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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Allen’s transfer a boost for Hokies

Seth Allen won’t be eligible to play basketball for Virginia Tech until November of 2015, but he’s already made an impact.

ESPN.com last week ranked the Hokies as having the nation’s best transfer class—thanks completely to Allen. The Fredericksburg Christian School graduate chose Tech after leaving Maryland and will have two seasons of eligibility after sitting out 2014–15 per NCAA rules.

Allen and new coach Buzz Williams are expected to re-energize a program that finished last in the Atlantic Coast Conference the past two years under former coach James Johnson. Allen averaged 13.4 points and 3.0 assists for the Terrapins last season after recovering from a broken foot that caused him to miss Maryland’s first 12 games.

ACADEMICS

Eighteen area residents are among a record 1,198 athletes named to the Capital Athletic Conference’s 2013–14 All-Academic Team, which requires a 3.20 grade-point average.

Eight of the University of Mary Washington’s 132 honorees went to high school locally: cross-country runners Lauren Braney (Mountain View), Victoria Parent (Courtland) and Amanda Patterson (Brooke Point); field hockey players Haley Kane (Massaponax) and Kathleen Namey (Colonial Forge); softball players Brittany Scites (Mountain View) and Rachel Watts (Stafford); and soccer player Jacob Doyle (Mountain View).

Christopher Newport had 10 local honorees: track and field’s Roland Gaddy (North Stafford), Robert Graham (King George), Alexander Hurd (North Stafford) and Jennifer Westerholm (Mountain View); women’s basketball’s Brandi Holland (Colonial Forge) and Anika Trent (Courtland); cross-country’s Jessica McClelland (North Stafford) and Graciela Slyer (Colonial Forge); women’s soccer’s Alexis Stahlman (Riverbend); and softball’s Sabrina Hill (Mountain View).

SOCCER

Rising N.C. State junior defender Dayna Tomayko (Mountain View) is playing for the Braddock Road Stars Elite of the USL W–League this summer. She started the Wolfpack’s first 10 games in 2013 before an injury ended her season.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

 

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