Potomac Falls High School senior Dan Gitzen had arranged a couple of visits to colleges this spring, but as soon as he visited Shepherd College in West Virginia, he knew that was where he wanted to play college baseball. Gitzen will sign a letter-of-intent to play for the Division II Rams this week.
"It seems like the baseball team gets a lot of attention," Gitzen said. "It was my goal throughout high school to play college baseball. It's something that I'll be able to sit back one day and tell my kids about."
Gitzen batted .319 with 10 RBI and one home run during his senior year and was named second-team all-Concorde District and co-MVP of the Panthers. He also was the starting catcher for last year's 16-year-old Babe Ruth World Series host team.
This summer, Gitzen is playing with Sterling Post 150, catching pitchers such as Chris Null and Chris Davis (both honorable mention All-Met selections), to prepare for college baseball.
"I like to have a little bit of pressure on me. I love competition; if there's a guy who's better than me, I'm going to try and work to be better than him," Gitzen said.
In May, Shepherd lost to West Virginia State in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship game and finished with a 24-19 record. . . .
Fauquier senior Darcy Ashby will play volleyball for Neumann College, a Division III school in Aston, Pa., in the fall. Ashby was a captain of the Fauquier volleyball team, which advanced to the Region II quarterfinals.
At Neumann, she will join a Knights team that finished second in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championships last season.
Area Resident Picked
Upperville resident Melissa Noe was surprised she was chosen for the 12th annual Capital Lacrosse Classic High School Showcase game, which brings together 40 of the top female players in the Washington area.
Noe's surprise soon turned into nervousness when she realized she would be on the field with players from area powerhouses such as St. Stephen's/St. Agnes and National Cathedral. But Noe more than held her own, scoring an early goal in the game, which was held Sunday at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
"I was extremely nervous. I didn't know what kind of spread there would be between my level of play and theirs," said Noe, who just finished her junior year at Middleburg's Foxcroft School. "When you go into a game like that, where everyone is so good, you have a tendency to step back a little, and to stop and watch."
Noe, who transferred to Foxcroft from Notre Dame Academy, scored 37 goals in eight games for the Foxes and was named her team's MVP. She also plays field hockey and basketball, but said she will probably start to focus on lacrosse.
"There are so many things you can take away from a game like [Sunday's]. The experience of playing with a different group of people -- it teaches you how to play with players you aren't used to," Noe said. "We didn't have any practices before the game, we went out there and played, and the team played amazingly well."
Super 44 Selections
Defensive back Jordan Grantham and wide receiver Dan Evans have been selected to compete in the Super 44 football all-star game July 24 at W.T. Woodson High School. The game, which pits a team of graduated seniors from Northern Virginia against a team from Maryland, had been known as the Chesapeake Classic for the past six years.
Grantham, a Potomac Falls senior, was named second team all-Concorde District as a defensive back in the fall. He played strong and free safety for the Panthers and recovered two fumbles, one for a touchdown. Evans, a South Riding resident who attended Paul VI, was one of the Washington area's leading wide receivers in the fall. He caught 59 passes for 1,187 yards and 11 touchdowns.