George Mason Downs Madison in Rematch

By Steve Selby
Special to the Falls Church Times
April 23, 2014

Madison, VA – Weather-related postponements led to the unusual situation in which George Mason and Madison County faced-off on consecutive nights this week.  After Monday’s dramatic come-from-behind walk-off win by Mason, fans of both teams were expecting a spirited rematch on Tuesday evening.  And they were not disappointed.

With Grant Hagler back on the mound for the Mustang squad, there was every reason to believe he would continue his undefeated streak.  But the Mountaineers, who combine good pitching with some genuine power in their lineup, were eager to turn the tables on Mason.

Although both teams produced base runners, there was no scoring through the first three innings. In the top of the second, Mason generated four hits, but no runs. Evan Davis led off with a line drive single, only to be erased on a 1-6-3 double play. Daniel Butler then singled sharply, Logan Nesson bunted safely and Sam Selby managed an infield hit. But, all were stranded. Madison made some noise of its own in the third, when senior Ashley Weakley singled and a deep fly ball by Dylan... [Read more...]

GMHS Defeats Madison with Walk-off Single

By Steve Selby
Special to the Falls Church Times
April 22, 2014

In a wild finish to a well-played game, George Mason defeated visiting Madison County last night on a walk-off single by Evan Davis, giving the Mustangs a 4-3 win and improving their record to 8-2 (6-1). Mason fans anticipated a tough game from the Mountaineers, who entered the game 6-3 (4-2), and they were not disappointed as the game produced several lead changes and went down to the last out.

With James Graves on the mound for Madison, the Mustangs struck first in the bottom of the second inning when Chris Meador and Evan Davis singled and Gabe Terry’s hard hit grounder to third proved too hot handle, bringing in two runs. Davis would keep the home faithful on the edge of their seats in third, walking two batters but then calmly working himself of out of the jam and keeping Mason up 2-0.

Catcher Marsden Davis threw out a runner at second to nip Madison’s effort at a rally in top of the 4th. Evan Davis got himself out of another jam in the top of the fifth.  After loading the bases with one out, Davis got the second out on a pop up.  Then, on a roller hit toward... [Read more...]

OUTSIDE THE BOX: How Much of a Problem is Traffic — Really?

OUTSIDE THE BOX: How Much of a Problem is Traffic — Really?

By Stephen Siegel
Falls Church Times Staff
April 21, 2014

I hate traffic. Of course, we all do. But for me it goes much more beyond that. Just ask my wife. I will go out of my way to avoid traffic, even if it doesn’t save me any time. I just really prefer to be moving, rather than crawling.

And because of that preference, I’m always trying to find what I formerly told my son were “secret back routes” until he got a little older and explained to me that they weren’t actually secret.

It may not be surprising that I dislike traffic so much. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that I loathe congestion right up front because, in spite of my low tolerance for it, I don’t think the mixed-use buildings rising and proposed in Falls Church City are going to present much of a traffic problem.

I’m not saying there will be no problems. And I’ve written before that traffic management at the proposed Broad & West development needs to be carefully studied and improved, since it’s already pretty poor at peak times. Clearly, when you replace a mostly empty strip mall, like that in the 900 block of West Broad, with new... [Read more...]

Falls Church Kiwanis Little League Opens Spring Season

  By Neal Comstock Falls Church Times Staff April 21, 2014  

Falls Church Kiwanis Little League began its 2014 season on April 5th in perfect weather with an Opening Day ceremony featuring:  an all-time high 564 players on 50 teams, League President Brian Fiegel, the Fairfax Choral Society, Delegate Marcus Simon, Falls Church Mayor David Tarter and current area high school players who played in the League.

Game reports are prepared by FCKLL Managers, Coaches and parents.  Complete scores and standings can be found at  After taking this past week off from games for City of Falls Church and Fairfax schools Spring Break, games will resume this week.

Majors... [Read more...]

Around Town

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Will be Published Monday

For those of you who missed your Outside The Box fix, the regular Sunday feature will be published late Monday.

Thank you for your interest, and Happy Easter to those who celebrate the day.

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City Asks Broad & West Developer to Consider Some Condos

By Stephen Siegel
Falls Church Times Staff
April 20, 2014

City Councilors and residents alike have expressed many concerns about the proposed development at the busy intersection of Broad & West: that it is too big; that it will exacerbate traffic woes; and that the retail that’s committed to the project to date is inadequate.

But additional concerns have been that the 304 apartment proposed are too many residential units, particularly because, as rentals, they bring in less money to the City than comparable condos and because they may bring in more students and put more stress on the schools than condos.

As a result, officials have asked developer Spectrum Properties for some changes, one of which is requesting that the company consider doing a separate condominium building instead of exclusively offering rentals, the Falls Church Times has learned.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Batten had said condos would not be possible, citing a weak market and a difficulty in getting bank financing for them. But after prodding by City officials, the company looked at it again and is now willing to consider it.

“We are going to... [Read more...]

Mason Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse Makes a Comeback

By David Smith
Special to the Falls Church Times
April 18, 2014

The varsity boys lacrosse program at George Mason High School re-launched this spring following a year when low numbers of seniors playing and turnover in the program led the school to field only a junior varsity squad.

To avoid a repeat of that situation, Athletic Director Tom Horn worked to bring a fresh approach, investing in new uniforms and equipment and bringing in Kevin Pope from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda as head coach. Mr. Pope built the Whitman boys lacrosse program from the ground up and coached it for 16 years.

The 2014 varsity team has 21 players representing each grade of the high school. While it’s a rebuilding year and the team is up against a formidable schedule – unlike some other Mason sports, in lacrosse Mason plays some of the largest schools in the region – the team has shown great effort, resilience and growth.

“We are laying the foundations for a strong future for Mason boys lacrosse,” Mr. Pope says. “We knew coming in that this year is about rebuilding, getting new players, teaching game fundamentals. I’m... [Read more...]

GM Falls to Wilson in 7th

By Steve Selby
Special to the Falls Church Times
April 14, 2014

“You Can’t Win ‘Em All” – or so goes the sports cliché. But the George Mason High School Varsity Baseball team almost did – at least for the week of April 7. After three wins in succession over Bull Run District foes Manassas Park, Clarke County and Rappahannock County, Mason faced off last Friday, April 11, against a tough foe from Washington, D.C., Wilson High School, winners of 21 straight DC1AA titles. With little more at stake than Potomac River region bragging rights, the two teams entered the game with the kind of energy one might expect at a playoff game.

After working himself out of a bases loaded jam in first inning without allowing a run, Mason’s hard-throwing sophomore pitcher Logan Nesson found his comfort zone, proceeding to set down the Tigers over six innings. Effectively mixing his pitches, Nesson allowed only one hit while striking out six over that stretch.

Always solid, the Mason defense continued to provide great support for its pitching staff. Second baseman Jake Abruzzi started a nice double play in the fourth, cleanly fielding... [Read more...]

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