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COLUMN:Murderous early slate will decide Cavaliers’ fate, but Hokies could go 9-3

- Before the calendar flips over to October, the fate of this year's University of Virginia football team likely will be determined. Opening with an away game against UCLA, UVa. then comes home to face Notre Dame, William and Mary and Boise State in September. That's three Top 25 teams, and if the Cavaliers come out of that gauntlet at 2-2 or 3-1, they should be heading to a bowl game. A record of 1-3 makes the task significantly harder.

Quantico Devil Dolphins merge with Potomac Marlins

- Two local swim teams combined to become a local power house of talent. Potomac Marlins just announced the merger of the Quantico Devil Dolphins (QDD) with the Potomac Marlins Swim Club. “The Marlins are a large team but maintain a small team feel,” said Mary Poleto, team administrator for the Quantico Devil Dolphins, a much smaller local club with a long 53-year-old history of success.

P-Nats take 2015 road finale from Red Sox 4-1

- On Sunday afternoon in their 2015 road campaign finale on Lewis Gale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, the Potomac Nationals (62-70 Overall, 31-38 Road, 29-33 Second Half) took series game four from the Salem Red Sox (60-72 Overall, 31-38 Home, 22-40 Second Half) by the final score of 4-1. With their “W,” the P-Nats secured a series split.

Battlefield answers the challenge

- Ninth-ranked Hylton High School fell to the Battlfield High School Bobcats in a much anticipated season opener match up. A non-scientific user poll conducted by the Washington Post overwhelming “predicted” Hylton High School over Battlefield High School in Friday night’s season opener. Most other polls put Hylton as the preseason favorite in Prince William County.

P-Nats lose control of own playoff destiny after 3-3 week

- The week that started on such a positive note for the Potomac Nationals ended with a winnow gap to qualify for the postseason. Potomac entered this week in worse shape than they began last week after losing two out of three road games to Carolina League Northern Division leader Lynchburg. Losses on Friday and Sunday night put the Nationals (25-30, second half) 6.5 games behind the Hillcats (32-24) with 14 games remaining in the regular season.

GHBL ends World Series bid in final four after undefeated post-season run

- The Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League 14-year-old all-star team started the Babe Ruth League post-season back in early July, collecting 60 runs over three games to earn a sweep of the District 8 playoffs. Up next: the state title, captured a week later in four games. For the Southeast Regional tournament, the all-stars from western Prince William and Fauquier played another five games and clinched their berth back to the World Series with five Ws and no Ls.

Frederick, Salem, Myrtle Beach left for P-Nats

- With Frederick (28-28) scheduled to play three games at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge between Aug. 24-26, the Potomac Nationals at least began this week with a chance to leapfrog the Keys for second place. "I don't want to say they have to sweep but they have to win two out of three," said Potomac broadcaster Danny Angel.

Must-win territory for Potomac

- Even with 19 games remaining in the regular season, the Potomac Nationals will need to play some of their best baseball of the entire year during the next week in order to contend for a post-season berth. "This next week's going to decide out season and it's actually convenient that we have a league-wide off day Monday so the guys have something to think about," said Potomac play-by-play announcer Bryan Holland, the morning after a 4-1 loss Sunday evening to rival Wilmington.

Hook ‘em horns

- Talk about a win for the home team. On Sunday night at the Prince William County Fairgrounds, two Virginians won events at the annual competition that featured bull riding, cattle wrangling and horseback barrel racing among several other events. Sam Snapp of Winchester took first place out of 21 contestants in the barrel race, racing Mose Oday around three red, white and blue metal cylinders in 12.779 seconds. Her victory nicely complemented that of Sarah Angelone, another resident of northwest Virginia, who captured the top prize in the break-away wrangling event.

GHBL wins first two games at World Series

- The first two World Series games for the Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League 14-year-old all-stars are in the books and they both include Ws for the local sluggers. Saturday marked the start of the Babe Ruth League World Series in Pine Bluff, Ark., where the Southeast Regional champion GHBL team began the tournament with an exhaustive 4-1 victory over host Pine Bluff in 10 innings.
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