By STEVEN BRIESE
March 8, 2012
The Lady Mustangs of George Mason High School defeated Glenvar Thursday night 64-48 in the semifinals of the Virginia State Basketball Tournament. With the win, George Mason advances to the State Championship game against Gate City Saturday in Richmond.
Glenvar and Mason played a nip and tuck game early in the contest, but the Lady Mustangs managed to lead 18-15 at the end of the first quarter. In the second period, the Highlanders fought back to take a 19-18 lead. Sophmore Jaya Chavern came into the game and hit a three point shot the first time she touched the ball to put Mason back in the lead for good. Senior Krista Kelly drove the lane and scored to give Mason a 29-25 advantage going into the locker room.
The Lady Mustangs started the third quarter strong, with consecutive baskets by Sophomore Ashley Alexander, Senior Leah Roth, and Senior Lauren Kane, to open up a 10 point lead. Glenvar showed great determination and eroded the lead to single digits several times. Lauren Kane showed her skills at both ends of the court by blocking a three point shot by Glenvar, and then taking the ball all the way to the hoop at the other end.
Lady Mustangs were leading 45-36 entering the final stanza. The fourth quarter was all Mason, with the Lady Mustangs dominating the Highlanders on both ends to walk away with a double digit win.
Stephanie Cheney led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with 20 points on the evening. Lauren Kane had 13, Krista Kelly found several holes in Glenvar’s defense to add nine, Leah Roth scored seven, and Ashley Alexander tallied 5.
George Mason’s Championship game opponent, Gate City, advanced with a 48-42 win over Stuarts Draft earlier in the evening. The Blue Devils started the season 5-11 before turning a corner in the second half of the season to claw their way into the state finals.
The Championship game will tip off at 3pm Saturday at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center in Richmond.
By ANDREW FINEIN
March 8, 2012
George Mason High School senior Andrew Finein produced at 60 second PSA about drunk driving. The video stars Falls Church City Public Schools school resource officer Steve Rau and George Mason High School student Jake Acosta.
By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
March 8, 2012
William Henneberg, a Congressional staff member and life-long Falls Church City resident, has become the seventh candidate in the race for Falls Church City Council.
Henneberg works for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he handles issues relating to Fish and Wildlife, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and General Services Administration oversight.
“Having lived in the city my whole life, I cannot think of a better honor than serving the people of Falls Church,” Henneberg’s written announcement says. “I am very fortunate to have been raised in a city that has so much to offer and I want to ensure future generations have the same opportunities.” Read more