Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The 38th annual basketball tournament kicks off Dec. 27.
Mount Vernon High School will host its 38th annual holiday basketball tournament starting Thursday. Eight teams from schools across the D.C. metropolitan area will participate in this year's tournament, including Oakton and West Potomac High School. The tournament will last until Friday. The Majors (3-5) will face Grace Bretheren Knights in the first round on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. Admission per game is $5. The attached pdf has the full tournament schedule.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
2012-13 Majors look to make state tournament run
Mount Vernon had Tuesday’s game at Oakton circled on the calendar for nearly 10 months. Oakton, which captured the 2011-12 Virginia AAA state title, handed the Majors their only two losses last year. The two teams last met in February's Northern Region tournament semifinal where Oakton defeated the Majors 55-38 en route to winning the school’s first state girls’ basketball title. The Majors exacted their revenge on the Cougars on Tuesday night. “They ended our season last year,” said Mount Vernon head coach Courtney Coffer shortly after his team’s 68-52 victory. “I’m just very, very proud of everybody. We played a great game. It’s kind of scary because I don’t even think we’re playing our best basketball yet.” In an atmosphere that Coffer …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Mount Vernon opens season with win over West Potomac.
Basketball is in John Wiley’s blood — literally. His father, also named John, coached at Prince George's Community College for nearly four decades. His sister, Jeri Porter, is currently the head women’s basketball coach at George Mason University. Wiley’s foray into coaching came courtesy of his father at Prince George's Community College, where he spent four years on staff. But his introduction to the sport came much earlier. “We’re a basketball family,” said the second-year head coach with a laugh. Mount Vernon tapped Wiley to replace former head coach Alfonso Smith in 2011, pulling the coach from Bowie High School. After winning eight games in his first season at the helm, Wiley’s squad is poised to make some noise in the National …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Seniors Taylor Dunham, Kelly Loftus, and Tiffany Webster will play basketball in college next year.
Mount Vernon High School basketball players Taylor Dunham, Kelly Loftus, and Tiffany Webster gathered Wednesday in the Michael Skinner field house to celebrate their commitments to play basketball in college next year. Dunham, Loftus, and Webster have played basketball together since they were 10 years old. Seven years later, they have made great strides in the sport and have been named captains of the Lady Majors basketball team their senior year. “They’ve grown together and created a good friendship,” Lisa Webster remarked. “They work together on and off the court. The younger girls rely on them.” Loftus will play for Hofstra University on Long Island. Loftus led the Majors in one of its most successful seasons during her junior year. …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
'I have a lot of pent-up importance about myself as it relates to coaching and I'm going to take it out on your son. I think I am much better at it than I actually am.'
Sometimes life hands you a gift. My present arrived via email from my friend, Carol Hagen, who recently relocated from Northern Virginia to Charlottesville. Her subject line stated, “This was the first e-mail from Alex's new basketball coach — it's hilarious.” I replied back, “Not only is it hilarious, it’s my next column! I owe you one, and Coach Peter too.” So, without further ado, this might just be the best (and certainly most refreshing) introductory note ever written by a coach to his new team and it definitely sets the tone for a great season. I know which Charlottesville basketball team I’ll be rooting for this winter… Subject: VABA Warriors Blue 2013 Hello All, I am going to be the coach of your son’s basketball team this winter…
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Jesse Konadu leads the way with 33 points.
When the Mount Vernon Majors hosted the Yorktown Patriots in the first week of January, both teams were an undefeated 3-0 in conference play. And while the Majors lost that match 60-51, they did so without their leader Jesse Konadu. This time around, the Majors came in one game back of a 3-way tie for first place, and Konadu came determined to put them back on top, tying his 33-point season high en route to a 77-61 victory. Yorktown came out of the gates strong, hitting 7 of their first 8 shots from the field. The Majors were able to sustain the offensive outburst due to the great play of Konadu. The 5’11’’ senior point guard scored the first 8 Major points, and 12 of their 14 in the opening quarter, which finished deadlocked. While the…