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Nationals Prepare to Host “Kids Day”

The Washington Nationals will host Kids Day at Nationals Park on Sunday, August 31 when they face the Atlanta Braves at 1:35pm.

The team will offer $1 tickets for children under the age of 12 with the purchase of any adult ticket valued at $33 or more. These tickets are available only at the Nationals Park Box Office and children must be present at the time of the transaction. There is a limit of two $1 tickets per adult ticket purchased.

The fourth annual “Kids Run the Show” program, in partnership with The Washington Post, will also take place during Sunday’s game. The Nationals have selected 22 children, ages 5-12 to “run the show” and work at various positions during the afternoon game. Children were then selected to fill the following positions: grounds crew (1); Nat Pack member (1); in-stadium host (1); PA announcer (1); reporter (1); Starting 9; team photographer (1); line-up card presenter (1); ceremonial first pitch (1); and official “play ball” announcer (1). Two children each were selected as television and radio broadcasters through a Junior Broadcasters competition on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the ESPN Zone. Each “Kids Run the Show” participant will receive two complimentary tickets to that day’s game.

Local Trio Trump Wiffle Ball World Series Youth Division

For the second year in a row, J.P. DeFranco of Falls Church and Jeffrey Antetomaso of McLean won the youth division of the Northern Virginia Wiffle Ball World Series, held in Vienna on Saturday, Aug. 9. This year the duo were joined by teammate Hunter Grey of Arlington.

The Northern Virginia Wiffle Ball World Series was hosted by the Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation. Serieswiffle-ball.jpg highlights included an appearance by former major league baseball player Curtis Pride, who threw the first pitch. DeFranco, Antetomaso and Grey were a part of 41 teams slated to compete in the all-day tournament.

The Brian Bedell 2-Young Foundation is a non-profit public charity whose mission is to help find a cure for brain cancer, increase public awareness of brain cancer and help raise crucial funds needed to find effective treatments and, one day, a cure for brain cancer.

FCHS Field Hockey Starts Scrimmages

Falls Church High School’s Varsity Field Hockey Jaguars held their first season scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 15 at West Springfield. The high school reports that the game “ended strong sporting a noticeably improved, comfortable feel as their first game was played on turf. The season looks strong with many skilled seniors and powerful teammates.” To follow the Jaguars’ progress, visit www.fallschurchsports.org.

Stuart Golf Narrowly Loses to Thomas Jefferson

In what was “a closely contested match,” J.E.B. Stuart reports a loss to Thomas Jefferson High School last Thursday, Aug. 21. The teams ended the match at Pine Golf Course: Jefferson 189, J.E.B. Stuart 196. According to Raider sources, the team performed strong, “with three out of our top four players shooting in the forties.” Highlights of the match included Trevor Smith, freshman; John Dehart, senior; and Chris Generous, senior.

Local High Schools Kick Off Football Season

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, Marshall High School will host its first game of the football season against Hayfield. McLean hosts a home game against Annandale at 7:30 p.m. as well. The following day, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. J.E.B. Stuart challenges George Mason High School at GMHS.

J.E.B. Stuart Hosts Volleyball Invitational

On Saturday, Aug. 30, J.E.B. Stuart High School’s Varsity Girls Volleyball team will host its “Raider Rumble Tournament” against other area volleyball teams. The time for the event is to be announced. The girls volleyball team will also challenge Fairfax High School on Thursday, Aug. 28 in a home match. This past week, the team won 3-1 against Annandale High School in an away scrimmage.

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