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Prep Notebook: Siblings departing Black–Hawks

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

THE FREE LANCE–STAR

The Brooke Point boys and girls basketball programs suffered losses recently when the brother–sister combination of Carlton and Tykera Carter transferred to Riverdale Baptist, a private school in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Carlton and Tykera were all-Commonwealth District performers the past two seasons. Carlton, a 5-foot-8 point guard, was second-team All-Area as a junior last season and first-team as a sophomore. Tykera was first-team All-Area as a sophomore last year after averaging 17.5 points per game.

Carlton Carter Sr. said his son transferred to face stiffer competition in an effort to be recognized by college coaches during his senior season. He said his daughter wanted a chance to be on a winning team where she wasn’t the sole focus of opposing defenses.

“When it came down to making that move,” Carter Sr. said, “it wasn’t an easy decision.”

Carlton Jr. and Tykera commute every morning from Stafford County to Upper Marlboro.

Carlton Jr. doesn’t have any scholarship offers, but his father said he’s receiving interest from several mid-major Division I programs. Carlton Sr. said college coaches want to see him become more aggressive offensively.

“He’s getting looks, but they want to see him [play well] on that [private school] scene,” Carter Sr. said.

Brooke Point girls coach Rick Butler said Tykera’s scoring will be missed. The Black–Hawks held their first tryout on Monday without the 5-foot-5 combo guard. Carter Sr. said there’s a possibility Tykera, who is receiving interest from several Division I programs, will return to Brooke Point next season.

“Everybody’s just moving on,” Butler said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. We’re trying to regroup and go from there.”

HEELS SEEK CHARGER

Chancellor junior right tackle Steven Moss already boasts 14 scholarship offers from major college programs.

Chargers sophomore left tackle Matthew Burrell now has his first offer. The University of North Carolina extended a scholarship offer to Burrell earlier this week, Chargers assistant coach Chris Lam said.

Lam said the Tar Heels, who have also offered Moss, visited Chancellor last week and was impressed by film of the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Burrell.

A BOON FOR FOXES

King George’s new artificial-turf stadium has earned funds for the school and local businesses outside of hosting Friday night football games, Foxes athletic director Alex Fisher said.

Hurricane Sandy forced the Northwest Region and Region I field hockey tournaments to be held at King George last week.

And with teams from Spotsylvania, Stafford and Prince William counties in King George, local businesses thrived as well. There was a line of Battlefield High School field hockey players and coaches to the door of a King George Subway last Wednesday.

Fisher said the manager of that Subway contacted him recently to find out the Foxes’ schedule of events at the stadium, so the restaurant could adjust its hours accordingly.

“The local businesses definitely benefit from it,” Fisher said.

The Foxes have also charged a fee to the Northwest Region for using the field. Fisher said all funds earned from rental fees go toward the stadium’s upkeep.

BEARS ARE BUILDING

Riverbend first-year football coach Tony DeMarco said he was proud of his team’s 5–5 record even though the Bears didn’t reach the Group AAA, Division 6 playoffs.

DeMarco has good reason to be optimistic. That’s because in addition to the varsity’s three-game improvement from 2011, the Bears’ freshman and junior varsity teams went a combined 17–0. The JV team went 9–0, while the freshman squad won all eight of its contests.

“We’re losing 24 seniors next year,” DeMarco said. “So we wanted to keep those classes together so they’d have some success and then come up together. There’s a ton of talent down there on those two levels.”

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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