On To State for GM Boys & Girls Soccer

June 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Daniel Donovan saves a goal for the Mustangs in their victory over Maggie Walker on Wednesday night.

Daniel Donovan saves a goal for the Mustangs in their victory over Maggie Walker on Wednesday night. (Photo by Marybeth Connelly)

By David Witzel
Falls Church Times Staff
June 5, 2014

Victories in last night’s Regional Semifinal matches have assured both George Mason’s Boys and Girls Soccer teams of another trip to Radford and the State soccer tournament.  The Girls defeated Goochland 10 to 0 at Goochland while the Boys faced down Richmond’s Maggie Walker 5 to 2.

The Girls beat Buffalo Gap 10 to 0 on Monday while the Boys defeated Wilson Memorial 4 to 0, both at home, to advance to the Region Semifinal. Read more

GMHS Girls & Boys Soccer on to State

May 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By David Witzel
Falls Church Times Staff
May 30, 2013

George Mason’s Boys and Girls varsity soccer teams won both sides of a double-header last night to assure trips to the State Tournament.

In the semi-final round of the Region B Tournament, the Mustang Girls defeated Appomattox County 7 to 0, while the boys overcame a tough Nelson County team to win 2 to 1. The victories guarantee a trip to the 2013 State Championship Tournament which will start with quarterfinal games for both teams at home on June 4.

In a spirited display, all seven of the Girls goals came with Mason playing one player down following a questionable red card in the middle of the first period. The boys dominated their game against Nelson County but had a hard time finding the net. Heroic work by the Nelson goalkeeper Francisco Becerra-Torres and several shots off the frame kept the game tight.

The Girls enter the State Tournament on a quest to win their 6th straight state title and 8th overall.  The Boys return to State for the third time in four years after failing to leave District play last year.

The Mustang Girls won the Bull Run District regular season in a play-off game against Clarke County 3 to 0 and then lost the final game of the District tournament, again to Clarke 1 to 0 at home.  They finished the regular season with a 14-2-0 record, both losses 1 to 0 against Clarke County.

The Boys team went through the regular season and District Tournament undefeated, beating Clarke County in the Tournament 2 to 1. The boys finished District play with a 12-0-1 record, marred only by a scoreless tie against last-year’s Virginia Group A State Champion, Manassas Park.

The Girls travel to Stuarts Draft High School on Friday 5/31 for the Region B Championship game at 6pm. Stuarts Draft defeated Clarke 2 to 1 on their way to the Region title game.

The Boys travel to Stonewall Jackson High School for their game, also on Friday, at 7pm.


Taxi Certificate Renewed, EDA Appointments Made: City Council Meeting December 10, 2012

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: Actions taken by the Falls Church City Council are reported by the City Clerk in a “Legislative Update” typically published within a few hours of adjournment of a City Council meeting.  Video and minutes (1 hour 41 minutes) from this Council meeting are  available online. Other materials including agendas, working materials, past minutes, and the schedule of upcoming meetings are available from the City website.

We encourage readers who attended the meeting or watched the video to add their comments and observations here.

Highlights of the meeting included:

  • Falls Church City Council confirmed Brian Williams and Erik Pelton as new members of the Economic Development Authority last night.
  • Murphy Brothers received approval for a certificate of convenience for their company Falls Church Yellow Cab. Their cabs and drivers were inspected by a team from the Falls Church Police Department.
  • Alex Boston was sworn in as a member of the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Commission.

SATURDAY 12/8: Bring Your Old Bikes To George Mason Today

December 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Wheels to AfricaClean out your garage and donate your used bicycles to Wheels to Africa this Saturday, December 8 at George Mason High School from 10 AM – 3 PM. Sponsored by the George Mason High School Bike Club.

Wheels to Africa collects bikes for African and needy American communities.  The organization was started by Arlington resident Winston Duncan when he was 11 years old. After a trip to southern Africa in 2005, Winston decided he had to help people in Africa who needed transportation to obtain food, water, and medicine. Since 2005, Wheels to Africa has collected over 5000 bikes that were sent to Uganda, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and  Kenya.

The 2012 bikes will be going with One of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Deng Jacu, village in South Sudan with your help.  Wheels to Africa requests a $15 donation per bike to help cover the cost of overseas shipping.  Questions?  Contact: d_duncan@comcast.net

Take your old bikes to:

George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
December 8, 2012, Between 10am and 3pm

 

Mustang Soccer Lands 4-Peat and Close-2nd

June 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mustang Girls Celebrate Their 4th Straight State Title {Photo Credit: Charlotte Hyland}

Falls Church Times Staff
June 12, 2011

The George Mason Girls Soccer team won an unprecedented fourth-straight Virginia State Group A soccer championship defeating Clark County 2 to 0 in Radford on Saturday. The George Mason Boys fell to Manassas Park 3 to 2 in a hard-fought contest to finish as runner-up.

The Girls defeated Radford 5 to 0 on Friday to advance to the State Finals hosted at Radford University in Radford, VA.

In the finals, George Mason defeated Bull Run District rival Clark County for the fifth time this season. Senior Violet Miller and Junior Leah Roth found the back of the net for George Mason.

Senior Mustang Girls and Their Coaches Host Their 4th State Champion Trophy. {Photo Credit: Charlotte Hyland}

Violet Miller (10) and Leah Roth (20) accounted for the 2 goals scored in the State Final. {Photo Credit: Charlotte Hyland}

George Mason Boys Soccer, 2011 {Photo Credit: Tracy Back}

Jordon Robarge Takes a Shot while Paul Darmstadter (7) follows and Harris Schaffer (12) waits in the box during the 2011 State Division A Semi-finals against Galax. {Photo Credit: Tracy Back}

The Boys soundly defeated Galax 8 to 0 on Friday to challenge Manassas Park in the Saturday Final, a rematch of the District and Regional Finals.

Breakdowns during the final 12 minutes of the first half led to the Mustangs giving up three goals to a strong Man Park side. Returning in the second half to play with considerable intensity, a Mustang goal by Cole Hinson and a successful penalty kick by Eion Oosterbaan allowed George Mason to pull within one, but they were unable to  equalize.

The Mustang Boys defeated Manassas Park in their first meeting of the season, but have lost the following four matches to their new rival. This was the  Cougars first State soccer title. Mason has played in the State finals six times since 1999, winning five times, including the past two years.

The Washington Post provided good coverage of both the Girls’ and Boys’ games.

Mason Basketball to State Tournament

March 1, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Mustang Boys and Girls Celebrate Region B Championships

After victories in the Region B tournament on Saturday, George Mason’s Girls and Boys basketball teams are headed to the state tournament.

In games at Spotswood High School last Saturday (2/26) the boys upset Dan River 74 to 65 while the girls continued their quest for a third State Championship by handling East Rockingham 57 to 34.

The victories set up the two teams for a double header in the State Tournament Quarterfinal round at Robinson High School on Saturday March 5th. The Girls will play Lancaster at 11 a.m. followed by the Boys against Middlesex at 12:45 p.m.

Robinson Junior/Senior High School (the largest school in the Commonwealth of Virginia according to Wikipedia) is is about a 25 minute drive west and south of Falls Church. It will be a lovely trip for Mustang fans who want to cheer on our kids!


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BASKETBALL: Mason Mustangs Throttle Strasburg 69-44

January 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By CHRIS CAPANNOLA
George Mason High Basketball Coach

January 23, 2011

Jeremy Stewart dropped 18 points, Francky Andrianarison added 13 and Nate Ogle scored 10 and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds as the George Mason Boys pulled away from Strasburg 69-44 Friday night at Strasburg. Mason has now won 9 or their last 10 games and moves to 5-0 in the Bull Run District, 11-3 over all. GM stayed a full game ahead of Clarke County, who defeated Madison County 65-47 last night.

GM led 16-9 after one quarter and 37-26 at halftime, with Andrianarison burying all three of his triples in the first half. The margin would have been greater if the Mustangs hadn’t been whistled for a staggering 16 fouls in the first two quarters, allowing Strasburg to score 13 of their points from the charity stripe. After the Rams (4-11, 2-3 Bull Run District) scored the first 5 points of the third quarter, a three pointer by Stewart pushed the lead back to 9, and keyed a 10-0 run that essentially put the game away.

Point guard Noel Obusan dished out 4 assists for the Stangs, and Brandon Alexander and Stewart blocked 2 shots each. Mason has now limited their last two opponents to 6 points apiece in the 4th quarter, and has not allowed 50 points in three straight BRD games. In all, 11 of the 12 Mustangs in uniform scored on the night, with 9 of the players playing 10 minutes or more. GM shot 46% from inside the arc and 41% from beyond, as better shot selection and some transition layups led to their second highest point total on the season. The Bull Run District frontrunners also committed only 14 turnovers, the fourth straight game they have been under 15.

Mason next plays at home Thursday January 27 vs. Rappahannock County.

Reprinted from MasonAthletics.org.

Mason Soccer Marches to Regional Finals

June 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Jordan Robarge shoots on goal against Altavista

Franky Andrianarison brings the ball upfield

(Photos by Tracy Back)

By DAVE WITZEL
Falls Church Times Staff

June 2, 2010

George Mason High Schools Boys and Girls soccer teams won decisive victories tonight earning themselves spots in the Virginia Region B Finals. The Boys defeated Altavista 6 to 1 while the Girls overwhelmed Central High of Woodstock VA 10 to 0.

Both teams will play in Regional Finals games on Friday night June 4th, at locations to be announced.

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