Parents at Osbourn and Osbourn Park high schools are organizing ice hockey club teams and, based on the early interest, the newcomers could soon challenge the Hylton-based team for Prince William supremacy.
Osbourn had 29 potential players at an organizational meeting Thursday night, team organizer Debra Parrish said, and Osbourn Park Coach Dave Zaremski said he has a similar number of interested kids at his school.
"That's an excellent turnout," said Bob Balcerzak, who will coach the Osbourn Eagles Hockey Club. "We need only 16 players to field a team. I was surprised by the number of kids who had ice hockey experience."
The Hylton team, the Prince William Bulldogs, team kept 25 of the 34 players who tried out last year for its inaugural season and dressed 20 for each game. That team went 13-4-1 and beat Lake Braddock in the abbreviated two-team state tournament.
Like the Bulldogs, the new teams will be self-sufficient and will not be affiliated with the high school athletic departments. Team organizers say it will cost each player about $400 for a season that will stretch from mid-October until early March. The teams probably will practice once a week at SkateNation in Dale City and play games on Friday nights.
The new teams will join Hylton in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League that includes several Virginia teams. Osbourn will field what is called a "provisional" team because it will include at least one player from another school. That will make the team ineligible to compete for the league title.
Zaremski said his team will be made up exclusively of Osbourn Park students, which will enable the team to compete for the league championship.
"Hylton got it started, and we're trying to keep it going," he said. "I've been to Hylton games, and it's a great atmosphere. The kids get excited."
Oakton won the 11-team Northern Virginia Conference in the MSHL. Prince William beat Lake Braddock in the quarterfinals of the MSHL tournament before losing to Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Oakton and eight other Virginia teams declined to participate in the state tournament that Prince William won.
North Stafford sophomore Justin Marlowe and the Hylton doubles team of junior Brandon Morehead and senior Matt Cocowitch each lost yesterday in the Virginia AAA state tennis quarterfinals in Norfolk.
Marlowe fell, 6-3, 6-1, to Monacan senior Matt Hopke. Morehead and Cocowitch bowed, 6-2, 7-5, to the Mills Godwin duo of Kevin Loden and Clay Nolde.
Marlowe said that he hung with Hopke for most of the first set but that the Richmond area player turned more aggressive in the second.
"We played a lot of deuce games, and there were a lot of games I was up and couldn't hold on," said Marlowe, who stuck around to watch the semifinals, in which Hopke lost.
"He won the first set and all of a sudden he started making all kinds of mistakes," Marlowe said of that semifinal match. "Against me, he didn't self-destruct at all."
Back to Lee
Evangel Christian boys basketball coach Jim Fisher has a simple way of accepting the fact that his team next season will not include rising senior guard Mark Davis, the Lee High School transfer who this week announced he was returning to his old Springfield school.
Davis scored 74 points in the three games he played with Evangel late last season.
"It could have been fun having him on the team, but we take everything according to God's will," Fisher said. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. I wish him the best of luck. He's a very good young man; he's quite a gentleman; and he's a great basketball player. But we'll still have a winning season, too. We have a lot of talent for a small school."
Fisher had planned to toughen the Eagles' schedule if Davis, a first-team all-Liberty District pick at Lee last season, remained at the Dale City private school. Because Fisher didn't receive a commitment from Davis, Evangel strengthened the schedule somewhat, but not to the extent it would have if Davis had stayed.
Mark Davis, the player's father, said his son wanted to return to Lee and play with his former teammates in a year-round program that would better prepare him for college basketball. Davis, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, averaged 20 points a game last season for Lee before being ruled ineligible because he resided outside the school district. Davis then enrolled at Evangel. Even without Davis, Lee advanced to the Virginia AAA state semifinals.
"Mark enjoyed Evangel very much, and the people there were very nice," said the elder Davis, pleased with the academic progress his son made there.
Evangel next season will return the Levesque brothers, guards Jeremy and Jon. Jeremy led the Prince William area in scoring last season at 21 points per game. The Eagles are 77-21 the past four seasons.
Gar-Field shortstop Jeff Baker, the Cleveland Indians' fourth-round choice last week in the major league amateur draft, likely will receive a contract offer tonight from team officials, his father, Larry Baker, said yesterday.
If Baker doesn't sign with the Indians, he would play this summer with the Ohio Warhawks, a travel team, before enrolling at Clemson University this fall, his father said.
Potomac Coach Mike Covington said his two draftees -- Danny Lopaze and Jose Pabon -- are not close to signing professional contracts. Lopaze went to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 16th round. The New York Mets selected Pabon in the 19th round. Both players have scholarships to Virginia Commonwealth University.
Marvin Jefferson, the former Woodbridge High School boys basketball player who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from a December shoplifting incident at Fort Belvoir, is scheduled to serve a seven-day jail sentence starting June 21, according to a spokeswoman at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
The May 25 sentencing for petty larceny and assaulting or resisting an officer also includes two years of supervised probation and $250 in fines.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-5 forward who averaged 13.9 points a game before being suspended from the Vikings halfway through the season, will play Division I basketball next winter at Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y.
Three ninth-graders from Metz Junior High won the first county-wide Northern Virginia High School Scholarship Bowling Championship Tournament last month at Bowl America Woodbridge.
The three students -- Steven Guzdowski, Jeff Owens and Drew Adams -- won the competition that pitted the top four three-person teams from the Manassas Area High School Student Bowling League against their counterparts from the Woodbridge league.
Next year, the trio will attend Osbourn, the only area high school to award activity letters for bowling.
Change at the Top
The two Cardinal District softball teams that reached the Northwestern Region tournament this spring are looking for new head coaches. Gar-Field Coach Jennifer Jones and Osbourn Coach Butch Barnes both stepped down this week for professional reasons.
Barnes accepted a transfer within the City of Manassas Police Department that would make it difficult for him to remain a coach.
Jones accepted an assistant coaching position at Mary Washington College but will continue to teach at Gar-Field and serve as assistant athletics director there.
CAPTION: North Stafford's Justin Marlowe, left, and the Hylton doubles combo of Matt Cocowitch, center, and Brandon Morehead lost their respective matches in the state tennis quarterfinals yesterday.