Prince Lee and T.J. Disney, both of whom have started for Park View's football team for three years, will transfer for their senior seasons.
Lee said he will attend his first class at Centreville on Monday, and Disney will move in with his father in Germantown, Md., and enroll at Seneca Valley next fall. Both players started for the Patriots in the Virginia AA Division 4 final in 2000 as freshmen. In their three seasons, Park View won 31 of 35 games.
Lee, an All-Extra running back, had been living in Sterling with his grandmother, but she decided to move to the District. Lee said that he does not know his father and that his mother is deceased, so he will live with foster parents in the Centreville school district.
"It's a better move for me because it will help me out with my grades," said Lee, who rushed for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. "But it's my senior year, and I have a lot of feelings" at Park View. "I'm leaving my whole class there, so I'm going to miss it."
Disney, a 250-pound linebacker and fullback, said his move is predicated on enhancing his exposure to college recruiters. Seneca Valley won a Maryland-record 12th state championship last season.
"You get more recognition from colleges because it's a bigger school, and it will give me greater opportunities," Disney said. "But I'm going to be [at Park View] at their first game. My heart's still there."
Soon after Park View's loss in the state final in 1999, starters Nick Smith, Dustin Dudinski and Kyle Mazaris -- all juniors -- transferred. Smith went to Centreville, and Dudinski and Mazaris attended DeMatha.
Like Father, Like Son
For Fauquier senior defensive back Josh Campbell, the reward for being invited to play in the Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star game this summer is not just being able to play with the state's premier football players. Campbell will have the opportunity to duplicate an achievement of his father, Cecil, who played in the 1974 game after graduating from Fauquier.
"It's a real big accomplishment," he said. "I get to say that I truly followed in his footsteps."
Liberty senior guard Kalani Heppe will join Campbell in the game scheduled in July at Darling Stadium in Hampton.
The AA Region II defensive player of the year, Campbell has still not found a roster spot on a college team. He has been invited to walk on, with the chance of earning a scholarship as a sophomore, at North Carolina State, where, coincidentally, his father played. But Campbell said he doubts he will pursue that option.
Campbell "wasn't getting much attention from colleges," Fauquier Coach Tom Ferrell said. "This will be another chance for coaches to get another look at him."
Campbell is the first Falcon to be selected to the game since linebacker Dan Smith was invited in 1990.
Liberty, however, is becoming a frequent contributor to this game. Last summer, guard Brandon Gore and defensive lineman Terry Culbertson played in the East's 21-7 victory.
"Getting invited was definitely rewarding," said Heppe, who has signed with North Carolina State. "Anytime you can represent you school, it definitely opens everyone's eyes, and that's what has happened with us."
Spring Sports Delayed
The series of snowstorms in February has not only uprooted winter sports schedules but also delayed the start of spring sports.
With snow still covering most outdoor fields, team tryouts have yet to begin at area schools. Spring season is the busiest and most difficult to plan because all activities are outdoors and hinge on cooperative weather.
For example, the Liberty baseball field was covered with 11 inches of snow Friday afternoon, Athletic Director Jerry Carter said. He figured that it would need about two weeks to melt, adding that fields may not be in playing condition until April 1. March 17 is the regular-season start date for spring sports, according to the Virginia High School League calendar.
Dulles District athletic directors are to meet Monday, and the Northwestern District convenes Tuesday, to discuss ways to amend schedules without jeopardizing the season. "What we're trying to do is be safe and not put anyone at risk," Carter said. "At the same time, though, we don't want to cheat anyone out of a season."