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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Eagle pair set to take next step

Jahla Osborne and Kenya Holland have meant more to the Colonial Forge girls basketball program than just an inside–outside combination that helped lead the Eagles to their first state tournament appearance in 2012–13.

Eagles head coach Michelle Darley said Holland and Osborne have been standard-bearers and leaders on the court and in the classroom.

That was evident this week when Osborne and Holland made their college choices official. Both are headed to highly regarded academic institutions.

Holland will continue her career at Princeton University. Osborne will play for Army in West Point, N.Y.

“Both of them are great students and truly committed individuals,” Darley said. “They’re committed on the court. They’re committed off the court. They’re very disciplined. They’re the ideal kids you want in your program.”

Holland is a standout shooting guard. She was named Commonwealth District Player of the Year and first-team All-Area last year, when she made 42 percent of her 3-point attempts.

She also had scholarship offers from American, St. Bonaventure and St. Joseph’s, but the Tigers’ academic tradition won out.

“When they first told me they were interested in me, I was like, ‘Wow, this is really cool,’” Holland said. “But I still liked some of the other schools that were recruiting me. Princeton was always No. 1, but with Ivy League teams the recruiting process is so much longer. There are a lot more steps. But along the way I always knew if I could get in, that’s where I wanted to go.”

Osborne, a 6-foot-1 all-district and All-Area center, had scholarship offers from several schools, including Albany, Rhode Island and William & Mary. She never had plans of entering the military, but will have a five-year commitment after graduating from Army.

“Their program is definitely on the rise,” Osborne said. “I definitely believe I can help impact them next year.”


A pair of North Stafford baseball standouts signed national letters of intent this week.

Nico Cribb signed with Division I Delaware State. Cribb is expected to play a corner infield or corner outfield spot for the Hornets, North Stafford coach Jim Labrusciano said. Cribb started in left field and hit cleanup for the Wolverines last season. He had three walk-off hits.

North Stafford senior shortstop Tyler Baily has signed with Division II King University in Bristol, Tenn. Baily was a first-team all-Commonwealth District and All-Area selection last season. He converted all 25 of his stolen base attempts, including three swipes of home. Baily will join former North Stafford teammate Geoffrey Cieslewitz, who is a sophomore pitcher and first baseman at King.


Brooke Point senior volleyball standout Desiree Claxton will continue her career at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University.

Claxton was a first-team all-Conference 15 selection this season as she helped lead the Black–Hawks to a conference championship. She was a second-team All-Area choice in 2012.

Black–Hawks head coach Terri Starliper said Claxton is an “extremely intense” player who will bring “phenomenal” athleticism to the college level.

“She just makes things happen,” Starliper said. “Her energy is unbelievable. I’ve never seen anybody play so hard. Her intensity can be a little misunderstood at times. It takes some getting used to, but she’s a true gamer and a lot of fun to coach.”


Spotsylvania County native Rashard Kelly made his college choice official Wednesday when he signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Wichita State.

The 6-foot-7 forward orally committed to the Shockers last month. Kelly is playing a postgraduate season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham. He played his freshman season at Chancellor before he transferred to Bishop O’Connell for two years and Massanutten Military Academy last season.

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