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Top Stories of the Week: Mystics get ready for homestretch, our new writers, and Mike Thibault’s dad

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We’re smack dab in the middle of August and school’s about to begin pretty soon in a number of areas around D.C. There isn’t much going on in the nation’s capital with the Olympics going on, but there were still some notable stories nevertheless. Let’s go through some of them.

Mystics head to Jake Whitacre’s hometown. Kinda.

Last Friday, the Mystics went to Sherando High School in Stephens City, Virginia. If you don’t know where Stephens City is, it’s just a bit south of Winchester. The most notable alum from Sherando would be former NFL wide receiver Kelley Washington who played eight seasons in the league.

There was a long line of fans waiting to high five them when they arrived:

While they were there, the Mystics practiced:

and they were also drill instructors.

This isn’t the first time the Mystics have driven over 70 miles to hold a practice for local schools. Last year, they did the same thing at Millbrook High School which is just outside the Winchester City limits.

I kinda get that going to a community in the Shenandoah Valley is a bit left field. But most communities are too far away from any decent pro sports team to visit them. Seeing the Mystics travel this far and do something like this is commendable.

LaToya Sanders leads Turkey to the Olympic quarterfinals

Sanders signed a multi-year contract extension with Washington last winter, but did not play for the Mystics so far this season in order to focus on her duties with Turkey and the Olympics. She was the second leading scorer (22 ppg) among all Olympians in group play and led them to the quarterfinals. However, they lost in quarterfinals to Spain in heartbreaking fashion, 64-62.

Top Wizards stories within BF

We welcomed some new writers to the team this week. Here they are along with their front page debuts:

And here’s more content for y’all:

Links outside of BF

  • Frank Thibault, the father of Mystics GM/HC Mike Thibault, is a board game inventor. If you go to Toys R US and buy Topple Chrome, that’s a game he invented, and it gives him some decent royalty checks. Frank lived with his family in the Bay Area since 1956 (!!!!!) where Khalida Sarwari of The Mercury News has more. He is now 91. After reading this story, I think it’s safe to say that Mike will pwn all of us at board games, whether his dad invented them or not. Cool stuff.

That’s all I have for this week’s links. If you have things that you’d like to share, feel free to do so in the comments or as a FanPost.