Adult volunteers are needed for the GMHS All Night Graduation Celebration the night of Wednesday, June 12 and morning of Thursday, June 13. To volunteer or for more information, contact Co-Chair Ellen Meinhart, email@example.com.
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.
Shop the Spring Market to support All Night Grad on May 4 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. The market will be held in the George Mason High School lobby, right before the school production of Hamlet.
The event is a perfect time to shop for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation and give to the All Night Grad Celebration. Each vendor will donate at least 10% of their sales to the event.
Items available for purchase will include a variety of jewelry, gift sets, fudge, fragrances, and entertaining ideas. Snacks will be available as well.
Join the GMHS Athletics Boosters for the Mustang Lights Charity Softball Game. Local celebrities will take on the the GMHS Mustangs on April 27th from 6-9 pm at the GMHS baseball field.
The Mustangs and all area teams that use the George Mason High School baseball and softball fields need your help! Everyone loves our new lighted fields, but we still need to raise money to cover the costs. So as a fundraiser, “local celebrities” will play a battle royale softball game against select members of the GMHS Baseball and Softball teams in what is sure to be the event everyone is talking about.
“Step up to the plate” and make a donation. Bring your checkbook. No donation is too small or too large, and all donations are tax-deductible.
Join Mustang Sally, MEH Husky, TJ Tiger & Danny the Hippo at this Family Fun Event! Attendees can test their skills in a throwing, accuracy competition and win raffle prizes such as Nationals Tickets, “Throw Out the First Pitch,” GMHS Spirit Wear and more.
Dinner will be available for purchase from great local favorite restaurants.
Plus sno-cones and cotton candy while supplies last.
By John Ballou
April 3, 2013
Last weekend the George Mason High School Robotics Team lived through another intense regional competition. In the fifth week of robotics competitions, we went up against 58 other teams from as far away as Israel and Brazil, many already having won their previous regionals before arriving at this one in the DC Convention Center. Our rankings started well, but quickly dropped due to technical issues and difficult alliances with and against other teams.
Our team’s brightest moment was our last match at the end of the day on Friday. We had technical issues the first time we played and lost to the number 4 and 5 ranked teams. We re-played this match because the field control system was at fault for our loss of control. Read more
By Janice Nette
March 19, 2013
Team 1418 from George Mason High School overcame a number of early problems to make it all the way to the semi-finals at the FIRST Robotics Virginia Regional tournament in Richmond last weekend. The Drive Team maneuvered the robot to throw Frisbees into goals and climb a tower for eight matches in the preliminary rounds finishing 25th out of 65 teams.
During the finals their alliance of three teams bested the #1 seed twice in the quarter-finals to make it to the semi-final rounds where they just couldn’t quite keep up with the fast shooting #4 seed. They were scouted by other teams for the finals based on their scoring ability and their unique method of picking up discs from the floor.
FIRST Robotics is a program geared toward making a robotics game similar to a sporting event with loud cheering, music, play by play announcers, and dancing. Events are high energy in the stands and on the playing field. Every year a different game is developed and teams are given six weeks to create a new robot that can perform the tasks of the game. Read more
By STEVE BRIESE
March 8, 2013
The Floyd County girls basketball team knocked off defending champion George Mason High School today 78-67 in a hard fought battle in the VHSL Girls State A Division 2 Basketball Tournament at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The live blog of the game appears below.
Starting 5 for the Mustangs
Floyd County Buffaloes win the tip and open the scoring with a 3.
6:49 1st quarter. Buffaloes up 4-0, Mason time out.
6:40, 1st. Katie starts Mason scoring with two in the paint. 5-2 Buffaloes.
5:42, 1st – Stephanie hits two free throws, 7-6 buffaloes.
5:21, 1st – Stephanie hits two in the paint, MASON LEADS 8-7
4:00 1st, Katie steals ball and takes it in for two, 12-7 mason
2:06, Mason leads 16-10
1:28, 1st, Stephanie hits 2+1 for 19-12 lead
end of 1st quarter, Mason leads 19-12. Good defense on both sides has led to turnovers by both teams.
6:27, 2nd – Stephanie hits transition 2+1, Mason leads 24-17
4:51, 2nd – Mason leads 24-22
4:27, 2nd, Buffaloes tie game at 24 on transition basket.
1:56, 2nd – Stephanie gets offensive board, puts it back, tied at 27.
1:02, 2nd, Stephanie another 2+1, 32-31 Buffaloes lead.
At the half, Buffaloes lead 36-31.
Internet connectivity coming and going
1:43, 3rd quarter, Mason up 46-42
End of 3rd, Mustangs lead 47-46. This is a nail-biter.
7:19, 4th period. Tied at 48!
6:47, 4th – Tied at 50.
5:27, 4th, Floyd surge, Buffaloes lead 60-51.
5:08, 4th, Stephanie hits 2 free throws. Buffaloes lead 60-53.
4:24, 4th. Buffaloes lead 63-57. Strong Buffaloe pressure defense causing Mason to struggle.
2:57, 4th, Jaya hits 3, Mason trails by 5.
1:50, 4th, Floyd scores twice, Buffaloes lead 69-60.
1:03, 4th, Ava hits 3, Mason down by 8.
0:47, 4th, Mason down by 10. Ava and Shelby foul out playing aggressive D.
Final score: Floyd County 78, George Mason 67.
On Friday March 8 at 10:30am, Falls Church Times contributor Steve Briese will ”live blog” the quarterfinal game of the VHSL Girls State A Division 2 Basketball Tournament between George Mason High School and the Floyd County Buffaloes from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center in Richmond.
The Lady Mustangs are the defending state champions and advanced to this year’s semifinals with a 68-35 quarterfinal win over Northumberland last Saturday. Mason’s record is 24-5 on the season.
The Floyd County Buffaloes have a 26-3 record and defeated Gate City 74-46 in the quarterfinals to qualify for the semifinal. The Buffaloes last won the state championship in 2008.
Visit www.fallschurchtimes.com on Friday at 10:30am to follow the action.