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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Honors Finalist Teams in 2011 Congressional Bank Baseball Classic

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today congratulated the District’s two best varsity high school baseball teams -- from Sidwell Friends School and Wilson Senior High School – during his weekly City Hall Press Briefing.

The two teams – who won the city’s private and public-school championships, respectively – competed in the Congressional Bank Baseball Classic June 5 at Nationals Park. The Sidwell Quakers defeated the Wilson Tigers 5-3.

“Congratulations to both teams for their exemplary play on the field and their sportsmanship, and to the coaches, parents and fans who have supported them,” Mayor Gray, himself a former baseball player, said. “These teams represent our city’s best, and I recommend baseball to any young person who wants to build positive character traits like teamwork, selflessness, discipline, patience and the ability to strategize.”

Earlier in the day, Sidwell Friends defeated the Maret School to win the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference baseball championship and Wilson defeated Cardozo High School to win the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) baseball championship. The accomplishment marks Wilson’s 19th consecutive DCIAA baseball title.

The Classic came on the heels of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, a sports and educational complex that will open next summer at Fort Dupont Park. Legislation passed under then-Council Chairman Gray’s leadership authorized the academy’s creation.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the players who will be trained at our baseball academy and then, one day, take to the field as champions, like these young people,” Mayor Gray said.