The Chantilly National 10-11-year-old Little League All-Stars captured the Virginia State Little League Tournament title on Tuesday. Chantilly National defeated Mechanicsville, 14-13, in the championship game at West Springfield Little League’s Byron Avenue Park. The team will take a 10-0 record to Greenville, N.C., to compete in the Tournament of State Champions on July 27-31 at Elm Street Park.
Chantilly National team members include Matthew Berube, Evan Carper, Julian Heitman, Ian Huang, Davis Kelley, Chris Neary, Bryce Neiman, Connor Pennell, Matthew Robinson, Patrick Stewart and Judson Ward. They are coached by Chad Carper, Tom Heitman and Mark Pennell.
Janine Simmons, a rising senior at Centreville High, will represent the Northern Virginia Volleyball Association and the Chesapeake Region as a member of a USA Volleyball A1 Youth High Performance team. The A1 teams consist of elite volleyball players from across the country. They will train together for five days, then compete for five days in late July against U.S. regional and tnternational teams at the High Performance Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. A 6-foot-1 middle blocker, Simmons was selected for the Red Team, the top of the three-tiered A1 Youth teams. She has verbally committed to play volleyball at Temple University next fall.
The 2 Young Foundation — a nonprofit seeking a cure for brain cancer — will play host to the 18th annual Northern Virginia Wiffle World Series on Aug. 3 at Waters Field in Vienna. Anyone interested in playing can sign up at www.2yf.org.
As always, the event will be played in honor of Brian Bedell, a Vienna native who died of brain cancer in 2005. Proceeds go to Duke University’s brain tumor research center, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.
In addition to the large wiffle ball tournament, the all-day event will include activities for kids, such as a moon bounce and face painting. It also will feature plenty of food, games, prizes and a silent auction.
For the second year in a row, Josh Marr, the head PGA golf pro at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston, will play a golf marathon with proceeds going to Golf Channel’s David Feherty’s Troops First Foundation to support our nation’s wounded warriors.
Marr’s goal is to play as many holes as he can from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5. Last year he squeezed in 15 full rounds of sponsored golf in 15 hours. There were no gimmes, and all strokes counted. Marr’s worst round was a 77, and he finished with an even-par 71 to end the day.
Marr helped raise $16,500 last year, a number he hopes to double this year. Contributions can be made on a dollar-by-hole basis in the Hidden Creek Country Club Pro Shop or by calling 703-437-4222.
The club will host a Wounded Veterans Cup tournament on Sept. 7. Veterans can tee it up in that event with about 100 HCCC members and take part in an evening auction of donated prizes, with all proceeds going to FTFF. Last year Josh’s marathon, the tournament and the auction netted about $55,000 to FTFF and over the last three years a total of about $100,000 has been raised.
Jacob Chung, a rising Fairfax High School freshman, captured a gold medal at the 2013 USA Taekwondo National Championships on July 8 in Chicago, Ill. One of 4,190 participants from around the country, Chung, 14, emerged victorious in the 12-14 Cadet category in sparring, rolling through opponents in nine rounds of 90 seconds each.
The event, distinguished as the largest taekwondo competition in the world, served as the first step toward competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. By capturing gold in the World Class Division, Chung landed a spot on the United States Cadet National Team, a new category for the national team introduced this year. He has been invited to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to work with the U.S. Taekwondo National and Olympic coaches and compete in the Junior Pan American Open in Queretaro, Mexico, on Sept. 20-22.