Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

<b>Riverside Gardens Sets New Relay Record</b>

The Riverside Gardens Tsunami swim team finished the season with a 3–2 record in Division 7 of the Northern Virginia Swim League. In the team’s final meet, Tsunami swimmers turned in a strong win over Ravensworth with a score of 227-175 on July 24.

Riverside posted 21 first-place finishes.

Freestyle first-place finishers: Jack Garland, Alec Dubois, Paul Dubois, Sean Sullivan, Morgan Long, Carolyn Murphy, and Megan McCormick.

Backstroke first-place finishers: Jack Garland, Jonathan Letai, Patrick Murphy, Morgan Long, Camryn Scott, Madison Zdebski, Karley Zdebski.

Breaststroke first-place finishers: Michael Ryan Clark, Cecilia Fenton.

Butterfly first-place finishers: Alec Dubois, Paul Dubois, Sean Sullivan, Emma Klein, Megan McCormick

Riverside swimmers also won nine out of 12 relay races.

In addition to the winning season, Riverside Gardens celebrated a new team record in the 200-meter relay, boys 15 – 18. At the NVSL All-Star Relay meet, the Riverside boys team — Kevin Grant, Sean Sullivan, Michael Ryan Clark, Patrick Murphy — swam their race with a time of 1 minute, 43:29 seconds to set a new record. They were seeded 12th in the all-star competition and they finished eighth.

<b>New Gunston Boys Soccer Team Forming</b>

A new SFL U16 team will play in the competitive Suburban Friendship League and will be coached by veteran Gunston coach Bill Boger. Tryouts will be held Aug. 5 at Grist Mill Field No. 4 starting at 6 p.m. Experienced players born between Aug. 1, 1994, and July 31, 1996, are encouraged to contact Coach Boger as soon as possible at:

<b>Area Agencies Sponsor Senior Olympics</b>

Since 1982, Northern Virginia Departments of Parks and Recreation and Area Agencies on Aging have been sponsoring the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Since that time, participation has increased to more than 600 senior athletes competing in more than 25 indoor and outdoor events ranging from sports to card games to line dancing to board games. Seniors are eligible to compete if they are 50 years of age by Dec. 31 and live in the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church or the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun or Prince William.

The 2010 NVSO competition will take place Sept. 18-29 at more than 10 venues throughout Northern Virginia. Events include track and field, swimming, diving, tennis, table tennis, pickleball, racquetball, golf, miniature golf, bowling, Wii bowling, eight-ball pool, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s basketball free throw, frisbee throw, shuffleboard, bunco, chess, scrabble, cribbage, duplicate bridge, softball hit and throw, team line dancing and yo-yo tricks. New in 2010 are bocce and fencing.

Registration forms are available at senior centers, community centers and senior residences or by calling 703-228-4721. Information can also be downloaded at Registration deadline is Sept. 1. Registration fee is $10, which includes one event; additional events are $1 each.

<b>Running Club on Sundays</b>

The Mount Vernon Milers running club meets at 8 a.m. on Sundays. The group usually meets along the Potomac River, but the exact location is listed in an e-mail sent every Wednesday for the coming week. Distances vary but runners can expect between four and eight miles.

To join the Mount Vernon Milers, send Lee Britton an e-mail at to be put on the e-mail list.

<b>Indoor Baseball Training</b>

The StrikeZone Academy, an indoor baseball training facility located in Alexandria, is offering week-long summer baseball camps for the weeks of Aug. 16 and 30. Camps run from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The target age group is from 7-11 years old. Extended hours from 1-4 p.m. are available as well. Cost is $160 per week for the morning session and $160 per week for extended hours. All camps are held indoors in our climate controlled facility, so parents have no need to worry about security, excessive heat, bugs, or lack of cold water and restroom facilities. Interested parents can register online at, via telephone at 703-823-0061, or stop by in person at 826 South Pickett Street, near the intersections of South Pickett and South Van Dorn Streets.

<b>Alexandria Titans Youth Tackle Football</b>

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Centers, Playgrounds and Youth Sports Division is now accepting registrations for the Alexandria Titans Youth Tackle Football program. Teams are formed in the following weight divisions and participate in the Fairfax County Youth Football League: Anklebiters, 75 lbs, 85 lbs, 95 lbs, 110 lbs, 125 lbs, and 150 lbs. Participants will be weighed and assigned to teams according to their weight and age. This program is for participants ages 7 - 16. Registration fee is $25. All participants must have a Division of Motor Vehicles Identification Card upon registration. For more information, call the sports office at 703-746-5402 or go on the youth sports Web site at The registration deadline is Aug. 6.

<b>‘Stuff a Backback’ Drive</b>

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation in partnership with World Vision - National Capital Area will launch a "Stuff a Backpack" School Supply Drive from Thursday, July 29 - Saturday, Aug. 7 where they are seeking donations of new school supplies to help families in need get their children ready to start the school year.

To participate, fans are encouraged to review the list of suggested school supplies and come down to Redskins Park on the Training Camp open practice days between July 29 and Aug. 7 to donate their items. Fans unable to come to the Park can also participate by dropping off new supplies at any of the 10 metro area Redskins Retail Stores. A collection box will be visible and clearly marked "Redskins & World Vision" inside the stores.

This school supply drive will collect new school supplies that will be "stuffed" in backpacks and distributed throughout the Washington Redskins market to children that could otherwise not afford to purchase new school supplies.

The school supplies being collected are: pencils (wooden No. 2 unsharpened), pens (medium point blue or black), pencil sharpeners (double barrel with canister), erasers (large pink beveled), rulers (12-inch plastic with inches and centimeters), glue sticks (0.28 oz, dries clear), filler paper (100 sheets, wide-rule), pencil cases (10 inches x 5 inches, zipper, with three-hole grommets), folders (two pocket, assorted colors), colored Pencils (12-count package), highlighters (yellow, chisel tip), spiral Notebooks (one subject, wide-ruled), crayons (24-count box), binders (three-ring, one inch – two inches).

If fans are unable to attend one of the Training Camp days or wish to make a secure monetary donation, cash or checks will be accepted both at Training Camp or fans can go online to beginning Friday, July 30.

Donations may also be sent to World Vision c/o "Stuff a Backpack" School Supply Drive, P.O. Box 70384, Tacoma, WA 98481. All funds collected will be used by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and World Vision – National Capital Area to purchase new school supplies for elementary and middle school students at targeted Title I schools in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.