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For most teenagers they spend their summers sleeping in, playing video games, going to the pool, going outside when it’s convenient and just “kick-it.” A number of athletes at Washington & Lee high school have taken a different approach to their vacation time. Most of the athletes are familiar faces; the faces that coaches, teachers, and peers see every day working hard and sacrificing their time for their school, county, and more importantly, their selves. They know winning starts in the off-season and there is no off-season for an Elite Eagle. Games are won and lost in the weight room.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 13 May 2010 16:21
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W&L baseball coach Michael Clark knew that starting five sophomores, especially in the ultra-competitive Northern Neck District, would involve some growing pains. He also knew that kicking off his season with AA schools and proven playoff teams might make for a difficulty early season. When his team was 1-8, prior to the start of the district season, if he was questioning his scheduling choices, he wasn’t doing so openly.
When senior Bubby Miles, a veteran who has made the switch from outfield to catcher this season, came to him, distressed at the team’s slow start, Clark counseled patience.
“I told him ‘We’ll get better. We’ll learn how to play together at this level, and we’ll be ready for the district season,’” Clark said.
Many of those early season losses were competitive games against proven teams, but it’s awfully hard to keep believing when victories are so rare.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 21:23
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Washington & Lee Wrestling
Every wrestling season is a marathon. This one, though, has turned into the Iditarod. On Jan. 29, the Eagle wrestling team got together for a fairly routine Friday practice in anticipation of the Northern Neck District meet, which was to be the following Wednesday. Since that time, the season has been anything but routine.
As all remotely sentient beings are well aware, Mother Nature essentially opened up a can on the bulk of American civilization and most activities (other than mechanically opening the refrigerator door every 45 minutes to see if anything new has appeared) all but ceased for the best part of two weeks. The district meet was canceled and all the Northern Neck schools found themselves preparing for the regional championships by shoveling snow and doing push-ups during daytime TV commercials. There was some consternation about whether all of the Region A teams would even be allowed to make the trek to Mathews last weekend in search of a coveted top four individual placement to qualify for the state tournament. In the end, all 12 schools found a way, including Arcadia, which made the pilgrimage from the Eastern Shore via parent caravan.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:29
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Various media outlets reported last week that Malcolm Lewis, in his 14th year at the helm of the Washington and Lee football program, would be seeking his 100th win at Mathews. When asked about it, he largely demurred or slipped into coach speak.
“I kinda thought it was some time last year. This is really about the kids and the community anyway,” he said. That was all well and good, of course, for a man who has mastered the coaching arts should be well versed in how to work an interview. Mac Lewis was not going to be let off so easily this time.
As it turned out, the 50-0 shellacking that the Eagles put on Mathews (heck, it was 50-0 at the half!) was, in fact, Lewis’ 103rd victory. The signature 100th win had come in the first round of the playoffs last year courtesy of a 19-14 nail biter over King William. Talk of such a milestone might have deflected from the team’s focus during the playoff push, so perhaps it’s just as well that the bean counters were a few legumes off.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 20:23
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Micheal Breunig, head coach of the Washington and Lee varsity girls volleyball team has seen this script before. After all, entering his third year at the helm, he is the longest serving coach in his position in at least the last 15 years.
“Recently, we seem to do fine in the early season matches against non-district opponents, then we struggle a bit with the other district teams,” he said, in his typical understated fashion.