Dave Morris (who himself holds a 17-1 record, mainly from UFC-sanctioned events) opened the Charlottesville MMA Institute as a training ground for both amateur and pro fighters. A team of 20 in-house and visiting instructors hold black belts and champion wins in a variety of disciplines. Photo: 621 Studios

Mix masters: Charlottesville’s MMA Institute

It’s 5:30pm and the gym of Charlottesville’s MMA Institute is alive with the leathery crackle of boxing gloves and the muffled, scuffle-thud rhythm and squeak of bare feet on padded flooring. There is the litany of sharp nasal inhalations and grunts as well as the barked instructions of a squadron of coaches. Housed in the […]

In 2012, Kat Ditta was accused of biting an opponent during a highly anticipated soccer match and was, consequently, charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and given a 90-day suspended sentence. Photo by Martyn Kyle

All bark and no bite: Controversial girls soccer match resurfaces

In the summer of 2012, the co-captain of the Fluvanna County High School girls varsity soccer team was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and given a 90-day suspended sentence for biting an ex-teammate, who was playing for Western Albemarle High School in a heavily anticipated rivalry match. Three years later, New York Times best-selling author […]

The SOCA girls, who are all rising high school freshman and sophomores, played teams from Italy, England and Australia. The SOCA U14 Elite boys team also traveled to the Adriatic Coast for the tournament.
Photo: Genger Borton

Local girls’ soccer team wins international tournament

Five days after the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won the FIFA World Cup on July 5, a  group of young female soccer players from the Charlottesville area had an international victory of their own. The Soccer Organization of Charlottesville-Albemarle Elite U14 Girls won the Italy International Cup, a competition that brings youth players from […]