The Arlington County School Board has approved several upgrades to the girls' athletic facilities at Washington-Lee High School in response to a student's accusations that the school was in violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools and other educational institutions that receive federal funds.
The student, senior and four-year field hockey player Christine Boehm, pressed for the changes for 14 months with help from lawyers at the National Women's Law Center. The attorneys presented a settlement agreement last fall, and in response, county attorneys proposed similar changes to the school board in January.
Among the changes the school board approved Thursday are: providing the girls with their own locker room; better maintaining its field hockey and softball fields; making spectator seating and uniforms equal; purchasing permanent scoreboards for softball and field hockey and displaying more girls' trophies and sports schedules inside the school. Most of the upgrades are to be completed by 2004.
"We do not believe that the school system has violated Title IX, however we welcome opportunities to improve our facilities and programs for all students," Arlington Superintendent Robert G. Smith said in a statement.
"I am satisfied because the girls and boys of Washington-Lee will have fair treatment," Boehm said. "I am glad that I am going to leave Washington-Lee better than I found it."
Robinson Nets Victory
Two tennis seasons ago, Robinson junior Jason Baer stood behind a black chain-link fence and watched Lake Braddock hand out a disheartening defeat on its home courts.
Faced with that possibility yesterday, the junior captain shared his bitter memories with teammates and spurred the Rams to a 6-3 victory over the Bruins.
Robinson (6-0), which has won nine of the last 10 Patriot District titles, needed three doubles wins in the end to capture its 26th regular season match in a row. The Bruins (3-3) last defeated the Rams in the regular season in 2001.
Bruins senior Kia Kondori, a senior playing for the first time after four season, tied the match at 3 with a No. 4 singles victory over John Choi. That win forced the Rams into unfamiliar territory, playing doubles matches with victory at stake.
The Rams seized the opportunity to showcase their doubles prowess.
"This is the first time doubles has mattered," Baer said. "This was the first time there was actual pressure for doubles to come through. Now we know we can put our doubles team out there. Even if we're down 2-4 after singles, we have confidence in our doubles."
The Rams' No. 1 doubles team of Mike Smith and Choi defeated Mihir Elchuri and Frank Huang, 10-2. Joseph Choi and Baer won the No. 2 doubles, 10-4, over Peter Duggan and Eric Vahouny and sophomore Corey Vesay and junior Patrick Paoney clinched the third doubles, 10-6.
Ten Good Minutes
Trailing 4-2 with 10:49 left, Maret (2-0) scored four unanswered goals to top Flint Hill (2-2), 6-4, in a boys' lacrosse game.
With 31 seconds left, senior Colin O'Neill put the Frogs ahead, scoring on a breakaway goal in transition. Senior Justin McClemans added another goal nine seconds later after sophomore Cam Maloni's undercut on the previous faceoff.
"We did a better job playing defense on their two shooters towards the end of the game," Coach Craig Edwards said.
Foster Tosses No-Hitter
West Springfield's Peter Foster threw his first career no-hitter to defeat West Potomac, 7-0, in a baseball game.
Foster struck out eight and threw only 88 pitches to improve to 2-1.
West Springfield improved to 4-3 overall and 4-0 in the Patriot District.
-- Tarik El-Bashir, Edward G. Robinson, Liam Dillon