Jimmy Lange Decisions Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes

By Rodger M. Wood

Dad Lange

Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes fought tough against veteran middleweight Jimmy Lange at the George Mason Patriot Center last Saturday, but came up short on the referee and judges’ scorecards.

The win made Lange’s record, 35-4-2, 24 KO, while Holme’s record dropped to 19- 2, 10 KO.

Lange and Holmes went toe to toe the first six rounds, both trading punches and trying to take command of the fight.

Starting about the seventh round, Lange started getting the edge with hard right hand jabs and left – right combinations, but Holmes didn’t back off, dishing a good number of his own left –right combinations to Lange’s body and head.

In the end, Lange, the Fairfax favorite, got a unanimous decision, but Holmes could go on home to Indiana, holding his head up high after giving the savvy Lange more for his money than he expected.

Lange will be fighting a couple out of town matches before returning to the Patriot Center to fight September 12th.

My son Thom took these great fight photos. Please review them and you will think you were at the fight yourself.

DeMatha and Paul VI Battle Again in WCAC Semi Final

By Rodger M. Wood

With 35 seconds to go, the basketball rolled around the rim, looking dangerously close to going through for a three pointer and a tie 50-50 game, but as fate would have it in the last instance, the ball bounced out to make DeMatha winners, and grasped victory from the hands of the young Paul VI hoopsters 52-47.

This semifinal WCAC basketball championship game marked the third straight game this season, the 2009, 2010, 2011 WCAC and Washington D.C. champions, Dematha Stags beat the upstart Panthers in the last seconds of the game, 59-58 at home, 51-48 away, and 52-47 in the semifinal.

Led by seven juniors, five sophomores, three freshmen at Bender Arena last Sunday, it looks like the Paul Vi could battle the champions again next season. Maybe this time, hard work will pay off, the lucky breaks will even themselves out in the last seconds, the ball will go through the hoop, and the Paul VI Panthers will win.

View some photos from the Paul VI/Dematha 2011 Semi Final Championship Game February 28th.