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High School Notebook: Swink proud his former Eagles will keep wrestling in college
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Colonial Forge wrestling coach Bill Swink is accustomed to sending his grapplers to college.
But his latest haul is impressive, even by the Eagles’ lofty standards.
Colonial Forge, which won its fourth Group AAA state title this past February, will have four members of the Class of 2012 wrestling in college next season, including two for Division I universities.
David Reck is headed to Air Force. Reck won the state championship at 182 pounds as a senior.
Michael Hayes (126 pounds) will wrestle for Old Dominion. Hayes finished his career with 123 wins. He was 52–9 this past season as he captured Commonwealth District and Northwest Region titles.
Mark Garrity (195 pounds) will compete for Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. Garrity placed second in the district and region last season to eventual state champion Logan Jackson of Stafford.
Gary Woods is headed to American International. Woods was the district champion at 138 pounds last season.
“We’ve had four one other time and five another time,” Swink said. “But any time you get four kids off of one team, that’s a lot.”
EX-CAV MAKES PICK
Former Caroline standout running back Quavion Harris will play for Division II Alderson–Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va.
Harris was a second-team all-Battlefield District selection in 2011 after he rushed for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s also been chosen to compete in the Down Under Bowl next month in Australia.
OKANI CHOOSES VMI
Former Colonial Forge track and field standout Amanda Okani will compete for Virginia Military Institute, Eagles assistant coach Sean Hill said.
Okani, who also played soccer for the Eagles, won district indoor titles in the 55 hurdles and triple jump. She also earned all-district honors in four other events last winter.
HAWK FLYING SOUTH
Former Brooke Point football standout Billy Gonzales is headed to Division III North Carolina Wesleyan, Black–Hawks coach Jeff Berry said.
Gonzales was a two-way contributor to the Black–Hawks last season as a wide receiver and defensive back.
DUO STICKS TOGETHER
Tim Clancy and Zach Miller were a formidable combination in the midfield for Colonial Forge’s soccer team last season. Both were first-team all-district selections as they helped lead the Eagles to their first-ever appearance in the state championship game.
Clancy and Miller will remain together at the next level. Both are headed to Lynchburg College, Eagles coach Jeremy Sargent said.
BEAR STAYS LOCAL
Ex-Riverbend soccer standout Jacob Keller will compete for University of Mary Washington this fall, Bears coach Bob Stack said.
Keller was a second-team all-Commonwealth midfielder this past season.
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