Loudoun Valley’s Josh Grimard signs to play Division II basketball


Loudoun Valley senior forward Josh Grimard (left) will play at basketball Division II Alderson-Broaddus next season (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Josh Grimard became the latest local recruit to seal his athletic future this week, signing to play college basketball at Alderson-Broaddus College. The Loudoun Valley senior forward had narrowed his choices to the Battlers and Bridgewater before choosing the up-and-coming program based in West Virginia.

“I really like how the campus is not too big and not too small, they just got a football team and I loved the coaches and players when I went to visit,” Grimard said. “Coach (Greg) Zimmerman is really passionate and intense and expects a lot from his players, which I like.”

Grimard got a taste of the Division II level earlier this month during a visit to the campus. At an open gym session, the 6-foot-6 combo forward showed his outside touch while taking in the more physical play in the paint.

“The level of play really increases in college, but I shot the ball well and took it to the basket,” said Grimard, who averaged 15.7 points for the Vikings this past season. “They say Coach Zimm likes having shooters and they want me to play inside and outside. I’ll have to get a little stronger to do that but I’m ready and just blessed to have this opportunity.”

As a three-year varsity starter, Grimard used his length and perimeter skills to provide matchup problems for opponents, amassing more than 1,000 career points and earning Dulles District Division 3 Player of the Year honors this past winter. Grimard, who aspires to be a high school or college coach, also garnered interest from Colgate, Radford and Shepherd, among others.

In other Loudoun County recruiting news:

  • Grimard’s teammate, Jovon Miller, will take his talents to play Division III basketball at Ferrum in southern Virginia. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 11.9 points as a senior at Loudoun Valley.
  • Six Briar Woods football players finalized their college plans in a Wednesday ceremony. Senior defensive back Mike Barta will take a preferred walk-on spot at William & Mary, joining defensive back Darryll Gadsden (Shenandoah), lineman Josh Jacob (Evangel), WR/DB Devin Ramos (Shippensburg) and DB/WR Jonathan Rosa (Frostburg State) in the college ranks. Running back Cory Colder will play at East Coast Prep for a year of postgrad in Massachusetts after rushing for 1,309 yards and 20 TDs last season.
  • While Briar Woods will lose this chunk of talent next season, the Falcons still possess weapons like Brandon Polk. The sophomore wideout recently garnered offers from Wake Forest and Virginia, adding to a list that includes Maryland and Virginia Tech.

NUMBER CRUNCH: 89-5
Margin by which Maret’s baseball team outscored its last eight opponents en route to the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title. Senior pitcher Andrew Culp helped seal the championship Thursday with 14 strikeouts, a home run and three RBIs.

BREAKFAST LINKS:
– Meghan Heick and Molly O’Sullivan combined for 10 goals and four assists to lead Westfield to a 15-11 victory against Stone Bridge in the Virginia AAA Northern Section girls’ lacrosse quarterfinals.

– Kyle Rowe netted two second-half goals to spark Madison to a 6-5 victory against W.T. Woodson in the Virginia AAA Northern Region boys’ lacrosse quarterfinals.

– Intrigued by the program’s move to the Big Ten, Bullis junior offensive lineman Justin Herron committed to play football at Rutgers on Thursday.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
No. 4 Chantilly at No. 2 Westfield, 4 p.m.
This matchup between top-10 girls’ soccer teams will be one of several Virginia AAA district championship matches played on Friday evening. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie in their lone regular-season meeting, adding intrigue to a matchup that will have region tournament implications. Click here for the full girls’ slate.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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