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Blocked field goal keeps West Potomac unbeaten

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T.C. Williams quarterback Zach Goehler drops back for a pass.

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West Potomac senior Kristian Rodriguez runs for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Wolverines 28-21 win Friday. Rodriguez now has nine total touchdowns this year.

The West Potomac Wolverines defeated Lee High School last Friday in a thrilling 28-21 double overtime victory.

West Potomac senior Sammy Berrios blocked a potentially game-winning Lee field goal in overtime to send the game into another extra period. Senior Charles Johnson caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cole Walter to win the game. West Potomac is now 4-0 for the season.

Senior wide receiver Kristian Rodriguez once again led the way for the Wolverines, scoring two touchdowns, including an 80-yard catch to kickstart the scoring in the first quarter. Rodriguez also had a 51-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

West Potomac hopes to keep its undefeated season alive when it faces Hayfield this Friday before traveling to West Springfield in two weeks.

<b>Mount Vernon football drops to 2-2</b>

The Mount Vernon football team lost to Edison, 47-21, last Friday, dropping the team’s record to 2-2 this season. Both of the Majors losses this season have come against undefeated teams.

Senior Brandon O’Clisham led Mount Vernon on the ground, picking up 81 rushing yards on nine carries. Senior quarterback Brian Green also had 44 yards rushing.

The Majors will look to rebound this Friday when they go on the road to face Washington-Lee at 7:30 p.m.

<b>Titan football shut out</b>

The T.C. Williams Titan football team dropped to 0-4 this season following a 27-0 loss to Annandale this past weekend. The team struggled to move the ball throughout, gaining just 184 total yards on offense.

After four straight home games to start off the season, the Titans go on the road to try for their first win of the year against Lake Braddock this week.

<b>Triathlon couple raises money for cause</b>

Last week, Alexandria residents Shannon Hunter and her husband, Earnest, competed in the Nation’s Triathlon, raising close to $12,000 dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The couple began racing in triathlons after Shannon’s grandfather died from multiple myoloma in 2001. The Hunters wanted to do something that would keep his legacy alive, and in the process became hooked on triathlons.

This year’s Nation’s Triathlon was their fifth race in the past two years, and the duo has raised more than $12,000 overall thanks to contributions from friends and family. The 2008 Nation’s Triathlon was held on September 14th in Washington, D.C. The event raised more than $3 million for cancer research and patient services.

“It has given me a lot of purpose,” Shannon said. “I like having something I do that isn’t about me. My husband and I have bonded around that.”

<b>City rivals announce new sports competition</b>

The athletic directors at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (SSASA) and Episcopal High School of Alexandria announced the creation of the inaugural Seminary Hill Cup for girls’ athletics, to kick off in the fall athletic season of the 2008-09 school year.

Both schools have enjoyed great success over the years in girls’ athletics. The Saints are known for their powerhouse lacrosse programs and the Maroon of Episcopal have a number of league championships to go with a state title in field hockey from 2006. Both schools will have various events and celebrations surrounding the inaugural competition and each school will rotate hosting the event.

This year’s competition got underway September 24 with a varsity tennis match at SSASA. The other sports involved are varsity and JV cross country (Oct. 8), JV tennis (Oct. 9), varsity and JV field hockey (Oct. 23), varsity and JV volleyball (Oct. 23), and varsity and JV soccer (Oct. 23).

The Episcopal High School bookstore and the Follett Higher Education Group will be donating the championship trophy to be awarded after the final competition on Thursday October 23rd, 2008.

<b>T.C. Williams track and cross country teams fundraiser</b>

The TC Williams track and cross-country teams are hosting a community all-comers meet on Sunday Oct. 5th. Registration is between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and the meet begins at 11a.m. The meet will be at the new T.C. Williams track at 3330 King St. Alexandria. The featured event will be 2000-meter steeple chase. Costs are $4 for one event and $8 for more than one event for alumni and $5 for one event and $10 for more than one event for non-alums. All proceeds go to the T.C. Williams Cross Country and Track Booster Club. For more information contact Patrick Deville at patrick.deville@acps.k12.va.us.

<b>Semi-Pro Basketball Tryouts</b>

The Alexandria Avengers semi-pro basketball team will be holding tryouts for its 2009 season on October 25 and October 26 at Mount Vernon High School at 10 a.m. The cost is $60 per player. The organization’s dance team will also be holding tryouts on September 28 at Bally’s in Alexandria.