Announcements and Important Events
Jim Barbe, Class of 1973
Jim Barbe was a three-sport varsity athlete at Washington-Lee High School, starting in football, basketball, and baseball during his senior year. He was captain of both the basketball and baseball teams as a senior. He stood out on the baseball field starting at a young age. In Arlington Little League he held records for highest batting average and most home runs in a season. He was named the MVP of the state tournament twice. In high school, Barbe played short stop, first base, and pitched. He was selected onto All-District, All-Region, and All-State teams. During his senior year, he went 8-1 as a pitcher and had a 0.51 ERA. He went on to play baseball at James Madison University. Barbe graduated JMU with a .372 career batting average and was their leader in homeruns, RBIs, and bases on balls. He was JMU’s MVP in 1975 and their offensive MVP in 1977. After graduating, Barbe played several seasons in the Texas Rangers system. He went on to become a nationally ranked pickle ball player.
Candice Brown, Class of 1998
Candice Brown was a three-sport varsity athlete at Washington-Lee High School, playing basketball, soccer, and field hockey. She was captain of the basketball team during her senior year and earned All-District honors. She went on to play basketball at Marymount University, where she played in a NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Final Four and was named a Kodak All-American in both her junior and senior years. She finished her career at Marymount with 1310 points, 650 rebounds, 182 assists, and 270 steals. After graduation, she began a career in collegiate coaching. She returned to Marymount before getting her first head coaching job at Manhattanville College at age 24. From 2009-2019, Brown was the head coach at Vassar College, leading the team to the NCAA tournament in multiple seasons and ending her tenure with an overall 159-106 record. In 2019 Brown became the head women’s basketball coach at Swarthmore College.
Richard Conklin, Class of 1986
Richard Conklin was a three-sport varsity athlete at Washington-Lee High School, starting in football, basketball, and baseball. He played quarterback and was named captain of the football team his senior year. He played guard in basketball and was a starting pitcher and short stop for the baseball team. An arm injury during his senior year shifted his focus. He switched positions to wide receiver and accepted an invitation to play at Randolph Macon College. Conklin became their number one wide receiver. After graduating, Conklin worked for AT&T. He also continued to be involved in sports in the community. He coached basketball in the youth leagues and football at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield County, VA. Conklin passed away in 2011. His legacy lives on through the nonprofit Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) started by his surviving wife.
Joy Mosse, Class of 1968
Joy Mosse was an outstanding athlete at Washington-Lee High School as a member of the swim club. She was a standout in swimming in her years prior to high school, representing the United States in the 50 -yard butterfly at the Canadian/American meet at the age of 12. She won her event at that meet, which took place in Detroit. Mosse was also a member of the Northern Virginia Aquatic Club (NVAC) during and after high school, where she represented the club as a member of the indoor and outdoor water polo teams. Mosse was a decorated water polo player, specializing in defense. She was on five national title teams and two second place teams while she represented NVAC. She was also selected to several All-America Water Polo Teams, both indoor and outdoor. Mosse won another national title with the Industry Hills Aquatic Club in California at the age of 31. She is listed in the World Encyclopedia of Water Polo.
William Murray, Class of 1966
William “Bill” Murray was a two-sport varsity athlete at Washington-Lee High School. He was a starter on the football and baseball teams. As a senior he was captain of the football team and selected as an All-District running back. As a junior he was the shortstop on the baseball team that won the Northern Region Championship and beat O'Connell HS, ending their nationally historic 42 game win streak. Murray was awarded the W-L Al Harringer Award for his athletic accomplishments and his leadership. Murray went on to play football and baseball at Randolph Macon College. He started on the football team for three years and in 1969, the team won the Division III National Championship. After college, Murray continued to play and coach recreational sports. He served on and chaired the Arlington Sports Commission, the Board of Directors for the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball League and the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame, co-founded the Arlington Sports Foundation, and served as President of the Better Sports Club of Arlington
Horace Willis, Class of 1991
Horace “Buck” Willis was a three-sport varsity athlete at Washington-Lee High School, excelling in football, basketball, and outdoor track. During his senior year, he was selected as captain of the football and basketball teams. As running back, he was the single game rushing leader with 299 yards versus Falls Church in 1991. Over his career he rushed for a total of 3489 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was also selected to the 1st Team All-District and received an All-Region honorable mention. On the basketball court, Willis held the all-time scoring record from 1991-1996 with 1264 points. He is currently the second all-time leading scorer. He was selected to the 1st Team All-District, the 2nd Team All-Region and received an All-Met honorable mention. In 1991 Willis was named the Arlington County Athlete of the year and received the W-L Carl Walker Peterson Award for outstanding male athlete. Willis returned to W-L in 1994 as an educator and coach. He has coached football, basketball, and track.
Boys Varsity Basketball Team, 1966
The Washington-Lee High School 1966 Boys Varsity Basketball team finished the regular season with a 22-2 overall record after starting the season 0-2. The team beat its archrival, Wakefield, in the finals of the Northern Region Tournament to qualify for the state tournament at the University of Virginia. The team competed in and won four games in four days to win the third state basketball championship for the Generals in five years. The team beat Hampton 47-41, Edison 47-32, and Princess Anne 50-36 in the run up to the final game. The team was the underdog in that game, but thanks to a physically dominant front court and 28 points from John Hummer, the team was victorious, 54-39, over Patrick Henry.
Perhaps most importantly, this 1966 basketball team was the first integrated team to win a Virginia state basketball championship, paving the way for future athletes and teams.
Team members: Russ Bolling, John Carrol, Don Clements, Tyrone Epperson, John Hummer, Jim Kessinger, Mark Kleber, Dave Logan, Richard Martin, Gene Otis, Richard Scheele, Mike Slade, Jim Spriggs, Bob Wright, Morris Levin (Coach)