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Field Hockey

“Unfinished business” is the motto for the Fairfax field hockey team this season. It is written on their team T-shirts and refers to the Rebels’ losses in the regional final and the state semifinal.

“Our goals are always to win but obviously we want to win our sixth straight district championship,” said coach Amber Beaudoin. “That’s the number one goal and trying to get the number one seed and then that sets us up for regions.”

(Photo by Mike Breslin)

(Photo by Mike Breslin)

According to Beaudoin, with a strong senior class as well as new underclassmen, the team is working to get everyone on board for the same goal. The biggest game of the season for the Rebels takes place on Oct. 6 against Westfield. “That’s where we’re really focused,” Beaudoin said. Westfield beat Fairfax in the regional finals last season.

As of now, the team looks like it is on track to meeting these goals. “I think we’ll be fine, we just got to put the ball in the goal and once we do that everything’s fine,” said Beaudoin.

 

 

Cross Country

(Photo courtesy of fairfaxhighsports.org)

(Photo courtesy of fairfaxhighsports.org)

The Fairfax girls cross country team has not won a conference championship since 2004. The boys team has never won a conference championship. This year, winning the championship is “the first priority” for the Rebels, according to head coach Mark Whalley.

The toughest opponents for the Rebels this season include the Robinson Rams and Lake Braddock Bruins because they have “lots of senior runners,” said sophomore Jordan Radoll.

There is a “running challenge” between the Fairfax and Madison teams that takes place every year, said Whalley. “We have a trophy that goes back and forth depending on who wins [the race] on a given week,” he said. “The losing team has to run the trophy back to the other school and it’s eight miles round trip.”

“Our goals are to try to help everybody improve with their progress, becoming stronger runners and to run together as a team,” said Whalley.

 

Golf

(Photo courtesy of fairfaxhighsports.org)

(Photo courtesy of fairfaxhighsports.org)

The golf season is a short one and the regular season is already over, but the postseason is starting up and the Rebels are hoping to continue their season into October.

“We’re trying to go far in districts and hopefully make it to regionals, possibly states for some people,” said junior Conor Orlando.

The Fairfax golf team finished with a regular season record of 2-5 with wins coming against the South Lakes Seahawks and the Herndon Hornets.

The Rebels’ toughest competition was “definitely” Madison High School, said Orlando. “They shoot par and under-par consistently. They have two people going to college to play,” he added.

 

Football

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(Photo by Anushka Annonti)

Following a 7-3 record last season, the Fairfax football team is looking to push the scales in their favor. They aim to win a district title this year and make it to regional playoffs, according to head coach Kevin Simonds.

“We won’t be as explosive as last year with big plays, but we will march down the field to make plays.” said senior George Ganbold. “As a team, if we bond together, we will be impenetrable.”

Stone Bridge, Langley, and Westfield are going to be a challenge for the team but Simonds said that if “we play our brand of football and we do what we’re supposed to do and not make any mistakes, then we can be competitive with anybody.”

According to Ganbold, the team feels confident that they will do well this season. “Our team’s going to do freakin’ awesome. We’re going to win and we’re going to have fun doing it. We’re going to love each other and it’ll be great.”

 

Cheer

The 2013 6A State Champion Fairfax Rebels cheer team is back and working hard again to accomplish their goals. Following the championship season, the team has brought “a lot of new, young talent into the program” and is “working hard to bring up the

(Photo by Anushka Annonti)

(Photo by Anushka Annonti)

level of skill difficulty,” head coach Wes Vaughan said.

The cheer squad is focused on improving themselves and is not worried about the other teams that they will face. “We don’t spend time worrying about them,” said senior Gabby Taube. “We just want to worry about ourselves and make sure that we can better ourselves as much as possible and be ready for anything that’s thrown our way.”

Things are looking good for the Rebels so far, according to Taube. “I think as long as we work hard, we’ll have similar successes [to last year]. We’ll probably get to region[als], hopefully, maybe state. We’ll see how it goes.”

 

Dance

(Photo by Anushka Annonti)

(Photo by Anushka Annonti)

A year after competing at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida, the Fairfax Dance Team is making “really great progress this year,” said coach Andrea Heininge.

“We’ve been working really hard this summer and they’re really rising to the challenge, and the extra pressure of the games and competition make them push themselves harder than what they realize they can,” said Heininge.

The Rebels do not only perform at halftime of the varsity football games. In December, Fairfax will compete in the George Mason Invitational at George Mason University.

As an overall philosophy, teamwork is the name of the game for the dance squad. The team is looking to bring themselves closer together, build the size of the program, “celebrate Fairfax High School together as a group and celebrate everyone’s unique contributions to the team,” said Heininge.

 

Volleyball

After a subpar 6-9 season last year, the Fairfax Rebels volleyball team is looking to bounce back and “finish at the top half of the conference and to improve overall as a team,” according to head coach Tyler Freiheit. This is Freiheit’s seventh season as head

(Photo by Mike Breslin)

(Photo by Mike Breslin)

coach of the Rebels.

This season, the Langley Saxons and Madison Warhawks pose the biggest threats to a successful Fairfax campaign. “They’re bringing back a lot of talent and Langley won states last year, so those are going to be the two teams to beat,” said Freiheit.

“If we can find leadership, we’re going to do well this year. We’ve got a lot of young talent but we’re still trying to find ourselves as a team,” he said.

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