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Mount Vernon Sports Briefs

<b>West Potomac Graduate DeVar Excels in NCAA XC</b>

Frank DeVar, son and Catherine Gorham and Rod DeVar, completed his cross country season at the University of Mary Washington. He took first place in the Capital Athletic Conference meet, second place at the Southeast Regional meet, and 16th place at the NCAA championships, and was named an All-American. Frank was coached by Don Beeby at West Potomac High School, and Stan Soper at UMW.

Frank will graduate from UMW this spring with a degree in English, and plans to attend graduate school, and then teach English and coach at the high school level.

<b>Submit Youth Sports News</b>

The local youth winter sports seasons are starting and the Gazette doesn’t want any child’s accomplishments to go unnoticed. To have youth sports items printed or posted on the Web, send the information to Sports Editor Jon Roetman at jroetman@connectionnewspapers.com

<sh>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>

<bt>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.