On Dec. 18, the Titan basketball teams played another Patriot District contest against Annandale with mixed results: at home, the girls lost, 46-37; at Annandale, the boys won, 75-62.
Last Friday night, the Titan basketball teams played their first Patriot District contests against West Springfield. At home, the boys won, 64-35; away, the girls lost, 79-45.
The Titan basketball teams opened the 2009-10 season last night against former Patriot District rival Hayfield. The girls won at home, 50-29, and the boys lost at Hayfield, 57-49.
How to replace an all-state star player is a question that both of T.C.’s basketball teams will have to address this season. On the boys’ side, first-team all-state (Virginia High School Coaches Association) selection Ed Jenkins is gone, leaving a void in both scoring and leadership. For the girls, highly decorated Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, also an all-state pick is gone as well. The burden now falls on their teammates and coaches to replace them and continue T.C.’s dominance in the Patriot district.
Harley “Skeeter” Swift, the Alexandria basketball legend, has been named to the Tennessee Sports Hall of fame. He and ten inductees will be enshrined at the Hall’s annual banquet on February 19, 2010.
On Saturday, the Alexandria Titans Youth Football program hosted four championship football games at Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium. Seven of 13 Titan teams made the Fairfax County Youth Football League playoffs this season and three teams reached the finals.
On Saturday, T. C. williams High School sophomore Shannon Smythe competed in the Virginia AAA State Championship at Great Meadow. Shannon started off strong running a 5:50 first mile, but the leaders had set a fast pace. She settled in with the second pack of runners and stayed within the top 30-40 runners the whole way. She finished 38th out of 140 runners with a time of 19:49.
It has been more than a decade since the T. C. Williams High School football team made the Northern Region play-offs. On Saturday, all they had to do was defeat Patriot District rival Robert E. Lee High School to end that drought. Unfortunately, the Titans lost, 27-13.
Bishop Ireton High School Athletic Director Bill Simmons announced that there will be signings by two members of the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team to college commitments tomorrow. The players who will be making official collegiate commitments are Madeline Irwin (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) and Janet Tela (University of Connecticut).