WILLIAMSBURG—Brother and sister athletic standouts Mark and Stephanie Seaman have transferred from Williamsburg Christian Academy to Walsingham Academy for the upcoming school year, Walsingham athletic director Neil Bailey said when school started Monday.
Both play basketball, and Stephanie also plays field hockey. She's currently practicing with the Trojans.
Mark Seaman, a 6-foot-4 guard, is a junior, while Stephanie is a sophomore. Both were all-state Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III first-team selections in basketball, and Stephanie was all-state in field hockey in VISSA Division II last season.
Mark Seaman averaged double digits in scoring and was among the top scorers in the Metro Conference.
Stephanie Seaman, a first team All-Gazette and Daily Press All-Stars pick last season, averaged 18 points and five assists in leading WCA to 35 victories and a state championship game appearance as a freshman. She scored a school-record 48 points in one game in February.
"They're here and we're excited," said Bailey, who also coaches girls basketball at Walsingham. "They're great kids and an awesome family. So we're looking forward to having them as part of our family over here at Walsingham."
Stephanie Seaman, a 5-6 guard, will be a very welcome addition for the Trojans girls basketball team, Bailey said.
"She's an outstanding player," Bailey said. "She plays very hard and is a great shooter, and a ball handler that certainly will be a difference maker on our team. It will allow us to do a lot of different things that we wouldn't be able to do if she weren't there.
"We're excited to be able to put her in the best possible position to succeed on court, as well as to help the other kids to succeed. She's a great fit for us, and we're just excited to have her."
Walsingham boys basketball coach Billy Barnes feels the same about adding Mark Seaman to his roster.
"I've coached against him for several years," Barnes said. "We're thrilled to have him as a part of our program. He makes us better on many fronts—provides size and provides depth for us, and a high level of skill."
Richard Washington, Menchville High School's leading scorer last season as a junior, has also transferred to Walsingham. He and Seaman strengthen a boys team that finished second in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools regular season, was TCIS tournament runner-up and lost in the state semifinals to the eventual champion in 2013-14.
Williams can be reached by phone at 757-247-4644.