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May 26th Banquet Postponed

Dear Friends and Members of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club (ASC),

With the rapidly changing situation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and multiple guidelines being issued by the federal, state and city governments, I and the ASC Board of Governors want to share with you the status of the Club and its activities.

At this time, ASC has cancelled all scheduled events (including our Annual Banquet in May) except for administrative and Board of Governors’ activities, which are being held electronically. This could remain in effect as long as June 10, per the stay-at-home order issued on March 30th by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Until such time as the restrictions are lifted, Club group activities will be suspended.

It is the responsibility of the Board of Governors, Officers, and all ASC members to remain safe and act responsibly during this disruption in our lives. ASC’s primary goal is to safeguard the health and well-being of its membership as well as the protection of Club assets. The Board of Governors is diligently working to find ways to manage Club expenses in an effort to stretch our financial reserves. We kindly ask those who have not yet paid their annual dues to please do so at their earliest convenience. (Dues are $70 per person or $100 for a family membership.)

During these disruptions, we all should remember the overarching principle of ASC. For more than 72 years, the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club has supported the youth of our City. Our organization believes in the power of sports to uplift people and bring them together. Combined with a passionate commitment to our community, ASC has provided countless opportunities for young people over many years.

Please make the effort to protect yourself and your family’s health in the upcoming weeks and months. Remember that the precautions you take today to avoid illness will benefit yourself, and it may help an aging or vulnerable member of your family or community to remain healthy!

ASC will stay in touch proactively as updates become available. In the meantime, please check our website and social media sites for updates. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at: ascvasports@gmail.com

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College Students Fly Free

For a limited time, students can now fly free* on Frontier Airlines to nearly 100 destinations, making student travel easier and more affordable than ever! Purchase before March 20, 2020 and one student can fly free for every round-trip Discount Den Fare purchased on qualifying flights and dates.

In addition to the Students Fly Free** offer, students with a .edu email address who sign up for a new Discount Den membership and book a flight will receive a flight voucher for future use, valued at $59.99*, which is equivalent to the cost of an annual Discount Den membership. With nearly 100 destinations to choose from, Frontier is making it even more affordable for students to travel together, whether it’s for a Spring Break trip, a visit home, or to take their learning to the beach or the mountains.

Promo Code: FLYFREE

https://www.flyfrontier.com/students-fly-free/?mobile=true

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March 18th Meeting Postponed

Dear Members and Friends,


For the past few weeks we have been carefully monitoring coronavirus developments in our community.  
The situation got even more aggravated as we learned about the first “presumptive positive” case of COVID-19 in the City of Alexandria.


In the interest of protecting our community and addressing health and safety concerns, the Board of Governors has determined to postpone our March 18th meeting to a later date.


For over 72 years, the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club has been supporting the youth of our city. Our organization has a belief in the power of sports to lift people up and bring them together, combined with a passionate commitment to our community, has over many years provided countless opportunities for young people and we appreciate your continued support. 
We urge that you keep informed by visiting the City of Alexandria’s website on Coronavirus (https://www.alexandriava.gov/coronavirus) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/).


Please make the effort to protect yourself and your family’s health in the upcoming days, weeks, and months. Remember that the precautions you take today to avoid illness will benefit yourself, and it may help an aging or vulnerable member of your family or community stay healthy!

Respectfully,

Board of Governors
Alexandria Sportsman’s Clubhttps://alexandriavasports.org

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Important Message from the Board of Governors

Hello ASC Members and Friends,

The Board of Governors (BOG) is reaching out to all our members and friends to assure you we are aware of the current Coronavirus (COVID19) situation impacting our nation and our local community. It is the responsibility of the BOG, Officers, and all members to prepare for potential disruptions in our lives or closures to the ASC operating status. While the City of Alexandria or State of Virginia officials have not issued any mandated closure impacting our operations at this time, it’s possible they may.

The primary goal during any disruption to ASC operations is to safeguard the health and well being of the membership and friends. It may be necessary to scale back on our schedule and programs at this time. In the event of the cancellation of regular ASC functions, or a long-term disruption of our operations we will communicate to the membership, to the best of our ability (via email and posting on our website), with the expectation of keeping as many members and friends as informed as possible.

In the interim let us all remember our overarching principle for 72 years, the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club has been supporting the youth of our city. Our organization has a belief in the power of sports to lift people up and bring them together, combined with a passionate commitment to our community, has over many years provided countless opportunities for young people. To this end let us help ourselves first. Practice appropriate hygiene at a ASC function and elsewhere. Wash your hands thoroughly and OFTEN. Please help our volunteers by sanitizing tables and other surfaces at a club function. Please cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. And most importantly, if you are sick PLEASE stay away from a ASC meeting or event until you recover.
Below are some links to assist you becoming more knowledgeable about ways you can protect yourselves and your family’s health during this viral outbreak.

City of Alexandria, VA

City of Alexandria, VAThe official government Web site of the City of Alexandria.
The Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/

Please make the effort to protect yourself and your family’s health in the upcoming days, weeks, and months. Remember that the precautions you take today to avoid illness will benefit yourself, and it may help an aging or vulnerable member of your family or community stay healthy!
Respectfully,

Board of Governors
Alexandria Sportsman’s Clubhttps://alexandriavasports.org

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Speakers for “A Year In The Life Of A College Athlete”

We are proud to announce that we will have the following former NCAA athletes speaking at this month’s membership meeting:

Jones Veith:  2014 graduate of SSSAS and played D3 lacrosse at W&L (Div. 3) class of 2018
Kathryn Cavallo:  2014 graduate of SSSAS and played D1 (Ivy League) at Columbia University class of 2018
Emily Koestler:  HS in Buffalo NY, and played D2 lacrosse at Mercyhurst University class of 2016
Connor Reed:  2012 graduate of Gonzaga HD and played D1 lacrosse at JHU class of 2016

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Come join us for “A Year in the Life of a College Athlete”

Come listen to our guest speakers about the experience of playing NCAA college sports.

Wednesday, March 18th

Location: Old Dominion Boat Club

200 The Strand, Alexandria VA

Doors Open at 6:30

Complimentary Dinner & Beverages

Dominoes Pizza

Bring a Friend, Have a Good Time

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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 *

http://www.odusports.com//ViewArticle.dbml?SPID=127325&DB_OEM_ID=31100&ATCLID=211814789

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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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