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Fairfax Sports Briefs (Aug. 26 - Sept. 2)

<b>Rebels Open Season with Win</b>

The Fairfax High School girl’s field hockey team opened its 2009 season with a 3-1 victory against Annandale High School on Aug. 31.

The goal scorers were Lizzie Basalyga (assisted by Taylor Deivert), Shannon Cosgrove (assisted by Bailey McDade and Valerie Clemens (assisted by Tiffany Balbuena).

Fairfax will play in the Lee Under the Lights tournament at Robert E. Lee High School on Sept. 3 and 4.

<b>Church Group To Host Golf Tournament</b>

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will be hosting its annual NOVA FCA Golf Classic at South Riding Golf Course on Monday, Sept. 28.

The event is one of the FCA’s main fund raisers for the year and the group hopes to raise enough money to get two new full time area representatives in area schools to work with athletes and coaches.

More information about the tournament and the FCA can be found at www.novafca.org.

<b>Fairfax County Enrolls Coaches in USA Football Program</b>

The Fairfax County Youth Football League (FCYFL) has enrolled its 2,000 coaches into the USA Football Certified Coaching Education Program (CCEP).

Fairfax County coaches will have to complete the USA Football’s CCEP program in order to coach on the league’s sidelines this season.

"Certifying our coaches raises the level of our program to new heights," FCYFL Chairman Mark Meana said in a press release. "The combination of football knowledge, practice organization, effective drills and the cadre of resources provided by USA Football’s CCEP builds confidence in our new coaches and reinforces the effectiveness of our more experiences coaches."

USA Football is the national governing body of youth and amateur level football and is the official partner of the NFL and NFL Players association.