0) in a National District showdown.

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As expected, the defending state champion Madison Warhawks and Oakton Cougars dominated and won the 2020 girls and boys Concorde District swimming and diving championships, respectively.

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The Madison Warhawks (13-6, 6-0) remained in sole possession of first place in Concorde District boys high-school basketball with road wins over Oakton, 62-34, and Chantilly, 58-51, last week.

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At the busy Liberty District dual competition, the Langley Saxons went 1-1-1, defeating Yorktown, 43-28, tying South Lakes at 39 and losing to Washington-Liberty, 45-33, in high-school wrestling action Jan. 25

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The McLean Highlanders and Yorktown Patriots met in Liberty District high-school wrestling action Jan. 25 at South Lakes High School. Yorktown won, 36-33.

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During the McLean Highlanders’ 67-56 win over the Fairfax Rebels in girls Liberty District high-school basketball action last week, senior guard Elizabeth Dufrane became the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, for boys and girls.

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The Langley Saxons swept the McLean Highlanders in a neighborhood girls and boys high-school basketball doubleheader on Jan. 10.

Who to Contact


Prince William/Stafford

David Fawcett, Sports editor
  • dfawcett@insidenova.com

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David Facinoli, Sports editor
  • dfacinoli@SUNGAZETTE.NET


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