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Mount Vernon Sports Briefs

<b>West Potomac Swim-Dive Teams Compete</b>

The West Potomac boys and girls swim and dive teams competed against West Springfield and Woodson last week. The boys lost to West Springfield, 205-104, on Dec. 4 and lost to Woodson, 246-66, on Dec. 5. The girls lost to West Springfield, 182-133, and fell to Woodson, 217-98.

The West Potomac boys and girls will compete against Lee at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Mount Vernon Rec Center.

<b>Avengers Open Season Saturday</b>

The Alexandria Avengers, a semi-pro basketball team and member of the Eastern Basketball Alliance, open their season at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Newark Patrons at Mount Vernon High School. The team is owned and coached by 1997 T.C. Williams graduate Dominic Manuel.

<b>MVHS Dinner and Auction Approaching</b>

Mount Vernon High School Girls Basketball 11th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Dec.19. Tickets are $5. See a student athlete from the girls basketball team or contact Terry Henderson at 703-619-3146 or Terry.Henderson@fcps.edu.

<b>Cheerleading Exhibition</b>

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will host the Annual City-Wide Cheerleading Exhibition on Saturday, Dec. 12 at T.C. Williams High School beginning at 11 a.m. The exhibition features cheerleading teams from Charles Barrett, Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, Mount Vernon, Nannie J. Lee, Patrick Henry and William Ramsay Recreation Centers. There will also be special performances by the T. C. Williams High School cheerleaders and others.

The exhibition features teams in three divisions: the pee wee, junior varsity and varsity divisions. Teams will display their skills and enthusiasm as they prepare for the main event, the cheerleading competition, in April of 2010. The April competition will be an invitational event with teams from the Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas competing against the Alexandria teams.

Tickets will be on sale in advance of the exhibition at the neighborhood recreation centers as well as at the Lee Center Recreation Services Division Office now through 5 p.m., Dec. 10. Adult tickets for ages 13 and older are $5; youth tickets for 6-12 years are $2, and youth 5 and under are free. Tickets will be sold at the door for $6 for adults and $3 for children.

For more information on the cheerleading program and other youth sports programs, call the Youth Sports Office at 703-746-5402.

<b>Winter Box Lacrosse Registration</b>

The Beltway Box Lacrosse League is registering now for a boys high school and youth winter box lacrosse program beginning Dec. 19. Games will be played in Alexandria at the in-line hockey rink behind Francis C. Hammond Middle School. Divisions are boys high school varsity and JV and youth U-9/U-11, U-13, and U-15. A seven-game season is planned. US Lacrosse membership is required. Information is available at www.BeltwayBoxLacrosse.com.