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High School Notebook: Former coach proud of Tomayko

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

Lauren Henn noticed Dayna Tomayko’s talent early.

Henn was the coach of the Mountain View High School girls soccer team. Tomayko was swift enough to start at midfielder as a freshman.

As a junior in 2011, she was named all-Commonwealth District, all-Northwest Region and a Free Lance–Star All-Area player. And this week, she signed a national letter of intent to play for North Carolina State.

“She had a huge impact for us, not only on the field but off the field,” Henn said of Tomayko. “She’s a very good leader. All the girls look up to her.”

Henn said that in addition to Tomayko’s leadership skills, she has “fast footwork” and an “aggressive nature.”

“She just had a knack for finding the goal,” Henn said.

Tomayko received interest from several other schools, but Henn said she “had her heart set on N.C. State.”

Henn resigned as the Wildcats’ coach following last season to focus on college courses. Steve Cassiday is now the head coach, but Henn said she will keep an eye on Tomayko and the Wildcats this season.

“I expect her to have a phenomenal year,” Henn said. “I would be shocked if she’s not player of the year in the district.”

HORNETS MAKE PLANS

Two Orange football standouts have decided where they’ll play in college.

Landon Rasnick, a senior offensive lineman and tight end, signed a national letter of intent with Eastern Kentucky University on Wednesday. It was Rasnick’s only scholarship offer. He took an official visit to the Richmond, Ky., campus last weekend.

“It’s a good fit for him,” Orange coach John Kayajanian said. “It’s a good place where he can grow and develop.”

Kayajanian said Eastern Kentucky’s coaches like Rasnick’s mobility for a player his size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds).

Orange senior punter and kicker Hunter Ferguson will play for Division III Ferrum College, Kayajanian said. Ferguson was an all-Commonwealth District and All-Area selection last season.

HAWK FLIES SOUTH

Brooke Point standout senior cornerback and wide receiver Akil Abdulbarr signed a national letter of intent with Division II Johnson C. Smith on Wednesday, Black–Hawks coach Jeff Berry said.

Abdulbarr (5-foot-7, 150 pounds) was a second-team All-Area performer the past two seasons. Johnson C. Smith, located in Charlotte, N.C., plays in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

SHERRY PICKS SCHOOL

Quarterback Mason Sherry, who attended Massaponax before following his father, Eric, to Charlottesville High School, signed with Division II Alderson–Broaddus (W.Va.) on Wednesday.

Sherry was named first-team all-Jefferson District while playing for his father in 2011.

ANDERSON NOMINATED

The McDonald’s All-American game will announce its final roster Feb. 9. But Westmoreland County native Justin Anderson is among the nominees to play in the prestigious high school basketball all-star game.

Anderson plays for Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md. He has signed with the University of Virginia. He played for Courtland’s junior varsity team as an eighth-grader at Spotsylvania Middle School.

FALCON JOINS A POWER

Fredericksburg Academy girls lacrosse standout Lauren Falkenberg has committed to play for Salisbury (Md.) University.

Falkenberg is a defender for the Falcons. She was an all-conference selection last season and named to the U.S. Lacrosse–Richmond Chapter All-Area team.

She’ll join a Salisbury program that has made nine straight appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament and won the 2010 national championship.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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