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The Lady Mustangs didn’t know what to expect when they walked onto the MEH court last night to play the Strasburg Rams. Mason’s record was 10-4 and they were ranked number seven in the region while Strasburg was 11-2 and ranked ahead of them at number four.

The game got off to quick start, Stasburg’s #42, Smoot, began the game with a quick three pointer right off the bat.  Almost immediately, junior Nicole Mitchell retaliated with an equally beautiful three. The energy of the game became palpable immediately and each team pushed the other team’s man-to-man offense almost to the limit. Not soon after, still in the first quarter, Strasburg coach Joel Morgan received a technical after a questionable call.

The game remained fast paced throughout the half, where the Mustangs held the Rams to a mere seven points which was measly compared to Mason’s 29. After the half, the Rams insisted on playing man to man defense and continued to get beat to the basket. The Mustangs had an outstanding offensive game; freshman Lauren Kane scored 14 points along with four steals, freshman Bria Platenburg scored 10, Nicole Mitchell had 12 points and three assists, junior Chantal Thomas had seven points and three assists, and senior Kim Kenny had seven points and seven rebounds. Seniors Abby Stroup and Mayssa Chehata chipped in with a combined six points.

Not only was the Mustang offense on target, their defense was as well. The Rams only scored two points in the second quarter, both of which came from free-throws. Not only that, but Strasburg all-star seniors Ayers and Smoot were kept to six points each.

By the end of the third quarter, Stasburg’s Ayers had four fouls and the Mustangs were leading by 25 points. Mustangs Coach LaBryan Thomas began to sub in second and third string players and the morale of the Strasburg Rams was waning. The Mustangs finished strong with a 56-22 finish.

“Great teamwork all around. Everyone played their hearts out!” exclaimed tired out freshman, Lauren Kane.

“Everyone played with intensity the whole game, we played with heart,” agreed freshman Bria Platenburg.

“The team did very well overall; this was a great win for the Mustangs,” said Mason Coach Thomas. “Stasburg’s a good team, we just caught them on an off night.”

With a big win such as this, what could be in store for the team? “We gotta stay focused, we’re at the top of the pack!” said Coach Thomas.

 

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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