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Prep Notebook: Culpeper probing incident at football game

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

Bobbi Johnson is hopeful an investigation into an incident involving Culpeper football coach Mike Williams is concluded today.

The Culpeper County Public Schools superintendent said on Wednesday that principal Jeff Dietz is looking into Williams’ role in an incident involving his family members and members of a Culpeper player’s family following the Blue Devils’ 47–28 loss at Charlottesville on Friday.

Williams reportedly had to be restrained by several coaches and onlookers as the incident threatened to become physical.

Johnson said Dietz, who was present at the game, is collecting statements from witnesses.

She said after all the information has been gathered, it will be determined if Williams’ actions require discipline.

Culpeper opens its Battlefield District schedule Friday at Chancellor.

RIVALS WILL TEAM UP

Two Battlefield girls basketball standouts will play together at Tusculum College in Tennessee.

Courtland senior Jessica Hairston and Caroline senior Shannon Mosby visited the Division II school this past weekend, and both gave oral commitments to the Pioneers.

Hairston and Mosby have been members of the Spotsylvania Sting AAU team since they were in sixth grade.

“We didn’t always plan on on going to the same school,” Hairston said. “But we both visited, and fell in love with the place.”

Hairston and Mosby were first-team all-district selection last season.

Hairston, a forward, averaged 13.1 points per game for the Cougars. Mosby, a combo guard, scored 16.7 per contest for the Cavaliers.

Mosby said Tusculum was attractive because of its school spirit and coaching staff.

“What I liked the most is that everybody knew each other. Everybody bonded well,” Mosby said of the student body. “The basketball team was at the soccer match. You didn’t see anybody without orange and black on.”

A MAJORS MOVE

Former Culpeper basketball standout Josh Majors has transferred from Miller School in Charlottesville.

Majors, a senior, said on Wednesday he’s now enrolled at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg.

Majors was a first-team All-Area selection in 2010–11 following his junior season at Culpeper, when he helped lead the Blue Devils to the Group AA, Division 3 state tournament.

The 5-foot-8 point guard transferred to Miller last year and reclassified as a junior to gain exposure to college coaches.

TILLMAN MAKES CHOICE

Chancellor senior Johnni Tillman has orally committed to play softball for Glenville (W.Va.) State University, Chargers coach Monica Larkin said.

Tillman was a utility player for the Chargers last season. But offseason camps and workouts put her on the radar of college coaches.

Larkin said Tillman was the only girl to participate in a speed camp at James Monroe earlier this summer.

“She’s a young player,” Larkin said. “She didn’t begin playing until she entered high school. She hasn’t reached her full potential.”

Tillman played second base, outfielder and served as a courtesy runner last season. She’s expected to play infield, outfield and catcher in 2013.

“We definitely have bigger plans for her,” Larkin said.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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