Competing at the 18th Annual Maccabiah Games in Israel, Fairfax native Simone Friedman had a successful showing. Friedman, who’s a level 10 gymnast and trains at Capital Gymnastics in Burke, brought home three silver medals. She competed in the all-around competition for Team USA and earned a silver medal, and in the finals she earned silver on both the uneven bars and floor exercise.
<b>Local Dukes Represent</b>
Two former James Madison University soccer players were recognized as members of the Colonial Athletic Association’s Silvery Anniversary team for men’s soccer. Fairfax native and Robinson graduate Kevin Knight and Springfield native and West Springfield graduate Patrick McSorley were elected to the team, which was voted on by a panel of current and former coaches and commemorates the CAA’s 25th year of existence. During his career as a Duke, Knight became the only player in school history to earn All-CAA honors during each of his four years. McSorley, JMU’s all-time leader in goals (42) and points (103), led the Dukes to a 73-14-6 record during his tenure, including four NCAA tournament appearances and three conference titles.
The Arlington Sage seeks players to add to its U-14 travel softball team for the 2009-10 season and to join a team that qualified for United States Speciality Sports Association and NSA Nationals in 2009. Contact coach Doug Kaufman at email@example.com or 703-932-1101 for tryout information.
Beijing had the 2008 Summer Games. Vancouver will host the 2010 Winter Games. And the 2015 World Police and Fire Games? They’ll be right here in Fairfax County. A group of Fairfax representatives from the police, fire and sheriff’s departments, Team Fairfax recently learned that it was awarded the right to host the event, which will include events at George Mason University, the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, various regional parks, the National Mall, Nationals Park, Reston Town Center and Quantico Marines Corps Base. In its 30th year of existence, the WPFG brings together participants from more than 65 countries, and the event has been going on since 1985. This year will coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the Fairfax Police Department. The WPFG includes over 60 different sporting events, which range from soccer, basketball and tennis to stair climbing, shooting and SWAT exercises.
After headlining the previous seven professional boxing shows at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, Great Falls native and Bishop O’Connell graduate Jimmy Lange will return to Fairfax on Saturday, Sept. 26 to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) U.S. National Boxing Championship (USNBC) 154-pound title against Jonathan Reid. Lange is familiar with Reid, too, as both spent time on NBC’s “The Contender,” which is a reality boxing show. Lange (30-3-2, 21 KOs) and Reid (34-11, 19 KOs) will meet in the card’s 12-round Main Event. Tickets, which range in price from $30-$500, are available at the Patriot Center box office and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Lange last appeared at Patriot Center in May, scoring a fifth-round TKO of Frank Houghtaling.