Between 800 and 1,000 Virginia high school coaches and more than 100 of the states' best football, baseball, and girls and boys basketball players are expected in Lynchburg by the middle of next week for the 39th annual Virginia High School Coaches Association clinic.
The coaches will attend clinics and the athletes, many of whom have accepted athletic scholarships, will play in East-West all-star games. The athletes will begin arriving for practices Friday.
Iowa basketball Coach George Raveling, Virginia soccer Coach Bruce Arena and Houston track Coach Tom Tellez are among those scheduled to run seminars during the four-day conference. Other clinics will be conducted by top high school coaches, including Lake Braddock's track coach, Andy Tysinger, and college coaches from around the state.
Bobby Chuey, a graduate of Hayfield High School, will be the only player from a Northern Region AAA school playing in the boys all-star basketball game, which will be played at Liberty Baptist University Tuesday July 9 at 8:30. Karen Puttman from Gar-Field will play in the girls' all-star game, which will preceed the boys game.
Kevin Madden from Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Va., and headed for North Carolina in the fall, is expected to play in the all-star basketball game.
Eight Northern Region football players have been selected to play in the football all-star game, which will be held July 12 at 8 in City Stadium.
Bren Lowery and Eric Quinto of AAA state-champion T.C. Williams, Andy Heck and Greg Kimball of W.T. Woodson, Jonathan Hall of Madison, Jeff Jarosz of Lee, John Rymiszewski of Mount Vernon and Russ Walther of Oakton will play for the East team. Other area football players participating will be Andre Southerland and David E.C. Street of Stonewall Jackson, Michael Combs and Matthew Shiffler of Handley and Moses Coates of Fauquier.
Ted Gartner of Langley, Rodney Billingsley of Fairfax and Grant Renfrow of W.T. Woodson will play in the all-star baseball game Wednesday, July 10, at City Stadium. Other local baseball players selected are Bill Jersey of Gar-Field, Andrew Monroe of Manassas, and Andy Boyer and Ron Griffith of Park View.
Coaches nominated athletes in the four sports and a committee of coaches reviewed the recommendations and made the selections.
For Chuey, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard and a scholarship winner at Liberty Baptist, it will be his first time competing on the court where he will play his college ball and where his father, Robert, once coached before he took his present coaching job at Hayfield.
Lee Cobb, the director of the Office of Economic Development in Lynchburg, enticed the VHSCA into holding its annual meeting in the city. He hopes to sell a total of 20,000 tickets to the four all-star games to cover the cost of, among other things, bringing in guest speakers, housing the athletes and a 20-minute fireworks show at the baseball game.
"City Stadium seats about 15,000 for football and 5,000 for baseball," Cobb said. "I expect to get about 4,000 to 5,000 for each of the four events."
Many of the athletes selected to play have accepted scholarships, but some of the participants have not had offers to compete on the collegiate level.