The Scholastic Rowing Association of North America will hold its version of a national high school championship on the Occoquan Reservoir on May 23-24, and rowing on a familiar course should provide an edge for several area crews already considered among the nation's best.
The Northern Virginia Rowing Association will be the local sponsor of the event for the second time in three years. More than 200 schools are expected to send crews of varying size in hopes of bringing home titles in the prestigious event. Although there is not an official annual national championship, the Scholastic Rowing Association meet attracts many of the best crews from most of the nation, except the West Coast.
Heats will begin May 23 at 2:30 p.m. Preliminaries will continue the next morning, with finals scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Among the varsity eights, T.C. Williams Coach Bob Spousta said Washington-Lee, Woodbridge and Yorktown, as well as his Titans, could challenge for the championship.
"Having the championships here is definitely an advantage for us," said Spousta. "We row most of our races at Occoquan, and our kids have the advantage of sleeping in their own beds and eating their mothers' cooking."
West Springfield baseball Coach Ron Tugwell began questioning the wisdom of his team's spring break trip to the Dominican Republic after seeing just one batter of the Carol Morgan Dominican school.
"The wind was blowing straight in, and this kid hit it 350 feet for a triple," said Tugwell. "I just said to myself, 'Oh, no. What are we in for?' "
Fortunately for Tugwell and the 23 players he took on the nine-day trip to a baseball school in Florida and side trip to the Caribbean Islands, the circumstances quickly improved.
The Spartans stole 10 bases and went on to defeat Carol Morgan, 10-5. West Springfield also defeated Calanz, said to be the top public high school team in the Dominican, 10-1, as Mark McMillan and Mark Waterfield combined for a one-hitter. McMillan also had a home run.
O'Connell senior Kristy Burch, a first-team All-Met selection last year, pitched a six-inning perfect game last week against Elizabeth Seton (Md.). Burch struck out 16 of the 18 batters she faced in the 10-0 victory which was shortened by the 10-run rule. The only two fair balls she allowed were ground outs to shortstop and back to the mound . . .
The second annual Fairfax High alumni baseball game will be held at the school Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Jim Moeller, a former Rebels coach, will direct the alumni . . .
The Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation, a club for youngsters 6-14 in Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun Counties, recently completed its championship tournament at Robinson High, with the Chantilly Youth Club, Arlington Youth Club and Sterling Park Youth Club taking titles in their respective divisions.
The federation is looking for volunteer coaches to help it expand next season into areas such as Alexandria and Falls Church. Anyone interested can write to federation commissioner Jim Lockwood, 7012 Ashbury Dr., Springfield, Va. 22152.