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Henderson commits to North Carolina

Lake Braddock quarterback Caleb Henderson ended his extensive recruiting process last Thursday, verbally committing to play at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2014.

The 6-foot-4, 226-pound junior entertained offers from a number of schools, including Virginia, Maryland, Miami, Boston College, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue and Marshall. Henderson and his father, Eric, were planning to visit Virginia Tech on Friday, followed by Tennessee on Saturday and possibly Georgia on Sunday or Monday. But Henderson cut the tour short after his second visit to Chapel Hill last Wednesday left him with a decisive feeling about the school.

Henderson was influenced in part by the Tar Heels’ starting quarterback, Bryn Renner, a West Springfield graduate whose father, Bill, is a former Lake Braddock assistant.

Rated the country’s 65th best prospect at any position, Henderson completed 210 of 327 pass attempts for 2,435 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first season with the Bruins last year. The West Potomac transfer also ran for 453 yards and nine touchdowns.

Robinson hires football coach

Robinson Secondary School chose an interim head football coach last Friday, selecting former Robinson principal Dan Meier. Administrators have asked Meier, who stepped down from his duties as principal on April 1, to take on the role as interim coach while the school awaits a new principal who could either retain Meier or hire a new coach.

Director of Student Activities Jeff Ferrell and fellow administrators initially thought they would have a new principal picked out in February, but the position has recently been reopened, leaving the athletic department in a state of uncertainty for the time being.

In November, Meier dismissed the football team’s previous coach, Trey Taylor, who led the Rams to a 9-13 record in two seasons at the helm.

Meier, 58, coached West Potomac and Chantilly to state titles before leaving the sidelines in 1997 to enter administration. His West Potomac teams compiled a 68-16 record in seven seasons that featured a Division 6 title in 1989 and a Division 5 championship in 1990. He produced a 47-12 mark at Chantilly, highlighted by a Division 6 title in 1996.

Herndon Cadets win Spicer Cup

Herndon High’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) rifle team won the Spicer Cup last week, taking down West Potomac in the championship match, 913-859. Herndon finished the competition with a 911-point average, the highest in tournament history.

Regionally ranked Cadet Zach Taylor took top honors for shooting the leading score, teaming alongside Alastair Young, Marshall Wilkins and Allison Maxwell. Herndon defeated fellow Fairfax County JROTC Rifle League teams Edison (Army), Hayfield (Army), Mount Vernon (Marines), South Lakes (Army) and West Potomac (Army) to lay claim to its eighth title in the tournament’s 11-year history.

Chantilly High prepares for golf tourney

The Class of 2015 at Chantilly High School is getting ready to host its second annual golf tournament on April 25. Hosted alongside the school’s varsity golf team and History Club, Thursday’s event will kick off at 9 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Golf Club.

Community members, friends, family and local businesses are welcome to sign up for the tournament, which will cost $115 per golfer or $460 per team. Hole sponsorships cost $115. Funds will go directly to the Class of 2015 to help subsidize class dues and activities.

The tournament, played in a captain’s choice scramble format, will feature Long Drive and Closest to the Pin contests, along with a putting contest prior to its start. There will also be a Hole-in-One contest sponsored by Pohanka Acura with the chance to win a new car.

Pre-registration is currently underway, but walk-up registration will also be accepted. For more information contact Carmen Wise at clwise@fcps.edu.