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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Juco on the radar for Devils’ Butler

Culpeper senior basketball standout Henry Butler hopes a two-year stop at a junior college in Alabama will lead to a Division I scholarship.

The Blue Devils’ 6-foot-2 shooting guard has orally committed to Wallace State Community College, Culpeper head coach James Thompson said.

Thompson said Butler is taking an official visit to the Hanceville, Ala., campus this week to ensure it’s a good fit.

Butler was named Conference 27 player of the year this past season.

He was also named first-team All-Area, all 3A East Region and all-state. He averaged 21.0 points per game for the Blue Devils, who captured conference regular season and tournament titles.

Thompson noted that Wallace State coach John Meeks is a Virginia native who has three others from the state on his roster, including Stafford County’s Marcus Hayes.

“He likes the guard play from the Northern Virginia area,” Thompson said. “He came across Henry shortly after the Christmas tournament. Word got out and then he saw some stuff [online] and he made some inquiries. From there, he was impressed with Henry’s body of work the rest of the season.”

Butler isn’t the only Blue Devil to make a college decision recently. Thompson said senior guard Adrian Strother has decided to play for Eastern Mennonite.

HUTT GETS HIS WISH

King George senior track and field standout Davion Hutt has wanted to attend William & Mary ever since he first visited the Williamsburg campus.

It was a challenge for Hutt to be accepted into the school, but earlier this week he received an acceptance letter and will compete for the Tribe’s track and field program, Foxes coach Rudy Pekarek said.

Hutt was The Free Lance–Star track athlete of the year this past winter season after he captured the Group 4A state title in the 55-meter dash. He’s one of the top-ranked 4A sprinters this spring, as well.

Pekarek said the Tribe liked that Hutt doesn’t appear to be a stereotypical overconfident sprinter.

“I think they like the fact that he’s quiet,” Pekarek said. “He’s not very adamant. He’s more inward and I think they like that. He’s studious and he doesn’t complain. He gives you 100 percent all the time.”

MANARD CHOOSES CNU

Chase Manard, a King George senior football standout, has decided to continue his career at Christopher Newport.

Manard was a second-team all-Conference 22 defensive lineman in 2013. He was also second-team all-4A North Region and an honorable mention All-Area selection. He also considered Allegheny (Pa.) College, Averett and Shenandoah. He’s the third area player to pick CNU in recent weeks joining Massaponax cornerback Tony Barnett and Riverbend wide receiver Connor Booren.

JACKET AN ALL-STAR

James Monroe senior linebacker James McFadden will represent the Yellow Jackets at the Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star game at Liberty University in July.

McFadden will be joined by teammate Troy Thomas and his head coach, Rich Serbay. Serbay has been selected as one of the coaches for the East roster.

EAGLES FLOCK TOGETHER

Three Colonial Forge girls soccer standouts have decided where they’ll play at the next level, including two who will remain teammates.

Maddie McWilliams and Amber Conrad will both play for Division III Methodist College in North Carolina. Colonial Forge teammate Krissy Richards is headed to Virginia Wesleyan.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

 

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