<b>Lanier Teacher Honored</b>
Because of her work founding the non-profit Functional Fitness 4 Kids, Inc. (FF4K) and her role as a middle school health and physical education teacher, Lanier Middle School’s Denise Moser was presented with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Community Leadership Award. The annual award recognizes those who improve the lives of individuals within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activity or fitness-related programs. Through Moser’s FF4K program, elementary and middle school-age students have the chance to participate in free, after-school programs through Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia that focus on physical fitness and nutrition. In 2009, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness presented the Community Leadership Award to 16 individuals across the country.
<b>Next on the Tee</b>
Golfer Tyler Wingo, who’ll be a junior this fall at Paul VI High School, will play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships, which start July 20 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Wingo played in a two-round qualifier at the Naval Academy Golf Club on June 16 and placed second. He was four shots behind medallist Denny McCarthy of Georgetown Prep. In May, Wingo won the individual title in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament.
<b>Kings Ridge Rolls</b>
The Kings Ridge Water Wizards continued their winning ways with a victory over the visiting North Springfield Dolphins, 238-158, on Saturday, June 27. Freestyle winners included John Morgan Fahey, Quinn Goshi, Lauren Berman, Tim White and Amanda Kendall. Backstroke winners Brandon Henry, Mason Izadpanah, Kelly Thomas, Thomas Friestad and Ashley Danner. Winning the breaststroke were Nathan Day, Haley Prosser, Wilson Friestad, Megan Prosser, Tim White, Kevin Izadpanah and Danner. Alex Lemery, Kirstie Henry, Berman, Friestad and Kendall were victorious in the butterfly events.
<b>Ram Golfer Shines</b>
Alexandra Austin of Burke won the Middle Atlantic Golf Association’s Junior Girls Championship on Wednesday, June 24. The rising junior at Robinson Secondary School shot a career-low round of 39-39-78 to take the title by one stroke. International Country Club of Fairfax hosted the 51st annual event.
“I made four birdies,” Austin said, “but I also made four double bogeys.”
Austin spoke proudly of her putting, especially several important par putts. “I made some long ones,” she said.
Austin, who plays on the Robinson boys’ golf team, has won twice and gained seven, top-10 finishes since 2007 on the Plantation Junior Golf Tour.
She will play in a prestigious American Junior Golf Association tournament at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. on June 30-July 3. The following week, Austin will play at her home course, Springfield Golf and Country Club, in the Bobby Bowers Memorial.