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Prep Notebook: Hoops standouts to play in Classic

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

Three basketball stars with ties to the Fredericksburg area will participate in the Capital Classic All-Star game April 21 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.

Westmoreland County native Justin Anderson, a University of Virginia recruit, will play for the Capital All-Stars. He’ll be joined by Stafford County native Patrick Holloway, who has signed with George Mason.

Fredericksburg Christian School guard Seth Allen will play for the U.S. All-Stars. Allen has signed with Maryland.

Anderson attended Spotsylvania Middle School and played for Courtland’s junior varsity team as an eighth-grader. The 6-foot-7 forward played all four of his high school seasons for Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md.

Holloway, a 6-foot guard, played for Colonial Forge’s program as a freshman. He spent his final three seasons at Paul VI, a private school in Fairfax.

Allen is a Woodbridge resident who joined FCS’ program as a junior. The 6-foot-1 guard was named the Free Lance–Star player of the year following the 2010–11 season. He was a first-team All-Area performer this past season.

EAGLES ON THE MOVE

Colonial Forge senior cross country and track and field standout Shaina Manuel will walk on at the University of South Carolina, Eagles coach Michael Porter said.

Manuel finished eighth in the Northwest Region and ninth in the Commonwealth District in cross country last fall.

Porter said Manuel fits what the Gamecocks were looking for. Colonial Forge co-head cross country coach Sean Leyh is a former Gamecock.

“She’s a distance-oriented runner,” Porter said of Manuel. “I think that fills a need for them.”

Porter added that Colonial Forge senior Makenzie McDonald is headed to Bridgewater College, while fellow senior Graciela Flyer will compete for Christopher Newport University.

TWO JACKETS SET PLANS

Two James Monroe girls basketball standouts have decided where they’ll continue playing.

Guard Sierra Leacock will play for Hagerstown (Md.) Community College, Yellow Jackets coach Julian Bumbrey said. Leacock averaged 10.5 points per game for the Yellow Jackets this past season as they advanced to the Group AA, Division 3 quarterfinals.

Leacock will be coached by former Maryland and Washington Mystics star Vicky Bullett. Bullett, who also won an Olympic gold medal in 1992, was named the Hawks’ head coach last month.

James Monroe backup guard Myasia Williams will play for Averett College in Danville, Bumbrey said. Williams, a three-year varsity performer, averaged five points and 2.2 assists per game in her career.

She’ll be coached at Averett by former University of Mary Washington All-American Liz Hickey.

KERNISKY MAKES HIS PICK

Courtland senior defensive lineman Chris Kernisky will play for Division III Emory & Henry College, Courtland coach J.C. Hall said.

Kernisky was named the Battlefield District and Region I defensive player of the year last season. He was also a first-team All-Area performer.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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