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Banks Resigns From Springbrook

Friday, April 15, 2005; Page D16

Springbrook girls' basketball coach Tonya Banks resigned yesterday, ending a three-year tenure that included a 4A East Region title and a berth in the state semifinals last season.

Banks said she resigned for personal reasons, but declined to be more specific. She compiled a 59-15 record at the Montgomery County school and the Blue Devils were 22-4 last season.

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"It was really a difficult decision," said Banks who will remain a health education teacher at the school. "I've grown close to these girls -- many who I've known since middle school. I'm going to miss them. There were a lot of different reasons [for the decision]. But I don't want to say anything more. It was personal reasons."

Earlier this month, Springbrook boys' coach Keith Adams was fired despite a 54-22 record over three seasons.

Smooth Sailing

In its fourth year of rowing a varsity eight boat, the Lake Braddock girls' crew team is starting to make waves. On Saturday, the Bruins won a 750-meter race over T.C. Williams and Robinson at a tri-meet at the Alexandria Schools Rowing Facility on the Potomac River.

Led by four seniors -- Haley Fitzgerald, Liz McCannell, Julie Froehlich and Veronica Maton -- who have rowed in the boat since its inception their freshman year, the Bruins (2 minutes 42.1 seconds) defeated second-place T.C. Williams by more than two seconds in a race shortened by rough conditions. The meet was the first time Lake Braddock had defeated the Titans, a traditional power, head-to-head.

"It's a huge accomplishment for our team," Coach Rob Wasalaski said. "All the hard work our girls have put in to bringing up this boat is paying off for them."

The Bruins are undefeated this season, and will go up against one of the best boats in the area, Thomas Jefferson, this weekend on the Occoquan River.

"If we can just be close to them, that'd be great," Wasalaski said.

Fairfax Gets Turf

Fairfax High is in the process of having a synthetic turf field installed inside its football stadium, Athletic Director Tim Gordon said. The installation should be completed by the end of the month, meaning the Rebels soccer and lacrosse teams will likely play at least one game each on the new surface, Gordon said.

The turf is produced by Seattle-based FieldTurf and is used by numerous NFL and college football teams. The installation, performed by Ballard Sports of North Carolina, will cost from $600,000 to $800,000 and is being paid for by the City of Fairfax and other city groups, Gordon said.

Synthetic turf fields are already in use at Bishop Ireton and Wakefield. Like those surfaces, Fairfax's turf is made of synthetic blades of grass interspersed with crushed rubber; it requires little maintenance and reduces the number of rainouts.

Jeter Leads Chantilly

Senior Megan Jeter tossed a complete game three-hitter and junior Camille Hobson added two RBI as visiting Chantilly (4-4) upended No. 5 Robinson (8-1) in softball yesterday, 3-1. Jeter raised her record to 4-4. . . .

St. Andrew's baseball team defeated Maret for the first time in school history. David Sanders's game-winning double in the bottom of the sixth gave the Lions a 9-8 victory. St Andrews improved to 4-2 overall, 2-2 in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.

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