<b>Better than Chocolate</b>
The Chantilly Youth Association Freedom 98, a U-10 girls’ travel soccer team, won the Hershey Invitational Tournament during the weekend of June 20-21 in Hershey, Pa. In the championship game, Freedom 98 outlasted the Hershey Wildcats, clinching the victory after two overtime periods and 10 penalty kicks. Team Most Valuable Player awards were presented to McKenzie Wallace, Cara McFerren, Megan Vasquez and Abby Alexa.
The Chantilly Youth Association track and field program has announced the recipients of its annual batch of scholarships. Six $100 scholarships were awarded to Chantilly High School graduating seniors who were former participants in the CYA program, who have gone on to participate in high school track and field and who have come back and serve as volunteers and coaches. This year, Josh Trikakis, Wilson Bever, Curtis Sun, Kim Weinberg, Wesley Sun and Kyle Cantrell were the honorees. CYA track and field is the area’s largest youth track and field programs, with more than 400 participants between the ages of 4-15. More information about the program can be found at www.cyatrack.org.
<b>Pirates Now 2-1</b>
The Poplar Tree Pirates defeated the Forest Hollow Gators, 215-187, on Saturday, July 4 at home. The Pirates’ record in the Northern Virginia Swim League’s Division 9 for the season is 2-1. Double-event winners for the Pirates included Nick David (U-8 boys’ freestyle and backstroke), Lauren Young (U-8 girls’ free and breaststroke), Evan Baker (11-12-year-old boys’ free and butterfly), Lauren Hensley (11-12 girls’ free and fly), Katie Dingman (13-14 girls’ back and fly), Greg Borowski (15-18 boys’ free and fly) and Elizabeth Hall (15-18 girls’ back and fly). The Pirates will visit the Walden Glen Wahoos in Springfield on Saturday, July 11.
<b>Senior Day Ahead</b>
Despite a festive Fourth of July atmosphere, the Brookfield Breakers lost to the Mantua Marlins on Saturday, July 4. Many Breakers turned in great swims, especially Anna Kenna, Kieran Nelson and Shannon Silsby, who all won two events. Also adding wins were Benjamin Condemi, Anne Ettare, Mary Kate Kenna, R.J. Kenna, Brandon Park, William Schulte and Claire Kenna. Next up for the Breakers will be Senior Day on Saturday against Fox Hunt when they recognize their graduating seniors: Jared Whitaker, Mary Kate Kenna, Amberleigh Thoburn and Tanner Johnson.
<b>Soccer Players Wanted</b>
The Chantilly Youth Association Real Chantilly Black, a rising U-11 ODSL soccer team, is looking to add a few players for the upcoming fall season. Chantilly Black has fun playing soccer while also focusing on player development. Interested players should contact John Cuellar at email@example.com or 703 961-1172 or Steve Euerle at firstname.lastname@example.org 703-318-9197 by July 10.
The Pioneer Softball League is conducting registration for the fall 2009 season. Teams form Aug. 17 and practice starts Aug. 20. The season will run from Sept. 8-Oct. 31. Registration fees are $70 for Rookies (7-8-year-old, coach pitch) and $70 for Minors (9-10, kid pitch), Majors (11-12) and Seniors (13-16). A 10-percent discount will be given to those who register before Aug. 1, and there’s a maximum cost of $250 for families with multiple players. Assessments for players will be held Aug. 8 and 15. For more information or to register, contact director Scott Keith at 703-933-2389 or email@example.com or visit the team’s Web site at www.pbsl.org.
Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School in Chantilly will host a Fit Kids Sports Mania Camp for ages 6-9 from July 13-17. Camp will include an introduction to various sports with an emphasis on teamwork and good sportsmanship. Featured sports include, among others, T-ball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey and flag football. Bring a water bottle and wear sneakers. Call the school to register at 703-397-0555.