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									                                          Panther Pressbox
                                               April 4, 2011
                                           Do Ordinary Things
                                           Extraordinarily Well.
                                              St. Francis DeSales

                                         Join your friends
                                         and the PVI
                                         community for a
                                         school spirited time
                                         in the PAC. The theme this
year is College Night so wear your favorite team colors and join in.
Gambling is optional but fun is our goal. Free admission for coaches,
faculty and staff. All proceeds benefit your PVI athletic programs.
Casino Night - don't miss it on May 7!

Visit 27 Programs...1 Team! for ticket orders sponsorships and other

  PVI Boys' Lacrosse Operation Warrior Outreach Update
  As you know we started this project to reach out to our combat warriors, most are
  former lacrosse players, and provide them some comforting care packages and to show
  our gratitude for their service. TONIGHT, Allison Flick from Channel 9
  DCHighschoolSports, will be at the varsity game. Ms. Flick wants to write about
  OWO and the PVI Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Team, so she may ask you a few questions
  if she runs into you. This is a great opportunity to show the local community what
  PVI stands for.

  For tonight's game against Bishop Ireton at 7:00 pm and in addition to our ongoing food
  drive for St. Leo's, which has brought in nearly 200 lbs. of food, we will be collecting
  items for our next care package deployment in May. Please see our suggested list of
  items to bring for Monday's game. Also a special note of recognition goes to Reebok
  Lacrosse. They recently sent OWO nearly $6000 in product (sticks, balls) to include in
  our May care packages.
Operation Warrior Outreach Suggested Items:
$10 donations to defer shipping costs, Razors, Q-tips, Deodorant (male & female),
 Shaving Gel, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Tissue, Body and Hand Wipes, Hand
Sanitizer, Batteries, Body Wash, current magazines (NO BOOKS PLEASE!), Fingernail
clippers, Flip-flops, Cards (Birthday, Thank-you, Get-Well, Sympathy, etc.), Nuts,
 Granola Snack Bars, Cookies (individual packs), Gum.

Finally, we want to leave you with a comment from Mrs. Colwell regarding Operation
Warrior Outreach. Her comment sums up our operation, both on and off the field, and
reminds us what we are all called to do.

"At Paul VI Catholic High School, we believe that service to one is service to God. Operation
Warrior Outreach is a program being spearheaded by the Boys' lacrosse team and coach, but all
our students trust in the words of the patron of our school, St. Frances de Sales, who said "It is
our works and not our words that give testimony to who we are." When we serve, we give honor
to God; and what better way to honor those who serve us by finding ways inwhich to make their
lives a little more comfortable as they go about protecting all we hold dear."

For more information on Operation Warrior Outreach please email

Week's Recap:
This past week was a busy one for the team. First, they took on Battlefield High
School in Haymarket on March 30th for a close 8-7 victory. The Panthers then
traveled to Bishop McNamara and again won with a score of 19-2. Our luck ran
out during a tough road game on April 1st at St. Mary's Ryken where we battled,
but lost 16-9. Friday night's game was a tough one, but they rallied back on
Saturday, April 2nd with a great game against Williamsburg Lacrosse Club,
winning 13-2. Sophomore
Zach Tuell had some amazing saves!

On behalf of all PVI Panther Lacrosse
parents who were able to join us for the bus
ride, we want to express a special gratitude
for the extraordinary generosity of Jose &
Andrea Aunon in providing for our first
class transportation to and from
                                                        Zach Tuell Save
Leonardtown, MD on Friday night. The
Aunon's have asked in lieu of contributions toward the costs of the
transportation that donations be made to our Operation Warrior Outreach
(OWO). What a wonderful gift. Thank Jose and Andrea!!

 Come out today and watch the JV (5:15 PM) and Varsity (7:15 PM) play Bishop
 Ireton tonight. Free Pizza to all PVI Students courtesy of the Paul VI Panthers
                          Boys' Lacrosse Association.

PVI Lacrosse in the News:
Check out these links and read about Paul VI Boys' Lacrosse in the news!! Great
Job everyone. Hard work, dedication and teamwork payoff...
Washington Post, Stats - All Met Sports, Catholic Herald, DCSportsfan

Editor's Note:
During halftime at the boys' games, Coach Goeller has invited youth
league teams to compete. Last week, two of the boys who played for
Vienna are "PVI Legacy" kids - sons of Deena R. Dick & nephews of Vinnie
Rannazzisi, PVI Lacrosse All-American ('93) and Mike ('88). Vinnie also
taught Environmental Science at PVI after graduating from UVa, where he
also played lacrosse. The fans love it and look forward to seeing the
players on Panther field again in years to come!

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PVI softball played two games last week around the rain showers. On Monday, the
team met O'Connell and scored a school record of 7 runs on them, but fell 17-7 due to 9
errors. On Wednesday, the team played Flint Hill in sleet and snow but pounded out
15 hits to win 17-2 in 5 innings. Great team efforts!

The tennis team has brought their record to 3-1 after a win over Bishop McNamara,
Bishop Ireton and St. Mary's Ryken. Their 5-4 loss to Good Counsel at the start of the
cold season stung, as the boys knew they could take on their opponents, but realized
they just didn't play hard enough.

This season, the WCAC has reduced the total number of matches counting toward the
tournament from 16 total played by the team (competed against each WCAC school
twice) to only eight (each WCAC school is only played once now). Therefore, Coach
Syska filled the gaps in the schedule with matches against VA state schools that
compete in the Virginia Independent State Tennis Association (VISTA).

The boys have competed in three state matches, and have a comendable record of 1-2.
The win over Bishop Ireton contributes to their record. The team played St. Stephen's/St.
Agnes at home under the old VA state format of four singles and three doubles, with no
repeating players. With the new format and not enough strong players, the team lost 6-
1. Since that loss, the VISTA committee determined that the format of six singles and
three doubles, with repeaters (format also used in WCAC) would allow more
participating teams to have challenging matches given the strength of their players.

SSSA played at the our courts in Nottoway Park on Friday using the new format. The
team showed how strong they are. Playing 8-game pro sets, independent scores showed
losses of 9-7 and 8-6s, nothing to scoff at. The total team score of a loss of 5-4 shows how
close they were to taking the win.

The #1 doubles team of senior captains Matthew Moynihan and D.J. LaVelle forced an 8-
3 win, while the new #2 doubles team of senior Patrick Reynolds and sophomore Coby
Emery produced an 8-3 win as well.

Moynihan played an incredibly impressive singles game at
the #2 seed. After being down in the match 7-4 (an 8-game
pro set is used), Moynihan miraculously won five games in
a row and took home the win for that seed with a final
match score of 9-7.

"Moynihan is the most determined player on the team,"             Moynihan going for shot
stated Coach Syska. "He takes some time to figure out his
opponent's strengths, then turns the match around by exploiting his weaknesses.
Watching his matches is truly entertaining, yet nail biting at the same time."

What does Moynihan attribute his winning record at this point in the season to? "I'm
enthusiastic and motivated, and feel like I'm good under pressure. Sometimes I might
be too confident, which causes me to make dumb shots," he states. "My goal is to win
               gold at the WCAC and for my team to play better than last year."

              Moynihan, a gold winner at the #6 singles seed last year, had a 100%
  holey shoe  winning average. He was close to earning the 2011 MVP award, but lost
                               two doubles matches vs. his teammate, Coby Emery,
who only lost                  one.

"Moynihan                         showed tremendous improvement at tryouts, rising to
the #2 singles                    spot, filling a huge hole in the lineup that I was
worried           Athletic Tape   about," stated Syska. "This kid's rising to new levels as
each week            Repair       progresses, and working hard to motivate his team to
grow with                         him."
     Moynihan feels that that the team works well together, but agrees they are not
     enthusiastic enough. "The guys need to be more confident in their games," he says. "We
     are all hard working players and have the talent to beat the strongest teams. We just
     have to believe we can."

     Coach Syska finds that building confidence in her players is the most challenging aspect
     of the season. "These guys are incredible. They're highly intelligent and capable of
     achieving their goals, yet getting them to believe that through hard work and
     perseverance they can get from where they are to their desired outcome is incredibly
     difficult. They are playing beatable teams, yet coming out with losses after close
     matches. They've got to learn that life is anything but easy and you've got to put your
     entire heart and mind into accomplishing a task."

     Moynihan seems to have grasped this concept and put it into play. He has been
     accepted to the Virginia Commonwealth University and will attend this fall.

     Girls' Lacrosse
     Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday with your daughter? Paul VI
     Girl's Lacrosse team will be hosting a Youth Night on April 9th at 5:30. Come
     catch the PVI spirit and cheer on the Lady Panthers as they take on the Fairfax
     Rebels. See the attached link for more details Girls' Lax Youth Day.

     Summer Camps
     PVI is offering a variety of summer camp opportunities. Check out the Camps Page for

                                  Snack in the PAC
  Want to earn funds for your team? Contact Mrs. Moore at
  She will help you get set up!

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