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Sports Briefs: W-L Star RB Taylor To Play Collegiately

Washington-Lee standout running back and defensive back Anthony Taylor, the 2010 National District Offensive Player of the Year, signed a letter of intent on Feb. 2 to play football at Division II Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

Taylor said he will receive a full tuition scholarship and play running back for the Eagles. He will have a chance to compete for playing time as a freshman before a decision will be made whether he redshirts, Taylor said.

The W-L senior got the attention of Ashland coaches by e-mailing YouTube videos of his highlights. He visited the campus overnight and said it felt like the right place to be.

"I didn’t feel like I was away from home the next day," Taylor said. "It felt natural."

Taylor rushed for 1,574 yards and 25 touchdowns during his senior season and amassed 2,686 yards and 37 scores for his career. He carried the Generals to their first win over rival Yorktown in 28 years with a 255-yard, four-touchdown effort in the playoffs on Nov. 12. Taylor carried 42 times during the game.

"I’m just ready to play and challenge myself and be better than my high school years," Taylor said. "I’m ready for the different atmosphere."

— Jon Roetman

<b>W-L’s Khaadan Wins District Title</b>

Washington-Lee wrestler Miga Khaadan won the National District title in the 112-pound division on Saturday at Stuart High School, defeating Edison’s Kevin Uruena by decision, 6-3.

"I wanted this win so badly," Khaadan said. This is "my first championship."

W-L’s Dustin Reynolds finished second in the 140-pound division, losing to Edison’s Jeremy Wagner via pin. Fellow General Jared Deiner was the 145-pound runner-up, losing to Wakefield’s Victory Leavell by pin. W-L’s Nico Burns finished second at 171, losing to Mount Vernon’s Dusty Floyd by pin. W-L’s Alex Panagiotopoulos lost to Hayfield’s David Cox by pin in the 215-pound championship.

Yorktown’s Cody Cummings finished second in the 119-pound division, losing to Edison’s Brock Jacobson by major decision, 10-0. Yorktown’s Danilo Downing was second in at 125 pounds, losing to Hayfield’s Sahid Kargbo by a 12-5 decision. Fellow Patriot Nolan Paduda was the 135-pound runner-up, losing to Edison’s Wade Jacobson by a 3-2 decision.