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Springfield Sports Briefs (July 29-Aug. 5)

<b>Coach Wanted</b>

West Springfield High School is looking for an assistant field hockey coach. Experience is a must. Practice times are 8-11 a.m., beginning Aug. 11, and 3-6 p.m. when school starts. Send resumes to director of student activities Andy Muir at Andy.Muir@fcps.edu.

<b>Hokies Hire Spartan</b>

Springfield native Patrick McSorley was hired as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Virginia Tech, the school announced on Monday. McSorley, a graduate of James Madison University, joins a Hokie squad that went 5-13-1 last fall and lost its only ACC tournament game. As a player at James Madison, McSorley accumulated 42 goals and 103 points, making him the school’s all-time leader in both categories. He played professionally after college, suiting up with the Colorado Foxes, and he most recently spent time with the Roanoke Wrath (1998-2000). McSorley, a West Springfield graduate, comes to Virginia Tech from James Madison, where he had served as an assistant coach for the past five seasons.

<b>Football Camps</b>

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring free football clinics for skill position players (quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers and defensive backs) at the high school level. Some of the instructors thus far have been Pat Fischer, Peter Lalich and Steve Vallejos, to name a few. The clinics are Friday, July 31, Monday Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 7 at the South Run Recreation Center turf fields between 8-9 a.m. Contact FCA volunteer Todd Lalich at 703- 203-9153 for information.

<b>Rugby Included</b>

As part of the Coventry Commonwealth Games, Virginia Amateur Sports will welcome the Rugby Virginia Youth Rugby Tournament Aug. 1-2 at Franconia Park in Springfield. Frederic Bardot, the executive director of Rugby Virginia, will manage the event. The 2008 two-day tournament saw more than 30 youth teams compete in tag and contact rugby within U-9, U-11, U-13 and U-15 divisions. For more information on Rugby Virginia, visit www.rugbyvirginia.com. The Commonwealth Games have existed for 19 years and take place in Roanoke, with 161,000 athletes having participated throughout the event’s history. This year, 10,000 athletes are expected to participate in 61 sports.

<b>Senior Olympics</b>

Senior adults 50 years of age and over are eligible to enter the 2009 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics on Sept. 12-23. Participants must also live in one of the sponsoring jurisdictions. Registration information is available at local senior centers, community centers, senior residences or by calling 703-228-4721. Details can be downloaded online at www.novaseniorolympics.com. Registration deadline is Aug. 28. More than 25 indoor and outdoor events are offered and seniors may compete in more than one sport.

Each event is divided into age categories. Registration fee is $10, which includes one event. Additional events are $1. Additional fees are charged for golf and bowling. Winners will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals after each event. New events in 2009 are Wii bowling and mini javelin throw. Other events are track and field, swimming, diving, tennis, golf, table tennis, miniature golf, bowling, pickleball, racquetball, scrabble, ice skating, board games, card games, shuffleboard, men and women’s basketball, team line dancing, yo-yo tricks, bait casting, eight ball pool, Frisbee throw, softball hit and throw and more.

<b>Softball Tryouts</b>

The NoVa Blaze U-14 and U-16 travel fastpitch softball teams will host tryouts on Aug. 15-16 at Larry Graves Park in Falls Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit the organization’s Web site at www.novablaze.org.