Prep roundup: Area athletes make college commitments

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Two lacrosse players from the Walsingham Academy girls team signed national letters of intent Friday to play at the Division I college level.

Isabelle Lejeune signed to play at Cincinnati, and Camryn Mann signed to play at Arizona State.

“I visited a ton of beautiful schools,” Mann said, “and I liked them all, honestly, so it was really difficult, but when I got there and stepped on campus, I just knew.”

For Lejeune, she also took visits to a number of schools before choosing Cincinnati.

“After doing searches on different schools and I visited, I realized that it was the best fit for me for what I was looking for in a big school with academics and great athletics,” Lejeune said. “It had it all for me.

Jamestown’s Emma Schriner signed Wednesday to play volleyball at Tennessee. Schriner had verbally committed to the Volunteers as a sophomore.

“I had been looking at a few other schools, but when I visited Tennessee, the stress was relieved,” Schriner said. “I knew that was where I wanted to continue to play volleyball.”

She was recently named to the Under Armour All-America team.

Bruton’s Gabby Calloway, a teammate of Schriner’s with the Williamsburg Volleyball Club, signed Thursday to play at Hampton.

Virginia Tech landed a pair of Bay Rivers District swimmers when Alex Slayton (York) and Abby Larson (Jamestown) signed with the Hokies.

Slayton won a 50 freestyle state championship last season, while Larson has won five individual state championships.

James Madison also signed two swimmers from the Bay Rivers District in Carter Roehrle (Jamestown) and Morgan Whaley (Warhill). Roehrle won state championships in a pair of relays for Jamestown in 2017. Whaley won a state championship in the 100 butterfly.

Bruton’s Evan Lynch signed Thursday afternoon to swim for Towson.

York’s Kristen Jacoby, an all-region midfielder, will play field hockey at Longwood. Grafton senior Grace Hoepfner will play field hockey at Delaware.

A pair of Grafton runners signed scholarships. Price Owens is headed to Georgetown, while Meredith Beaver will run at James Madison.

In baseball, Grafton’s Justin Bowers is headed to North Carolina Central, and in lacrosse, Lafayette senior Matt Rice signed to play at Mount St. Mary’s.

Let us know if we missed any signings by emailing jlarouejr@vagazette.com.

Girls volleyball

Jamestown volleyball will host Midlothian at 4 p.m. in the state quarterfinals on Saturday, while Grafton travels to Hanover for a 6 p.m. match, also on Saturday.

Jamestown (23-2)

Seed: No. 1 from Region 4A.

Last state tournament appearance: 2016.

Key players: Emma Schriner, senior outside hitter (445 kills, 48 aces, 46 blocks); Madison Kolda, senior setter (799 assists, 73 aces, 161 digs); Madison Pettengell, senior outside hitter (178 kills, 205 digs); Emma Yaugo, senior middle hitter (46 blocks).

Key win/turning point: Three matches into the season, the Eagles swept Bay Rivers District and Region 4A rival Grafton in three sets. The Eagles had lost five starters from the 2016 state runner-up team, but that win against the Clippers showed the 2017 players they too could dominate, Jamestown coach Tom Stephenson said.

Outlook: Jamestown won its third straight regional championship (and ninth overall) with a 3-2 victory against Grafton in the 4A final. The Eagles now seek their third straight state final appearance, but they have never won a state championship.

Matchup: vs. Midlothian, 4 p.m. Saturday.

Grafton (21-5)

Seed: No. 2 from Region 4A.

Last state tournament appearance: 2015.

Key players: Becca Hallingstad, junior outside hitter (259 kills, 58 aces, 234 digs); Haley Sutton, junior setter (773 assists, 98 aces); Ansley Ashby, senior libero (332 digs).

Key win/turning point: Three of Grafton’s five losses have come against Jamestown, but the Clippers have improved each time the teams have faced off, from 3-0 on Sept. 5 to 3-1 on Oct. 5 to 3-2 on Nov. 2. The rivals could meet again in a state semifinal Tuesday.

Outlook: After state semifinal appearances in 2013 and 2014, the Clippers have fallen in a regional round the last two seasons. Grafton returned five starters from last season, and this veteran group hopes to make a push for a state title.

Matchup: at Hanover, 6 p.m. Saturday.

Field hockey

Tabb advanced to the Class 3 state final with a 5-0 win over Maggie Walker Governor’s School Friday morning at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The Tigers will play James Monroe Saturday in the title game for the third straight year.

JM beat Poquoson 4-0 in the other semifinal matchup. The Islanders beat Culpeper 5-2 in the quarterfinals. …

Smithfield, making its first state tournament appearance in program history, lost 2-1 to Great Bridge in a Class 4 semifinal on Friday. The Packers appeared to break a 1-1 tie late in the first half, but the goal was waved off by the referees.

Great Bridge, which will play Eastern View in Saturday’s championship game, broke the tie three minutes into the second half.

Regatta

The Williamsburg Boat Club will host the second Head of the Chick Regatta Saturday at Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

The first event will start at 10 a.m., according to Kristin Downey, communications representative for the regatta. The anticipated 9 a.m. start was pushed back an hour because of anticipated cold temperatures.

The event is free but parking is $10.

16 teams will compete including William and Mary. The event will be grouped into a master’s division for adults, a junior division for high schools and middle schools and a collegiate division.

“It should be a fun and free event,” Downey said. “It’s a nice outdoor activity for the public.”

For more information on the regatta, visit headofthechick.org.

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