Could this be the last VHSCA week in Hampton?

It was never meant to be permanent.

In August 1992, after an eight-year run in Lynchburg, the executive committee of the Virginia High School Coaches Association decided to move its All-Star week to Hampton. It made sense: Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, the Historic Triangle, the beaches — a perfect spot to combine business with pleasure.

This week, the VHSCA will mark its 21st consecutive summer in Hampton Roads. Some 600 coaches and athletes from all across the commonwealth, some as far away as the very southwestern tip, will make the trip down I-64 for another round of all-star games and clinics.

But for the first time in years, there's no guarantee the games will return for a 22nd consecutive year. There is a challenger: Lynchburg.

The Hill City, as it's called, wants another shot at hosting. And in a major boost, Liberty University, with its facilities and dorms, is on board.

The VHSCA's executive committee has toured the city, the campus and the facilities. And on Wednesday, the 30-some members will vote on whether the 2014 and '15 events will be held in Hampton or Lynchburg.

"Every (site) has its strengths and weaknesses," said Hampton football coach Mike Smith, the VHSCA's executive director. "We have the beaches and the people in the city have been great to us, but a lot of people in southwestern Virginia want to move it to that area.

"It'll be fine wherever it is. Liberty University's AD (athletic director Jeff Barber) and the people there are awfully nice. Whatever the group decides, we'll make happen. Sometimes people feel change is for the good, and who's to say it's not?"

The VHSCA's current setup on the Peninsula involves help from Hampton University with dormitory space and Christopher Newport with facilities. The football game is played at Darling Stadium; the baseball game is at War Memorial Stadium. Clinic activities are held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

It's worked well for two decades. But Lynchburg has a nice counter-offer.

Liberty's facilities include Williams Stadium (19,200 capacity) for football and brand new Liberty Baseball Stadium (2,500). Williams' surface is FieldTurf; the baseball stadium has AstroTurf. Basketball and volleyball would be played at the Vines Center (8,085).

Soccer's home would be Osborne Stadium (1,000); softball's would be Liberty Softball Field (500).

And as for dormitory space, approximately 7,500 LU students live on campus, which would mean more than enough space for the 300 or so athletes.

Barber could not be reached for comment. But last summer, he described Liberty's arrangement as "an Olympic village" for the athletes.

"We have a chance to offer something special to the athletes and coaches," he told the Daily Press then. "They have a good situation in Hampton, too, but we just want them to know that we'd love to host if they feel it's the right move to make."

Smith has called HU "the heartbeat" for All-Star week. However, he recently learned the university might not be willing to host the athletes to the extent it has in the past. That, he said, "could play a role in the whole thing."

Though All-Star week remains an annual event, Smith acknowledges fewer coaches are attending these days. The reason, he said, is two-fold.

"There are so many satellite clinics now," he said. "Colleges have so many, and it's changed the scope of the clinic somewhat. And in addition to that, schools that used to pay for their coaches to attend aren't doing that anymore. So coaches have to pay their own way.

"When times were better and the economy was good, we'd have like 1,000 (coaches) in those days. It's changed over time. But I still think it serves a purpose."


Monday, 6 p.m.;girls basketball;Freeman Center

Monday, 8:30 p.m.;boys basketball;Freeman Center

Wednesday;7 p.m.;baseball;War Memorial Stadium

Wednesday;5:30 p.m.;girls soccer;Captains Field

Wednesday;7:30 p.m.;boys soccer;Captains Field

Thursday;10:30 a.m.;softball;Captains Park

Thursday;2:30 p.m.;volleyball;Freeman Center

Friday;7:30 p.m.;football;Darling Stadium

High schools


Girls basketball
Game: 6 p.m. Monday, July 8 at CNU.
EAST: Morgan Cooper (Princess Anne); Paris Brower (Appomattox Regional Governor’s School); Jessica Hairston (Courtland); Stephanie Cheney (George Mason); Sarah Hardison (Woodgrove); De’June Robinson (Highland Springs); Jessica Lam (East Rockingham); Alexis Platt (Princess Anne); Kijuana Lawrence (Oscar Smith); Janae McNeal (Courtland); Da’Lishia Griffin (Western Branch); Stephanie Purnell (Woodgrove). Coaches: Paul Comer (East Rockingham), Saundra Sawyer (Lake Taylor), LaBryan Thomas (George Mason).

Charmaine Hairston (Franklin County); Keshonda Haynes (William Fleming); Cassidy Richardson (Richlands); Hayley Wyrick (Wise Central); Ryjae Anderson (William Fleming); Takara Dews (Altavista); Ashante Humphries (Nansemond River); Kristen Atwell (George Wythe of Wytheville); Brianne Comden (Massaponax); Elizabeth Manner (Oakton); Natalie Butler (Lake Braddock). Coaches: Chris Dodson (Spotswood), Robin Dotson (Wise Central), Donnie Frazier (Clintwood), Diana Martinez (Stonewall Jackson of Manassas).

Boys basketball
Game: 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 8 at CNU.
EAST: Timmy Jones (Henrico); Jamie Wilson (West Point); Rze Culbreath (Millbrook); Jacorey Smith (King’s Fork); Markel Williams (William Monroe); Jordan Baker (Hampton); Troy Caupain (Cosby); Ed Drew (Nansemond River); Ramone Snowden (Kellam); Elijah Moore (Grafton); Brandan Stith (Brunswick). Coaches: Mike Cartolaro (Altavista), Scott Garber (Essex), Vance Harmon (Henrico), Jeremy Jordan (Grafton), Bryant Stith (Brunswick).

WEST: Marcus Banks (Patrick Henry of Roanoke); Charlie Fitzgerald (Parry McCluer); Ryan Gravley (Carroll County); Luke Ervin (Gate City); Will Ferguson (Herndon); Joe Wilson (Mountain View); Tyrell Mason (Mountain View); Mack Owens (Abingdon); Tyler Vernon (Union); Andy Arnold (Gate City); Karl Overstreet (E.C. Glass). Coaches: Chad Edwards (Spotswood), Nelson Fox (Parry McCluer), Roy Roberson Jr. (E.C. Glass), Scott Vermillion (Gate City).

Girls volleyball
Match: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at CNU.
EAST: Karley Allen (New Kent); Rachel Close (Mathews); Paxton Crooks (Kellam); Janey Goodman (Powhatan); Ryan Hedgpeth (Altavista); Gabrielle Holt (Cosby); Mackenzie Moughon (Mathews); Chidma Osuchukwu (Kellam); Rachel Roberts (Loudoun County); Briana Sutton (Jamestown); Victoria Tulensru (Great Bridge); Rachel Wyatt (Princess Anne). Coaches: Jenica Brown (Loudoun County), Pat Moughon (Mathews), Charlie Olson (Kellam).

WEST: Ryan Ackermann (Stone Bridge); Santana Bishop (Gate City); Caroline Boone (Hidden Valley); Caroline Brailsford (Patrick Henry of Roanoke); Mariah Brantley (Stone Bridge); Laura Gipe (Wise Central); Erin Lee (Lord Botetourt), Sarah Miller (Patrick Henry of Roanoke); Paige Riley (E.C. Glass); Lauren Thomas (Hidden Valley); Sarah Thomas (E.C. Glass); Jordan Watson (Auburn). Coaches: Sherry Millirons (Auburn), Carla Ponn Poff (Hidden Valley), Jill Raschiatore (Stone Bridge), Amy Reed (Gate City).

Game: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Darling Stadium.
EAST: Daquin Moore (SS, Hampton); Khalid Abdullah (RB, Heritage); Josh Butler (QB, Warwick); Gerard Johnson (QB, Meadowbrook); Chris Carpenter (CB, Courtland); David Smith (LB, Warwick); Robert Boyd (CB, Churchland); Raekwon Johnson (RB, Lakeland); Zacchaeus Jackson (SS, Louisa County); Devin Ramos (WR, Briar Woods); Rahiem Rolling (LB, Essex); John Stiebel (PK/P, Hermitage); Brandon Moore (RB, Lake Taylor); Dan Schiele (QB, Tabb); Freeman McPhearson (WR, King William); JaVonte Blacknall (LB, Franklin); Evan Hinkle (RB/DB, Deep Run); Paul Robertson (RB, L.C. Bird); Travis Brown (RB, Franklin); Darius Goodman (FB/DL, Hermitage); Sammie Harper (DL, Chancellor); Jamel Spellman (LB, Lake Taylor); Charlie Harrison (CB, Heritage); Toddric Bugg (OL, Dinwiddie); Josh Driver (C, Goochland); Wyatt Teller (DL, Liberty of Bealeton); Quan Henry (DE, Hampton); Deiondre Dancy (DL, Essex); Troy Garrett (OL/DL, Hampton); Johnny Cruz III (OL, York); Tyreek Bailey (C, Phoebus); Daunte Wilson (LB, Hampton); Lavonte Hights (OL, Meadowbrook); Trei Germany (DL, Briar Woods); Quintin Williams (OL, Brunswick); Darius Johnson (DL, Dinwiddie); Martavious Robinson (OL, L.C. Bird); Cody Hendrickson (DL, York); John Wright (WR, East Rockingham); Chad Jacob (WR, Atlee). Coaches: David Bedwell (L.C. Bird), John Fulks (Essex), Joel Gray (Goochland), James Hall (Courtland), Hank Sawyer (Lake Taylor), Rich Serbay (James Monroe).

WEST: Jordan Hess (WR, Honaker); Reid Sturgill (WR, Chilhowie); Isaac Baltazar (DB, George Wythe of Wytheville); Ian Mann (DB, Giles); Kendall Becraft (QB, Brookville); Malik Miles (LB, J.I. Burton); Reid Edmonds (WR/DB, Castlewood); Hilson Atkins (WR, Brookville); Ty Hall (DB, Honaker); Jevontae Parrish (DB, Heritage of Lynchburg); Gavan Meade (RB, Clintwood); Dillon Christopher (PK/P, Menchville); Malik Rucks (RB/DB, Wilson Memorial); Trevon Lightfoot (DB, Liberty of Bedford); Bobby “BJ” Martin (LB, George Washington of Danville); Santoni Scott (DB, Osbourn); Ishantii Rosser (WR, Heritage of Lynchburg); Daniel Hamm (DB, Fort Chiswell); Logan Moore (RB, Riverheads); De’Quan Green-Gause (LB, Christiansburg); Marquis Brown (RB, Amherst County); Demetreus Ferebee (DL, Northside); Trenton Cannon (RB/DB, Kecoughtan); Cameron Reynolds (DL, StoneBridge); Curtis Fridley (OL, Rockbridge County); Nic Moyers (OL, Turner Ashby); Kaleb Thompson (DL, Brookville); Ian Calfee (DT, Pulaski County); Joey DiGorga III (DL, Wilson Memorial); Cody Craft (LB, Union); Roger Woody (OL, Bassett); Connor Hilland (OL, Brooke Point); Nathan Camden (OL, North Stafford); Justin Field (OL, North Stafford); Trey Jones (OL, John Battle); James King (DL, Pulaski County); Jacob Waltman (OL, Dan River); Cole Worrell (WR, Floyd County); Chris Burton (TE, George Washington of Danville). Coaches: Brad Bradley (Heritage of Lynchburg), Doug Hubbard (Honaker), H.S. Ingo (George Wythe of Wytheville), Joe Mangano (North Stafford), Cecil Phillips (Amherst), Greg Mance (Richlands).

Game: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at War Memorial Stadium.
EAST: Austin Heenan (Nandua); Tyler Hott (Strasburg); Cody Swisher (Riverheads); Tanner Woods (Menchville); Mac Caples (James River of Midlothian); Matt Smith (Jamestown); Joe Bugas (Patrick Henry); Justin Burrell (Woodside); Dakota Oxendine (New Kent); Lane Deaver (Grafton); Steve Hux (Hampton); Jamar Hinton (Dinwiddie); Kyle Palmer (Patrick Henry of Ashland); Tanner Dofflemyer (Page County); Jacob Brown (Gloucester); Ty Comer (Page County); Keith Searles (Hanover); Brandon Harvell (York); Jacob Carney (Sherando). Coaches: Larry Baker (Rappahannock), Luke Brankley (Nandua), Gregg Conner (Powhatan), Pete Schumacher (James River of Midlothian).

WEST: Taylor Boyd (West Springfield); Zack Newell (Freedom); Jesse Stinnett (Amherst County); Adam Baldwin (Gloucester); Kevin Dean (Freedom); Collin Hill (William Byrd); Will Cline (Lord Botetourt); J.T. Starnes (Gate City); Zack Kelly (Lord Botetourt); Alex Lewis (Lake Braddock); Caleb Sheets (Chilhowie); Luke Simpson (Tunstall); Ethan Nicely (Alleghany); Joe Burris (Albemarle); Thomas Dungan (Langley); Lucas Nowlin (Northside); Andrew Cox (Radford); Forest Haga (Chilhowie). Coaches: Chris Glaize (Brookville), Jeff Robinson (Chilhowie), Jonathan Salyer (Castlewood), Jason Treon (Freedom of South Riding).

Game: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11 at CNU.
EAST: Carlie Clark (Rappahannock); Taylor Glass (Essex); Mackenzie Moler (Woodgrove); Ellen Sweat (Cosby); Ashley Cole (Woodgrove); Rachael Shiflett (Powhatan); Haleigh Cottrell (Lee-Davis); Taylor Hedrick (Chancellor); Jessica Holte (Atlee); Makayla Jenkins (Gloucester); Holly-Thomas Stargardt (Cosby); Danielle Matkins (Grassfield); Alysia Cavone (Menchville); Augusta Clarke (Manchester); Danielle Norton (Princess Anne); Janay Joseph (Nandua); Kelsey Berhalter (Rappahannock); Taylor Thorpe (Dinwiddie). Coaches: Ellen Gaines (Rappahannock), Ray Jeter (Cosby), Joe Spicer (Woodgrove), Lynn Gerald Williams (Nandua).

WEST: Heather Cantrell (Broadway); Nicole Prince (Stone Bridge); Devynne Stiltner (Holston); Cassidy Hensley (Liberty of Bedford); Kelsey Nave (Virginia High of Bristol); Meg Bane (Halifax County); Sarah Smith (Auburn); Kelsey Ross (James Madison); Mariah Morrison (Holston); Blaire Miller (Turner Ashby); McKall Miller (Broad Run); Francesca Beller (Broad Run); Samantha Cole (Eastside); Logan Viers (Abingdon); Taylor Neuhart (Hayfield); Danyele Smith (Broadway); Sara Jean Wright (Pulaski County); Kelsey Jarrett (Northside); Casie Hill (James River of Buchanan); Jenna Sprinkle (James River of Buchanan). Coaches: Suzy Atwood (Eastside), Lisa Blackburn (Holston), Jason Delp (Abingdon), Ed Steele (Broad Run).

Girls soccer
Game: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at CNU.
EAST: Sarah Alger (Clarke County); Sara Celec (Princess Anne); Gina D’Orazio (Cosby); Emily Edwards (Lee-Davis); Bergen Elkjer (Woodgrove); Aubrey Fletcher (Clarke County); Shelby Foret (Jamestown); Carly Goldsborough (Kellam); Grace Haverly (Ocean Lakes); Kelly Kampfmueller (Cosby); Jayden Metzger (Cosby); Leah Moorefield (Cox); Emily Paul (Lee-Davis); Victoria Perry (Woodgrove); Helene Schillo (Kellam); Marissa Segala (Jamestown); Ashley Whited (Cox); Lindsay Wilkins (Atlee); Ashley Jones (Honaker). Coaches: Erin Barrett (Woodgrove), Michelle Clark (Cox), Terry Ellis (Clarke County).

WEST: Laura Albert (Blacksburg); Lexi Denny (Radford); Hannah Duff (Christiansburg); Morgan Evans (Blacksburg); Anne Goetz (Robinson); Ashley Herndon (Stone Bridge); Tricia Jessee (Patrick Henry of Roanoke); Lauren Joiner (Cave Spring); Taylor Kerxton (Battlefield); Kim Migliarese (Salem); Kendall Moyer (James River of Buchanan); Kim Shaver (Blacksburg); Allie Shepherd (Franklin County); Bri Toelle (Battlefield); Kennedi VanRavenstein (Lord Botetourt); Alexa Wagoner (Battlefield); Jennie Zajic (Robinson); Tori Herndon (Honaker). Coaches: Claire Collins (Broad Run), Giuseppe D’Arpa (James River of Buchanan), Travis Eschenmann (Blacksburg).

Boys soccer
Game: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at CNU.
EAST: Brian Anderson (Grafton); Kevin Bachouros (Cosby); Sammy Blosser (Menchville); Jacob Burke (Chancellor); Alex Emerson (Lafayette); Evan Fowler (Thomas Dale); Vaughn Fowler (Thomas Dale); Ian Fuller (Woodgrove); Reilly Maw (Tabb); Tyler McArdle (First Colonial); Calvin Mitchell (Lafayette); Jack Nichting (Menchville); Brooks Nopper (First Colonial); Andrew Parker (Cosby); Jacob Thiel (Heritage of Leesburg); Emery Trott (Lafayette); Finnlay Wyatt (Midlothian); Seth Yurgel (Courtland). Coaches: John Gorman (Northampton), Mark Fowler (Thomas Dale), Bobby O’Brien (Jamestown).
WEST: Tyler Blakenship (Hidden Valley); Sam Bradford (E.C. Glass); Caleb Findley (Radford); Kyle Gunville (Cave Spring); David Heimer (Jefferson Forest); Chad Hobson (E.C. Glass); Jake Jennings (Jefferson Forest); Matt Keaton (Giles); Michael Kenny (E.C. Glass); Juan Perez (Radford); Blake Ray (Honaker); Garland Smith (Blacksburg); Geinda Smith (Blacksburg); Zach Turk (Radford); Tanner Weaver (William Byrd); Cody Whitt (Brookville); Mitchell Williams (Blacksburg). Coaches: George Grzenda (Altavista), Greg Wade (Radford), Jedd Zaring (Jefferson Forest).

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