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Two Seahorse stars sign to play Division I football

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Above, seated from left, are football standouts Jamar Darboe and Steven Stilianos; and back row, Christchurch School athletic director Shannon Fisher, coach Keith Bloom, coach Ed Homer, coach John Dehm and school headmaster Jeb Byers. Not pictured is coach Mark Viser.

Christchurch School seniors Steven Stilianos and Jamar Darboe made their NCAA Division I football commitments on Wednesday, December 20, signing their National Letters of Intent on the first day of the NCAA’s first-ever Early Signing Period. Stilianos committed to Lafayette College of the Patriot League, and Darboe committed to Coastal Carolina University in the Sun Belt Conference.

Both Stilianos and Darboe were four-year players for the Seahorses, leading the team to its VISAA Division II State Championship in 2017.

As freshmen, both appeared in Christchurch’s state championship bid in 2014, but ultimately the team lost to Fredericksburg Christian. This year, they vowed to finish the deal and bring the trophy (won in the 2011 State Championship) back home. After losing their opening game of the regular season, they finished the remainder of the season undefeated.

The Seahorses entered the playoffs seeded fourth and defeated top-ranked Blue Ridge School in the first round, and then traveled to Norfolk Christian, where they accomplished their goal.

Stilianos was named first team All-State defensive end and second team quarterback, and was selected as the VISAA State and VA Preps Player-of-the-Year. He is the son of Scott and Ruth Stilianos of Hayes.

Darboe, who fielded multiple Division I offers, was selected first team All-State as both running back and linebacker. He is the son of Eunice Flowers of Kinston, N.C. 

posted 01.03.2018

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