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Dear Parents & Student Athletes,
Hope you had a great Easter! Cardinals were busy from softball in South Carolina to rowing in Philadelphia - our athletes were active. Softball went 4-1 in a South Carolina tourney, baseball, boys' lax, and track & field were all in action over the break. Finally, as many of you know, we also had a first in our 50 years of athletics. Our girls' lacrosse team, ranked as high as #2 in some national polls, played the consensus #1 team in the country, McDonogh School outside Baltimore. While we didn't break the 122-game win streak of the Eagles, we had a strong showing on the field and in the stands!  Very proud of our team, and all our teams, this spring!

Congrats to our four winter athletes recognized in the Washington Post's winter all-Met awards on Sunday. Notre Dame-bound swimmer Ben Gorski was named to the 2nd team, while sophomore teammate Anna Shumate was honorably mentioned. Both broke school records this past season. All star Ryan Scott was an honorable mention ice hockey player while first team all-WCAC senior basketball player Alexandra Stipano, who led the DMV in three-point shooting, was also honorably mentioned. 

We are on track to switch to our new athletic website in June, about six weeks from now. If you are in business, now is the time to buy an ad on the site. We have opportunities that will pop up on every page, we also have team specific opportunities. If you want to get your business in front of hundreds of potential customers a week, show your Cardinal pride & support, or just give your athlete a "shout out" contact Mr. Bill Simmons.
Sports News:
A national recruiting company recently suggested that as many as 72% of college freshmen will not graduate from the college they attend in the fall after high school.  Much of that they attribute to not being sufficiently thorough in selecting their school. Hopefully, our seniors will "buck the trend" as they head to college IN 4 MONTHS, but for our underclassmen, now is the time to work on "what you want" in a college before you fall in love with the locker room, head coach, or ivy-covered walls of the stadium. Guidance counselors here, as well as athletic recruiting services, have free resources to guide your research, help you ask the right questions before you start and during the recruiting process.  You can't be too prepared if you want to be one of the 28%.
Perhaps you have seen the banner, "we honor the game here" in the gym or on the field. It is a community-wide responsibility.  I talk with coaches and they reinforce the message with our players.  Your part as parents is important, too. How we treat visitors, how we watch games makes a difference. I am proud of how we do it. Schools regularly comment on the warm welcome they receive here, the first class manner we treat visitors, whether for a parent-sponsored tailgater for a team from Kansas City or just iced water for the visiting team; we get high marks. We generally even treat the game officials civilly! PCA suggests it is important that our participation in "the game" makes the game better. I think we are doing that, keep up the work, we are only as good as our "last game."

Sport's Medicine

Staying Hydrated:

Warmer temperatures are looking like they are here to stay. Proper hydration in warmer temperatures can be more difficult than in milder temps but easily achievable through following simple fluid intake instructions. And remember, a water bottle pass can be obtained through our school nurse to better achieve your hydration needs.


From the National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Fluid Replacement for Athletes - 

The greater degree of dehydration, the more negative the impact on physiologic systems and overall athletic performance.

To ensure proper pre-exercise hydration, athletes should consume 17 to 20 fluid ounces of water or a sports drink 2 to 3 hours prior to a practice or game and then consume 7 to 10 fluid ounces of water or a sports drink 10 to 20 minutes prior to practice time or game time. Post-exercise rehydration should be completed within two hours of exercise. Rehydration should contain water to restore hydration status, carbohydrates to replenish glycogen stores, and electrolytes to speed rehydration. If you follow these recommendations and still find yourself becoming dehydrated during practices or games see your athletic trainer or other healthcare provider to develop a personalized hydration plan.



Sean O'Malley High School Scholarship

This scholarship, to honor the memory of former B.I. student-athlete, Sean O'Malley, is open to rising sophomore, junior, or senior male students who have completed at least one year at B.I. and who have participated in the football and/or wrestling programs. Candidates must have a GPA of 2.5 or above, evidence a commitment to community service, and exhibit financial need.  

To apply, students must submit a letter detailing their qualifications by April 30. For more details, contact Director of Advancement, Ryan Fannon '89 or click here
Athletic Banquet, May 28
Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm
Alexandria Hilton Mark Center
Tickets are $55
Click here to make your reservations or contact Matt Horton for this great evening.
All varsity head coaches have a complimentary admission, but must still RSVP. If you are an Athletic Booster Member at the $80 and $125 level you get one free admission for a student-athlete. If you are a $250 and above Booster member you get 2 free admissions for a student-athlete.
See our website www.bishopireton.org/athletics
to get the stories and scores for all the games.  Sign up for email updates or follow GRT2BACardinal on Twitter so you are never far from all the excitement of Cardinal athletics!

Bill Simmons, Athletic Director 703-212-5169

Kwinten Brown, Asst. Athletic Director, 703-212-5172

Matt Horton, Asst. Athletic Director/Trainer, 703-212-5171

Ty Gardner, Asst. Athletic Trainer 


Check the Weekly Athletic Schedule for each team's schedule.   



Go Cardinals!! 


Cardinal's Nest School Store
Our Nike Gortex Jacket is perfect for any kind of weather coming our way.  Waterproof and Windproof with Storm Fit allowing you to wear it alone or over hoodies or heavier coats. Great for wearing while watching our Cardinals push to victory!!   Great for Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts as well! 
20% off Sale in the School Store 
Many items are 20% off or MORE! 
Come on in and see what we have for you!
     School Store Hours:  Monday-Friday 
7:30-8:00 am; 10:30am-12:00 pm; 3:00-3:30 pm, or call 
Ms. Daubresse 703-212-5159 to make an appointment  
Summer Camps at Bishop Ireton
Summer Camps offered in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Lacrosse, and Theater for grades 1-12!  Click here to find out more or contact Mr. Pete Hamer.
B.I. Athletic Boosters
The Bishop Ireton Athletic Booster Club (BIABC) will hold elections for officers for the 2015-16 academic year in April. The offices of president, vice president, and secretary are to be filled. President is a two-year office, vice president and secretary are one-year terms. The officers comprise the executive committee of the Club and meet monthly with the director of athletics. Interested members may contact Mr. Simmons or Mr. Lucas, current president. You are invited to attend the pre-election March monthly executive committee meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 7 pm.

Click here to join
Email Coby Owens, Membership Coordinator, B.I. Athletic Boosters

Go Cardinals!  
The Cardinal Shop
Visit our online store, "The Cardinal Shop"!   
This Booster Club initiative brings hundreds of Bishop Ireton items right  to your fingertips, and, best of all, the website is loaded with gifts for all ages!   Take a look, your favorite things are in the right color, right size. Click here: MyLocker.net.   Pick up a $10 gift card from the athletic department and Go Shopping!  
Athletic Boosters
Follow the Boosters on Twitter or on Facebook:
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Coaches are also asked to provide photographs for inclusion on the BIAB Facebook page.












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