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College Notebook: Eagles standout athletes to enter Hall of Fame
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
Five more former star athletes will be inducted into the University of Mary Washington’s Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.
The school announced Monday that All-Americans Kim Alvis and Erik Kochert (track and field), Ellen Anderson (soccer), Bridget Geiman (lacrosse) and Jessica Morris (field hockey) will be inducted on Oct. 19.
Alvis was a standout jumper and sprinter, while Kochert was a three-time All-American triple jumper. Anderson, Geiman and Morris all graduated as the school’s career scoring leaders in their sports.
Tickets for the induction ceremony are $30 each and are available by calling 540/654-1743, or by contacting Clint Often at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several college baseball players with local ties are spending the summer in the Valley League.
The Haymarket Senators (11–15 through Sunday) feature four local products. Rising Boston College sophomore Travis Ferrick (Colonial Forge) is batting .243 with four home runs and 14 RBIs. Rising West Virginia junior Ryan McBroom (Courtland) batted .391 in six games before straining his elbow, ending his season. And UMW pitchers Tory Manicari (1–3, 8.75 ERA) and Matt Abramson (0–0, 7.11) are on the Senators’ staff.
Rising William & Mary senior outfielder Ryan Brown (Stafford) is batting ,303 with five stolen bases for the Harrisonburg Turks (17–8), who share the South Division lead with Waynesboro.
The Valley League continues play through July 23.
Eight local athletes are among a record 1,108 honorees on the Capital Athletic Conference’s 2011–12 all-academic team with grad-point averages of 3.2 or better. Six of them competed for the University of Mary Washington: men’s soccer players Jake Doyle (Mountain View) and Bram Sims (Culpeper); softball players Koah Chitty (Brooke Point) and Alyssa Hara (North Stafford); baseball player Chris Somerville (Mountain View); and runner Daniel Ache (James Monroe).
Also honored were Marymount women’s soccer player Lauren Sanders (Colonial Forge) and York softball player Ashley Chenoweth (Stafford).
Rising senior South Alabama linebacker Jake Johnson (Stafford) has been named preseason second-team all-Sun Belt Conference by Phil Steele magazine. Johnson had a team-high 83 tackles in 2011 for the Jaguars, who join the Sun Belt as full-time members this fall.
Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443