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An umpire stands behind home plate, calling an FC basebal game. Referees in baseball are called umpires. Despite differing names, the same officiating shortages are seen in multiple sports.

Uptick in Bad Behavior by Spectators Causes Referee Shortage

Marcus Leary, Editor-in-Chief June 16, 2023

When you go to a sporting event at FC in between each hype up song you’ll hear an advertisement from the Virginia High School League (VHSL) encouraging adult fans to become high school referees. According...

Spring Pep Rally Spreads Spirit

Spring Pep Rally Spreads Spirit

Marcus Leary, Editor-in-Che June 16, 2023

On a summer-like day in April, Seniors celebrated their final pep rally, while Freshman celebrated their first in-person pep rally. Students played games pitting classes against one another and watched...

Varsity soccer players Cristian Mendez-Ramirez (12), Sean Maginniss (11), Koumadi Sanwogou-Scott (12), and captain Conor Dobbin (12) celebrating a goal for the Falls Church team.

Elite Teams versus School Teams: What are the Differences?

Jackson Bergendahl, Opinion Assistant Editor June 16, 2023

Many people play sports, fewer play for their school’s team, and even fewer play at an elite level. Here at Falls Church there are many athletes on the school teams, from soccer to volleyball. However,...

Nathan Fillion (11) on the court for Battle Volleyball Club.

Interest Spikes for Boys Volleyball to Become an Official Sport

Daniella Torrico, Sports Editor June 16, 2023

Falls Church High School has spiked with interest in boys volleyball in the past couple years. One activity that has been missing from the school's offerings for many years is a boys' volleyball team. There...

A Falls Church player takes the basketball to the net.

Girls Basketball Juniors Step Up as Leaders

Jackson Bergendahl, Opinion Assistant Editor June 13, 2023

This year the Falls Church Girls Basketball Team took on the new challenge of competing with no seniors on the team. The head coach of the team is Katelyn Charbonneau. She’s been the head coach of...

A wrestlers arm is held up by a ref

Wrestling Team Grows as Girls Step onto the Mat in Record Numbers

Daniella Torrico, Sports Editor June 13, 2023

Wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports at Falls Church over the past two years. Falls Church holds the record in FCPS for having the most girls on the wrestling team for both junior varsity and...

The football team celebrates on the field with the bell.

Jags Bring Home The Bell

Marcus Leary, Editor-in-Chief November 22, 2022

The highly coveted bell has finally returned to Falls Church High School after the Jaguars lost it in 2019. FCHS beat Justice in the annual Bell Game at Justice High School. The Jaguars beat the Wolves...

Aidan Cunningham (12) shakes hands with head coach Franklin Weaver at football senior day.
Photo courtesy of Gary Rubin.

Getting to the second level: Aidan Cunningham joins the William and Mary football team

Marcus Leary, News Editor May 25, 2022

After only playing seven games of football in his entire life, left tackle Aidan Cunningham (12) will have a preferred walk-on spot for William and Mary’s football team. When recruiting college...

Sports Captains Strive to Create Camaraderie

Erik Judy, News Editor May 18, 2021

As the team takes the field, they’re blinded by the glaring stadium lights and deafened by the roar of the crowd. Adrenaline and nervousness course through them. But leading them into their competition...

History Teacher Joshua Toth roots for the Patriots as a young fan.

Fan Factors

Leo Miracle, Sports Editor April 21, 2021

When NFL season kicks into high gear, that’s when the jerseys come out. Students flood the hallways and their social media feeds with memorabilia and supportive messages for their favorite teams. Despite...

The Jaguars take the field against the Madison Warhawks on Feb. 22.

In-Person Football Games Kick Off Social Opportunities

Max Miracle, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2021

The March cold is biting, the bleachers are wet, and the Jaguars are losing by 30 points. But the stands are still alive with enthusiasm as students celebrate one of the few vestiges of pre-pandemic life:...

New Cross Country Coach has Track Record of Success

New Cross Country Coach has Track Record of Success

Leo Miracle, Sports Editor February 13, 2021

The loud bang of a starter's pistol, the stampeding thuds of runners pushing to get to the front of the pack, the rip of a finish line ribbon: Head Track and Cross Country Coach Matthew Smith has been...

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