McLean Little League is set to host the 2014 Virginia Little League Softball State Tournament this weekend, marking the first time MLL has hosted the Majors state softball tournament since 2001. Both the Majors (ages 11-12) all-stars and 10-11 all-stars are slated to compete in their respective competitions July 10-16.
There are 16 Little League districts in Virginia, and each year they rotate to different regions for the state tournament. MLL will host this year’s tournament on behalf of District 4.
The winner of the state tournament moves on to the Southeast Regional competition in Warner Robbins, Georgia in late July. Beyond that lies the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon.
Opening ceremonies take place Thursday, July 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on McLean High’s football field. Tournament play begins on Friday and will ensue in a pool-play fashion over the weekend, culminating in semifinals on Monday and championship games on Tuesday.
The McLean Majors all-stars are coming off one of their most accomplished seasons in recent memory. The girls captured both the state and regional tournaments last summer, then advanced all the way to the championship game of the Little League World Series in Portland, where they fell to Arizona to place second.
Managed by Rob Haas, McLean returns six players from the 2013 squad and have added enough talent to make them contenders again this year. Their first game is Friday at 4 p.m. on McLean LL Field 2, followed by 7 p.m. games on Dame Field on Saturday and Sunday.
Gollob sets NVSL record
Chesterbrook’s Sam Gollob, 14, swam the 50-meter breaststroke in 31.34 seconds last Saturday, shaving .19 seconds off the Northern Virginia Swim League 13-14 boys’ record set by Carter Flint last year.
Gollob broke the record while swimming up in the 15-18 age group against Flint, who won the race in 30.87. Chesterbrook, currently at the top of Division 1 with three wins and no losses, outscored Tuckahoe 232-188 to win the meet.
Chesterbrook’s 13-14 boys’ medley relay team of Gollob, Grant DeWitt, Thomas Outlaw and Jaya Kambhampaty re-broke their own league record Saturday with a time of 53.77 seconds.
Robinson wins Wells Fargo Cup
Robinson Secondary School took home the 2013-14 Wells Fargo Cup for Athletics in Group 6A. It marked the Rams’ first Cup since the Virginia High School League began giving out the award in 1990.
The Wells Fargo Cup goes to the school in each group classification that has achieved the best overall record in VHSL state-level competition in 27 sports. Robinson athletes earned 200 points in winter sports, 85 in the spring and 72.5 in the fall to put together a winning total of 357.5 points.
Cox finished runner-up with 342.5 points, while Lake Braddock took third with 332.5. Defending champion Oakton finished sixth with 280.
Nima wins goalkeeper award
Annandale native Carlos Nima took home the Allstate “Buenas Manos” Portero Award on June 28, an honor recognizing him as the best goalkeeper at the DC-area Copa Alianza tournament. The tournament showcased some of the country’s top soccer talent across various age groups. Nima gave up just one goal during the competition.
Born in Lima, Peru, Nima was a four-year varsity player at Annandale High and also participated in Virginia’s Olympic Development Program. The 22-year-old currently plays with the Oriente Petrolero Club in the Arlington Bolivian Soccer League.