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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: YMCA branches come to Rollins’ aid

The four branches of the Rappahannock Area YMCA are joining together to support a recent Caroline High School graduate who was involved in a debilitating car accident on May 31.

Doctors believe Daronte Rollins, a former Caroline football and wrestling standout, will be left paralyzed from the waist down, after the vehicle he was driving hit an embankment and overturned on Interstate 81 en route to a recruiting visit to Ferrum College.

The Massad Family YMCA in Stafford County is spearheading the effort to raise money for Rollins’ family, but the branches in Caroline, King George and Spotsylvania are doing so, as well.

The YMCA will donate the joining fee of any new member who enrolls on the four weekends in July to a fund for Rollins.

There will also be football cutouts people can buy to put their name on that will be displayed at the YMCA for the month of July. The YMCAs are also coordinating a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with proceeds going to Rollins’ family. The organization is offering to continue assisting in Rollins’ rehabilitation when he returns home by allowing him to use its wellness center and therapeutic pool.


Recent Stafford graduate and former track and field standout Luke Lysher will join his brother, Jacob Lysher, at Virginia Military Institute, Indians coach Pete Augrom said.

Luke Lysher was a standout 800-meter runner for the Indians. Jacob Lysher is a rising senior with VMI’s cross country and track and field programs.

“He’s very familiar [with VMI] because of Jacob going there,” Augrom said. “He’s grown up around it all through high school.”

Augrom expects Luke Lysher to compete in the 800 for the Keydets. He’s unsure if he’ll run cross-country.


Former Chancellor girls basketball standouts Emily Green and Rachon Harrison will participate in the Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star game July 7 in Lynchburg. Green and Harrison were both first-team all-Conference 22 selections last season as they helped lead Chancellor to conference regular-season and tournament titles.

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