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Early to rise, early to rise

When Mikayla Venson was 10, she took a look at her father's basketball trophies and decided she wanted some hardware of her own. Her father, Michael Venson, a former All-Met Player of the Year at Oxon Hill, agreed to train her. Now, the 14-year-old freshman at Yorktown could be the area's next basketball prodigy.



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Mikayla Venson, 14, and her father, Michael, get ready for a pre-dawn workout at Langston-Brown Community Center in Arlington. The Vensons get their workouts in most mornings from 6 to 7:30 a.m., then Mikayla practices with her Yorktown varsity teammates in the afternoon.

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For Yorktown's Mikayla Venson, basketball is a family affair
Article | It's 5:57 a.m., dark and bitingly cold. Sitting outside Langston-Brown Community Center in Arlington in a black SUV is Mikayla Venson, Yorktown's freshman point guard, and her father, Michael Venson. It's two days before Christmas but Mikayla Venson is here, as always, waiting to work out.

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