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Episcopal wins Sleepy Thompson Tournament; Butts takes two state titles

The annual 53rd Sleepy Thompson Invitational was held over last weekend and the Episcopal boy’s basketball team won its fifth-ever tournament title, defeating Potomac (Va.), Flint Hill, and John Carroll en route to the championship.

Senior Given Kalipinde was named tournament MVP after averaging more than 23 points per game over the course of three games.

The host school, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes went 1-2 in the tournament, defeating The Heights and losing to John Carroll and Flint Hill. The tournament is named after the Saints legendary football and basketball coach Sleepy Thompson, who won 12 IAC titles and had 29 winning seasons during his 32 years at the helm of the football program. He passed away in 1992.

The Maroon received a first-round bye in the VISL state tournament and will play a quarterfinal game Wednesday night, after the Gazette Packet’s deadline.

<b>Butts Wins Two State Titles</b>

Capping off a celebrated high school indoor track career, T.C. Williams senior Tynita Butts took home state titles in both the high jump and the long jump this past weekend. The track star will take her talents to East Carolina next fall.

<b>Baseball Team Needs Host Families</b>

The Alexandria Aces Collegiate Summer Baseball Club, the eighth and newest franchise of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League, is looking for host families for the upcoming 2009 season.

Questions asked of potential host families are: Do you have a spare room or rooms in your home? Are you interested in having an impact on a young man's life and possibly his future professional major league career? Are you interested in building a relationship that may last a lifetime? Do you love the great game of baseball?

If you answered "yes" to these questions you may very well be a perfect candidate as an Aces host family. Host families are asked to provide a warm bed and access to a washer and dryer. The Aces will take care of the rest. If you would like to volunteer as a host family, please contact Aces general manager, Brian Midkiff, at 703 232-8869, or email Brian at brian@alexandriaaces.org.