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For the first time ever in George Mason history, there was a winter hockey team during the 2010 winter season. During the first game of the season at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA, students, teachers, and parents came out to see the start of the newest winter sport for Mason. The team was finalized thanks to senior Eddy Marshall stepping up to play goalie, a position he had never played before.

With the setback of being a new team, Mason was still able to win three out of ten games against other top hockey teams in the area. Of the six players that played on the combined team with Oakton High School, the top two point leaders came from George Mason; junior Hans Olson had the most points on the team with six goals and six assists. Some of these assists came to freshman Hunter Olson, who led the team in scoring with seven goals and two assists.

The current task on hand for the Mason team is to have their own team instead of collaborating with another high school. The problem is that although the interest for hockey is huge, it is a difficult sport to play. First, a player must learn how to skate, which poses the hardest challenge for new players; learning how to play the game is the second task. The team is always looking for interested students no matter what experience they have. The Mason team has enrolled in a spring hockey league at Kettler in order to have fun and for new players to get a taste of hockey.

The spring league is a great place for new hockey players to get a grasp of the game. It is not as intense at the winter season and the focus is on getting the most time on the ice. There are very few practices and most of the time is spent playing other local teams in the area. None of these teams are composed of exclusively travel players, instead the players are simply students that are hoping to continue playing hockey; these teams could, like Mason’s team, be comprised of many first time players.

Without Stan Fendley, father of freshman Adam Fendley, the hockey team would still be a dream and this article would never have been written. He managed the league by himself and sent many emails to other high schools in search of combining teams, although most were turned down. Fendley came to many stick and shoots to work with Marshall even on weeknights, and was persistent in making this team a reality.  He is always happy to have new players, so if you are interested in playing in this league, please talk to any of the players on the hockey team or email Fendley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Girls and boys soccer start season off with a bang

Girls and boys soccer start season off with a bang

By Paul Darmstadter 

Both the girls and boys varsity soccer teams have started their seasons off undefeated and full of confidence.  Each team has played only three games; two games against Strasburg and Clarke County were postponed due to snow on the field, against Warren County, Madison County, and William Monroe.  Both teams are either leading or tied for the lead in the Bull Run District standings.

The boys team has shut out all their opponents and are leading the Bull Run District in scoring with 20 goals in three games.  Their leading goal scorer is Raheem Lawal, with six goals.  The team defeated Warren County 4-0, and mercy ruled Madison County and William Monroe 8-0 at home. 

“I am happy with the way we started the started the season,” said Kavon Nowroozi, junior.  “I think we have overwhelmed all our opponents with our dominating possession and quick counterattacks.  We are good defensively because we put constant pressure on the other team, causing them to make mistakes and we have a very clinical attack.”

The team hopes to break the school records for most shutouts in a season (18) and most goals in a season (104) as well and win another...

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The Lasso Spring Sports Previews: Coaches

 The Lasso Spring Sports Previews: Coaches The Lasso gives you everything you need to know about spring sports at Mason in 2014. Learn about the 5 new coaches that will be working with the Spring teams here. Be sure to come back often to keep updated on the progress of the different teams for the rest of the season. Related Article: The Lasso Spring Sports Previews Read more...

The Lasso Spring Sports Previews

The Lasso Spring Sports Previews

By: Lasso Sports

 

It might not feel like spring yet, but at George Mason, spring sports are underway! Our sports section previews all nine varsity spring sports and makes some bold predictions about the outcome. Who will bring home a District trophy this year? Click on a team photo to find out!

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The impact of a marathon

The impact of a marathon

 

An avid runner from the 6th grade, Jeff Buck now joins GMHS as the newest distance track coach

 

By Blaise Sevier 

 

Around the age of 12, and just before his parent’s first marathon Jeff Buck, George Mason’s newest distant track coach, realized one of his lifetime passions... running.

“Before training for the marathon [my parents] had never really been into running and I thought to myself, ‘wow, that must have took them lots of determination and courage to do that.’ That's when I joined my middle school track team and took up running.”

The hard work his parents put into the 26.2 miles of the Vermont marathon is what Buck credits his interest of running to.

“I've been running competitively since 6th grade, that's when I ran my first 5k and was basically hooked ever since.”

In fact he was so hooked that soccer tennis and rugby fell to the wayside as running seemed to take over his afternoons. This determination led him to run competitively in high school and then in college at East Stroudsburg University where coincidentally competed against Julie Bravin, George Mason’s Assistant Athletic Director and French teacher.  

"Coach Bravin helped to lead me to coach at Mason. &nb...

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