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High School Notebook: Area players ready to face state’s best
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Ten players and a coach from the Fredericksburg area are scheduled to play in the Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star football game.
The game will be held at Darling Stadium in Hampton on July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
VHSCA ALL-STAR GAMES
Girls basketball, July 9, 6 p.m., Christopher Newport University
Boys basketball, July 9, 8:30 p.m., Christopher Newport
Girls soccer, July 11, 5:30 p.m., Christopher Newport
Baseball, July 11, 7 p.m., War Memorial Stadium
Boys soccer, July 11, 7:30 p.m., Christopher Newport
Softball, July 12, 10:30 a.m., Christopher Newport
Volleyball, July 12, 2:30 p.m.
Football, July 13, Darling Stadium 7:30 p.m.
James Monroe’s Rich Serbay will be one of the East team’s coaches. He’ll be joined by Yellow Jackets Ethan Preston and A’darius Brown, as well as Travis Buzzo (Liberty), Chris Kernisky (Courtland) and Andre Mealy (Louisa).
Dennis Byrd (Colonial Forge), Desmond Cooper (Mountain View), Zach Deutel (Brooke Point), Alex Figueroa (Brooke Point) and Dyquan Stewart (Mountain View) are on the West roster.
The VHSCA will have weeklong festivities in Hampton, which also include baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball games.
Boys basketball will feature former James Monroe center Te’Quan Alers.
Anika Trent (Courtland), Sierra Leacock (James Monroe) and Keyontae Williams (James Monroe) will play in the girls game.
Kelsie Barker (North Stafford) is the area’s lone softball representative, while Janay Frazier (Chancellor), Allie Reynolds (Chancellor) and Katrina Houston (North Stafford) will take part in the volleyball contest.
NEW CHARGER IN CHARGE
Chancellor has hired Rob Reich as its new boys basketball coach. Reich replaces J.P. Gibbons, who resigned after one season to focus on coaching football and baseball.
Reich, 38, served as an assistant coach under Gibbons last season.
The Maryland native who played at Virginia Wesleyan said he wants to build on what Gibbons established when the Chargers reached the Region I, Division 4 semifinals.
“You’re going to see a lot of the exact same stuff,” Reich said. “One great thing J.P. did was install discipline into the program. The No. 1 goal is to maintain that.”
EX-INDIAN IS NOW A TERP
Recent Stafford graduate Logan Jackson is enrolled at Maryland and will wrestle for the Terrapins in the winter.
Jackson said he chose Maryland over Virginia Tech. Jackson was also an All-Area linebacker for the Indians’ football team. He said he had opportunities to play college football, but not at the Division I level.
Jackson won a Group AAA 195-pound state title in February. He’ll join Colonial Forge graduates Shane Gentry and Ian Squires at Maryland.
NEW HOMES FOR FOXES
Three former King George football players will play at the college level, Foxes head coach Jeff Smith said.
Offensive lineman Travis Kline will walk on at James Madison University. Wide receiver/defensive back Matt Jerson is headed to Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C, while offensive lineman Josh Jenkins will play for Bridgewater.
W&L QB WILL BE A CAPTAIN
Former Washington & Lee quarterback Josh Fones will play for Christopher Newport University.
Fones (6-foot-4, 185 pounds) was the Northern Neck District offensive player of the year, helping the Eagles to a 10–2 record in 2011. He completed 86 of 149 passes for 1,350 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also rushed for 434 yards and 14 scores.
BEARS BOND IN tourney
The Riverbend football team participated in a 7-on-7 tournament in Pittsburgh this past weekend, first-year coach Tony DeMarco said. The Bears went 4–4 against teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
DeMarco, a Pennsylvania native, said he plans to take his team to the event each season.
The games were played at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sportsplex, which serves as the practice facility for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers.
“Overall,” DeMarco said, “it was just a real cool experience.”
Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526