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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Smith’s game moves north

Stafford athletic director Wes Bergazzi said hosting Torrey Smith’s charity all-star basketball game the past three years has been one of the highlights of his tenure.

But for at least the next two years, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and Stafford grad will have to look elsewhere to showcase the contest.

Construction at Stafford to build a new school has forced Smith to relocate the game to his other alma mater, the University of Maryland. The contest will take place on Saturday at Comcast Center.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Smith said he’s expecting approximately 6,000 in attendance.

“It’s going to be a fun, family event,” Smith said. “We’re actually going to use the University of Maryland’s game plan so it’s going to be run like that, with giveaways, a halftime show. It’s gotten better and better every year and I’m excited about what’s going on.”

The game will once again have a “Battle of the Beltway” theme with Smith’s Ravens taking on players from the Washington Redskins, headlined by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Players from other NFL teams will participate as well.

Bergazzi said he regrets Stafford can’t host the event, but “hopefully Torrey wants to bring it back,” in 2016.

“It’s always a possibility of bringing it back to Stafford,” Smith said, “because that’s where it first started.”

DANIEL PLANS TO PREP

Colonial Forge senior football standout Damen Daniel has yet to come down from the excitement of helping the Eagles win the Group 6A basketball state title on March 14.

The Eagles were fitted for their rings earlier this week, but Daniel has some other business: deciding on his football future.

Eagles football coach Bill Brown said Daniel has scheduled a workout with Fork Union Military Academy. He said FUMA coach John Shuman will then determine whether or not to welcome Daniel into his program.

“Damen’s a good-looking kid and a good-looking athlete,” Brown said.

Brown said Daniel, who mostly played quarterback in for the Eagles, likely will try out at outside linebacker. Brown said he believes Daniel can develop into a Division I prospect.

Daniel isn’t the only Eagle solidifying plans for the future. Brown said wide receiver Austin Hall has decided to play for Christopher Newport.

WOLVERINES REWARDED

The North Stafford football team’s run to the 5A state semifinals didn’t go unnoticed by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. Four Wolverine seniors have been chosen for the July 11 VHSCA all-star game at Liberty University.

Defensive end Jae’Wuan Horton, running back Von Purvis, kicker/linebacker Joey Slye and offensive lineman Tom Vuckovich have all been selected for the contest. All were All-Area honorees last season.

This will be the first year since 1993 the VHSCA all-star games won’t take place in Hampton. They will be held in Lynchburg at least three years.

WOLVERINES COMMIT

Three more North Stafford football players have decided where they’ll compete collegiately, bringing the total number of North Stafford seniors who will play at the next level to eight.

Wolverines coach Joe Mangano said linebacker Nakia Thomas, an All-Area selection, will play for Division II Virginia–Wise. He’ll join North Stafford teammates Purvis, Andre Hamilton and Cedrick Watkins on the Highland Cavaliers.

Also, defensive lineman Garnett Mason and two-way lineman Myles Kennedy will play for Division III Shenandoah University and Bridgewater College, respectively.

WILDCATS ON THE MOVE

Six Mountain View senior girls soccer standouts have made their college decisions.

Melanie Lytle is headed to Pfeiffer University. Lia Kelly will play for Frostburg State. Grayson Matthews (Bridgewater), Abby Poff (Lynchburg), Bethany Simmons (Bluefield) and Lucia Davids (North Carolina Wesleyan) have also chosen their college destinations.

KNIGHTS MAKE THE CALL

One Spotsylvania boys soccer standout and another on the girls side have settled on their college futures.

Dustin Huber, a senior defender on the boys’ team will play for Shenandoah. Spotsylvania goalkeeper Brianna Stanard will join Eastern Mennonite’s women’s program.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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