Historic Triangle Athletes Formally Commit on National Signing Day

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Four Lafayette seniors signed letters of intent to Division I colleges on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Lafayette Athletics)

Four Lafayette athletes signed the dotted line Wednesday, committing to play their respective sports at Division I colleges.

The four athletes — Andre Lipcius, Luc Lipcius, Jenna Beattie and Julia Howard — all signed their letters of intent during a signing ceremony held at Lafayette High School.

Brothers Andre and Luc Lipcius both signed to play baseball for the University of Tennessee, a Division I school. Andre Lipcius committed to the Volunteers last fall, while Luc Lipcius committed over the summer.

“I think it’s good both of them went together. It’s easier on the parents,” joked Lafayette Coach Rick Schenk. “Both of them well deserve it, and they’re going into a good conference to play baseball. I’m very excited for them. They’re both been terrific young men academically and athletically. They’ve been very good for the Lafayette program.”

Both brothers have been four-year starters and were integral parts of Lafayette’s state championship in 2015. Andre Lipcius pitched a complete game in the state championship game, while Luc Lipcius hit the game-winning home run for the Rams.

Jenna Beattie, a senior swimmer who has competed in the National Collegiate Scouting Association Junior National Championships, officially committed to swim for Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

Beattie finished second in the 500 freestyle during the Group 3A state championship, as well as third in the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle.

Howard, who committed to play volleyball for Division I Lafayette College in May, earned second-team All-Conference 18 honors this season after missing more than a month due to an injury.

“The size of the school and the community really drew me to the school,” she said of Lafayette College. “It was a nice feel that it was a small community with something like 2,500 kids and no graduate students, so the professors are really focused on you as an undergraduate. The sense of community that everyone brought, everyone really seems to care about each other and really work hard to show a sense of school spirit and commitment to the school. It reminded me of my high school.”

Three Jamestown Baseball Players Commit to Play DI 

Chris Jones, Kent Klyman and Evan Lowery committed to Division I colleges Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown Athletics)
Chris Jones, Kent Klyman and Evan Lowery committed to Division I colleges Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown Athletics)

Kent Klyman, Evan Lowery and Chris Jones of Jamestown signed to play baseball at Division I colleges on Wednesday.

Klyman, a left-handed pitcher, formally signed to commit to North Carolina State after leading the Eagles to a Bay Rivers District championship in 2015.

A left fielder, Jones signed his name to play for Liberty University in Lynchburg, his top choice for college.

Lowery inked his name to play for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis after verbally committing in July. During the 2015 season, Lowery earned first-team All-State honors after batting .500 and driving in 23 RBIs.

WCA’s Xavier Green to Attend Old Dominion University

Xavier Green formally committed to play basketball at Old Dominion University. (Photo courtesy of WCA Athletics)
Xavier Green formally committed to play basketball at Old Dominion University. (Photo courtesy of WCA Athletics)

With friends and family in attendance Wednesday, Williamsburg Christian Academy basketball player Xavier Green signed his letter of intent to attend Old Dominion University.

Standing 6-foot-5, Green chose to sign with ODU over James Madison University and East Carolina, as well as Xavier, Cincinnati, Creighton and Wichita State – programs known for frequently reaching the NCAA Tournament.

During an interview with WYDaily.com in September, Green said he expects to step in and contribute immediately as a freshman at ODU.