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Prep Notebook: Serbay, four others join James Monroe hall of fame

Above, James Monroe High School Coach Rich Serbay reacts after leading the school’s football team to a state title in 2008. Click here for complete coverage from that championship game.

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

James Monroe football coach Rich Serbay became a bit emotional on Friday.

Serbay was making a speech as one of five inductees into the JM athletic hall of fame. His son, Sammy, introduced him at the ceremony.

Serbay was sure to give thanks to the players and coaches who have helped him earn four Group AA, Division 3 state championships and another appearance in the title game.

“Serbay was the headliner [of the class] because of his four state championships and counting and his [long tenure] of coaching,” JM Principal John Gordon said.

The Yellow Jackets also inducted Dennis Dodson, Hogie Garnett, Michelle Nichols and Beth Richard.

Dodson was a standout football player who graduated in 1970. He also played baseball and has remained a supporter of JM athletics.

Gordon said Garnett, a 1969 graduate, is known as one of the best athletes ever to come through JM. He was a standout basketball player and he held the school record in the high jump for the track and field program.

Nichols, class of 1995, was a softball and track and field standout. She threw the shot put and discus.

Richard graduated in 1996. She was best known as a basketball player, but she also excelled in softball and track and field.

ANOTHER CHARGER TO NSU

Chancellor senior volleyball standout Janay Frazier has signed a national letter of intent with Norfolk State University.

Frazier’s older sister, Jasmine Frazier, is a former Norfolk State player who finished her career last season.

Janay will be teammates with former Charger Adriana Ramos, who is a rising sophomore with the Spartans.

Janay was a first-team all-Battlefield District and all-Region I performer in 2011.

“Janay is extremely strong and very athletic,” Norfolk State interim head coach Brandon Duvall said. “She comes from a great family, has a solid work ethic and is just a great student.”

Duvall said Janay can compete for playing time right away as an outside hitter. He added that her experience as a travel player “will help us raise the level of competitiveness in our gym.”

RAVENEL TO DECIDE SOON?

North Stafford junior football standout Brandon Ravenel could make a college decision in the next two weeks, Wolverines coach Joe Mangano said.

Ravenel, a 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver, recently picked up his eighth scholarship offer when Ohio University asked him to join its program.

Ravenel attended a one-day camp at Virginia Tech on Sunday, but hasn’t received a a scholarship offer from the Hokies.

He has received offers from Boston College, Buffalo, James Madison, Old Dominion, Purdue, Temple and West Virginia.

TWO JACKETS DECIDE

Two James Monroe senior track and field standouts have made college decisions.

Caroline Morris will compete for James Madison University, Yellow Jackets coach Anthony Bramlett said.

Morris will run the 800 and 1,600 for the Dukes. Bramlett said JMU was impressed by her career-best times in each event (2:15 in the 800 and 5:11 in the 1,600).

James Monroe thrower Sheree Turner is headed to Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Turner won Battlefield District and Region I titles in the discus last month.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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