Friday, December 28, 2012
Falls Church High won final game of the day in their own holiday tournament.
The Falls Church High Jaguars were eager to improve on their performance from last year’s Joe Cascio Classic tournament, where they finished dead last. Coming in with only two wins so far on the season, the Jaguars were hopeful for a turnaround against the 2-4 George Mason High Mustangs. Down the stretch, a comeback attempt by the Mustangs proved little too late, as clutch free throws by senior Osman Barre proved to be too much as the Jaguars won 57-51. A turnaround seemed unlikely in the opening parts of the game for the Jaguars, after Mason opened up the scoring on a 7-0 run. The Jaguars then began to catch fire as junior John Gray scored six straight points to put the Mustangs down 7-6 at the midpoint of the first quarter. After a Mason…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
"Love was in the air," at student stage production.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Northern Lights flickered and swooped in the sky above, as hearts were lost, found, broken, and mended in Falls Church High School’s production of “Almost, Maine.” Written by John Carinari, this romantic comedy opened at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004. The play is a series of nine short vignettes—snapshots of moments in time where love rears its fickle head in the small town of Almost, which technically isn’t a town at all. The story cycles its way through tales of broken hearts and first loves, each character impacting the others in some small way. One standout actor among many was Boris Mewborn in the roles of Randy, a man who quite literally falls in love, and Dave, who shows how love can show itself in …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Several football players earn district and region honors.
The 2012 high school football season is over but some athletes from the Falls Church-area picked up some awards. Falls Church High finished with the best record amongst the four area high schools at 3-7. Junior wide receiver Jordan Coneys picked up first team All National District and second team All Northern Region honors. Coneys was joined on the National District’s first team by JEB Stuart High’s Hector Hernandez who earned honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Here are the rest of the area high school football players who earned honors for their 2012 performances: Falls Church High, 3-7 (National District) JEB Stuart High, 2-8 (National District) George Mason High, 1-9 (Bull Run District) George Marshall High, 0-10 (…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Falls Church businesses are already in the holiday spirit.
With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, the holidays are here and the Merrifield Garden Center kicked off the shopping season. The three stores in the chain held a “Ladies Night” holiday shopping event last week where they served food, wine and had music just right for the season. Everyone knows the holiday season means good food and great times with family and friends. Natalia’s Elegant Creations is handling cakes, pies and lots of cookies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Myself, I will be in the kitchen cooking up some dinner dishes and desserts for this week. While some of us are checking our lists and checking them twice in preparation for Black Friday, one local swimmer crossed off her list and then there was one. Laura Schwartz …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Laura Schwartz is one of the most decorated swimmers the Jaguars have ever had.
Laura Schwartz mulled over the offers from several college programs but in the end, the Falls Church High swimmer signed with Virginia Tech. The senior considered James Madison University, University of South Carolina, the College of William and Mary and the United States Naval Academy. The other schools intrigued Schwartz but one thing stood out more at Virginia Tech. “When I visited, I liked the spirit they had and the atmosphere,” Schwartz said Friday at a signing ceremony at the school. “They built a new pool for their swimmers a couple years ago.” Schwartz, a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American athlete, maintains a 3.9 GPA in her studies. Currently, she holds Falls Church High records in the individual 50, …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Victim in house fire still not identified.
Hurricane turned Super Storm Sandy made her way through Falls Church early in the week and topped our headlines. The storm left some Falls Church customers without power but Dominion Power restored power to the area. Some people found ways to entertain themselves while their power was out. The storm didn’t stop people from getting out and voting as some Falls Church residents made it out Monday to cast their in-person absentee ballots. There are no hotdog carts in the City of Falls Church but a new restaurant is changing that. The Windy Apple brings the best of Chicago and New York-style hotdogs under one roof to bring that hotdog cart feel to “The Little City.” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue are still investigating a Falls Church fire …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Tri-star athlete one a few from the region to win the $2,000 scholarship.
Falls Church High senior Marisa Sims recently added the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Triple-Impact Scholarship to her list of accomplishments. Sims, a letter winner in field hockey, swim and dive and soccer, maintains a 3.5 GPA in her classes and was one of a few students in the Washington metropolitan region to receive the scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to student athletes based on essays, leadership, personal mastery and how they make sports better. On the field, Sims has been an All-District athlete in field hockey and soccer and an All-Region qualifier in swim and dive.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Jaguars explode for 28 fourth quarter points behind Will Mejia's all-around effort
Will Mejia didn't experience either of the Bell Game beatings Falls Church High endured the previous two seasons. On Friday night, the sophomore took the first step toward making sure he won't in years to come, either. Mejia rushed for a career high 109 yards on 11 carries, caught seven passes for 57-yards, threw for a score on a trick play, returned an interception for a touchdown and converted extra points after each of the Jaguars seven TDs to lead Falls Church to 49-20 win over JEB Stuart High, its first in the series since 2009. "He's a machine. He's a fantastic young man," Falls Church head coach Said Aziz said of Mejia. "When a sophomore plays like that, he's only going to get better. We're expecting big things out of him in the …
See how the other Falls Church-area high school football programs finished.
The 2012 high school football season is in the books for the four Falls Church-area high schools with none of them advancing to the playoffs. George Marshall High finished their 2012 campaign 0-10 after losing 34-14 to James Madison High Friday night. Just down Route 7, George Mason High said goodbye to their seniors before losing 54-13 to visiting Manassas Park High. For more than 50 years, JEB Stuart and Falls Church high schools have played in the Bell Game. Friday, Falls Church won for the first time in three seasons, 49-20.
Friday, November 2, 2012
See your favorite high school football program play their final games of the season tonight.
Neither George Mason (1-8), George Marshall (0-9), JEB Stuart (2-7) nor Falls Church high (2-7) schools will be playing in the playoffs this year. For Stuart and Falls Church, the Bell Game is their playoffs and championship. The two schools enter the game with matching records and a 52-year-old bell to play for. Mason will say good-bye to their seniors in their final game of the season against Manassas Park High (6-3). The Mustangs are coming off a 35-14 loss to Bull Run District foe Clarke County. Marshall is looking to get a win to close out the season against James Madison High (7-2). The Statesmen are coming off of a 53-0 loss to South Lakes High.