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Stars of Summer

Northern Virginia Swimming League holds individual championships

Olympic swimming started with an expected bang in its opening weekend in Río, with Katie Ledecky and the men’s four by 100 freestyle relay, that included Michael Phelps in the second leg, captured gold medals for Team USA.

Ginny Thrasher's Golden Gun

Springfield’s Ginny Thrasher wins Olympic gold in air rifle.

Before she left for the Río Olympics, 19-year-old sharpshooter Ginny Thrasher of Springfield was just looking to get experience in her first games. “I was looking more towards 2020 as a realistic option,” she had said.

Burke, Springfield: Fighting Cancer, One Stroke at a Time

Swim-a-Thon event raises money for INOVA’s ‘Life With Cancer.’

On Sunday, July 10, the South Run Community Pool held their annual Swim-a-Thon charity event to raise funds and awareness for cancer, a cause that runs deep through this close-knit neighborhood community: Swimmers swam, kicked and floated across the pool in order to raise funds and awareness for INOVA'S "Life With Cancer" organization.

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Chantilly: SSTs End Season as Division Co-Champions

As the sun radiated down with intense heat in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 23, and while many were determined to find a cool place to hibernate, the SST swimmers of Sully Station took to the pool and performed like champions.

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Oakton Otter Divers Improve to 2-1-1

The Oakton Otter divers continued their winning streak, beating Donaldson Run on Tuesday, July 19, with a final score of 49 to 22.

McLean: Best Golf Buddy

Local golf pro’s sidekick is man’s best friend.

Four years ago, local golf pro Kirk Lucas of McLean and his two young daughters strolled into Home Depot and walked out with a new pet. It just so happened that the SPCA , the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was holding an event at the hardware store. They had brought some pets to Home Depot hoping some shoppers might bring a pet home with them.

Sports Brief: Softball Umpires Needed

The Northern Virginia Softball Umpires Association is seeking individuals interested in becoming certified umpires for high school and recreational fast pitch softball in the Northern Virginia area.

SSTs Have Six Relays Continuing to All-Stars

The week of July 10 was full of records for the Sully Station SSTs. It was a beautiful week with scattered storms, and relay carnival, which is a day for relays from every team in the division to try to get times to go to all-stars.

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Piranhas at Relay Carnival

The Sully Station II Piranhas had an extraordinarily fun and busy week.

Arlington: WGCC Still Undefeated in Dual Meet Season

For the third year in a row, the WGCC Lightning remain undefeated in their dual meet season. This week, WGCC took on and beat both Kenwood Swimming and Diving and Edgemoor Country Club.

Arlington: Thunderbolts Fall to Gators

In its fourth meet of the NVSL Division II season, the Donaldson Run Thunderbolts fell on the road against the Mount Vernon Park Gators.

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Mount Vernon Sports: Juniors Team Advances to State Tournament

The Fort Hunt Little League Baseball Juniors Team defeated Woodbridge 12-0 in the District 9 championship Saturday, July 9 at Red Stevens Field.

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Mount Vernon: Ethiopian ‘Political Football’ Lands at MVHS

Protesters attempt to disrupt Ethiopian-American football league game.

It was graduation day at Mount Vernon High School on June 16 and some parents were annoyed. A group of protesters had gathered outside the school. “It’s graduation day for our kids,” the parents complained to the protesters. “Can’t you go somewhere else?” The protesters responded that they were there because children in Ethiopia can’t always get to high school, or graduate, without dying of hunger, or being arrested or killed for their political beliefs.

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Looking Back at Two State Championships

Just days before the end of the 2015-16 school year, Westfield High School juniors Sean Eckert, Rehman Johnson and seniors Cole Huling, Hank Johnson and Tyler Scanlon gathered for a photo with basketball head coach Doug Ewell and football head coach Kyle Simmons.

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Riptide Passed by the Cruisers

On a hot, humid July morning, the Virginia Run Riptide traveled to Fairfax Station for their third NVSL Division 4 meet of the season.