Shawn Szakelyhidi has been named the first baseball coach at Colonial Forge High School, which is scheduled to open this fall. Szakelyhidi, 26, was the head coach at Virginia AA Spotsylvania High School the past two seasons.
The new high school, the fourth in Stafford County, will field varsity and junior varsity baseball teams despite not having any seniors its first year.
"We'll have a lot of younger players," said Szakelyhidi, a standout baseball and football player at Chancellor High who played baseball at Elon College.
"We need to develop a winning attitude as soon as possible. That tends to be contagious."
The new coach has scheduled an interest meeting for players and parents at 7 p.m. Thursday at Landing Creek Elementary School. But finding enough players is not a concern, he said.
"Baseball is pretty big time" in Stafford, Szakelyhidi said. "Getting a lot of kids out shouldn't be a problem."
The hiring of Szakelyhidi and Sarah Mallard (girls tennis), who comes to Stafford from the Greensboro, N.C., area, leaves boys lacrosse as the only head coaching position unfilled.
VHSCA All-Star Games
Sherman Rivers was not in the West starting lineup for the Virginia High School Coaches Association boys basketball all-star game at the Hampton Coliseum on Monday night.
But Tidewater area fans who wanted a glimpse of the incoming William and Mary freshman were not disappointed. The 6-foot Rivers nailed a trio of three-pointers--two coming from NBA range--and finished with a game-high 23 points. The East won, 121-110.
In Williamsburg, where he is participating in a summer program at William and Mary, Rivers already is making the transition to college. He has become fast friends with another freshman basketball player, whom he plans to room with in the fall: Alex English Jr., the son of former NBA great Alex English.
In the girls game, a 95-68 West victory, Woodbridge's Orion Wake scored two points for the winners. Wake had just returned from Texas, where she and fellow Woodbridge Vikings Tamika Dudley and Kanee Booth played for the 17-under Fauquier Foxes in the AAU national tournament. The Foxes went 1-3.
In other VHSCA action this week, Gar-Field's Christopher Einsmann scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the West squad to a 3-2 victory over the East in boys soccer Tuesday. Einsmann was named the West's most valuable player.
In the girls game, Rigel Lockett of North Stafford scored a goal in the West's 5-1 victory.
In Thursday night's VHSCA football all-star game, Osbourn linebacker Elmer Holmes was named West MVP in a game dominated by defense and won by the East, 7-3. Hylton wide receiver Boyd Ouden led the West receiving corps with four catches for 32 yards.
North Carolina-bound Daniel Davis of Brooke Point, Virginia AAA's all-time leading rusher, was held to 11 yards on eight carries.