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College notebook: Local grads compete for QB jobs

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

Quarterback battles involving local candidates are still too close to call at Liberty and Christopher Newport and may be game-time decisions on Saturday.

At Liberty, redshirt junior Brian Hudson remains locked in a struggle with redshirt freshman Josh Woodrum, even after a scrimmage Saturday. At Tuesday’s weekly news conference, first-year head coach Turner Gill may (or may not) announce who’ll start Saturday’s season opener at Wake Forest. Chances are, both will play.

It’s a three-man race at CNU, with seniors Christian Woelfel–Monsivais (Stafford) and junior Lyndon Garner (Essex) competing with and senior Aaron Edwards. Last Saturday’s scheduled scrimmage at Bridgewater was rained out, so none got a chance to shine.

Both Woelfel–Monsivais and Garner started at times last season, but season-ending injuries left Edwards at the helm. The Captains host Salisbury in their opener Saturday night.

MORE FOOTBALL

Freshman Austin Grebe (North Stafford) finished a close second to Nick Sloan in Navy’s kicking competition and will be the backup in Saturday’s season opener against Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland.

VOLLEYBALL

Chowan senior middle blocker Karina Monroe (Courtland) was named to the preseason all-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association team by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. She had 369 kills and 100 blocks en route to first-team all-CIAA honors last season.

Senior Sarah Frohnapfel (Colonial Forge) had 25 assists in Lafayette’s season-0pening 3–1 win over Rider Sunday.

Senior Kelli Carneal (Chancellor) had 60 assists, 21 digs and 20 kills as Stetson went 1–3 in the weekend ISTAP Invitational in Montgomery, Ala.

Sophomore Brooke Kelley (Colonial Forge) had six kills in Campbell’s season-opening 3–2 victory over East Carolina Friday.

Freshman Katrina Houston (North Stafford) had eight kills in Charleston Southern’s 3–0 loss to Cal State Fullerton Saturday at the Georgia Tech Courtyard Invitational. A day earlier, she had four kills in a 3–0 loss to host Georgia Tech.

FIELD HOCKEY

Hayley McBee (Brooke Point) tied a career high with two goals and fellow senior Meghan Neylon (Chancellor) scored once Friday in VCU’s 6–1 victory over a Missouri State squad that featured freshman defender Jessi Pope (Brooke Point) in its starting lineup.

Senior Sara Fisher (James Monroe) didn’t face a shot while splitting time in goal with Carolyn Macek in Davidson’s 4–0 win over Georgetown Sunday.

TENNIS

University of Mary Washington coaches Patrick Catullo (women) and Todd Helbling (men) were named 2011–12 state College Division coaches of the year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association.

UMW sophomore Lindsay Raulston was named women’s player of the year, while freshman Evan Charles was men’s rookie of the year. Charles joined UMW teammate Alex Blakhin as first-team singles pick and Donato Rizzolo for first-team doubles.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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