Mount Vernon Sports Briefs: West Potomac Frosh Cunningham Shines in Win

Mount Vernon Sports Briefs: West Potomac Frosh Cunningham Shines in Win

West Potomac freshman midfielder Kendall Cunningham scored a game-high five goals during a 14-12 win at South County on April 26, a triumph senior Margaret Kerr called "the biggest [win] we’ve had."

The Wolverines twice led by four goals, but each time South County battled back to force a tie. With the score tied 11-11 with less than six minutes to play in the second half, West Potomac scored three of the final four goals to win the game.

"When they came back, we were second-guessing ourselves," Cunningham said. "But we pulled it together, had a talk and we were ready to play."

Head coach Lori Botha said teamwork played a key role in the victory.

"This was the best game of the season by far because they played as a team," Botha said. "… They haven’t beat South County in many years, so it was sort of a personal challenge for them. Individually, we have these amazing athletes, but all season long we’ve been waiting for it to click. … It was just all about confidence. Tonight, their attitude was just fantastic, it was phenomenal. They had the confidence and it was fun to watch. …

"This was the most beautiful game they have ever played. It really looked beautiful."

Senior Margaret Corum scored three goals for West Potomac. Kerr finished with two goals, and Adrianne Hampton, Kelsey Donovan, Emily Hauptle and Annmarie Wood each had one.

<b>Alumni Soccer Game</b>

On Friday, May 13, Mount Vernon High School will be hosting the Inaugural Alumni Men’s Soccer game against the alumni of West Potomac High School. The "junior" alumni game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the "senior" alumni game at 8 p.m. Several members of the Mount Vernon Hall of Fame will play. Alumni ranging from the class of 1985 to the class of 2010 will participate. All military, active and retired, will be honored at the game. Admission is $3, or free for all military in uniform. MVHS alumni who played boys soccer are encouraged to contact Anthony Garza in the activities office at 703-619-3142.

<b>WP Boys Basketball Summer Camps</b>

West Potomac will host three weeks of basketball camps in July for ages 7-16. Week one is the co-ed camp from July 5-8. Cost is $95. Weeks two (July 11-15) and three July 25-29) are boys camps. Cost is $120. Contact West Potomac head coach David Houston at for more information.

<b>Soccer Club</b>

Gunston Soccer Club, which provides recreation and travel soccer opportunities for boys and girls in the Fort Hunt, Mount Vernon, Lorton, Alexandria, and other areas of Fairfax County, will be holding tryouts for its travel soccer teams, which play in the National Capital Soccer League, Washington Area Girls Soccer League, and Old Dominion Soccer League. Boys and girls, ages 8-18, who are interested in playing soccer at a higher level and improving their skills and knowledge of the game should attend their age-appropriate tryout session. Tryout sessions begin on May 23 and run through June 10. All players should bring a soccer ball and water bottle and wear shin guards. Additional information can be found at

<b>American Legion Baseball Players Wanted</b>

The Montgomery College Rockville baseball team is looking for American Legion or showcase-quality players for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 seasons. The Rockville Express of the Cal Ripken League plays their home games at MC Rockville. Contact Coach Rick Price at 240-447-6948 for more information.

<b>Awards Banquet</b>

The Sportsman’s Club will hold its 56th Annual Awards Banquet on May 16 at The Westin Alexandria, located at 400 Courthouse Square. Reception hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.

Individual tickets are $75. For more information, contact Frank Flaherty at 703-346-6525.

<b>Aces Looking For Host Families</b>

The Alexandria Aces Collegiate Summer Baseball Club of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is looking for host families for its upcoming 2011 season. Aces players arrive in Alexandria on Memorial Day Weekend. All players need is a place to sleep and access to a washer and dryer, the Aces take care of everything else. To volunteer as a host family, contact Aces Host Family Coordinators, David Cheney (Aces Club Boosters - Baseball Chairman) or Lisa Marie Cheney (Aces Club Boosters - Board Vice Pres.) by email at or by phone at 703-370-2882.

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