Ten field hockey games in Fairfax County scheduled for yesterday were canceled because of the shooting in Ashland on Saturday night. The decision came one day after some county schools played games in that area of Virginia.

"[Saturday] went really well from a field hockey standpoint," Jefferson Director of Student Activities Mike McGurk said. "We did such a good job getting these games scheduled, but we were just dealt another challenge."

The decision not to play yesterday also affects the regional tournament, which is now scheduled to begin Oct. 30. A meeting will be held today at Oakton High School among athletic directors and field hockey coaches to discuss possible sites and the number of teams that will be allowed to participate in the regional tournament.

Last week, the Virginia High School league granted the request of the Northern Region to postpone the start of the state tournament one week; the league has yet to decide if Oakton will host the state finals.

"I don't think you can wait too long," McGurk said of the pending decision about where the tournament final will be played. "I'm not the VHSL, but anything under two weeks would be a struggle putting it together." . . . The Independent School League voted last week to delay the start of its league field hockey tournament one week. The event had been scheduled to start Oct. 30.

Arundel Finds Its Groove

Arundel junior outside hitter Dee Dee Matthews noticed her teammates were nervous as the No. 8 Wildcats warmed up for last Thursday's volleyball match against Broadneck. After several minutes of errant passes and erratic hitting, Coach Greg LeGrand told his team to take a five-minute break and relax.

A short breather calmed some of the Wildcats' nerves, but the team shed its jitters for good by grabbing a 4-0 lead and taking the first game, 15-5.

"When we won that first game, our confidence skyrocketed, and we kept that confidence level for the rest of the match," said Matthews, who had nine kills as Arundel won the match in three games.

By beating defending 4A champion Broadneck, Arundel (10-0) virtually clinched a spot in the Anne Arundel County championship match.

"We probably played about as good as we can play against Broadneck," said LeGrand, who had never beaten Broadneck or Severna Park before last week. "I've been telling the girls, if we play the way we're capable of playing, I don't think anyone in the county is capable of beating us."

Montgomery Tennis on Hold

All Montgomery County public school tennis matches were canceled last week, including a key match between undefeated teams Churchill and Walter Johnson.

Two weeks ago, Walter Johnson defeated Whitman, 4-3, giving the Vikings their first loss to a county public school in six years. A much-anticipated match between Churchill and Whitman was canceled last Thursday.

Coaches will meet today to decide whether to hold the county tournament, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday at seven Montgomery County high schools.


A Centennial volleyball player was misidentified in a caption in Saturday's editions. The player was junior Erika Swan.