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May 28, 2014 Published in Editorials

To The Victors

Alexandria is not home to professional sports teams or to a four-year university noted as a major sports power. Our city relies on the high schools, public and private, to provide its local sports entertainment. This spring has provided uncommonly good results.

Bishop Ireton’s Cardinals Girls Lacrosse Team has just been crowned state champion defeating perennial powerhouse St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes in the finals of the Independent Schools tournament 9-7. The last time St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes was not state champ was eight years ago when Episcopal High School won the trophy. It is clear that anyone looking for outstanding women’s lacrosse will find it in Alexandria.

Bishop Ireton’s girls and their coaches are to be congratulated for their hard work and perseverance which allowed them to put together a season in which they won 20 games and lost only four. They won the Washington Catholic Schools Athletic Conference title as well. The 20 win season and the two titles were firsts in Bishop Ireton girls lacrosse history.

In rowing, T. C. Williams Crew posted outstanding results at the State Championship Regatta in the middle of May. The Girls Varsity 8 and the Boys Lightweight 8 captured state championships. For the boys, this marked the third year in a row. The Girls Second Varsity 8 placed second in its race and the Boys Varsity 8 placed third in theirs. Earlier in May, the lower boats raced in their state championship and the Girls Freshman 8 emerged as state champion.

T. C. Williams supports one of the oldest and strongest rowing programs in the country. The young men and women are to be congratulated on their honors this year as are their coaches and the scores of crew boosters who support them.

Playoffs for other sports are still continuing. Readers can follow the action on alexandrianews.org to find out how T. C.’s boys soccer team, girls tennis team and boys and girls track teams are doing.

Athletics are a great part of the high school tradition in America. It is wonderful to see them alive and well in our Alexandria schools.

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