Lafayette's St. Cyr to play basketball at Coastal Carolina; 4 go D-I in softball

Colton St. Cyr, who led Lafayette High to the Region I boys basketball semifinals the past two years, signed a full Division I scholarship on Wednesday to play for Coastal Carolina University, a Big South Conference school in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

St. Cyr, 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, averaged about 17 points, six rebounds and five assists this past season for Lafayette. He is currently attending Queen City Prep in Charlotte, N.C., after beginning the school year at St. Ignatius Prep in Spartanburg, S.C.


St. Cyr says that Coastal assistant Benny Moss, the former head coach at UNC-Wilmington, him during a practice at St. Ignatius earlier in the fall while recruiting another player.

"I lit up the gym that day," said St. Cyr, one of the Bay Rivers' top 3-point shooters last season. "They brought me in for an unofficial visit and offered shortly after that.


"They have a Hall of Fame caliber head coach (former Clemson coach Cliff Ellis) and a former Division I head coach (Moss) and I fell in love with Myrtle Beach. I wanted to go there from Day 1."


Softball is quickly rivaling baseball and field hockey among Bay Rivers District sports feeding the collegiate ranks, particularly Division I. Below is an update of current district players who have signed, committed or are drawing interest from colleges.

Hannah Olson (Grafton): Olson an infielder for Grafton and the Williamsburg Starz, committed this week to play at Elon University. Olson, considered by some as the district's best player other than Poquoson (and current Virginia Tech) standout Maggie Tyler this past season, is a junior.


"I selected Elon because it is the best fit for me academically and athletically," Olson said. "They offered me a substantial athletic scholarship to a solid program where I feel I can be a key contributor to their future success in the Southern Conference.

"I'm really excited to continue playing softball at a higher level."

Tara Heatwole (Jamestown): Eagles coach Jerry Varacallo said that Heatwole, his starting pitcher, will graduate early from high school and play this coming season for Liberty University.

Lia Batchelor (York): Batchelor, also a junior and also a member of the Starz, committed recently to a scholarship at Campbell University. Batchelor plays catcher and outfielder.

Elizabeth Henry (Jamestown): Yet another player on the Starz, Henry, a senior shortstop at Jamestown, will walk on at Virginia Tech.

Alexis Smith (Jamestown): Starz coach Tom Bunn said that Smith, an outfielder for the Eagles and the Starz, Smith will play for Division III national power Christopher Newport.

Bridget Henzel (Warhill): A standout catcher for Warhill and the Starz, Henzel, Bunn said, is interested in Division II U.Va.-Wise.



State tournament berths are the common denominator among the Region I girls volleyball top award winners. New Kent senior Karley Allen, who led the Trojans to the Group AA state quarterfinals, is the Player of the Year. Jamestown's Tom Stephenson, who guided the Eagles (28-2) to a region title and into Friday's 8:30 p.m. state semifinal against Hidden Valley at the VCU Siegel Center, is the Coach of the Year.

The All-Region I first team includes Jamestown stars Monique St. Cyr, Kelly Esch and Briana Sutton. Ashley Lind of Grafton is also on the eight-player first team composed of five Bay Rivers players. Second team selections from the Bay Rivers are New Kent's Gina Sled, Lafayette's Grace Nowaldy and York's Sydney Sumner.


Brink Ambler, the star of Jamestown High's 2012 baseball team, appears to have improved his shot of earning a walk-on spot at the University of Alabama. Ambler, a left fielder, went 5-for-7 with two walks in the program's final three intradsquad games of the fall, known as the "Crimson Tide World Series."