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High School Notebook: Chargers’ Waller picks junior college

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

Michael Waller has a goal of reaching a major Division I college. But the Chancellor senior track and field standout said he first needs to improve his grade-point average.

That’s why he recently signed a national letter of intent with South Plains College, a junior college in Levelland, Texas.

Waller is the two-time Group AA state champion in the 800 meters. South Plains has won the past five National Junior College Athletic Association outdoor championships. It was the national indoor champ in 1986, 2007 and ’09.

“This was really stressful,” Waller said of finding a school to continue his career. “I’m glad the stress is off my back. Now I can focus on my third state title.”

Waller said he was unsure about his college future until he received guidance from Chancellor assistant football coach Chris Lam, the unofficial recruiting coordinator for the Chargers’ football team. Lam said he knew Waller needed help finding a school, so he began calling junior colleges across the country.

Waller said he hasn’t visited South Plains, but plans to head there in July so he can get acclimated before classes began the following month. He said he was also attracted to the school because Texans head coach Chris Beene specializes in the 800.

A TALENTED CROP

Riverbend senior Adam Taraschke was the only Fredericksburg-area player to sign with a Football Bowl Subdivision school on National Signing Day last Wednesday. Taraschke is headed to Virginia Tech.

But the Class of 2013 in the area appears to be much more enticing for college recruiters. Mountain View wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton already holds scholarship offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina and Liberty.

North Stafford coach Joe Mangano said Wolverines wide receiver Brandon Ravenel and all-around standout Anthony Shegog are both close to receiving offers from Virginia Tech. Ravenel and Shegog have been invited to attend the Hokies’ Junior Day event on Feb. 18. They’re set to attend Virginia’s Junior Day the following week.

They’ll be joined at both events by Chancellor wide receiver/defensive back Chris Holmes. Fredericksburg Christian School offensive lineman A.J. Addison and defensive back Aaron Alexander will be on hand at Virginia’s Junior Day, as well, Eagles coach Tim Coleman said.

TOWSON TAKES TWO

Two Mountain View senior swimming standouts have signed with Towson (Md.) University. Wildcats coach Michelle Golles said Michael Slattery is expected to compete in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events for the Tigers, and Michael Johnson will participate in freestyle sprint and middle-distance races.

Johnson won the Commonwealth District title in the 200 freestyle on Saturday. He was second in the 100 freestyle. Slattery was second in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

“Division I is a great step for both of them,” Golles said. “They’re amazing swimmers, and we’re pleased they’re able to continue their careers.”

PANTHER TO AVERETT

Massaponax senior guard Katy Stover will play basketball at Averett University in Danville, Panthers coach Adam Brown said.

Stover (5-foot-5) averages 16.2 points per game for the Panthers. Brown said an improvement in her defense, work ethic and ability to attack the basket opened the door for her to play at the next level.

“I think all of that combined is what [the Cougars] liked about her,” Brown said. “That’s what they’re looking forward to her bringing to their program.”

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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