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Prep Notebook: Falcons’ Norair opts to play for Duke

BY TAFT COGHILL JR.

THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Meghan Norair has had quite a junior year.

The Fredericksburg Academy field hockey standout helped lead the Falcons to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state championship last month. She was named Delaney Athletic Conference and VISAA state player of the year.

And this week, Norair took another important step. She orally committed to Duke University.

Norair can’t sign a national letter of intent with the Blue Devils until her senior season, but was sold on the program after visits to the Durham, N.C., campus earlier this fall.

“She just fell in love with the campus and everything about the program,” Falcons coach Karen Moschetto said.

Norair received exposure playing with the High Voltage travel team. She also helped her cause by tallying 26 goals and 10 assists as a midfielder for the Falcons (17–1) this past season.

“Meghan was a great leader this year,” Moschetto said. “Certainly we could not have done what we did without her playing the way she did.”

Norair received interest from several other schools before she committed to Duke. Wake Forest, Princeton, Harvard and Columbia also wanted her to visit.

“When she went to Duke,” Moschetto said, “they became her clear-cut No. 1.”

SETTING A NEW PACE

Essex sophomore quarterback Domenik Broaddus set two Virginia High School League single-season records in the Trojans’ 40–9 victory over John Battle Saturday in the Division 2 state semifinals.

Broaddus now has 3,880 passing yards this year, which breaks former Lake Braddock quarterback Michael Nebrich’s 2010 mark of 3,831.

Broaddus also broke former Dinwiddie quarterback Adam Morgan’s mark of 48 touchdown passes in a season.

Broaddus now has 53 scoring throws. It was previously reported in The Free Lance–Star that Broaddus passed for 413 yards and five touchdowns in the win over John Battle. He passed for 453 yards and six scores in the contest, which are both single-game state playoff records.

The Trojans (14–0) will play Goochland (12–2) for the state championship Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Salem City Stadium.

DOEREN WANTS HOLMES

Newly hired N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren called Chancellor senior Chris Holmes earlier this week, Chargers assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Lam said.

Doeren wanted to let Holmes know the Wolfpack will honor the scholarship that former coach Tom O’Brien offered to the Chargers’ standout defensive back and wide receiver.

Holmes orally committed to the Wolfpack in July, but O’Brien was fired at the end of the regular season. Holmes said last week he still wanted to play for N.C. State as long as the new coaching staff wanted him. Doeren was previously the coach at Northern Illinois. He guided the Huskies to a 12–1 record and Orange Bowl berth this season.

NO JOY FOR CHARGERS

Chancellor is seeking a new girls track and field coach after a staff shake-up. Girls coach Henry Thode was moved to the boys side. Boys coach Don Joy is no longer with the program, Chancellor athletic director Rod Crooks said.

Crooks added that Joy is also no longer on the football staff. The veteran assistant served as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons.

JACKSON MAKES HER PICK

North Stafford senior volleyball standout Christine Jackson has signed a national letter of intent with Division II Shepherd (W.Va.) University. The all-Commonwealth District middle blocker also considered Division III schools Bridgewater College and Stevenson (Md.) University.

“I kind of feel nervous because going to play at a college level is something new,” Jackson said. “But I’m also very excited to get a chance to play more.”

CYCLONE DUALS UPCOMING

Eastern View will host a 12-team wrestling meet on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Second Annual Cyclone Duals will feature teams from all classifications throughout the state.

The three top teams from last season—Stafford, Eastern View and Jefferson Forest—will return this year.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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