|The roar of the college football stadium beckons a few |
ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- A couple of weeks ago, my column mentioned that six Alexandria area high school seniors have signed letters of intent regarding their college football commitments.
Specifically: St. Stephens/St. Agnes's tight end Laith Wallschleger (Delaware), Edison's running back Angus Harper (Old Dominion), Edison's E.J. Rogers and James Sherrill - both offensive linemen and both going to Norfolk State, West Potomac's offensive lineman Matt Cunningham (James Madison) and O'Connell's offensive lineman Nick Appell (North Carolina).
In addition to those six student-athletes, 21 others from around the Northern Virginia area have also signed with a variety of colleges.
Specifically: R.E. Lee running back Idreis Augustus (Prarie View A@M - Texas); Broad Run wide receiver Adrian Fleming (Syracuse); W.T.
Woodson linebacker Josh Hogan (James Madison); West Springfield offensive lineman Michael Justice (Old Dominion); Mountain View quarterback Jordan King (William and Mary); Lake Braddock offensive lineman Khamrone Kolb (Penn State); Robinson linebacker Brian Laiti (Virginia Tech); Park View defensive back Brandon Lee (James Madison); Chantilly wide receiver Kris Martin (U. Pennsylvania); West Springfield wide receiver T.J. O'Connell (Marist); Broad Run running back T.J. Peeler (Pittsburgh); W.T. Woodson quarterback Connor Reilly (Temple); Woodbridge defensive back Demetrius Quarles (Miami of Ohio); Park View defensive back Tommy Sedeski (Princeton); South County defensive back Andre Simmons (Vanderbilt); Brooke Point wide receiver E.L. Smiling (Virginia Tech); R.E. Lee defensive back Dante Taylor (Miami of Ohio); Riverbend defensive back Brandon Thomas (Shepherd); Centreville quarterback Cam Walter (VMI); Loudoun County linebacker Chase Williams (Virginia Tech) and R.E. Lee linebacker Eric Wright (Richmond).
In high school action from Monday April 19th, [BOYS LACROSSE]: W.T. Woodson 11 - T.C. Williams 1, West Springfield 19 - West Potomac 1, Annandale 10 - South County 8, Paul VI 17 - O'Connell 6 and Yorktown 13 - Falls Church 3.
[GIRLS LACROSSE]: T.C. Williams 18 - W.T. Woodson 4, West Springfield 21 - West Potomac 10, Ireton 15 - Elizabeth Seton 2, Jefferson 17 - South Lakes 5, South County 18 - Annandale 5 and Falls Church 16 - Yorktown 3.
Baseball was not played, but in [SOFTBALL]: St. Stephens/St. Agnes 10 - Bullis 0, Ireton 4 - Paul VI 3 and O'Connell 8 - Good Counsel 0.
[BOYS SOCCER]: Washington-Lee 4 - Fairfax 2.
[GIRLS SOCCER]: R.E. Lee 1 - Mount Vernon 0 and Washington-Lee 4 - Fairfax 3 (OT).
[BOYS TENNIS]: Jefferson 8 - McLean 1, Gonzaga 9 - Ireton 0, O'Connell 8 - McNamara 1, Washington-Lee 7 - Edison 2 and Yorktown 9 - Falls Church 0.
[GIRLS TENNIS]: R.E. Lee 8 - T.C. Williams 1 and Washington-Lee 9 - Edison 0.
[BOYS GOLF]: Episcopal 204 - St. Albans 256, Georgetown Prep 187 - St. Stephens/St. Agnes 227 and O'Connell 6 - Ireton 3. (Obviously, the first two matches are scored differently than the latter match).
With their 5-1 (April 19th) win on the road, the Washington Capitals took a two games to one advantage over the Montreal Canadiens in the best of seven Eastern Conference "quarterfinal" series.
The Caps dropped a 3-2 (OT) game one decision to the Canadiens April 15th, before winning a 6-5 (OT) decision versus Montreal April 17th.
Game four is set for 7pm in Montreal April 21st.
Game five will be back in D.C. (Verizon Center) on April 23rd at 7pm.
Should a game six be neccessary, it would be played April 26th in Montreal at 7pm.
Should a game seven be neccessary, it would be played April 28th in D.C. aty 7pm.
The Washington Nationals defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on April 19th to improve to 7-6 overall on the young season.
Currently, the National League East standings break down as follows: first-place Philadelphia leads at 8-4; second-place Florida weighs-in at 8-5; third-place Atlanta is narrowly ahead of Washington at 7-5; the Nats maintain fourth at the aforementioned 7-6 and rounding out the basement spot is the New York Mets with a record of 5-8.
The Nats will play the Colorado Rockies at home April 20-21-22 and then will play the Los Angeles Dodgers at home April 23-24-25 before heading out of town in late April/early May.
In the best selling book - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baseball - written by Johnny Bench and Larry Burke (1999) - the authors comment on pages 150-156 about the different types of pitches in the game.
Specifically, they mention the: fastball, breaking ball, change up, curveball, slider, forkball, knuckleball, screwball and palmball.