Most of the area's all-Met football seniors were ready with letters-of-intent in hand last week on the first day they were allowed to sign college scholarship offers, but for some other players, national signing day only led to more confusion.
Left up in the air last week, for different reasons, were Glenn Williams, who quarterbacked T.C. Williams to the state AAA title, and Thomas Jefferson's Randy Blanchetti, one of Northern Virginia's top linebackers.
Williams, a point guard for the Titans' basketball team, will probably wait to weigh his basketball offers. He has been offered a football scholarship by Wake Forest, but the Deacons want him as a cornerback and that made Williams hesitate.
Blanchetti was without a Division I offer as of this week, but Jefferson Coach Olan Faulk remains confident for his sure-handed tackler.
"He is a marginal kid size-wise (5 feet 11, 180 pounds)," Faulk said. "And his speed is only average. But he loves to play the game. He will end up somewhere."
Among other Northern Virginia players to sign last week were Annandale center Sean Thomasson (Ohio University); W.T. Woodson safety Greg Kimball (William and Mary); Madison quarterback Jonathan Hall (North Carolina), and T.C. Williams defensive back Larry Bryant (Virginia Tech) and wide receiver Todd Stubblefield (Virginia Union).
Oakton's Vicky Volentine, a senior in her first year of high school gymnastics competition, easily won the all-around title Saturday at the AAA Northern Region meet at South Lakes. Her chief competitor at the state meet, however, may also come from the Northern Region.
Lisa Zucker of Lake Braddock missed the regional meet with an injury, but she will be eligible to compete in the state meet at Robinson because her team finished second (to South Lakes).
The AAA vaulting and bars events will start at 6:45 p.m. Friday. The beam and floor exercises get under way at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Erin Keogh, the Virginia AAA girls cross country champion, is the youngest member of the 1984 Kinney all-America cross country first team named this week.
Keogh, a sophomore at Langley, augmented her first-place finish at the Kinney South Regional meet with a fifth-place effort at the Kinney National Championships in San Diego on Dec. 8.