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Mount Vernon Sports Briefs: West Potomac's Dona, Moffitt, States Bound

West Potomac swimmers Reanna Dona and Hellen Moffitt qualified for states during the Northern Region meet earlier this month. Dona qualified in the 50-yard freestyle (first, 24.49 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (second, 58.71). Moffitt qualified in the 50 freestyle (second, 24.54) and 100 butterfly (fourth, 57.89).

The girls 400 freestyle relay team of Julia Bolger, Maddy Bolger, Moffitt and Dona also qualified (eighth, 3:43.13).

The West Potomac girls finished 12th out of 24 teams with 105 points. Mount Vernon was 23rd with five points. Robinson won the meet with 268. The West Potomac boys were 20th out of 25 teams with 20 points. Mount Vernon was 24th with six points. Oakton win the meet with 244.

<b>National District Basketball Regular Season Cancelled</b>

The National District cancelled regular season basketball games which were postponed due to inclement weather. Mount Vernon and the rest of the National District will start the district tournament Thursday. The Mount Vernon girls host Stuart at 6 p.m. and the boys host Edison at 8 p.m.

<b>Patriot District Plays Two</b>

After originally planning to cancel Patriot District regular season basketball games postponed due to inclement weather, it was decided Patriot teams would make up two regular season games before entering the district tournament.

The West Potomac boys lost to Annandale 52-50 on Tuesday. The Wolverines faced West Springfield on Wednesday. Results were not available before the Gazette’s deadline.

The West Potomac girls lost to Annandale 59-33 on Tuesday. Results of the Wolverines Wednesday contest against West Springfield were not available.

The district tournament begins Friday with the top four seeds hosting. Saturday’s semifinal round and Monday’s championship game will be played at T.C. Williams.

<b>T.C. Williams Crew New Rower Registration</b>

New rower registration for all new T.C. Williams rowers (including eighth- and ninth-graders) will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Dee Campbell Rowing Facility. The Dee Campbell Rowing Facility (also known as the T.C. boathouse) is located at 1 Madison Street, Alexandria. Parents are asked to attend with their child in order to meet the coaches, tour the boathouse, receive information about the program, and complete new rower registration. Spring practice starts Monday. For more information check out the T.C. Williams Crew Web site at www.tcwcrew.org.

<b>Umpires Needed</b>

Northern Virginia Baseball Umpires Association (NVBUA) is in need of officials for baseball and volleyball. Umpires are needed for colleges, men’s leagues, high schools and youth recreational leagues. Experience is helpful but not required. Formal classroom and on-the-job training will be provided. Classes will begin in mid-February. Umpires are needed for all communities in the greater Washington D.C. Metro area. Support local community's sports leagues by signing up. Call Ken Williams (703-400-3232) for more information or go to umpires.org to fill out a "New Ump" form.

<b>Umpires Needed for Adult Slowpitch Softball</b>

Fairfax Adult Softball (FAS), the largest softball organization in the area, is seeking umpires for our adult slowpitch softball leagues in Fairfax County. Umpires net pay starts at $25 per one-hour game and are paid monthly. Experience is desired but ASA training is provided beginning early February. Flexible scheduling is based on availability. Contact FAS at 703-815-9007 or email to: office@fairfaxadultsoftball.com.

<b>NoVA Flash Softball Looking for Players</b>

The NoVA Flash, a 14U fast-pitch girls softball travel/tournament team, is looking to add a few committed players from the Northern Virginia area for the 2010 Spring-Summer season. Formed late last summer, the Flash participated in four tournaments during the Fall 2009, compiling a record of 12 wins and 7 losses, with one second place tournament finish. At least one additional pitcher is needed to augment the current staff, as well as defensive players with solid skills and strong bats. The Flash uses practice fields in the McLean area. Players, 13 or 14 years old as of Dec. 31, 2009, who are interested in learning more about the NoVA Flash or arranging a tryout during Saturday afternoon winter batting practices should contact coach Mike Wheat at wheatsbaseball@aol.com, or by calling 703-966-3805.