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Jefferson wins sixth straight

The Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team continued its surprising run Tuesday night with a 49-46 win at McLean, its sixth victory in a row. Tuesday’s triumph against traditional power McLean (6-6, 3-2 Liberty) marked the first time since 1989 that the Colonials defeated the Highlanders in a boys varsity basketball game.

Senior swingman Joe Nissen led Jefferson (7-6, 2-3) with a game-high 14 points, while Marcus Prater and Sharan Akalgud notched 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Colonials held 6-foot-5 McLean senior Joe Pascoe to a season-low 11 points.

After getting off to a 1-6 start, Jefferson can now hold its head above water with a 7-6 overall record heading into Friday night’s home game against Stone Bridge.

Nick Balenger banquet set for Sunday

A fundraising dinner will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at The National Cathedral School in support of Nick Balenger, the Lake Braddock senior whose baseball career was derailed by a spinal injury suffered from a body surfing accident last summer. Five of Washington, D.C.’s top chefs will join Bourboun Steak DC Executive Chef Adam Sobel to prepare a family-style meal for the event.

One-hundred percent of the “Nick’s Family Dinner” proceeds will go to the Balenger family, which is faced with astronomical medical costs in the wake of Nick’s injury.

The dinner will begin with a cocktail hour featuring the city’s top mixologists at 6 p.m. Following that will be a silent auction, which will feature Nationals Park fan experiences, autographed memorabilia and getaways to Four Seasons Hotels.

Interested parties can email nickbalenger2013@gmail.com, or call 202-944-9168.

Langley golfer commits to Rhode Island

Derick Paxton, a senior on the Langley golf team, committed last week to play Division 1 golf at the University of Rhode Island next year.

One of the leaders on Langley’s 2010 state champion squad, Paxton helped the Saxons win all but one of their matches this past season. His college decision eventually came down to George Mason and Rhode Island, but in the end he couldn’t pass up the opportunity presented to him by Coach Gregg Burke at Rhode Island.

“They have great academics, so it should be a great college experience and a great learning experience as well,” Paxton said. “I hope to make improvements in every aspect of my game. There are always things to be worked on, and I definitely expect to work as hard as I can up there to improve everything about my game.”

Oakton coach enters Hall of Fame

Longtime Oakton girls lacrosse coach Jean Counts was recently selected to the Potomac Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame. She will be inducted Saturday, Feb. 2 at the University Club in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the state title her team captured last season, Counts has won numerous other state, region and district titles since she started coaching at Oakton in 1998. She was named the Northern Region Coach of the Year and All-Met Coach of the Year in 2004.