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The Roanoke Times | File 2012
Glenvar guard Tyler Crockett has committed to play basketball at Randolph College.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Patrick Henry boys soccer coach Chris Dowdy calls junior Emmanuel Scere a “work in progress.”
Not bad, since Scere already has progressed to a level that earned him an offer as an invited walk-on at Virginia.
Scere (pronounced SEAR) committed to Virginia over the winter after he qualified for a grant through AccessUVa, a financial aid program designed partly to assist students from low-income families.
Division I men’s soccer programs are limited to 9.9 scholarships under NCAA rules, Dowdy said. Scere’s financial package through the AccessUVa grant promises to be more lucrative than a partial athletic scholarship.
“It’s a great deal for him,” Dowdy said. “He gets full tuition, books and a computer.”
Dowdy said Scere still has to qualify academically for admission. The PH coach said there is no question UVa’s coaching staff wants the PH center midfielder in the Cavaliers’ program.
“When he went up to visit, the head coach was directly involved in all of it,” Dowdy said.
“I asked them what happens if for some reason his family’s financial situation would change and he no longer qualifies for AccessUVa. They said they would absolutely still recruit him as a player.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound Scere was born in Ivory Coast, and he played JV soccer as an eighth-grader at William Fleming.
Dowdy said Scere has started every game at PH over the last 2 1/2 seasons.
“His athletic upside is incredible,” Dowdy said. “He’s already the strongest, the fastest and the highest jumper on the field in every game we play. He can play with both feet. He’s just a very athletic player.”
Glenvar’s Crockett commits to Randolph
Glenvar guard Tyler Crockett, a second-team All-Timesland choice, has committed to play basketball at Randolph College.
Crockett, a 6-foot-1 senior, averaged 22.8 points per game and topped the 1,000-point mark for his career.
“He’s a hard worker, a tough kid, a smart player, a competitor,” Randolph coach Clay Hunley said. “He’s got a good basketball IQ. I think he can do some things other than shoot the basketball.
“I think he’ll develop into a good player at this level.”
Randolph finished 21-7 last season, losing to Emory (Ga.) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Randolph’s Colton Hunt was named a first-team Division III All-American by D3hoops.com.
Brown, first Pulaski County football coach, dies at 85
Dave Brown, who was the first head football coach at Pulaski County High when the school opened in 1974, died April 10 in Florida.
Brown was 85.
A Roanoke County native and graduate of Andrew Lewis High School, Brown was the head coach at Blacksburg from 1951-58 before becoming the head coach at old Dublin High School in 1959.
Brown won 151 games in a 28-year head coaching career, including a 99-45-5 record in his 15 seasons at Dublin, where his teams won a pair of district titles.
A memorial service for Brown was held Saturday.
Burns breaks record held by ex-Cavalier
When Alleghany’s Patrick Burns scored 10 goals in a 10-0 win last week against Bath County, it broke the VHSL single-game record of nine set in 1992 by Billy Lanza of Osbourn Park.
Lanza went on to play for three years at Notre Dame before finishing his college career at Virginia.
Lanza played in the U20 World Cup in 1993 and is now the technical director of coaching and player development for the Northern Virginia Soccer Club.
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