Britani Carter, Tera Walker and Jessica Wilber each played basketball for a different high school this past year, and they each will play basketball for a different college next year. But this summer, the three Fauquier County residents will be teammates on the Fauquier Athletic Association Foxes, a 17-and-under team that will be competing in the AAU National Tournament July 3 to 10 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Carter (Liberty High), Walker (Fauquier) and Wilber (Notre Dame) have played for Coach Greg Carter (no relation to Britani Carter) on the Foxes since they were 11 years old. This is their fifth -- and final -- national tournament together.
"This is it for the girls and for me. All of these girls are going on to college, all of them are going to be playing basketball [in college], and I'm very proud of that," Greg Carter said.
"But look at me," he added with a laugh, "I've got a lot of gray hair because of them."
Britani Carter, a 5-foot-11 forward, will play for Queens College (N.C.); Wilber, a 5-7 guard, will play for Pfeiffer College (N.C.); and Walker, a 5-8 guard, will play for Virginia State, according to Greg Carter.
Those three are joined on the Foxes by three players from Woodbridge High School -- Orion Wake, Tamika Dudley and Kanee Booth -- and Charlottesville High School guard Angel Johnson. Last year, Fauquier finished 27th out of 83 teams at the 16-and-under tournament in Indianapolis.
Fauquier qualified for this year's national tournament by winning the 10-team state tournament in May. The Foxes beat the Boo Williams team from Hampton in the championship game.
The Foxes are the lone representative from Virginia among the 57 teams in the 17-and-under division. Pool play begins Saturday, and Fauquier will face Arizona Elite, Michigan Spartans and North Tartan (Minn.).
"It's not a picnic down there; you're constantly going to things," Greg Carter said. "When these girls were 12, we took them to Orlando. We were there for eight days, and they never got to see Disney World. It's a very busy time, but it's also a fun time."
The Fauquier Knights 15-and-under basketball team also has qualified for a national tournament; the Knights will travel to Winter Haven, Fla., July 10 to 17 for the Youth Basketball of America national tournament.
The Knights, who are coached by Greg Woodsmall, feature five players from Liberty -- juniors Jenny Gray, Regina Ford and Krystal Hermes, and sophomores Jen Olinger and Randi Jones -- and two players from Fauquier -- junior Katie Moore and sophomore Allyson Rugge. They qualified by winning the eight-team state tournament in late May.
Local Athletes Picked
Six local athletes have been selected to compete in the Virginia High School Coaches Association senior all-star games, which will be played in the Hampton area July 12 to 15.
Liberty quarterback Hank Meadows and wide receiver Jesse Leach will team up one final time for the East team in the football game July 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Hampton's Darling Stadium.
Two Northwestern District rivals -- Loudoun Valley pitcher Jennifer Potts and Fauquier catcher Jamie Gambardella -- will be teammates in the softball game, which will be played July 14 at 2 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton. Potts and Gambardella are on the East team.
Potomac Falls defender Brandi Barfield will play for the West team in the girls soccer game at 6 p.m. July 13 at Darling Stadium. In volleyball, Fauquier hitter Heather Kelley will play for the East team July 13 at 2 p.m. at Heritage High School in Newport News.
Fauquier High School baseball coach Sam Johnson will help coach the East team in the baseball game, set for 7:30 p.m. July 14 at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk.
Potts Gets Honor
Jennifer Potts, a left-handed pitcher who will play for Longwood College next year, was named the Group AA player of the year in softball by the VHSCA. She was the only local player to earn first-team all-state honors in softball; Fauquier All-Met outfielder Tasha Galecki was named to the third team in AA.
Two Broad Run players also were named third-team all-state in AAA: freshman pitcher Christy Anch and junior shortstop Autumn Wacker.
Fauquier's Mark Connelly, the school's career leader in goals, earned second-team all-state honors in AA boys soccer. In baseball, Loudoun Valley outfielder Trip Wilhelm was named honorable mention all-state in AA, and Broad Run outfielder Brad Bauder was honorable mention in AAA.