King George senior swimmer Caroline Bentz has orally committed to Virginia Tech. Bentz was The Free Lance-Star girls swimmer of the year last winter after she captured the Class 4 state title in the 100 backstroke with an All-American time of 54.61 seconds.

Bentz also helped the Foxes’ 200 free relay team win a state title.

Bentz isn’t swimming for the Foxes this season but is competing with the Nation’s Capital Swim Club. She has reached the U.S. Open standard in both backstroke events and recently competed at NCAP’s Tom Dolan Invite. There she won the 200 back and achieved six personal bests.

Bentz finished fifth in the 100 back at Winter Nationals in December where she achieved a 2020 Olympic Trials cut.

With the Foxes, Bentz was a four-time state finalist. In addition to her state titles last winter, she finished third in the 100 free. She was second in the both the 50 and 100 free as a sophomore.


Eastern View senior football standouts Matt Lowry and Noah Procter signed national letters of intent with Division II programs on Wednesday.

Lowry signed with Fairmont State (W.Va.). Procter is headed to University of Virginia-Wise. As a two-year starting quarterback, Lowry helped lead the Cyclones to a 24-2 record and the 2018 Region 4B title, the first regional championship in program history.

Lowry was named first-team All-Area after amassing 2,781 total yards and 46 touchdowns. Procter played wide receiver and cornerback for the Cyclones and was an honorable mention all-Battlefield District utility player on offense.

Lowry and Procter aren’t the only Cyclones on the move.

District cross country champion Kirstyn Gilyard will compete for Radford. Wrestling standout Zac Brown has signed with Virginia Military Institute. Tennis state champion McKinley Smith is moving on to Army, while girls soccer goalkeeper Mikki Easter has signed with Marquette.


Brooke Point senior basketball standout Chris Motton will continue his pursuit of a college future at Mt. Zion Prep in Lanham, Md.

Motton is a multi-year starter for the Black-Hawks. He’s set to join a program that competes in the National Prep Showcase as well as the National Prep School Invitational. Mt. Zion plays a schedule of 35-40 games a year against other top national programs. The school’s website claims its players are seen by more than 150 college coaches and scouts throughout the year.


A trio of Fredericksburg area three-year varsity basketball standouts was honored for reaching the career 1,000-point mark on the same night last Friday.

Colonial Forge junior girls point guard Cameren Downs hit the milestone in the Eagles’ 55-39 win over Stafford. North Stafford junior guard Javon Swinton eclipsed the mark in the Wolverines’ 80-52 victory over Mountain View. Caroline senior Mykai Smith was honored during the Cavaliers’ 73-71 loss to Courtland.

Smith and Swinton followed up their milestone by scoring 37 points each in victories Tuesday night over Chancellor and Brooke Point, respectively.


Six Colonial Forge seniors have settled on their college futures. Boys lacrosse standout Doug Henderson will play for Ferrum College and his teammate, Sam Sharps, will compete for Bridgewater.

Carrington Lippi of the girls soccer team is headed to Roanoke College. Lippi’s teammate, Jillian McDonald, will compete for Christopher Newport.

Eagles’ girls lacrosse player Emily Ponce is moving on to the University of Lynchburg, while teammate Melanie Rodgers will play for Rowan University (N.J.).


Courtland senior soccer standout Ryan Boyette will continue playing at Emory & Henry. Boyette was an honorable mention all-Battlefield District defender last spring.

He has a 4.4 GPA and has received $20,000 in academic scholarships. He plans to major in exercise science with a minor in psychology.


North Stafford softball standout Hailey Kortman will continue her career at Division III Moravian College (Pa.). Kortman plays outfield and catcher for the Wolverines.

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