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School board members didHigh not choose FILE PHOTO MARTY VAN DUYNE assigned to the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet Xerox, but thanked its representative Headquarters. he U.S. Marine Corps Refor saving the schools $250,000 over Werner responsible serve Toys for Tots profour years based on its is lower bid and for for helping tell the Navy’s story in the Pacifi c. gram is nearing the endproviding of information that helped the “I like engaging with its yearly run of collecting board save money. Columnist the public and sailors new, unwrapped toys dur-S cho ol bDavid o ardKerr memb ers and cally harvested produce gets prime display as crowds browse and shop the stand operated by C&T Produce at the North who follow in the footsheds some ing October, November Superintendent Bruce Benson expressed fford Farmers’ Market. This year the total number of vendors has increased to around 30 at the same location, the parklight on the steps of those who have andfrom December, but there is still timedisappointment to lot of the Stafford Medical Pavilion on the Stafford Hospital campus. The market is open Sundays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the way the school attack. come before them,” said makeDOLZENKO a donation. til November. ALEKS | INSIDENOVA system handledSEE theHISmatter, but said it Werner. COLUMN ON The donated items are distributed would cause them to4.look more closely at PAGE Being stationed in as Christmas gifts to less fortunate future business dealings. Pearl Harbor, often rechildren in the community where the “I think weferred could’ve been clearer in to ourthe Pacific in to as the gateway campaign is conducted. Through this communication with our vendors,” said defense circles, means that Werner is servprogram, Marines deliver a message Benson. ing in a part of the world that is taking on of hope and the joy of Christmas, and In April, the board deferredinaAmerica’s decision national denew importance unite members of local communities in on which copier company to use and fense strategy. a common cause during three months decided to further review its options. According to Navy offi cials, the U.S. Paeach year, according to the program There were five bidding companies cifi c Fleet is the world’s largest fleet comThe Toys for Tots program began in TRACY BELL involved. and comof approval. 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Man arrested for DUI after police chase A Fredericksburg man was arrested for driving under the influence Nov. 24 after leading police on a brief chase. Hamid Jalloh was charged with driving under the influence, eluding authorities and possession of marijuana, according to the Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office. At about 2:20 a.m., sheriff ’s office Deputy V. M. Galyen saw a vehicle having difficulty maneuvering the turn from Truslow Road to Berea Church Road. The deputy got behind the vehicle at the intersection of Fleet Road and followed it onto Warrenton Road. He saw the driver fail to stop the car at the red light turning into Stafford Lakes

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Chevy Tahoe reported that she A Stafford man was arrested had stopped behind a black SatNov. 27 on multiple charges, urn that was swerving all over including driving under the the road. influence, following reports of The driver of the Saturn multiple hit-and-runs. stopped in the roadway and Christopher Trent Baldtossed what appeared to be his win, 31, of Lorenzo Drive, was front bumper into the woods. charged with driving under Once he was back inside his vethe influence, hit and run with CHRISTOPHER personal injury, possession of TRENT BALDWIN hicle, the driver placed his car in reverse and accelerated quickcontrolled substances, assault and battery and escape with force by a ly, slamming into the front of the Tahoe, prisoner. He was also charged with traffic Moncure said. He then drove away. lane violation, following too closely and The rear bumper of the Saturn rehaving an expired rejection sticker. mained attached to the Chevy Tahoe, acAt about 9:20 p.m. that night, Staf- cording to Moncure. Reports of damage to property and an ford County Sheriff ’s Office patrol units responded to a hit and run near the in- unoccupied vehicle were also received. At about 10 p.m., deputies were distersection of Cool Spring and Pine roads. When deputies arrived, a Mazda CX-9 patched to a single-car automobile acciwas observed in the northbound lane, dent on Kings Highway near the intersection of Caisson Road. motionless, facing southbound. There, a black Saturn was lying on its The Mazda’s driver told deputies that a black vehicle ran her off the road and fled side off the right shoulder of the eastthe area, sheriff ’s office spokeswoman bound roadway. The driver, Baldwin, was apprehended M.C. Morris Moncure said. She provided a license plate number, Moncure said, and and transported to a local hospital, Moncure said, but during transport he pulled additional witnesses were at the scene. Soon after, deputies were dispatched to free from the restraints and assaulted resthe intersection of Ferry Road and Town cue personnel. Baldwin was incarcerated at the Rapand Country Drive for another hit and run. In this incident, the driver of a green pahannock Regional Jail with no bond.





Parkway and attempted a traffic stop, according to M.C. Morris Moncure, public information officer for the sheriff ’s office. The deputy attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle accelerated on Stafford Lakes Parkway reaching speeds of 76 mph before turning onto University Boulevard and stopping near Reservoir Road, according to Moncure. The deputy noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from Hamid and a field sobriety test revealed a bag of marijuana in the vehicle, police said. Jalloh was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. SPORTS



BRIEFS STUDENTS HOLD MOCK TRIALS Seventh-grade students held mock trials Nov. 18 at the Edward E. Drew Middle School, in cooperation with Stafford County Courts. During the event, students received pre-trial lessons about Virginia laws and the judicial system with a school resource officer. They also observed how a real court runs, with officials from Stafford presiding over issues relevant to students. Drew students were the first of Stafford’s eight middle schools to participate in the mock trials. STAFFORD DEMOCRATS TO HOST APPRECIATION BREAKFAST The Stafford Democratic Committee has planned an appreciation breakfast to thank volunteers who helped with the fall campaigns for president and Congress. The gathering is set for Sat., Dec. 10, at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Center at The Rowser Building, 1739 Jeff Davis Highway (next to Log Cabin Restaurant.). “Our volunteers put forth an extraordinary effort with such activities as phone banking, canvassing and manning the polls,” said Party Chair John Johnson Jr. “We continue to fight for those Democratic values and principles we hold dear, but for now we’ll pause and show our appreciation to all who helped.” SANTA TO TAKE PHOTOS AT RE-TAIL Santa Claus will be on hand at Re-Tail in Fredericksburg this month to meet vis-

iting children and pets and take photos with them. Re-Tail is a thrift store that benefits the animal sanctuary, Rikki’s Refuge, located in Orange. The photos with Santa will be taken Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Additional photo dates and times are Dec. 10 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 11 and 18, from noon to 4 p.m.; and Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for a 4x6” print, with all pictures taken also emailed. All proceeds will go toward the non-profit, Rikki’s Refuge Animal Sanctuary. Re-Tail is located at 3503 Lafayette Blvd., in Fredericksburg. Appointments are preferred, but are not required. Call 540-891-5300.

MORE THAN 300 VENDORS PLANNED FOR CRAFT SHOW The eighth-annual Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show will be held Friday through Sunday at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. The show will include more than 300 vendors selling handmade items, jewelry, children’s accessories, sports and pet items, baked goods, holiday décor and more. Tickets for the craft show are $8 for adults at the door or $7 in advance; $7 at the door for seniors 60 years old and older or $6 in advance; and children 12 and under are free. On Friday, seniors will be admitted for

a reduced $5 apiece at the door. The tickets are good all three days. The craft show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The expo center is located at 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg. For a list of vendors, discount tickets and event information visit and Holiday Craft Show. For more, call 540-548-5555.

STATE ABC, TOURISM TO OFFER VACATION SWEEPSTAKES The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Virginia Tourism Corporation are co-sponsoring a Virginia Vacation Sweepstakes, which offers a grand-prize winner the chance to choose from one of three Virginia vacation packages for three days and two nights for up to four people. Vacation packages valued at $2,000 each include: Virginia is for Mountain Lovers — a stay at Primland Resort in Patrick County to include a spa treatment, dinners and the choice of three activities such as fly fishing, golf and horseback riding; Virginia is for Wine Lovers — a stay at Salamander Resort in Middleburg to include a spa treatment, dinners, winery tours and an activity choice of horseback riding, tennis lessons, cooking, zip-lining or golf; and Virginia is for Food Lovers — a stay at Richmond’s Quirk Hotel to include dinners, art gallery tours, local brew-

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Death Notice SHIRLEY JEAN PENLAND Shirley Jean Penland, 87, of Lowell, Ohio, died Monday, November 21, 2016. She had worked at Quantico Marine Base for many years when she and her husband lived near the base. Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at the Lowell Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home. Burial followed at Greenlawn Cemetery in Lowell. For complete obituary and more, visit

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Democrats’ ticket could be all male The recent news that Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-

Fairfax and Rossi are devoid of elected-office experience and arguably don’t have a significant enough depth of bona-fides to be running for state office. (As Donald Trump and to a lesser extent Barack Obama proved, copious elected-office experience is not necessary for the presidency, but Virginia voters do tend to prefer it at the state level . . . Terry McAuliffe being one recent exception.)

Fairfax) would not seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor puts Virginia Democrats in a bit of a quandary. With two males (Justin Fairfax and Gene Rossi) the only ones currently in the running for that post, and with two others (Ralph Northam and Mark Herring) all but assured nomination for governor and attorney general, respectively, it’s looking like the Democratic ticket next year could be all-male. If Rossi nabs the lieutenant-governor nomination, it would be three middle-age-andolder white males, like it was for Democrats in 2013. Hardly the type of diversity the party holds in such esteem. But the problem may be bigger than simply one of imaging for Democrats hoping to retain the three statewide offices next year.

If either Rossi or Fairfax is the nominee, he could prove a weak link, which – as Republicans found out when they nominated E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor in 2013 – could impact others on the ticket, perhaps catastrophically. Will additional prospects throw caution to the wind and hop into the fray to seek the lieutenantgovernor nomination? Getting a little late for that, but the door is still a tad ajar. We’ll see if anyone opts to make the leap.

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Pearl Harbor: The day after Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, marks 75 years since the Japanese attacked the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into DAVID KERR the Second World War. For m o s t Americans, whether they remember the day (and that’s a dwindling few) or, like me, have only heard or read about it, Pearl Harbor brings to mind a fiendish attack and a devastating defeat. But that terrible day is only part of the story. The rest, what happened at Pearl Harbor in the days, weeks and months following the attack as recovery and salvage operations brought the Pacific fleet back to life, is inspiring. And often not part of the story. But it’s a tale that over the years has been forgotten. Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 8, the day after the attack, was a nightmare. More than 2,000 sailors, airmen, soldiers and Marines had been killed, and another 1,500 had been wounded. They had overwhelmed the base’s hospital facilities. The harbor itself was covered with oil, some of it still burning. Ammunition aboard the capsized, sunken and damaged ships was exploding, and bodies bobbed in the water. Mangled steel and tangled cables were just below the surface. Yet as crippled as it was, the Navy still had to do what it could to recover, and recover quickly. Fortunately, the three aircraft carriers under Adm. William Frederick Halsey’s



command had stayed at sea, depriving the Japanese of a target whose destruction might have dealt a death blow to the Pacific fleet. Still, much of the pride of the U.S. Navy was resting in the mud of Pearl Harbor, and unless some of these assets could be returned to service, the situation in the Pacific would be more dangerous than it already was. While several ships, such as the USS Arizona, were total losses, several battleships, a couple of destroyers and at least two tenders looked like they might be resurrected. But it would take an extraordinary effort. Under normal conditions the Navy does pretty well at organizing salvageand-recovery efforts. But this was no ordinary recovery effort. The Navy was attempting to raise more ships at one time than anyone ever had. And time was short; the work had to be done in a few months. To help with this Herculean task, the Navy recruited 3,000 civilian shipyard workers from the mainland. There were welders, pipe fitters, divers, machinists, electricians and carpenters. Some went to Pearl Harbor directly, others waited on the West Coast for the ships, still afloat, that could be moved to the more secure, better-equipped yards in California. One civilian welder from the Brooklyn Navy Yard described what he saw at Pearl as an “ungodly mess.” The wrecks were a tangle of twisted metal, mud, oil, debris and live ammo. These were dangerous working conditions, and the engineering problems the Navy faced in re-floating the ships, or just taking off salvageEDUCATION EDUCATION



able equipment, required creativity and dogged determination. Over 18 months, Navy and civilian divers, working in near-zero visibility, would log 20,000 hours underwater. Three badly damaged battleships, the Pennsylvania, the Maryland and the Tennessee, each averaging about 30,000 tons, were re-floated and ready for more advanced yard repairs within five months. The battleships West Virginia and Nevada and two tenders, each sunk by Japanese fire, also returned to service later in 1942, as did two destroyers. The repairs necessary to re-float some of the ships were straightforward. Other ships, like the capsized Oklahoma, required some engineering genius. The effort required an array of massive pulleys anchored on Ford Island that literally turned a capsized ship right side up. A Navy commander named Hyman Rickover (who would later go on to create the “nuclear Navy”) was heavily involved in this effort. Today the remnants of the attack on Pearl Harbor are mostly vanished. But there is still one reminder, settled in the mud as she was 74 years ago. The superstructure and decks of the USS Arizona are gone, but her fuel bunkers are still leaking. About a gallon a day. With that tiny oil slick — in what are now, in peacetime, the pristine waters of Pearl Harbor — she whispers a quiet story of what happened so long ago and the heroic recovery effort that brought her sisters in the Pacific fleet back to life. David Kerr, a former member of the Stafford County School Board, is an instructor in political science at VCU and can be reached at SPORTS SPORTS



BRIEFS GROUP HOLDS HOLIDAY DRIVE FOR ELDERLY Atlantic Bay Cares, the philanthropic arm of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group, is holding its 15th-annual senior wish list charity initiative through Dec. 9. The group partners with a senior services group to collect wishes and items for the elderly, in order to bring them some holiday cheer. The group’s goal this year is to grant 500 wishes. The drive kicked off Nov. 14. Items needed for the drive include nightgowns, adult diapers, lotion, socks, slippers and blankets. The donations can be dropped off at local Atlantic Bay offices. The Atlantic Bay’s Fredericksburg office is located at 1320 Central Park Blvd. and can be reached at 540-642-0331. For more, visit REALTORS’ FOUNDATION AWARDS $18,971 IN GRANTS The Fredericksburg Realtors Foundation, the charitable arm of the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors, has awarded $18,971 in grants for 2016. These grants support area nonprofits that help individuals and families secure or retain quality, affordable housing, according to a news release. The foundation made the following specific grant awards: • Beauty for Ashes Women and Chil-

dren’s Home: $2,000 • S.E.R.V.E.: $750 • Loisann’s Hope House: $2,381 • Mary’s Shelter: $5,000 • Homes for Our Troops: $1,250 • Thurman Brisben Center: $5,320 • Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity: $2,270 The foundation raises money from the FAAR membership. Vogel announces Wolf ’s endorsement Sen. Jill Vogel, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, has announced the endorsement of former Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Wolf represented the 10th Congressional District from 1981 to 2015. Vogel resides with her husband and children in Fauquier County and her senatorial district includes part of Stafford County. For more about Vogel, visit and

RADIOLOGY GROUP RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE LARGEST For the third straight year, Radiology Business Journal has recognized Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg as one of the nation’s 100 largest privately owned radiology practices. The journal announced its 2016 “Radiology 100” ranking in the October/November issue. RAF was 90th in the ranking for its size.

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YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING OFFERED Spaces are still available for the upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid Training in December. The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board offers the curriculum to local organizations and members of the public. The eight-hour training is designed for adults who interact regularly with adolescents ages 12-18. The training is appropriate for parents, fam-

ily members, caregivers, teachers and coaches. The course will be held Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock Regional Justice Academy in Spotsylvania County. A $15 registration fee includes a workbook, refreshments and lunch on the first day of the training. To register, call Jennifer Bateman, prevention specialist, at 540-374-3337, ext. 100 or email For more, visit rappahannockareacsb. org and

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Gingerbread House Exhibit & Contest Dec. 4 to 30; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ferry Farm, Stafford $8–adults, $4–students, under 8 – free

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Holidays Gone By at Rippon Lodge 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rippon Lodge, 15500 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, $5 per person, children under 6 free

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You might want to be a kid again when you see these toys Last time we talked about gifts for adults. What about younger people fascinated with technology? What gifts can nurture an interest MARK STOUT or spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM? Or best of all, show off the wonder of the world? I’ll champion high tech gifts in a bit, but for showing off the wonders of the universe there is no better gift than a telescope. You can find entry-level telescopes starting at about $40. I still recall my first view of the moon through a telescope as a life-shaping event. So much of what I had learned in school became much clearer. Today, you can use a phone app to help point your telescope at planets and other celestial bodies. Looking the other direction at the universe of life —in a drop of water— is even easier today. There are microscopes that hook into a PC and let you manipulate them through software, as well as capture images. Of course, links for these, and all the

items we are going to talk about here are in this week’s Link Post at For younger kids, there is the Code a Pillar, from Fisher-Price. It is a toy caterpillar. Kids build it by attaching its segments in different orders. For example, if the first segment is go forward, then the second is turn to the left, and the next is go forward, the caterpillar will move forward, turn and then move some more. By playing, kids are learning the fundamentals of programming. For the Star Wars fans, there is Sphero’s BB8 robot. Controlled from the phone, you can control your own piece of the Star Wars universe. Doll houses have gone high tech with Barbi’s Hello Dream House. Children control it with over 100 voice commands to make the lights work, decorate for Christmas and even have the stairs turn into a slide. The coolest technology gift I found this year is the Piper Computer Kit. It lets a person build a computer case and install a Raspberry Pi 3 computer along with sensors and peripherals. When it is complete, they can play Minecraft on it. If you are the parent of an elementary or middle schooler, you are probably well

acquainted with Minecraft, a kind of digital Legos. It is both a game and an environment where things can be built. There are additional instructions for builders to create a multitude of Minecraft-oriented projects. There are also less expensive Raspberry Pi kits that let anyone build custom computers in various configurations. This harkens to the late 1970s when experimenters built their own computers in the days before Apple, Atari and the TRS-80. Once they have assembled their computer, they can program with various free tools. There is even a Minecraft for Raspberry Pi and serious programming languages. For Minecraft fans using regular PCs, there is an excellent entry-level programming language that makes use of the Minecraft environment. A fun thing for aspiring filmmakers is the Stikbot Studio. Stikbots are little robotic-looking characters you can pose. The Studio includes a tripod for a smartphone and a greenscreen stage. Filmmakers can pose the characters in front of the greenscreen. A phone app lets them take an image and then after the kids change the Stikbot’s pose a bit, take another image. It combines the images into a movie,


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with the background green-screened in. Kids can do still-frame animation videos—the kind parents know from the old Gumby series on television. I’ll put some sample videos in the link post. And there is Google Cardboard. For just $15 and your smartphone, a child can get their first taste of virtual reality. And if your child loves video games, you know how expensive that can get on the PC. Steam is an online service where kids can play some games for free, but also buy the latest games and download them to their PC. They frequently run sales. And you can buy Steam gift certificates to control their spending. There are no monthly fees. And let’s not forget the old-fashioned building sets like Legos, K’Nex, Fiddlesticks and Lincoln Logs — now again made of wood. There are still old-fashioned geology and chemistry sets, as well as magic sets, robot arms you can build, rocketry, drones and all sorts of activities to nurture new interests or build on existing ones. For links mentioned in the column or to share this column online, go to For Mark’s contact information, visit on the web.

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Colonial Forge faces familiar postseason foe » BY DAVID STEGON


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ith its second trip to the state semifinals in four years, Colonial Forge faces a familiar problem and a familiar opponent. Despite the school’s proximity to Washington, D.C., Colonial Forge plays in the 6A South Region— meaning that to get to the state title game, the Eagles must overcome one of the talented teams from Virginia Beach. While there is a certain style of play in Northern Virginia, the football played in the southeast corner of the state provides the teams from the Washington, D.C., suburbs with a new set of challenges. “If you want to win a state championship, you have to go to Virginia Beach and contend with the pure athleticism of their players,” said Colonial Forge coach Bill Brown whose team plays perennial power Oscar Smith on Saturday at 2 p.m. “The teams are filled with four-star and five-star recruits that can impact a game in different ways than CLASSIFIED



SATURDAY’S 6A STATE SEMIFINALS No. 2 Colonial Forge (11-2) at No. 1 Oscar Smith (12-1), 2 p.m. No. 4 South Lakes (12-1) at No. 3 Westfield (11-2), 2 p.m.

6A STATE FINAL Saturday, Dec. 10 4:07 p.m. at Hampton University

we are accustomed to seeing up here. The teams in Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun counties all play a similar way, but the Beach schools bring an added dimension.” Brown knows that well. He won two state championships at Hylton High School, back when the Virginia high schools were divided into three classifications, as opposed to the six that now exist. As he’s turned Colonial Forge into one of OPINION



the state’s top performing teams, the Eagles have had a sustained run of success but ultimately fell short of their goal of winning a state title. Saturday’s opponent has had a part in that. Oscar Smith (12-1) beat Colonial Forge (11-2) in the state semifinals in 2013 and then again in the third round of the playoffs in 2014. The Eagles hope a third time against the school, which has reached at least the state semifinals in six of the last eight years, winning two titles in the process. For Brown, the goal is to keep his team focused on the game, but not to become overwhelmed by it. “There is always a sense of urgency in the playoffs, because if you lose there is not another game,” Brown said. “You cannot let the game get too big that it takes attention and focus from where it should be. There is a lot of hoopla around a game like this, so you want the kids focused, but also on an even keel.” Brown said he takes a slightly different approach in the playoffs than the regular NEWS

season, allowing game situations to dictate more the style of play. After Colonial Forge got up 24 points last week against Manchester, the Eagles offense played more conservative to run the clock and not give their opponents any added opportunities. For Colonial Forge, the biggest test will be to stop quarterback Shon Mitchell, who has thrown for more than 10,000 yards in his high school career, breaking the VHSL record earlier this season. Mitchell has taken Oscar Smith to three region titles and two state championship games, losing in triple-overtime last year to Westfield. That, of course, is the type of player Brown knew he would face come this time of year. No matter what happens, though, Brown is proud of his team. “We’ve already accomplished a lot,” he said, “but we’re not done. Our goal is the state title.” Dave Stegon can be reached at



Brooke Point grad has strong season » BY DAVID DRIVER

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Ricardo Acosta played soccer at a high level with Arlington Impact Red 97, a program that has sent several of its alumni to the Division I college scene. But the Brooke Point High graduate knew it was a challenge to play as a freshman this fall in the Colonial Athletic Association as a member of William & Mary in Williamsburg. “Everyone at this level is physically gifted. It pushes you to do your best,” he said. “I had to raise my game as much as possible and be the best player I can. That has definitely pushed me; off the field it is a great support group that helps us to do well in the classroom.” Acosta played at Franklin High in Texas as a freshman and then spent three years at Brooke Point in Stafford. He also played club soccer for Arlington Impact Red 97 and helped the team to a No. 2 ranking nationally in 2014-15. The club won a state title in 2013 and was the Virginia Youth Soccer runner-up in 2014. In the classroom Acosta was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and won the 2014 President’s Silver Volunteer Service Award with more than 175 hours of community service while in high school. “We think Ricardo is doing well,” said Chris Norris, the head coach at William & Mary who grew up in Fairfax. “He has started more than half of our games. He is the kind of outside back that we like. He is a good decision maker. We think he has a bright future ahead of him.” William & Mary pulled the upset with a 3-1 win over No. 1 seed Hofstra in the CAA tournament Nov. 11. Two days later the Tribe lost 2-1 to Delaware in the CAA tournament title match as Acosta saw action off the bench. The Blue Hens advanced to play at Providence on Nov. 17 in the first round of the NCAA tournament, with the winner moving on to face No. 1 seed Maryland. The Tribe ended the year 12-7-2 overall as Acosta played in 17 games with 11 starts. “I am an outside back. That is what I

Richard Acosta, left, saw a lot of action during his freshman year on the soccer team at William and Mary.

have been playing mostly here,” he said. “I really didn’t have to change my position” from high school. Did Acosta think he had a chance to play as a freshman? “I hoped that I would. I came in with the mindset that I would work as hard as I could,” Acosta said. “I worked hard and fortunately coaches gave me a chance.” Acosta is the son of Hector and Carol Acosta. His father was in the U.S. Army and Ricardo was born in Germany. He also lived in Georgia, Dumfries and Texas before he moved to Stafford for his sophomore year of high school. Some of the other schools he looked at were James Madison, Loyola of Maryland, ODU and Virginia Tech. Acosta is interested in studying process management and consulting. Another product of his Arlington club team is Bishop Ireton graduate Nick Ducceschi, who played this fall for James Madison in Harrisonburg as a sophomore defender. JMU and William & Mary are both in the CAA and they faced each other Sept. 28 and played to a 0-0 tie. Acosta started in that game and had two shots on goal. Other Stafford residents with college


teams this season included Harrison Weinfeld, who was a freshman on the team at Division III Virginia Wesleyan this fall. Another member of the Marlins was freshman midfielder Will Augsberger, a Stafford High graduate. Virginia Wesleyan was 8-6-4 overall and 4-2-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this year. The Marlins ended the season with a 3-1 loss to No. 4 seed Randolph-Macon on Nov. 2 in the ODAC tournament. NOTES: The Randolph-Macon football team took part in the Division III playoffs by playing Nov. 19 at Johns Hopkins of Baltimore. The roster of the Ashland school this season included sophomore wide receiver Shomari Hargrove (Colonial Forge), junior Ryan Burns (Colonial Forge), sophomore linebacker Steven Hunt (Mountain View) and sophomore cornerback Abdul Koroma (Mountain View). Hargrove played in three of the first 10 games and had two catches. Burns had 40 tackles in the first 10 games. RandolphMacon beat host Hampden-Sydney 4823 in the regular-season finale in “The Game.” David Driver can be reached at

SPORTS BRIEFS RAVENEL, REED SELECTED TO ALL-CAA TEAMS James Madison senior receiver Brandon Ravenel (North Stafford) was a first-team all-CAA selection in football, while William & Mary senior cornerback Trey Reed (Colo- BRANDON nial Forge) was a RAVENEL second-team pick. R avenel finished the regular season with a team-high 34 receptions for 514 yards and three touchdowns. The Dukes beTREY REED gin the postseason Saturday with a second-round FCS game against visiting New Hampshire. Reed totaled 56 tackles and two interceptions BURNS NAMED ALL-ODAC RandolphMacon junior defensive back Ryan Burns (Colonial Forge) was a second-team all-ODAC pick. Burns finished with 50 tackles.


SLYE NAMED TO THIRDTEAM ALL-ACC Virginia Tech junior kicker Joey Slye (North Stafford) was a thirdte am a l l-AC C selection. Slye is JOEY SLYE the first Hokie placekicker to earn a spot among the top three teams since Chris Hazley was a first-teamer in 2010. Slye is approaching the single season and career field goals made record at the school.

Quantico’s Paul Roy named Redskins’ Coach of the Year Quantico Middle/High School head football coach Paul Roy was named Tuesday as the 2016 Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Year. The award is presented by Inova Sports Medicine in conjunction with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Roy led the Warriors to an 11-1 record and their first state-title appearance since 1996. Quantico lost to Roanoke Catholic 38-21 in the VISAA Division 3 state final. The Warriors made history by finishing


10-0 in the regular season for the first time. Roy was eligible for the honor after being selected as the Redskins High School Coach of the Week for the week of Oct. 24. He was one of three finalists for the year-end honor. By being named the Redskins Coach of the Year, Roy will be nominated for the 2016 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award and will be invited to Orlando for the USA Football National Conference during Pro Bowl week.



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Fast facts » Last date to donate: Dec. 12 » Campaign location: 2000 International Drive, Suite 105, Fredericksburg » Ages supported: Infant – 14 » Greatest need: Gifts for the 11-14 age group and infants. » Teen gift ideas: Sporting equipment/ bags/balls, books, backpacks, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, board games, craft sets, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/ helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers. » Gifts not accepted/distributed: Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic looking weapons and gifts with food. If donated, such items will not be distributed. » Monetary donations: Make checks payable to Toys for Tots; write “Quantico campaign” on the memo line.

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