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Potomac Local Football Friday: Oct. 19, 2018 recap

Hylton pounds out steady beat in win over Battlefield

A sigh of relief undoubtedly filled the air in Hylton’s locker room after Friday’s 16-13 win against Battlefield in a Virginia high school football matchup at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge.

The Bulldogs’s train of momentum chugged along the final-quarter tracks with a 7-0 point differential.

The Bobcats moved ahead of the Bulldogs 13-9 to start the fourth quarter.

Battlefield got the better of the action throughout the first half, owning a 7-3 margin over Hylton at halftime.

The Bulldogs opened with a 3-0 advantage over the Bobcats through the first quarter.


Patriot tenderizes Osbourn

A full-on assault for a Virginia high school football victory on October 19, as Patriot disposed of Osbourn by a 41-20 score.

The Pioneers moved in front of the Eagles 14-6 to begin the second quarter.

Patriot’s offense pulled ahead to a 31-14 lead over Osbourn at the intermission.

The Pioneers struck over the Eagles when the fourth quarter began 41-14.


Culpeper County escapes Brentsville District

A tight-knit tilt turned in Culpeper County’s direction just enough to squeeze past Brentsville District 28-21 in a Virginia high school football matchup.

Culpeper County fought to a 14-7 intermission margin at Brentsville District’s expense.

The two squads were set up for a frantic finish when the final quarter began with a 28-21 tie.

Both teams were scoreless in the first and third quarters.

Freedom pulls python act on Potomac Senior

Freedom controlled the action to earn a strong 48-26 win against Potomac Senior High School on October 19 in Virginia high school football action at Freedom High School in Woodbridge.

Overtime is just fine for Gar-Field in win over Forest Park

Extra football seemed a fitting climax to an exciting game as Gar-Field upended Forest Park 24-21 on October 19 in Virginia high school football at Forest Park High.


Tough tussle: Charles J. Colgan steps past Woodbridge

The margin for error was so small it only piqued the anxiety.

But Charles J.Colgan didn’t mind, dispatching Woodbridge 27-21 in Virginia high school football on October 19 at Woodbridge High.

Stonewall Jackson mauls Osbourn Park in a strong showing

There was no magic, just a manhandling as Stonewall Jackson mashed Osbourn Park 47-6 in a Virginia high school football matchup at Stonewall Jackson High.

The Raiders drew first blood by forging a 34-6 margin over the Yellowjackets after the first quarter.

The gap remained the same through the third quarter as neither team could dent the scoreboard.

Both teams were scoreless in the second quarter.

Flexing muscle: Manassas Park rolls over Warren County

Manassas Park trekked through Warren County’s defense like General Patton’s tanks poured across North Africa 49-28 in a Virginia high school football matchup at Warren County High.

Massaponax takes victory lap over Stafford

Massaponax played the role of Thor, dropping its hammer on Stafford during a 31-6 beating in Virginia high school football action on October 19 at Massaponax High.

The start wasn’t the problem for the Indians, who began with a 6-0 edge over the Panthers through the end of the first quarter.

Massaponax’s offense jumped to a 21-6 lead over Stafford at halftime.

The Panthers’ determination showed as they carried a 24-6 lead into the fourth quarter.

North Stafford pushes the mute button on Brooke Point

North Stafford’s defense throttled Brooke Point, resulting in a shutout win 49-0 in a Virginia high school football matchup.

The Wolverines darted in front of the Black Hawks 14-0 to begin the second quarter.

North Stafford registered a 42-0 advantage at intermission over Brooke Point.

Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter.

Norfolk rains down on St John Paul The Great Catholic

St John Paul The Great Catholic got no credit and no consideration from Norfolk, which slammed the door 33-20 in a Virginia high school football matchup.

Norfolk registered a 13-7 advantage at halftime over St John Paul The Great Catholic.

The Bulldogs darted to a 27-20 bulge over the Wolves as the fourth quarter began.

The Bulldogs put a bow on this victory with a strong final-quarter kick, outpointing the Wolves 6-0 in the last stanza.

Both teams were scoreless in the first quarter.

South County pounds out steady beat in win over Robinson

It wasn’t pretty, gut-tough wins usually aren’t, but South County wasn’t going for style points.

A victory will do, and it was earned 17-14 over Robinson during this Virginia high school football game.

The Stallions took control in the third quarter with a 17-14 advantage over the Rams.

Neither side could break ahead as the two teams began in a tense 7-7 duel in the first quarter.

Both teams were scoreless in the second and fourth quarters.

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Fall fun in full swing at Manassas Park Community Center

Manassas Park Fall Family Fun

At the Community Center, one of our goals is to create and host a variety of events for families to come together as a community. This fall season, we have prepared a number of fun events for everyone!

To get into the spirit of Halloween, we’ve created a pumpkin patch in our pool! Our Floating Gourd Night takes place on October 19. Children will jump into the pool, find a pumpkin they like, and decorate it. Pack a swimsuit! This event is a perfect way to get children, and maybe even yourself, into the Halloween spirit!

Continuing with the fall spirit, our Fall Family Fun Night is filled with all kinds of themed activities for everyone! On October 20, visit us to take part in this family favorite celebration. We will have hayrides around the Community Center, as well as a variety of hands-on activities for children. We’ll finish out the night gathering around the bonfire and roasting s’mores. Pre-registration for this event is highly recommended, so be sure to reserve a spot for your family.

We’ll finish off our fall celebrations with our favorite fall event – Trunk or Treat! On Halloween day, pirates, ghouls, superheroes, and other creatures will come out to get Halloween treats at the Community Center! Vendors will line up their spooky-themed vehicles and hand out candy. This is a fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating while enjoying costumes, music, and more!

Fall is all about family togetherness and being thankful, and we are thankful to be able to share our events with the community. If you have any questions regarding any of our fall events and programs, feel free to give us a call. See you soon!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at or call at 703-335-8872.

Shots fired into Manassas home

From the Manassas police public information office: 

Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling

On October 17, 2018, at approximately 10:34 p.m., officers of the Manassas City Police Department responded to the 9300 block of Veridan Dr for a report of shots fired. Through investigation, it was determined an unknown subject(s) fired multiple rounds at the rear of the residence. Individuals inside the residence were uninjured. Investigators do not believe the incident is random. The investigation is on-going.


On October 15, 2018, at approximately 6:58 a.m., officers of the Manassas City Police Department responded to 9774 Zimbro Ave (Pizza Perfect) for a report of a burglary. The investigation revealed forced entry was made through the front door. Cash and food items were reported stolen. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime between 10:00 p.m. on October 14 and 6:30 a.m. on October 15. The investigation is on-going.

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More than 100 seize the day, audition for Disney’s ‘Newsies’

MANASSAS — The chance to be in Pied Piper Theater’s production of Disney’s musical “Newsies” was enough to draw 115  children between the ages 8 and 18 to the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory.

The building in Downtown Manassas was buzzing with both energy as the show’s creative team heard auditionees sing, act, and dance.  

Director David Johnson was impressed with the talent and is excited to embark on this journey.

“Doing a show with a higher demand makes the kids artistically raise themselves up to the next level so it ends up being a good experience for all involved, [and allows] the kids to have to go to a higher level of expression, which is what educational theatre is all about,” said Johnson.

What makes Newsies so different than the other shows available? It is a classic David and Goliath tale based on a true story, set to the music of legendary composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), and a book by Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray, The Wiz Live!).

The original Broadway production took home two Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Choreography. The popularity of the stage musical grew so large that Disney filmed it with the original cast members and held special viewings in select movie theatres – many of them selling out.

Before it came to the stage, Newsies came to life on the silver screen in a 1992 film of the same name starring Christian Bale of “The Dark Knight” fame.

Theater companies all over the country have been chomping at the bit for a chance to bring it to their own communities. That’s when Anne Ridgeway of Piped Piper Theatre seized the day to bring it to Manassas – making it the first local company to perform the musical.   

Young actors began preparing for their auditions when they first heard the news, leading to an influx of registrations for dance classes throughout the community.

Shania Stewart is an instructor with Showcase Dance Studio and saw it first hand.

“I have students that had never taken a tap or jazz class before… this show has opened the world of dance to so many kids that may have never gotten to experience it before. I think that no matter how casting turns out, my students will have grown as performers and found a new art form to express themselves in,” she said.

The cast will rehearse through the holidays and will have three performances: January 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and January 13 at 3 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Pied Piper’s current production of Enchanted Sleeping Beauty opens next weekend for three performances: October 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 and October 28 at 3 p.m. at Metz Middle School.

Tickets for this and other upcoming shows can be found on their website.

Puerto Rico to Prince William: Sentara Nurse helps guide the way through breast cancer battle

Kathy Baxter’s cancer diagnosis has been a journey.

Like many journeys, there have been twists, turns, peaks and valleys along the way.

Kathy and her husband of 43 years, Bruce, were longtime Northern Virginia residents who had moved to Puerto Rico.

It was there, she first detected the symptoms which lead to her breast cancer diagnosis.

“I noticed some retraction and I felt a lump right underneath my nipple” said Kathy. “I called my doctor and we scheduled an ultrasound. It came out fine. The doctor said it was because I have fibrocystic breasts.”

That was in December 2016. The decision was made to follow up with another scan in six months.

Kathy soon found things had drastically changed during that period. In July 2017, she received results from her Puerto Rican lab the test was “probably malignant” and she was referred to a surgeon. 

Kathy says over the next few months a combination of events lead to obstacles in her care — everything from a language barrier in her doctor’s office to Hurricane Maria and then Hurricane Irma, which devastated the island causing major power outages and nearly brought air travel to a halt.

The decision was made; Kathy would come to the states. After a turn of lucky events that Kathy credits as a “miracle,” she finally arrived in Northern Virginia in October 2017.

“When I got here in October, I was shell-shocked,” explains Kathy. “My sister lives in Stafford and she gave me the name of her oncologist.”

Kathy’s multi-disciplinary team of Sentara doctors helped her through the difficult transition. Dr. Hamed Khosravi, Medical Oncologist, Dr. Robert Cohen, Breast Surgical Oncologist and Dr. Susan Boylan, Radiation Oncologist worked together to develop a plan of attack after her diagnosis of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma which had gone to the lymph nodes. In addition to that diagnosis, her doctors discovered Kathy also had Triple Positive breast cancer.

Dr. Susan Boylan, a Radiation Oncologist for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and Medical Director of Potomac Radiation, explains, “This type of breast cancer tends to grow and spread faster than others. It is particularly aggressive and requires additional treatment.”

With that knowledge in hand, the team created a treatment plan. It was decided Kathy would do six cycles of chemotherapy, take several weeks off, get a lumpectomy and then proceed to radiation.

“Each tumor is unique. Each woman’s tumor has its own biology,” explains Dr. Boylan. “We try to personalize an individual’s treatment based on the biology of their tumor. Everybody’s treatment is going to be unique to them. It’s very personalized medicine. It’s not cookie cutter.”

Baxter, a former nurse, admits it was a lot to take in.

“I like to be able to process things. On top of that, I don’t like pain and I don’t like needles,” she said.

While her family has been by her side through it all, Kathy credits Oncology Nurse Navigator Deana Henry with helping her work through the process.

“Deana is such a delightful person. She would make her rounds through the infusion center and really seemed to care about me and my health,” she said. “She’s very friendly, she’s a very positive person and she was very sympathetic. She’s been a tremendous support.”

After chemotherapy, Kathy had her lumpectomy. She spent the summer recovering and is now working through radiation. As she nears the end of her treatment, she’s looking to the future and returning to Puerto Rico.

She offers this advice:

“Take each moment as it comes. Live for the moment!” she says smiling. For any woman who finds a lump, her advice is more serious: “If anyone shared they had any sort of lump, I would insist on a biopsy, because I can’t help but think had they biopsied my lump in Puerto Rico in December, they would have found my cancer. That would have changed everything, that would have put me a year ahead of it. But I’ve just been so pleased with my care here at Sentara. They were responsive when I called and just so professional, it made a hard time a little easier.”

To learn more about the Sentara Cancer Network and find the care team for you or your loved one, call 1-800-SENTARA or visit