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Alexandria Sportsman’s Club November Meeting

Participation in soccer by Americans has grown by almost 50% since 2000. You can see the impact right here in Alexandria. Tommy Park, Executive Director of the Alexandria Soccer Association, will speak to us about his soccer career, the growth of soccer in Alexandria, and his partnership with ACPS among other things.

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October 21st Meeting with the Athletic Directors

Find out how Alexandria High Schools have dealt with Covid and what to expect in the coming months

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September Webinar with Eddie George

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Bylaws of The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club

ARTICLE I: NAME AND OFFICES

Section I: Name — The name of the organization shall be THE ALEXANDRIA SPORTSMAN’S CLUB (hereinafter referred to as ASC) with the name being written in proper sequence with no deviations. ASC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia run and managed by a Board of Governors (BOG).

Section II: Offices — The principal office of ASC shall be in the City of Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia. ASC may have offices at such other places as the BOG may from time to time determine or the business of ASC may require.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

The purpose of ASC shall be to:
1) recognize and reward local high school athletes for excellence in sports and proficiency in the classroom;
2) gather in the fellowship of others with interest in promoting the youth of Alexandria;
3) present “Athlete(s) of the Month Award(s)” given to student(s) athlete(s) selected from one of Alexandria’s four high schools for their achievements in a respective sport;
4) increase program awareness by disseminating information to ASC members and to interested persons in the community; and
5) recruit members and maintain an active membership file.

ASC is not organized and shall not be operated for monetary gain or profit. No part of the property of ASC and no part of its net earnings shall benefit any individual(s). ASC shall never be authorized to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for profit or in any other ASC activity except in furtherance of the purposes stated above for which ASC is organized. ASC shall never engage in propaganda, attempt to influence legislation, or participate in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office, nor shall any part of its property or any part of its income be devoted to such purpose.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Section I: Any individual, minimum age 21, who supports the goals and purposes of ASC, completes an application, pays the required annual dues, and abides by these bylaws will be a member in good standing.

Section II: The Board of Governors (BOG) has the right to refuse to accept the membership dues of any applicant for membership, or to refuse to accept the renewal dues of any existing member who has demonstrated by his or her statement or behavior that he or she is not supportive of the goals and ideals of ASC. Upon taking such action, the BOG shall give written notice thereof to such member or applicant and return any money tendered as dues, whereupon that person shall no longer be considered a member.

Section III: The membership year shall run from January 1 through December 31 annually. To obtain membership, all candidates must pay the annual membership dues and complete the application form required by ASC.

Section IV: Membership in ASC is non-transferable.

Section V: There shall be two classes of membership: Active and Honorary.

A. Active membership shall apply to all current members on the rolls of ASC not classified as Honorary. All new membership shall be of this class and shall be open to any person, minimum age 21, upon application to and approval by the BOG. Effective January 1, 2020, the annual dues of an active individual membership shall be $70 and a family membership shall be $100.

B. Retired membership shall be limited to those members who were granted this class of membership prior to February 1, 1991. Retired members are entitled to all privileges of the Club for annual dues of $20.

C. Life membership shall be by election only to that class by a majority of the members present at a duly constituted meeting of the general membership. To be eligible for Life membership, the member a) must have been an active member for at least ten years; and b) must have served as President of ASC and/or has been selected and received the annual Sportsman of the Year Award. Upon election to Life membership, the member(s) so elected shall thereafter be entitled to all privileges of ASC without dues.

D. Honorary membership shall be granted by the BOG by majority vote of those present at a meeting of the Board.

ARTICLE IV: GOVERNANCE

Section I: Board of Governors (BOG)

A. The Board of Governors shall consist of five (5) ASC Officers, no fewer than five (5) and no more than ten (10) elected ASC members to the BOG, and all past presidents of ASC who are members in good standing. The BOG may fill any vacancy or vacancies created by any decrease in the number of Governors. The Governors shall be elected by majority vote of those present at ASC’s annual meeting either in person or by electronic vote. Only members in good standing who are verified as eligible may vote. Each Governor shall be elected to hold office for one (1) year until a prequalified successor shall have been duly chosen or until he/she shall have resigned or shall have been removed.

B. The management and operation of ASC shall be entrusted to the BOG. The BOG by majority vote of those present at the BOG meeting has the authority to approve purchases and contracts for the organization. The duties of the BOG shall be to:

1) enable the continued legal existence of ASC;
2) ensure effective organizational planning;
3) ensure adequate resources;
4) manage resources effectively;
5) determine and monitor ASC’s programs and services;
6) enhance ASC’s public image;
7) serve as a court of appeal for unresolved issues or complaints;
8) assess its own performance; and
9) participate in the recruitment, selection, and development of BOG and ASC members.

C. The BOG may hold their meetings and keep the books of the organization within or outside the Commonwealth of Virginia.

D. If the office of any Governor(s) becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, retirement, disqualification, or otherwise, the BOG at its next regular meeting shall nominate and approve individual(s) for the vacancy(ies), which will then be filled by majority vote of the ASC membership at the next regular meeting of the said membership. If circumstances do not allow regularly held in-person meetings, notification of and voting for candidates can be done electronically.

E. The business and property of ASC shall be conducted and managed by the BOG, which may exercise all of the powers of the organization, except by statue, charter, or bylaws conferred upon and/or reserved to the members.

F. At any special meeting of members duly called, of which notice has been duly given, any Governor may, by vote of a majority of those present and who are entitled to vote, be removed from office and another be appointed in the place of the person so removed, to serve for the remainder of his/her term.

Section II: Officers

A. The Officers of the organization shall be chosen by the members at the annual meeting and shall be President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The members also may choose additional vice presidents, and one or more assistant treasurers, and one or more assistant secretaries.

B. The members may appoint such other officers and agents as it shall deem necessary, who shall hold their offices for such terms and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as shall be determined from time to time by the members.

C. The Officers of the organization shall hold office for one (1) year and until their successors are chosen and qualify in their position. Any officer chosen or appointed by the members may be removed at any time by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present at a special meeting called for that purpose.

D. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the 1st Vice President shall succeed for the remainder of the term. A vacancy in any other office shall be filled by election of the membership, who, at the next regular meeting, shall nominate for the vacancy to be filled by majority vote of the members present at the then next regular meeting of the membership.

Section III: Duties of Officers

A. The President — It shall be the duty of the President to:
1) preside at all meetings of the membership and BOG;
2) enforce order and decorum in strict observance of the bylaws and rules of ASC along with the BOG;
3) sets a yearly agenda for ASC with the approval of the BOG;
4) appoint chairs for all committees;
5) report to the members at the end of his/her term of office the condition of ASC during this time;
6) sign all contracts that have been approved by the BOG; and
7) release all ASC documents to the incoming president at the end of his/her term of office.

B. The 1st Vice President — The 1st Vice President in the absence or disability of the President shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President, and shall perform such other duties as the BOG or President shall prescribe. In the current year, the 1st Vice President shall succeed, if necessary, to the Presidency upon approval of the BOG.

C. The 2nd Vice President — The 2nd Vice President in the absence or disability of the 1st Vice President shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the 1st Vice-President, and shall perform such other duties as the BOG or President shall prescribe. The 2nd Vice President shall succeed to the 1st Vice Presidency.

D. The Secretary — It shall be the duty of the Secretary to:
1) attend all sessions of the BOG and all meetings of the members and record all votes and the minutes of all proceedings in a book or electronic file to be kept for that purpose and shall perform like duties for the Executive Committee;
2) give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the members and meetings of the BOG, or President, under whose supervision the said office shall be;
3) organize, monitor, and maintain any electronic voting for the BOG and ASC membership;
4) keep in safe custody the seal of ASC and, when authorized by the BOG, affix the same to any instrument requiring it, and when so affixed, it shall be attested by his/her signature or by the signature of the Treasurer or an assistant secretary if any; and
5) release all ASC documents to the incoming president at the end of his/her term of office.

E. The Treasurer — It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to:
1) maintain the custody of the corporate funds and securities;
2) develop a budget for ASC’s upcoming year to be approved by the BOG no later July 31. ASC’s finances shall be managed in accordance with the budget;
3) maintain full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in a shareable electronic format belonging to the organization;
4) deposit all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the organization in such depositories as may be designated by the BOG;
5) disburse the funds of the organization as may be ordered by the BOG, providing proper receipts for such disbursements;
6) render to the President and BOG at the regular meetings of the BOG, or whenever they may require it, an account of all transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the organization;
7) if required by the BOG, give the organization a bond in such sum and with such surety or sureties as shall be satisfactory to the BOG for the faithful performance of the duties of his/her office and for the restoration to the organization—in case of his/her death, resignation, retirement, or removal from office—of all books, papers, vouchers, money, and other property of whatever kind in the Treasurer’s possession or under his/her control belonging to the organization; and
8) release all ASC documents to the incoming president at the end of his/her term of office.

ARTICLE V: MEETINGS

Section I: Meetings of Members

A. All meetings of the members for the election of the BOG and for any other purpose may be held at such time and place within Virginia as shall be stated in the notice of the meeting or in the consent to the holding thereof executed by the members.

B. An annual meeting of members shall be held on a day in the third week of June at 7:00 p.m., at which time the members shall elect Officers and Governors either in person or, if circumstances require, electronically and may transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting. Such annual meetings shall be general meetings, being open for the transaction of any business within the powers of the organization without special notice of such business, except in cases in which special notice is required by statue, by the charter, or by these bylaws. A full and true statement of the affairs of the organization shall be submitted at the annual meeting and shall be filed within twenty (20) days thereafter at the principal office of the organization. Such a statement shall be prepared by such executive officer as may be designated in an additional or supplementary bylaw adopted by the BOG. If no other executive officer is so designated, it shall be the duty of the President to prepare such statement.

C. At any time in the interval between annual meetings, special meetings of the members may be called by the President, by a majority of the BOG, or by a majority of the Executive Committee.

D. A regular meeting of the membership shall be held once a month in the months of September, October, November, February, March, and May, on a day, at a time, and in a place to be set by the BOG. Such regular meetings shall be general meetings, being open for the transaction of any business within the powers of the organization, without special notice of such business as is to come before the meeting, except in cases in which special notice is required by statue, by the charter, or by these bylaws.

E. Written notice stating the place, day, and hour of the meeting and, in case of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered electronically and posted to the ASC website not less than seven (7) and no more than twenty (20) days before the date of the meeting (except as a different time is specified below).

F. At all meetings of members in person, a majority of the verified members present is necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. In the election of Officers and BOG, a combination of electronic votes and in-person votes will constitute a quorum.

G. When a quorum is present at any meeting, a majority of the votes cast shall be sufficient to elect and pass any measure, unless the measure is one upon which by express provision of the statues, the charter, or of these bylaws, a different vote is required, in which case such express provision shall govern and control the passage of such measure.

H. Each member shall have one (1) vote at any meeting of the members and every member having the right to vote shall be entitled to vote in person. Individual members have one vote. Family memberships have one vote for each person over 21 years of age. No person may vote by proxy at membership meetings. Verification of membership shall be done by the Secretary and/or Treasurer.

Section II: Meetings of the Board of Governors

A. The first meeting of any newly appointed BOG shall be held at such time and place, either within or outside Virginia, as announced at the annual meeting. Notification of all BOG meetings will be sent electronically and posted to the website.

B. Regular meetings of the BOG may be held without notice at such time and place either within or outside Virginia as shall from time to time be designated by the BOG;

C. Special meetings of the BOG may be called at any time by the President or by the BOG or the Executive Committee by vote at a meeting, or by majority of the BOG or a majority of the members of the Executive Committee. BOG members shall be notified electronically of such meetings.

D. Each BOG member shall be notified electronically of the place and time of every special meeting at least one (1) day before the date of the meeting.

E. At all meetings of the BOG, a majority of the governors present shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

ARTICLE VI: COMMITTEES

Section I: Creation and Appointment
The BOG may establish standing committees and ad hoc committees as it deems necessary to advance and protect the welfare of ASC. A committee shall consist of two or more members, one of whom shall act as the chairman of the committee. The President shall appoint the chairperson of each committee. The committee chairperson then will select committee members.

There shall be the following standing committees:
1) Executive (Current ASC Officers)
2) Membership
3) Scholarship
4) Fundraising
5) Annual Banquet
6) Meetings (Food/Speakers/Awards)
7) Media/Publicity
8) Nominating

Section II: Term
Unless otherwise specified by the BOG, all committee members serve one (1) year terms.

Section III: Resignation and Removal
A member of a committee may resign at any time by delivering written notice to the chairman of the committee. The BOG may at any time remove a member of a committee with or without cause.

Section IV: Vacancies
If a vacancy occurs on a committee, the chairman of the committee shall select a candidate to fill the vacancy.

Section V: Committee Meetings
Each committee shall meet at such times and places as agreed upon.

Section VI: Powers and Duties
Each committee has the authority and shall perform the duties as set forth by the BOG or by the direction of the chairman of the committee. No committee may:
1) authorize monetary distributions without prior BOG approval;
2) approve a dissolution, merger, or the sale, pledge, or transfer of ASC assets;
3) adopt, amend, or repeal the Articles of Incorporation of these bylaws; or
4) purchase, sell, lease, transfer, or encumber any personal property of ASC without the prior written consent of the BOG.

ARTICLE VII: FINANCES

Section I: Dues
Effective January 8, 2020, the annual dues of ASC for individual members shall be $70.00 and family members shall be $100.00, payable in January of each year. ASC membership will be for one calendar year. Members who have not paid dues by March 1 shall be dropped from the membership rolls. A majority of the BOG present must approve a change in the amount of annual dues. Notice of a change of dues must be approved by the BOG and sent to members at least one (1) month prior to the date of change.

Section II: Revenue
Revenue from sources other than annual dues may be raised as determined by the BOG and approved by a majority of the BOG.

Section III: Compensation
No income of ASC shall be distributed to its members, BOG, or Officers during the existence of the organization or upon any dissolution or final liquidation. However, that the BOG may vote to pay vendors for services rendered to the organization.

Section IV: Checks
All checks for the payment of money, notes, and other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of ASC shall be signed by such officer(s) designated in the bylaws and approved by the BOG.

Section V: Loans
Loans to be executed on behalf of ASC shall be approved solely by the BOG by majority vote of the BOG present.

ARTICLE VIII: FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year shall begin on the first day of January in each year.

ARTICLE IX: RULES OF ORDER

“Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised” shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters of procedure not specifically covered by these bylaws.

ARTICLE X: SEAL

The corporate seal shall have inscribed thereon the name of the ASC, the year of its organization, and the words, “Corporate Seal of Virginia.” The BOG may authorize one or more duplicate seals and provide for the custody thereof.

ARTICLE XI: DISSOLUTION

In the event of the dissolution of ASC to the extent allowed under applicable law, all of the assets of ASC shall be distributed to a nonprofit organization that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, athletic, or educational purposes that shall be selected by the BOG of ASC.

In the event that for any reason upon the dissolution of ASC the BOG shall fail to act in the manner herein provided, the assets shall be distributed in accordance with the law governing the distribution of assets of nonprofit organizations in the jurisdiction in which ASC is located.

ARTICLE XII: STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

Notwithstanding any provision of these bylaws, ASC shall not discriminate against any member, governor, officer, or participant on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin.

ARTICLE XIII: AMENDMENTS

The BOG shall have the power to amend, alter, make, and repeal the bylaws of ASC by a “quorum” vote of the BOG and then confirmed by a vote of General Membership at the next general membership meeting.

ADOPTION OF BYLAWS

THESE BYLAWS WERE READ, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE ALEXANDRIA SPORTSMAN’S CLUB ON THE DATE BELOW:

September 3, 2020

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Congratulations to the February Athlete of the Month Award Winners

Thank you to everyone who attended our General Membership Meeting last Wednesday! We had the opportunity to hear David Elfin, co-author of “The Capital of Basketball” speak, We would also like to congratulate all of our award winners for the athletes of the month for February!

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Meet Sports Writer David Elfin

Please, mark your calendars and plan to attend

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club

General Membership Meeting

High School Basketball Hoops Night

Wednesday, February 19th

Complimentary Dinner and Beverages

6:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

Speaker and Award Ceremony

7:15 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.

Enjoy an ‘Insiders’ look at the History of DC Area High School Hoops!

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Nationals Night Summary

Thank you to everyone who attended our

annual Nationals Baseball Insider night

last Wednesday!

We had the opportunity to hear Eddie Longosz,

director of scouting operations for the Nats speak,

We would like to congratulate all of our award winners for the athletes of the month for December!

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Rest in Peace Morgan Wootten

It is with great sadness that the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club announces the passing of Coach Morgan Wootten. Coach Wootten passed away in Hyattsville, Maryland, the home of his beloved DeMatha High School on Tuesday.

Coach Wootten coached the DeMatha Catholic High School men’s basketball team from 1952-2002, finishing with a record of 1274–192.

‘“He always said that to be a great coach, you had to be a great teacher,” said Joe Wootten, the fifth and youngest of his children, on Tuesday. “I think he personified that notion.” Wootten died Tuesday night at age 88 after living an extraordinary life. His reach was immeasurable. He coached basketball at DeMatha for 46 years and taught history almost the entire time. In 1962, he and his partner, friend and rival Joe Gallagher began what would become one of the country’s premier summer basketball camps. There were 20 campers that first summer. Last year, Joe Wootten, who now runs the camp, calculated more than 200,000 kids had attended through the years.’ (John Feinstein, Washington Post).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/a-teacher-above-all-morgan-woottens-legacy-extends-through-generations/2020/01/22/265b3a2c-3d21-11ea-b90d-5652806c3b3a_story.html

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Rest In Peace Coach Herman Boone

It is with great sadness that the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club announces the passing of Coach Herman Boone. Coach Boone died December 18th at his home in Alexandria.

Herman Boone headed the T.C. Williams football program amid desegregation during the civil rights era. He once told The Washington Post, “I’m not a black coach, I’m a coach who was born black. If you’re going to play for me, you’re going to play based on talent and character.”

As head football coach who led Alexandria’s integrated T.C. Williams High School to a Virginia state championship in 1971, Coach Boone was a transformational figure who was later portrayed in the Hollywood film “Remember the Titans” by Denzel Washington.

In recent years, Coach Boone traveled throughout the country, often speaking on college campuses about “Remember the Titans” and the power of sports to transform the human heart.

“I don’t think people outside sports believe it,” he told The Washington Post in 2000. “They don’t want to believe sports does that. They need to think again.” Coach Boone will be fondly remembered by the countless numbers of youngsters he coached, influenced and all the lives he positively impacted over the years. May he rest in peace.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/herman-boone-high-school-coach-who-inspired-remember-the-titans-dies-at-84/2019/12/18/2230745a-21cc-11ea-bed5-880264cc91a9_story.html

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Eddie Longosz, speaker for Annual Washington Nationals 'Insiders' Night

Please, mark your calendars and plan to attend

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club

General Membership Meeting

Annual Washington Nationals ‘Insiders’ Night

Wednesday, January 22nd

Complimentary Dinner and Beverages

6:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

Speaker and Award Ceremony

7:15 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.

A speech will be given by Eddie Longosz, the Director of Scouting Operations for the Washington Nationals!

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High School Coaches Night Summary

Thank you to everyone who attended our

annual high school basketball coaches night

last Wednesday!

We had the opportunity to hear coaches from

T.C. Williams and Bishop Ireton speak,

as well as award the athletes of the month for November.

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Come Join Us For High School Basketball Coaches Night

Come listen to local Alexandria High School coaches speak on what it means to be a leader.

Wednesday, November 20th

Location: Old Dominion Boat Club

200 The Strand, Alexandria VA

Doors Open at 6:30

Complimentary Dinner & Beverages

Fairlington Pizza

Bring a Friend, Have a Good Time

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Welcome Athletic Director: Dwayne Bryant
Bryant has worked for the past three years at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, Texas as their Director of Athletics and Physical Education. Prior to his time in Texas, he lived and worked in the Washington, DC area for 22 years. In those 22 years, he served as a teacher and coach at T.C. Williams High School; as Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Relations at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Md.; as Director of Athletics at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Md.; and as Director of Athletics at the McLean School in Potomac, Md. His administrative experience and his commitment to excellence in academics and outstanding athletics make Bryant a tremendous fit for Bishop Ireton High School.
“We are tremendously excited to have Mr. Bryant join our team here at Bishop Ireton. He brings a wealth of experience in athletics and high school programming,” said Head of School Kathleen McNutt. “As our school grows in myriad ways, Dwayne is exactly the person we need to lead our athletic department into the future. His vision and expertise will shape our athletic program and community for years to come and I’m thrilled to welcome him as the newest member of our Cardinal family.”
Bryant looks forward to returning to Alexandria, Virginia, where he began his teaching and coaching career. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the Bishop Ireton athletic program. I look forward to working with everyone in the Bishop Ireton community to fulfill the mission of the school through athletics,” said Bryant.
Bryant graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He played basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas, where he was a four-year starter.
Mr. Bill Simmons will continue as the interim athletic director until June 2020, when Mr. Bryant arrives.

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Champion Washington Nationals Can’t Go Home Again

A historic World Series is won without a single victory by the host

By Jason Gay Oct. 31, 2019 8:22 am

The Nationals can’t go back. They have to stay the heck away from D.C.—until this magical baseball ride cools off. I mean, of course, they can go back, and they will go back to Washington, D.C., suddenly America’s Titletown, with the champion Nats, the WNBA champion Mystics, Ovi and the still-beloved 2017-18 Stanley Cup Capitals—pay no attention to the NBA Wizards and Dan Snyder’s Washington Sadness Machine, sobbing into a towel in the basement of the NFL. The Nats deserve the big parade, the fine Champagne and the love of a town that has waited very, very long for this. They just can’t play there anymore. It’s ridiculous, what just went down. The Nats and the Houston Astros played an entire World Series, a seven-gamer, and the home team did not win once. Zero. Zippo. The away team won every single contest, including Wednesday night’s Game 7 stunner in Houston, as the visiting Nats somehow prevailed, 6-2. This has never happened in baseball. We all know how old baseball is—woolly mammoths played double-headers in the Pleistocene. Whenever something unusual occurs in baseball, and you think, Wow, I bet that’s never happened, there’s always a friend who knows a lot about the game (in my case, it’s the Journal’s sublime baseball writer, Jared Diamond) who says something like, Well, actually, it has, Scraps Abercrombie of the Poughkeepsie Sky Mustangs did it twice, in 1906, and it’s both informative and sort of annoying. Well, there’s no Scraps Abercrombie for what we just saw. It’s an OG original. Me, you and Jared watched it go down for the very first time. A road team winning every game of a best-of-seven has never happened in the NBA or NHL, which is wild, since kooky stuff happens in hockey all the time. MORE BY JASON GAYThe NCAA Enters the 21st Century. And the 20th. October 30, 2019The Great, Useless Tom Brady Freakout of 2019 October 28, 2019The Houston Astros Dig a Deeper Hole October 25, 2019You Can Love the Nationals—and Be Scared of ‘Baby Shark’ October 24, 2019Adam Silver’s Sleepless Nights October 22, 2019This turns everything we assume about sports upside down. Home field is supposed to be among the most powerful advantages in competition. The best teams are near-impossible to stop in their own barns, before their own, crazed fans. What did Ernie Banks call Wrigley Field? “The Friendly Confines.” Winning on the road has romance—it’s an impressive feat, takin’ it to ‘em in their own barn—but home field is traditionally where it’s at. Home field is comfortable. It’s yours. You know every nook, cranny, wrinkle, $13 beer stand. You’re supposed to have an edge. But the Nationals didn’t play like that. They took the first two games on the road against Houston, returned to D.C. for a three-game weekend—and rather lifelessly dropped three straight. It felt like the Curse of “Baby Shark,” and it was a big bummer for a town that had waited a long time for such a shiny showcase. The most memorable thing that happened was when the ballpark crowd warmly serenaded the President of the United States with a Halloween-themed “Booooooo!” cheer. (I’m sure that’s what they told him, anyway.)The Nationals headed to Houston, looking like toast. Win Game 6 and Game 7 in Texas, against Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke? Come on. It wasn’t going to happen. It did. It’s a historic victory. But it means the Nationals should stop playing in D.C. Keep them up in the air, like astronauts aboard a space station. Let’s keep this road trip party going. Bolt the door on Nationals Park, and don’t let the players inside. Hand it over to the local Little League. Convert it to a SoulCycle. Let Dan Snyder’s Washington Sadness Machine play games there. Actually, don’t let Dan Snyder’s Washington Sadness Machine play there. That’s a jinx you can’t remove. The point is the Nationals are invincible on the road. They haven’t lost a roadie since Game 1 of the NLDS in Los Angeles, which feels like 19 years ago. If you know baseball, you know you don’t mess with baseball momentum. It’s a deeply superstitious sport. When the Nats 2020 schedule is released, there better be 162 road games. Jared is fired up. He’s thinking of all the Marriott points he’ll earn.I’m sure Nationals fans will be on board. The parade is in Washington on Saturday. Enjoy it, D.C. Then take this magic show back on the road.

Article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/champion-washington-nationals-cant-go-home-again-11572524565

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T.C. Williams Field Hockey Wins Districts

T.C. Williams Field Hockey team has won the Gunston District championship with a win over West Potomac on October 24th!

Regionals begin October 30th.

Make sure to keep up with the TCW Field Hockey team and cheer them on into Regionals!

https://twitter.com/tcw_

fockey/status/1187548178746400774

 

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T.C. Williams keeps rolling with a 28-26 victory against West Potomac
Oct. 25, 2019 at 10:49 p.m. EDT

T.C. Williams has faced West Potomac in football every year since the latter opened in 1985. The schools, located five miles apart, have become rivals, and their annual matchups have become a measuring stick for each team to chart its growth within a season or over a decade. For both of these teams, any stretch of success must include a few wins against the other.

Friday night’s installment in the long-running series featured aspects both foreign and familiar. Played for the first time at the St. James, a massive indoor sports performance facility in Springfield, the game turned chippy right away. But the Titans overcame the night’s emotions, leading the entire way and holding off a late surge to secure a 28-26 win, their fourth in the teams’ past five matchups.

At 7-2, the Titans are off to their best start since 1990 and have a shot at their first conference title since that same year.

West Potomac quarterback JT Mayo tries to escape T.C. Williams’s Robert Longerbeam. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)
West Potomac quarterback JT Mayo tries to escape T.C. Williams’s Robert Longerbeam. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

“It’s big for us,” senior quarterback Robert Longerbeam said. “We just wanted to prove that we could change the culture here. I think we’re doing that right now.”

If a shiny record isn’t enough to make this season special for T.C. Williams, the team’s temporary home field might. With their football field undergoing renovations, the Titans have been playing home games at a sparkling facility a few miles away. The team’s debut last month was the first indoor high school football game in Virginia history.

On Friday night, the student sections packed opposite corners of the cavernous field house. Both groups perked up when the teams came face-to-face after introductions, talking the talk that comes with the rivalry.

“Their kids and our kids know each other, and it’s always been close,” Titans Coach Jimmy Longerbeam said. “We just tell our kids to keep their composure and don’t let T.C. beat T.C.”

Senior defensive back Bernard Lee Jr. set an early tone, picking off the Wolverines’ first pass and returning it 65 yards for a touchdown.

“It was very important for us to start strong,” Lee said. “Senior night, a lot of emotions — we had to come out like it was war.”

The Titans looked comfortable as they led by two touchdowns for much of the evening, but West Potomac (3-5) put some pressure on late. The Wolverines cut their deficit to two with six minutes remaining and got the ball back with a chance to win. But the T.C. Williams defense made stops when it mattered, and the Titans left their home away from home with another win.

“Our kids showed toughness at the end,” Jimmy Longerbeam said. “The old T.C. would have found a way to lose this game.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/tc-williams-keeps-rolling-against-west-potomac-scoring-a-28-26-victory/2019/10/25/c4eec3c8-f75a-11e9-ad8b-85e2aa00b5ce_story.html

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Nats to the World Series

NORFOLK, Va. – Two Old Dominion baseball pitchers in Daniel Hudson (Washington Nationals) and Justin Verlander (Houston Astros) will be competing in the 2019 World Series. Verlander will be looking to win his second World Series with the Houston Astros, while Hudson seeks his first career World Series championship.

In his first season with the Washington Nationals, Hudson has made four saves this postseason, pitching 5.2 innings as the Nationals primary closer. Hudson helped lead the Nationals to their first ever World Series as a franchise. He pitched for the Monarchs from 2006-08.

Verlander is set to be the Astros starting pitcher in game 2 of the World Series on Oct. 23. In September, Verlander became the sixth pitcher in MLB history to pitch three no-hitters. The Virginia native has made 34 starts and owns a 3.58 ERA this season. Verlander pitched for the Monarchs from 2002-04.

2019 World Series Schedule
10/22 Game 1: Nationals at Astros
10/23 Game 2: Nationals at Astros
10/25 Game 3: Astros at Nationals
10/26 Game 4: Astros at Nationals
10/27 Game 5: Astros at Nationals *
10/29 Game 6: Nationals at Astros *
10/30 Game 7: Nationals at Astros *

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Athletes of October

Congratulations to our Athlete of the Month winners for October!

       

Malcolm Johnson Jr. (SSSAS)

Kathryn Atkinson (SSSAS)

Mary Margaret Quinn (Bishop Ireton)

Alli Boehm (Episcopal)

Elyse Farrell (Episcopal)

Milan Rex (T.C. Williams)

Robert Longerbeam (T.C. Williams)

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Noah Lyles Returns Home

Great to see former TC Williams grad achieve on the world stage!

Noah Lyles rocks!

The ASC honored both Noah and his brother in 2016.

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Guest Speaker for Redskins Night: Tony McGee

Tony played in the NFL for 14 years, his final 3 with the Redskins. He totaled 106 sacks earning him the nickname “Mac the Sack”.

Tony now hosts a cable show which has been on the air for 29 years and is the longest-running minority-owned talk show.

Wednesday, October 16th

Location: Old Dominion Boat Club

200 The Strand, Alexandria VA

Doors Open at 6:30

Complimentary Dinner & Beverages

Hard Times Cafe

Bring a Friend, Have a Good Time

 

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Come join us for our Annual Washington Redskins Night

Please, mark your calendars and plan to attend

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club

General Membership Meeting

Redskins Night

Wednesday, October 16th

Complimentary Dinner and Beverages

6:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

Speaker and Award Ceremony

7:15 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.

Our guest speaker will be announced shortly

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64th Annual Sportsman’s Club Banquet

We had a wonderful celebration at our biggest event of the year with the Athlete of Year Awards and thousands of dollars awarded in college scholarships! This past May the Westin Alexandria welcomed our Members, friends and families to this Annual event.

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Annual City of Alexandria Lacrosse Night

Great night had by all celebrating one of the greatest high school lacrosse cities in the Country!

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