Koff Gets Honor

Tara Koff, 17, a senior at Osbourn Park High School, this week was named to United States Swimming's 1999 Scholastic All-American Team, made up of high school athletes who have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and competed in an individual event in the 1998 Summer National or Junior National championships, 1999 Spring National or Junior National championships or 1998 U.S. Open.

Koff, who posted a 4.0 GPA at Osbourn Park her junior year, competed at the 1998 Summer and 1999 Spring Junior National championships for Curl Burke Swim Club in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Her best placement was 26th in the 200 at the 1999 spring event.

Koff also was selected to the Scholastic All-American Team last year.


Breezy Knoll Update

Stafford County's Breezy Knoll 4-H horse club had a good showing at last weekend's state 4-H horse show in Richmond. The club had eight riders qualify for the show, and five were able to attend:

* Rae Johnson, 12, riding an 11-year-old black Appaloosa named Unimpeachable, placed fifth in the barrel race, 10th in pole bending and third in keyhole out of 18 exhibitors from across Virginia.

* Nina Matthews, 18, riding a 3-year-old Appaloosa named Sonny's Alibi, which she trained herself, placed sixth and seventh in her two Western pleasure classes for senior riders on junior horses. There were more than 20 exhibitors in her classes. She also was 10th in her equitation class.

* Becca Sanborn, 12, riding a 10-year-old quarter horse named Hope To Be Neata, placed fifth out of 24 in her Western equitation class and fifth and sixth in her two pleasure driving classes.

* Megan Neasham, 17, was fifth in her large equitation class, executing a nearly perfect pattern on a 5-year-old Appaloosa named Hot Merchandise.

* Austin Peacock, 11, showing his 11-year-old Appaloosa named CelebrityDesign, placed sixth in showmanship, sixth in Western riding, third in Western equitation and fifth in both of his pleasure driving classes. He placed fourth in the first Western pleasure class and won the second class, which earned him the title of Reserve Champion of the Fair and allowed him to return to compete in the Western Pleasure Classic, in which he placed sixth. He also placed second in Western trail (junior exhibitor) out of 35 entries.


Monarchs Air It Out

Quarterback Jamie Davis threw four touchdown passes to Victor Horne as the Virginia Monarchs continued to roll with a 41-0 victory at home Saturday against United Football League foe Peninsula.

Davis and Horne (7 catches, 169 yards) hooked up on scoring plays of 40, 20, 60 and 15 yards. Davis (213 yards) also connected with wide receiver Leon Parrish on a 20-yard touchdown, and Charles "Moose" Carter (88 yards) added a touchdown.

On defense, the Monarchs sacked the Peninsula quarterback 12 times, bringing their season total to 123. Leon Gholston led the way with four sacks, and defensive back Junior Scott picked off his 15th pass of the year.

The Monarchs (10-1, 4-1 UFL) will play at Baltimore on Sunday. Two weeks ago, the Monarchs rallied from a 10-0 deficit to beat the visiting Rams, 34-16.


Today's Events

The 5K Eagle Run and one-mile walk will take place this morning at 9 a.m., preceding the Manassas Fall Jubilee. The 5K course and walk will start and finish at Osbourn High School and will wind through Old Towne Manassas. Race registration is from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Cost for runners is $17 (includes T-shirt); cost for walkers is $5. Proceeds go to Osbourn High's academic and athletic activities.

To submit information, call 703-392-1092 or e-mail lewiss@washpost.com