A pair of football standouts from the Fredericksburg area reported they picked up scholarship offers from Old Dominion this past weekend.
North Stafford wide receiver/defensive back Javon Swinton and Louisa wide receiver Noah Robinson each tweeted they earned an offer from the Monarchs at their Junior Day festivities.
Swinton (6-foot-1, 165 pounds) is also a basketball standout for the Wolverines. He was named Commonwealth District and Region 5D hoops player of the year. He picked up a scholarship offer from Hampton on the hardwood two years ago.
On the gridiron, he was named a first-team All-Area wide receiver last fall after he led the Fredericksburg area in receiving yards (680). Swinton recorded 10 touchdowns on his 30 receptions, while averaging 22.7 yards per catch.
Robinson (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) has the size and athleticism to make him a prime target for college coaches. He was a first-team all-Jefferson District punt returner in 2018 and a second-team all-district choice at wide receiver.
Swinton will be attending the Recruit 757 Washington Redskins/Sparta Showcase in two weeks to compare his talents to other top prospects around the state.
PANTHER GETS INVITE
Swinton isn’t the only area player attending an upcoming showcase event.
Massaponax sophomore linebacker Elijah Christopher has been invited to the Showdown SEN Regional Invitational this spring.
Christopher was a second-team all-Commonwealth District linebacker last season. He rushed for 579 yards (7.1 yards per carry) and two touchdowns as a reserve fullback.
WILDCATS HIRE WINE
Mountain View’s new volleyball coach will have at least one interesting matchup if the Wildcats run into King George at the Foxes’ tournament next fall.
Drew Wine has been hired to replace Kim Glassie as the Wildcats’ head coach. Wine’s wife, Jill Wine, is King George’s veteran head coach.
Jill Wine directed the Foxes to the Battlefield District tournament title last season.
HIRATA KEEPS SOARING
Stafford senior track and field standout Gennifer Hirata continues to reach new heights. Hirata increased her state record with a clearance of 13 feet, 8 inches at the PVA Youth Indoor Invitational-New Balance Last Chance Meet on Saturday in Landover, Md.
Hirata set a new state indoor record by vaulting 13–5 to win the Class 5 championship last month. She signed a national letter of intent with the University of South Dakota in November.
BARONS WIN TITLE
Blue Ridge School won the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state basketball title on Saturday at Virginia State University.
The Barons defeated Miller School 61–53 in the title game. Former James Monroe standout guard Michael Gray, a sophomore with the Barons, scored 21 points in a 63–47 semifinal victory over Middleburg Academy on Friday.
LEAVING A LEGACY
Former Varina head football coach Gary Chilcoat died on Sunday at age 70 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor less than a year ago.
Chilcoat served as an assistant coach at Caroline in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was Varina’s head coach from 1999–2007 and went 91–14 with three Central Region championships and a trip to the state final.
LIONS ON THE MOVE
Three Louisa senior football players have decided where they’ll play at the next level. First-team all-district and all-Region 4B offensive lineman Robbie Guinn is headed to Bridgewater College. Fullback/linebacker Ben Froschauer will play for Juniata College in Pennsylvania.
Defensive back/wide receiver Isaiah Nichols is set to join the program at Shenandoah University. Louisa wrestler Austin Mills will compete for Southern Virginia University.
GOLDEN PICKS FERRUM
King George football standout Deshae Golden will continue his career at Ferrum College. Golden (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) played fullback and linebacker for the Foxes.