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South Briefs (March 4-11)

<b>Kohlrus Named All-Conference</b>

Tim Kohlrus, a senior guard on the Washington College (Div. III) men’s basketball team and a graduate of W.T. Woodson High School, has been elected as a second team All-Centennial Conference pick by the league’s head coaches, the school announced on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Kohlrus, an honorable mention selection last season, led the Shoremen in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He also had 49 assists and 40 steals. The Shoremen were 12-13 overall, 9-9 in Centennial Conference play this season.

<b>Morgan Recognized Nationwide</b>

Paul VI senior Chad Morgan was recently honored as one of the top senior baseball players in the country with his selection to the BaseballClearingHouse.net All-National team. Players were selected from a pool of over 100,000 high school players nationwide. Morgan is a three-year letterman at Paul VI where he helped the Panthers win the 2008 WCAC regular-season championship, the Southeastern Baseball Classic Championship and the VISAA State Championship in 2008. As a junior last season, Morgan batted .418 with 28 RBIs and two home runs while drawing a school-record 26 walks. Morgan has signed to play next spring with Virginia Tech.

<b>Kent Signs with Clemson</b>

On Monday, March 2, the Clemson University baseball team announced its signings for next year’s team, which included West Springfield senior Mike Kent, a right-handed pitcher who was named the Patriot District’s Pitcher of the Year last spring. Kent, at 6-feet and 205 pounds, helped West Springfield amass a 15-5 record last season, as the Spartans reached the Northern Region semifinals. In addition to first team All-District honors for the past two seasons, Kent was also a first team All-State selection in 2008. Perfect Game, a high school baseball scouting service, ranks Kent as its 13th-best prospect in the state of Virginia.

<b>Massie Honored at Bentley</b>

In her first season on the Bentley University women’s basketball team, West Springfield graduate Lauren Massie was recently named to the Northeast-10 Conference’s All-Freshman team. Massie, a forward and Fairfax Station native, made 26 starts after several injuries to the Falcons’ frontcourt. She averaged 5.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while playing around 29 minutes per contest. Bentley (20-10) beat New Haven Tuesday night, 69-54, in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Conference championships, with Massie posting seven points and three rebounds.

<b>Krause Follows Sisters</b>

Shaina Krause, a 16-year-old student at Phan University of Martial Arts in Burke and a junior at South County Secondary, won six consecutive matches to take first place in the featherweight black belt category at the USA Taekwondo’s U.S. Open Championships in Las Vegas on Feb. 12-15. This year’s event attracted more than 1,700 competitors from 59 nations, including 17 national teams and 13 Olympians. Furthermore, Krause took first place in the featherweight black belt category at the USA Taekwondo (USAT) Junior Olympic Championships last July and, in the process, earned a spot on the 2008 Junior National team. Krause’s two older sisters, Cheryl, 17, and Christina, 21, both won places on national taekwondo teams. In 2006, Cheryl Krause competed in the World Junior Championships, while Christina Krause was a member of the 2005 AAU Junior Taekwondo Team.

<b>McCant Leads Locals at State Track</b>

At the Northern Region indoor track and field meet on Saturday, Feb. 21, Robinson freshman Genamarie McCant became a region champion for the first time.

And this past weekend at Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, McCant, a sprinter, enjoyed another first-ever occurrence: winning a Virginia AAA state title.

She was the Northern Region’s only first-place finisher, taking the 500-meter dash in 1 minute, 15.15 seconds — a site record. McCant also anchored the third-place 4x400 team (Elizabeth Roberson, Audrey Barry, Ali Heck) that clocked a 3:56.77

With fifth-place finishes from Kelly Kavanaugh and Stephanie Bray, the Robinson’s girls team took sixth with 29 points, one behind fifth-place Lake Braddock. Both the 4x400 relay team and Kavanaugh set Robinson school records.

Lake Braddock’s Liana Epstein was second in the 1,600 and third in the 1,000, while the Lady Bruins’ 4x800 relay team of Kelly Hagan, Casey Lardner, Taylor Moore and Epstein was second with a mark of 9:21.92. Bethel won the girls title with 43 points.

Becca Sinichko of Lake Braddock was third in the 500, West Springfield’s Paige Kvartunas took fifth in the 1,600 and the West Springfield girls 4x800 relay team (Emily Ellis, Kvartunas, Anna Barber and Sara Lepley) was fifth.

On the boys side, Edison’s Leoule Degfae placed third in the 1,600, while twin brother Tihut Degfae finished fourth in the 1,000. Lake Braddock’s Mike Santano was fifth in the 55 hurdles, as Lake Braddock’s boys team was 36th in the overall standings.

The Robinson boys team was 50th, led by high jumper Joey Muzzio’s seventh-place finish and distance runner Jared Berman’s eighth-place mark. Albermarle won the boys title with a total of 66 points.

<b>CHADD Offers Martial Arts Program</b>

Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) will offer Martial Arts for Kids with ADHD on Wednesday evenings throughout March. The program is free and will focus on aspects of Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as grappling and wrestling. The program will be taught by the chief instructor at Carl Runk’s World Karate and by an award-winning high school wrestler, grappler and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor who was diagnosed with ADHD 10 years ago. The program will run from 7:30-8:15 p.m. at Carl Runk’s World Karate at 9537 Braddock Road. To register, visit www.novachadd.org.

<b>Hockey Teams Seeks Players</b>

The American Icebirds, a AAA ice hockey team, are looking for players ages 14 to 18 in all positions for spring and summer competitive tournament play that runs from May to July. Interested players should call 703-400-2343 and ask for coach Kulla or send an email to icebirds@inbox.com.