Titan swimmer to compete at Division I level
Dominion High School senior Aidan O’Hara has signed a national letter of intent to swim at Division I Loyola University in Maryland. O’Hara was a four-time Most Valuable Swimmer for the Titans.
O’Hara won consecutive Dulles District titles in the 100 backstroke during his junior and senior seasons. He holds Dominion High School records in the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke and 100 breast.
As a senior, O’Hara placed second in the 500 free and fourth in the 100 back at the Virginia AA Swimming Championships. He also competed earlier this year in the NCSA Junior Nationals with Nation’s Capital Swim Club.
Vikings’ White to play college baseball
Loudoun Valley High School senior Danny White recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. White is a four-year varsity starter for the Vikings under coach Wayne Todd. He earned All-District honors as a pitcher and a outfielder in his junior season. Trevecca competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.—Courtesy Photo
Woodgrove golfers to play collegiately
Woodgrove High School senior Nick Kovach will continue his golf career at Virginia Wesleyan College. Kovach holds the Wolverines’ program record for low score (74) on an 18-hole round. He was a medalist at the Dulles District tournament and qualified for the Region II tournament in 2012. Virginia Wesleyan competes in the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.—Courtesy Photo
Woodgrove High School senior Maclendon Aiken will continue his golf career at Taylor University in Indiana. Aiken is a three-year letterman at Woodgrove, consistently placing among the top six for the Wolverines. He qualified for the district tournament in each of his varsity seasons, scoring a personal best round of 79 at the 2012 district tournament. Taylor University, a NAIA school, competes in the Crossroads League.—Courtesy Photo
Spartan trio to continue soccer careers
Broad Run High School recently held a college signing for three seniors set to play soccer at the next level. Cassie Smith will play for Division I Eastern Kentucky University, while Haley Casanova and Samantha Rabinek are both headed to Division III Christopher Newport University. The senior captains have helped Broad Run win two Virginia AA state championships in the last three seasons. Smith (Herndon Firecats), Casanova (FCV Hotspurs and Braddock Road Elite) and Rabinek (Ashburn Premier and CYA Phoenix) have also enjoyed a lot of success playing club soccer.—Photo Courtesy/Dan Sousa, VivaLoudoun.com
Pride pair to play football at Alderson-Broaddus
Heritage High School seniors Ahmad Richardson and Darrell Kendrick will continue their football careers at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W. Va. The Battlers played a club season in 2012, its first football season since 1930. Alderson-Broaddus will compete at the Division II level in 2013. Richardson and Kendrick are pictured with family Cecilia Ragland, Juanita Smith and Adrian Kendrick, along with Heritage athletic director Ron Petrella.—Courtesy Photo
Valenzuela signs with Saint Francis
Dominion High School senior Matt Valenzuela recently signed his letter of intent to continue his football career at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. Valenzuela is expected to line up at tight end for the Red Flash. Saint Francis competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Valenzuela was a four-year starter at Dominion, earning team MVP honors twice and garnering first team All-Dulles District selection in 2012.—Courtesy Photo
Six Bulldogs to play Division I soccer
Stone Bridge High School held a college signing ceremony Feb. 28 for six student-athletes who will continue their soccer careers at the NCAA Division I level. Seated, from left, are Murielle Tiernan (Virginia Tech), Ashley Herndon (James Madison University) and Corinne Giroux (The College of William and Mary). Standing are Carson Cyphers (Virginia Commonwealth University), Ariana Alston (Florida Atlantic University) and Emily Lung (Loyola University). The six seniors helped the Bulldogs win a state championship as freshmen.—Photo Courtesy/Dan Sousa, http://www.VivaLoudoun.com
The Power of Five
Five Loudoun Valley High School seniors recently finalized their plans to continue their athletic careers in college. Seated, from left, are girls soccer players Leah Widdifield, Jordyn Bauman and Andrea Garcia. Standing are Mark Shayka and Anthony Flores.—Times-Mirror Staff Photos/Carl Lukat
Mark Shayka will play volleyball at Lees-McRae College in North Carolina. Mark was joined by his parents Fran and David.
Anthony Flores will play soccer at York College of Pennsylvania. Anthony was joined by his parents Maritz and Mario.
Andrea Garcia is headed to Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Andrea was joined by her sister Brendy and her parents Isabel and Efrain.
Leah Widdifield will continue her soccer career at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. Leah was joined by her mom Jill and her sister Morgan.
Jordyn Bauman will play soccer at Ferrum College in Southwest Virginia. Jordyn was joined by her mom Stacey.
Leah Widdifield, Jordyn Bauman and Andrea Garcia gather with their mothers and Loudoun Valley girls soccer coach Kerry Davidson.
Three Pride seniors to play baseball in college
Three members of the Heritage High School baseball team have committed to play baseball next year at the college level. Matt Chapman will play at Washington College, a Division III school located in Chestertown, Md. The Shoremen compete in the Centennial Conference.Lorenzo Calderon, a 2012 first team all-Dulles District outfielder, joins the Marymount University Saints. The Saints compete at the Division III level in the Capital Athletic Conference. Also committing is Brandall Peters, who will play at Pfeiffer University. Pfeiffer, located in Misenheimer, NC, is a Division II school and a member of the Conference Carolinas.—Courtesy Photo
Serigne signs with Demon Deacons
Briar Woods High School senior Cam Serigne signed his letter of intent with Wake Forest University on Feb. 6. He was joined by his parents David and Michelle Serigne and Falcon football coach Charlie Pierce during a ceremony at Briar Woods. Serigne helped lead the Falcons to three consecutive Virginia Division 4 state championships. He is the Falcons’ career record holder for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. Serigne projects to play tight end/H-back at Wake Forest, a Division I member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.—Photo Courtesy/Dan Soua, VivaLoudoun.com
Four Wolverines to play college football
Woodgrove High School held a ceremony Feb. 6 to honor four student-athletes who have committed to play football at the college level. From left, placekicker R.J. Warfel (Virginia Tech), defensive back Atem Ntantang (Boston College), Tucker Coil, offensive lineman Dan Charmo (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and offensive lineman Dylan O’Connor (University of Maryland) were joined by Woodgrove football coach Mike Skinner. Coil, the team’s starting quarterback in 2012, also signed Feb. 6 to play lacrosse at High Point University. The third-year Wolverines advanced to the postseason for the first time in 2012.—Times-Mirror Staff Photos/Carl Lukat
Legg makes soccer commitment to Southern New Hampshire
Briar Woods High School senior goalkeeper Kent Legg will take his soccer skills to Southern New Hampsire University. Legg posted six shutouts and held a 0.62 goals against average as a junior before breaking his tibia in the next to last regular season game. Legg garnered All-Dulles District second team honors last spring after helping the Falcons soar to the Dulles District regular-season title. Southern New Hampshire posted a 19-4 record at the NCAA Division II level in 2012.—Photo Courtesy/Dan Soua, VivaLoudoun.com
Woodgrove lacrosse trio set to play at next level
Three members of Woodgrove High School’s boys lacrosse team have finalized their college plans. Kellem McCarthy, Tucker Coil and Ian Cernetich were joined by Wolverines’ coach Jeff Lewandowski during a celebration Feb. 6 in the school cafeteria. McCarthy will play at Division III Marymount University in Arlington; Coil will play at Division I High Point University in North Carolina; and Cernetich is headed to Division III University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. The Wolverines won the Group AA Northern Sectional championship in just their third season last spring.—Times-Mirror Staff Photos/Carl Lukat
Bulldog football sends four to college ranks
Four players on Stone Bridge High School’s Virginia Division 5 state finalist football team will play at the college level. From left, Drew Dettra (Coastal Carolina), Christian Strahin (Shepherd University), Jonathan Allen (University of Alabama) and Ryan Burns (Stanford University).—Times-Mirror Staff Photos/Alanna Dvorak
-Jonathan Allen, University of Alabama
Stone Bridge defensive standout Jon Allen officially signed Feb. 6 to continue his football career at the University of Alabama this fall. Allen had a record-breaking high school career, breaking five Stone Bridge records with 12 forced fumbles, 38.5 sacks and 216 first-hit tackles. In addition, he holds single season records for most forced fumbles (eight) and most single season sacks (20). This season, he boasted 77 first hits, 30 assists, 6.5 sacks and five blocked kicks. For his efforts, Allen was selected Defensive Player of the Year on the VHSCA All-State team, Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year, D.C. Touchdown Club Player of the Year and a Parade All American. In January, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American game. Allen was joined by his parents, Richard and Tracie, and younger siblings Micah and Ariana.
-Ryan Burns, Stanford University
Record-breaking Stone Bridge quarterback Ryan Burns officially signed Feb. 6 to play football at Stanford University in the fall. This season, Burns passed for 2,530 yards and 28 touchdowns, breaking the Bulldogs’ record for most passing yards in a season. Additionally, he rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns. Burns was a first team All-Liberty District and All-Northern Region selection, in addition to being selected as a member of the U.S. Army All-American team. He was joined at his signing by his parents, Bryan and Kathy.
-Drew Dettra, Coastal Carolina
Defensive lineman Drew Dettra will join the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in South Carolina. Dettra was the 2011 and 2012 Stone Bridge defensive lineman of the year. He was also named to the 2012 Liberty District team at defensive line. This season, he recorded 22 first hits, 19 assisted tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
-Christian Strahin, Shepherd University
Stone Bridge running back and defensive back Christian Strahin will attend Shepherd University. In 2012, Strahin was named to the Liberty District first team, Northern Region first team and VHSL all-state first team as a defensive back. He recorded 27 first hits, 15 assisted tackles and four interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns.
Nizialek to kick for Columbia
Cameron Nizialek has signed his letter of admission to attend and play football at Columbia University in New York beginning in the fall of 2013. Nizialek will be competing as a punter and a placekicker for the Lions. Columbia is a member of the Ivy League in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Nizialek, the first player in school history to compete at the FCS level of college football, was a two-year starter for Freedom as a punter and a kicker. An All-Region performer as a senior, Nizialed holds program records for field goals, extra points and punts. Nizialek maintains a 4.0 grade point average and also plays basketball and soccer.—Photo Courtesy/Freedom H.S.
Aguemon to play football at Dartmouth
Heritage High School senior Chris Aguemon has committed to play football at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Heritage held a ceremony Feb. 5 to celebrate Aguemon’s commitment. Aguemon, also an academic standout, was a running back and outside linebacker for the Pride. He is expected to move to the strong safety position in college. Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League conference and competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.—Times-Mirror Staff Photos/Carl Lukat
Raider pair to continue football careers
Loudoun County High School seniors Brad Szoka and Trey Taylor signed their letters of intent to play college football Feb. 6. Szoka, a wide receiver, is headed to James Madison University and Taylor, an offensive lineman, will play at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. Click here to read more about both student-athletes.—Photos Courtesy/Loudoun County H.S.
Woodgrove celebrates eight seniors committed to play college soccer
Woodgrove High School’s reigning Virginia AA state champion girls soccer program celebrated eight seniors who will play at the college level Jan. 29. Brittany Basinger (Penn State), Ashley Bonner (American), Maggie Buxton (James Madison), Bergen Elkjer (Indiana State), Sarah Hardison (George Mason) and Ashley Tilley (Coastal Carolina) will sign letters of intent with Division I schools. Victoria Perry (Christopher Newport) and Samantha Winkler (Eastern Mennonite) have committed to Division III programs.—Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Carl Lukat
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Montanez to volley at Edinboro
Heritage High School held a signing ceremony for senior Dariel Montanez on Dec. 14. Montanez will continue her volleyball career at Division I Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa. A four-year varsity player, Montanez had one of her best seasons this fall, recording 130 kills and 206 digs. She earned the Coach’s Award, the Most Improved Award and the fall Sportsmanship Award. Montanez also plays for a Northern Virginia Volleyball Association club team. Montanez was joined by her parents, Juan and Lisa Montanez at the ceremony.—Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Alanna Dvorak
Smith makes lacrosse commitment to Louisville
Broad Run High School held a signing ceremony Dec. 11 to honor senior Heidi Smith’s commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Smith, a varsity starter since her freshmen year, scored 72 goals and dished 20 assists as a junior to help lead the Spartans to the region playoffs for the first time since 2009. Smith, also an academic standout, was the 2012 Cedar Run District Player of the Year and earned first-team All-Region honors as a midfielder. She plays club lacrosse for Capital Lacrosse.—Courtesy Photo/Dan Sousa, VivaLoudoun.com
Caplinger commits to Mars Hill
Middleburg Academy senior midfielder Adam Caplinger has committed to continue his lacrosse career at Mars Hill College, a Division II program in North Carolina. Caplinger earned All-Maryland Independent Lacrosse League second-team honors as a junior. Caplinger, who resides in Paeonian Springs, is joined by his parents, Laura and Eric Caplinger, and Middleburg Academy boys lacrosse coach Rob Horne.
“Adam is fast, physical, and remains one of the strongest players in this program,” Horne said. “I think Mars Hill is receiving a young man who knows how to prepare for a season, and can work towards completing his academic and athletic goals.”
Woodgrove laxers to play Division I
Woodgrove High School held a signing ceremony Dec. 5 to honor two members of the girls lacrosse team who will be continuing their careers in college. Oliver Becker and Morgan Miller became the first members in Woodgrove girls lacrosse history to sign to Division I schools.
Miller will join the University of Delaware lacrosse team beginning fall of 2013. Miller is a two-year starting midfielder with the Wolverines and currently holds the school record for single game and career ground balls. She has totaled 69 goals and 16 assists and last year was named to second team all-Dulles District. Miller began playing lacrosse in the fourth grade and played six years of club ball with NoVa West and Upper Corner lacrosse. Outside of lacrosse, she is active in Student Council, yearbook, German club and varsity club.
Becker will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg. Becker is a two-year starter on attack for the Wolverines and was also voted second team all-Dulles District. At Woodgrove, she has produced 38 goals and 17 assists. Becker has played for the Frederick Stars, Upper Corner and NoVa West at the club level and this past summer, played for the FCA national team at the Lake Placid Classic tournament. She will join her sister Morgan, a 2010 Loudoun Valley graduate, at Liberty.
Paul VI pitcher to play for St. Joseph’s
Potomac Falls resident Braedon Lawson, a senior pitcher at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Saint Joesph’s University, a Division I program in Pennsylvania. Lawson helped the Panthers win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title as well as the Virginia Independent School’s Athletic Association Division I championship in 2012. He was selected as Paul VI’s Pitcher of the Year and earned second team All-State honors. Lawson, who plays summer/fall baseball for the NVTBL Stars, is pictured with his parents Jan and Randy Lawson, brother Cortland and Paul VI baseball coach Jeff Nolan.—Courtesy Photo
Miller to play Big East softball
Broad Run High School senior Mckall Miller signed her letter of intent Nov. 19 to play softball at Providence College in Rhode Island. Providence competes in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. Miller, a middle infielder/outfielder, earned first team All-State honors as a junior after helping the Spartans advance to the Virginia AAA state semifinals. She plays club softball for the Vienna Stars 18U Gold.—Photo Courtesy/Dan Sousa, VivaLoudoun.com
Rosenburg swims to Charlottesville
Heritage High School senior Kaleigh Rosenburg signed a letter of intent Nov. 19 to swim at the University of Virginia. Rosenburg competes with both the Pride and SNOW and captured the Virginia A/AA state title in the girls 100 meter breastroke this past February. Rosenburg was joined at the signing by her parents, Gemma and Rick, and her brother Damon, a swimmer at Denison University.—Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Trevor Baratko
Moler joins the Gamecocks
Mackenzie Moler, a senior outfielder from Woodgrove High School, signed her letter of intent to play softball at the University of South Carolina. Moler, who posted a .408 batting average last season, helped the Wolverines capture the district, region and state titles last year.—Courtesy Photo
Cole aims high with Lehigh
Woodgrove High School senior centerfielder Ashley Cole signed a letter of intent Nov. 14 to play softball at Lehigh University. Cole is a two-time first team all-state, all-region and all-district selection and carries a 4.28 GPA.—Courtesy Photo
“Wright” choice in softball
Tory Wright, a Dominion High School softball standout, has committed to continue her athletic career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Wright has lettered in softball for the Titans since her freshman year and was named first team all-region and all-district last year.—Courtesy Photo
Huewe to slam for Towson
Senior Taylor Huewe of Loudoun County High School signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Towson University in Maryland. Huewe was the 2012 Dulles District co-Player of the Year and also earned first team all-region honors. This year, Huewe helped lead the Raiders to their fifth state volleyball title in six years.—Courtesy Photo
Jacobus signs to Alderson-Broaddus
Senior softball pitcher Kiley Jacobus of Loudoun County High School signed her letter of intent to continue her softball career at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. Jacobus is a three-year all-district player (second team in 2010 and 2011, first team in 2012) and is a two-time captain.—Courtesy Photo
Knudsen to lax at ODU
Haley Knudsen, a lacrosse player from Loudoun County High School, has committed to play at Old Dominion University next year. Knudsen earned first team all-district honors in both defense and midfield last year and helped the Raiders earn a state playoff berth.—Courtesy Photo
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