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Paul VI teams fall in WCAC semis

The Paul VI Catholic boys and girls basketball teams each went down in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals last Sunday. Both teams have turned their attention this week to the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 1 tournaments, in which both squads are competing as one-seeds.

The boys team lost to O’Connell in double overtime Sunday, falling victim to three made free throws by O’Connell’s Junior Etou with 1.4 seconds left in the second session that resulted in a 58-56 final. Trailing 45-43, Paul VI sophomore Marcus Derrickson (team-high 16 points) drew a blocking foul just before the buzzer and made both free throws to force overtime.

O’Connell went on to defeat St. John’s in the WCAC championship, 58-53, on Tuesday.

The girls team lost to Good Counsel, 55-49, in its WCAC semifinal Sunday. Paul VI junior forward Ariana Freeman led all scorers with 22 points, while Good Counsel’s Amanda Fioravanti came away with 16 points.

The girls’ VISAA second round game against ninth-seeded Bishop Ireton on Wednesday ran too late for press time. The winner of that contest advances to Friday’s semifinal at Wakefield School in The Plains, Va.

The boys’ VISAA second round game against eighth-seeded Liberty Christian also ran too late for press time. The winner advances to Friday’s semifinals at Virginia State University.

Fairfax’s Scott verbally commits to Penn State

Fairfax junior running back Nick Scott made a verbal commitment last weekend to Penn State.

After transferring from a high school outside Boston, Scott completed his first season at Fairfax with 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 962 yards on 80 carries came out to 11.65 yards per carry, the highest mark of any starting tailback in the region. He also played defensive back for the Rebels (5-5).

Priester to coach all-star game

Oakton girls basketball coach Fred Priester was selected on Feb. 14 to serve as the head coach of the East team in this year’s McDonald’s All-American game. The 12th annual girls game will be played April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.

Priester, in his 19th year coaching Oakton and 29th overall in the area, will lead a team that includes St. John’s guard Lindsay Allen, the only local player selected to either the boys or girls game.

Adult softball

Northern Virginia Senior Softball (NVSS) is seeking players for two slow-pitch seven inning games played Tuesday and Thursday mornings April 9-Aug. 2. There is no “try-out,” but placement on one of 26 teams is based on skill assessment. The fee includes skills training and a “Spring Training” conditioning program, which runs from now until April 4.

The NVSS is a sports and fitness program for men age 50 years and older and women age 40 years and older. Players compete in three different conferences depending on skill level.

For more information visit www.nvss.org

The Virginia ISA/NSA is gearing up for “Battle of the Valley,” a tournament played on Saturday March 30 at Bing Crosby Park in Front Royal, Va., and at Sherando Park in Stephens City, Va.. Each team is guaranteed at least three games. Cost is $195.

For more information contact softballmania@hotmail.com.