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Stewart Not "Out of the Woods"

So I arrived at yesterday's Howard-Georgetown football game and checked in at our production truck before putting on the headset to call the D.C. Mayor's cup for FIOS1 television.

Our producer told me Dennis Stewart, who is a Lake Braddock assistant lacrosse coach (and also my color partner for Georgetown and high school lacrosse games for FIOS1) had suffered some kind of illness and was rushed to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.DennisAU.jpg

Today, I find out from Lake Braddock assistant football coach Phil Polizzotti that Dennis is in much worse condition than we originally thought.

Here's what Phil e-mailed me this morning:

On Friday afternoon, [Dennis] suffered a “massive” stroke and was found unconscious while preparing for this weekend's TripleEdge Lacrosse games. He was rushed to Fairfax Hospital and is in very grave condition. He is in the ICU now and was operated on late Friday evening to stop the bleeding which was supposedly near the brain stem. The doctors have “stabilized” his condition and although he opened his eyes momentarily yesterday he is not “out of the woods”. They have stated that it will take about three or four more days at the very least to determine what the prognosis will be. Please keep him and his family in your hearts and prayers.

Lake Braddock is pulling for Dennis, who is a longtime advocate of high school sports in Northern Virginia. A former Ohio State assistant lacrosse coach, Dennis and his brothers, Patrick, Peter and Paul are credited with helping create most of the boom lacrosse has undergone in this area. Their business TripleEdge Lacrosse has produced most of the area's youth standouts and is a major supporter of all things lacrosse in this area.

Dennis is a 1977 graduate of Lake Braddock and played in the first high school lacrosse game between Fairfax County public schools in 1977. He also coached at Bishop Ireton from 1987-1993 and in 2008 he was named assistant coach of the year in the Northern Region.

You can send Dennis your thoughts and track his progress here:
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By B.J. Koubaroulis  |  September 27, 2009; 12:42 PM ET
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