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Hokies Elite take sixth in national tournament

At the 2011 AAU Division II Boys’ Basketball National Tournament at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in July, the Hokies Elite a travel team consisting of eighth-graders from Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties placed sixth of 125 teams.

The Hokies Elite reached the Elite 8 of the tournament, before bowing out to the eventual champions from Louisiana.

Coffman signs with UVA-Wise

On Monday, right-handed pitcher Ben Coffman announced his signing with the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Coffman is from Fort Hood, Texas, and spent his high school years playing for Doug Grove at Washington-Lee High School.

During his senior season, the 6-foot-5 Coffman, was 4-2 with a 2.08 earned run average. Offensively, he added a .376 batting average, five home runs and 28 RBIs.

His numbers led him to be selected first-team All-National District and second-team All-Northern Region.

While at Washington-Lee, he helped guide the team to both 2009 and 2010 regular season district titles.

The honor roll student said he plans to pursue a degree in Business Administration.

McNaughton commits to UMBC

Rising Fairfax High School senior Liz McNaughton has committed to play collegiate basketball with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The guard, who had been previously linked with Quinnipiac University, made the decision after a visit to UMBC on Aug. 3.

McNaughton averaged 15.6 points per game last year for the Rebels. She also was named to the Liberty District’s first team last season.

Area coaches featured in Charity Hockey Classic

Inova Blood Donor Services once again asks the community to “give blood, play hockey” as it plays host to the third annual Charity Hockey Classic -- a game between the Virginia Coaching Cardinals and Booz Allen Minutemen on Sept. 10 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Booz Allen Hamilton’s corporate ice hockey team, will take the ice in hopes of dethroning the Coaching Cardinals, last year’s champions.

Returning for a second straight year, this time as special guest captain for the Minutemen, is Capitals defensemen Jeff Schultz.

The Cardinals, a group of youth hockey coaches from across Northern Virginia, handily defeated the NCR Eagles military team in last year’s contest by a score of 7-3.

The Cardinals roster includes coaches from local programs including the Ashburn Xtreme, Reston Raiders, Virginia Wild, NoVA Ice Dogs, Prince William Panthers and Washington Little Caps. The Cardinals will be captained by Washington Capitals center and special guest Matt Hendricks.

The beneficiary is Inova Blood Donor Services, a service line to the nonprofit Inova Health System that collects, tests, and provides blood and blood products each day to 15 hospitals and medical centers throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area.

In 2010, the event raised more than $40,000 toward a new value-added testing machine for Inova Blood Donor Service. This machine provides free screening to blood donors for diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease.

The goal for 2011 has been set to raise another $40,000.

For more information or to purchase tickets, which are $10, contact Adam Bartholomew at or visit

Hollenberg contributes in UVA preseason game

The University of Virginia’s 10th-ranked women’s soccer team opened its preseason schedule Monday afternoon with a 7-5 loss to No. 1 and reigning NCAA champion Notre Dame at Myles Kimmerly Park. The game concluded the Cavaliers’ week-long training camp in Michigan.

The game was played in three 30-minute periods. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and the Fighting Irish led 5-4 after the second period.

After Notre Dame scored the opening goal of the contest, freshman midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) drew the Cavaliers even. Early in the second period, Virginia took a 2-1 lead on a goal by freshman Danielle Colaprico (Freehold, N.J.). Following a Notre Dame goal to tie the game at 2-2, the Cavaliers retook the lead on Brian’s second goal of the afternoon.

The Fighting Irish answered with three consecutive goals to take a 5-3 lead before sophomore Amber Fry (Northfield, Ill.) scored to make it 5-4 at the end of 60 minutes. Notre Dame took a 7-4 lead in the final period before junior Erica Hollenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.) closed out the scoring.

Lange returns to compete for WBU Championship

Championship boxing returns to the Northern Virginia area with a world title on the line as Jimmy Lange (36-4-2, 24 KOs) of Great Falls faces Raul “El Toro” Muñoz (22-14-1, 16 KOs) of Topeka, Kan., for the World Boxing Union’s vacant 154-pound championship.

The 10-round bout is set for Sept. 10 at George Mason University’s Patriot Center.

Lange has won his past five fights, including a unanimous win over Mike McFail in June. The former star from season one of “The Contender” reality TV show has headlined all 12 Patriot Center pro boxing shows dating back to September 2005.

A native of Mexico and now fighting out of the Midwest, Muñoz lost his last fight to undefeated top prospect Mike Jones in June.

He turned pro at 18 and has faced world-class competitors such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Hector Camacho, Austin Trout, Joel Casamayor, Yory Boy Campas and Alfonso Gomez.

Tickets, priced at $35, $50, $75, $125, $300 and $500 (plus applicable service charges), can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, online at and via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT and 410-547-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities by calling 703-993-3035.

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics registration

The 29th annual Northern Virginia Senior Olympics will be Sept. 17 through 28.

More than 25 events are scheduled at various venues throughout Northern Virginia. Opening day ceremonies, followed by indoor track competition, will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St., Arlington.

Registration forms are available for adults (50 and older) at senior centers, senior residences and can be downloaded at Participants can also register online.

Registration deadline is Sept. 1. Participants must be 50 by Dec. 31, 2011, and live in a sponsoring jurisdiction.

In addition to traditional Olympic events such as track and field and swimming, other events include activities such as cards and board games, tennis, bowling and golf. Among new sports to join the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics are volleyball, badminton, cycling and a 600-meter run.

For more information, call 703-228-4721.

SYA Notice of Annual Board Meeting

The Southwestern Youth Association will have its annual Executive Board of Directors Election Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. at the SYA Office, 5950 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville.

The SYA Executive Board of Directors positions are for a one-year term and include the following positions: resident, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Nominations are being accepted and may be submitted to the SYA Office at Applicants must be in good standing with SYA and at least 21.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact the SYA Office at 703-815-3362 or

Xplosion take third at Pony Nationals

The Southwestern Youth Association’s U-10 Xplosion fast-pitch softball team walked away from July’s 2011 Pony Nationals in Cary, N.C., as one of the top four teams.

Early in the week Sarah Flint, 10, showed great poise on the mound. Starting and closing games as needed, she helped savedthe arms of other pitchers and did her fair share of defensive aid.

Emma Yates, a pitcher and a starting catcher, pitched in critical moments of the tournament along with Victoria Figueroa. Between Victoria, Emma, and Sarah, an average of 54 percent strikes were thrown with an ERA of 3.70 during 23 2/3 innings.

Nicole Purtell led the pitching staff all season, registering 132 strikeouts and 31 walks in 146 innings. At the 2011 Pony Nationals, Nicole pitched 31 innings during the 11 games played (six innings each) with four wins , 20Ks and five BBs.

As a whole, the team managed to post a .300 batting average.

Nicole Purtell, Lacy Hunter, and Kiaya Jeusi batted over .400 consistently for the tournament, followed by Emma Yates who batted over .400 in bracket play and Olivia Mock who batted over .400 in pool play.