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High school notebook: Caroline picks new AD

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

Caroline High School has hired Paul Heizer as its new athletic director. Heizer’s selection was approved by the county’s School Board this week.

He was the assistant athletic director at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland for the past five years. He was also a health and physical education teacher at Liberty Middle School in Hanover County for the past 10 years.

Heizer becomes Caroline’s third athletic director since Jimmy Blanton retired in 2008. This is the first head athletic director job for the 2002 Virginia Tech graduate, Caroline first-year principal Charles Stevens said.

“He brings knowledge and experience to the position,” Stevens said. “Not only does he have coaching experience, he has a background in athletic administration.”

Heizer has a master’s degree in sports leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a 2011 nominee for NFL Teacher of the Year. He succeeds Jeremy Jack, who resigned in June after one year and is now an assistant football coach at King George.

BARNES PICKS BALL STATE

Mountain View High School rising senior field hockey standout Meredith “Bryce” Barnes has orally committed to Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

Barnes was first-team all-Commonwealth District, all-Northwest Region and All-Area in 2011.

The defender made 13 stick saves and scored six goals for the Wildcats, who finished 21–2.

Barnes gained exposure through playing for High Voltage, a club team based in the Fredericksburg area. She’s also been showcased at USA Field Hockey’s National Festival, National Club Championships and National Indoor Tournament.

MOSS MAKES TWO VISITS

Chancellor rising junior offensive lineman Steven Moss made recruiting trips to Clemson and South Carolina last weekend. Moss has scholarship offers from the Tigers and Gamecocks, as well as 11 other major college programs.

“They were good, but a little bit different,” Moss said of his recent visits. “Clemson is country. USC is city. Clemson was more cleaned up and USC was more spread out.”

Moss said he doesn’t plan to make a college decision any time soon. He has no more visits planned until the fall when he will attend college games as a recruit.

He said he has no favorites, and he doesn’t plan to narrow his list until next spring.

HOOPS SHOWCASE ON TAP

The Freshman/Sophomore Elite Exposure basketball showcase will be held at Caroline High School next month.

The boys event will take place Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The girls event is Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants will play three games in front of college scouting services. The event is for players who graduate in 2015 or ’16.

It is by invitation only. There will be 64 players (32 freshmen and 32 sophomores) selected. Registration is $35. All games will be recorded, and film is available to purchase afterward.

For information on how to recommend a player for the event call William Carter at 804/397-3261 or email wcarterasa@yahoo.com.

COUGARS HONORED

Courtland is one of 198 high school girls teams that earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award for 2011–12. Teams must compile a cumulative 3.30 grade-point average (out of 4.0) for the academic year.

JM COACH RECOGNIZED

James Monroe tennis coach George Christoforatos has been recognized by the United States Tennis Association as a High Performance Coach.

Christoforatos attended a training session last fall in Memphis, Tenn., which led to his honor.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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