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The action-packed and tightly-contested April 13 softball showdown between the McLean Highlanders and Bishop O'Connell Knights was an impressive display of why the two girls high-school teams are perennial powers.

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Winning streaks improved to four and three game for a trio of high-school baseball teams with convincing victories on April 9.

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The McLean Highlanders continued a trend of scoring four goals in each of their victories this season with a 4-0 win over their neighborhood rival Langley Saxons on March 29.

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The Langley Saxons and Marshall Statesmen improved their overall records to 4-1 with victories in high-school baseball action March 29.

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With convincing victories in their first three games – two no-hitters and a one-hitter – the Madison Warhawks began the 2019 girls high-school softball campaign the way they played the last two – dominating opponents en route to winning back-to-back state championships.

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With a lot going on, there was much more to report than the final score and stats from the 15th annual Suburban Classic girls high-school basketball competition.

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The Langley Saxons (2-0) no-hit the Mount Vernon Majors, 11-1, in a five-inning high-school baseball game last week.

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A number of local baseball teams opened their 2019 high-school seasons with lopsided road victories last week.

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With the weather expected to warm and dry a bit this week, three high-school baseball teams that won conference-tournament titles last spring – the Madison Warhawks, Marshall Statesmen and Potomac School Panthers – are scheduled to open their 2019 campaigns.

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For years, including the 2018-19 campaign, girls basketball teams in the Sun Gazette’s coverage areas of Fairfax County have been perennial region contenders and often champions.

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By compiling maybe the best statistical season in program history, Marshall High School center Daniel Deaver was rewarded for his efforts during the 2018-19 boys basketball season.

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The McLean Highlanders defeated the host Oakton Cougars, 77-66, in a recent first-round 6D North Region Tournament boys high-school basketball game.

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Langley High School junior pole vaulter Hannah Richardson continued her domination of the girls event by winning the Virginia High School League's Class 6 state championship in Hampton. Her winning jump was 11 feet.

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The Marshall Statesmen (21-6) began the week with an eight-game winning streak, including a 2-0 record in the boys 6D North Region Tournament to reach the semifinals of that high-school basketball competition.

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Thanks to a fast start and shooting 65 percent from the floor, the visiting McLean Highlanders downed the Oakton Cougars, 77-66, Feb. 19 in a first-round boys basketball game of the 6D North Region tournament.

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The McLean Highlanders and Madison Warhawks were first-time champions in their respective district tournaments, winning the Feb. 15 title games in girls high-school basketball action.

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Including teams and individuals, various high-school state champions hail from Vienna this winter, in addition to other top finishers.

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Marshall High School’s Luke Munna won the 145-pound weight division at the 6D North Region Wrestling Tournment, compiling a 4-0 record that included three pins and a 4-3 decision in the championship match. Munna’s pins came in 2:10, 1:53 and 53 seconds.

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The Marshall Statesmen in boys and girls action and the McLean Highlanders in girls are No. 2 seeds, the highest among local teams, in this week’s high-school basketball district tournament playoff action.

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The Madison Warhawks successfully defended their title as the Concorde District girls gymnastics champion on Feb. 2 at Chantilly High School.

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Between them, with a victory each, a runner-up and a third-place, the Madison Warhawks and Oakton Cougars were the big success stories of the 6D North Region Swimming and Diving championships.

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When the girls and boys Class 6D North Region high-school basketball tournaments begin in a few weeks, they will be wide-open competitions.

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With multiple individual and relay champions and other top three finishers, the Madison Warhawks and Oakton Cougars dominated the Concorde District swimming and diving high-school championships.

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Inside a packed and loud gymnasium a big neighborhood high-school basketball rivalry doubleheaders was played Jan. 25 resulting in a split at Langley High. 

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McLEAN BASKETBALL: The McLean Highlanders began the week in first place in the Liberty District in girls and boys basketball with 4-0 records.

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A first-place showdown ended with the host McLean Highlanders scoring four late-game points to win, 67-62, over the Washington-Lee Generals and take over sole possession of the lead in the Liberty District boys high-school basketball standings.

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The host McLean Highlanders owned the neighborhood the night of Jan. 11 when they swept the Langley Saxons in a boys and girls varsity basketball double header.

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The Oakton Cougars (11-2) upped their winning streak to six by finishing 3-0 in their own girls holiday high-school basketball competition.

Who to Contact


Prince William/Stafford

David Fawcett, Sports editor
  • dfawcett@insidenova.com

Arlington/Fairfax

David Facinoli, Sports editor
  • dfacinoli@SUNGAZETTE.NET


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