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Two-time defending Prep League champs return five starters

Members of the 2012-13 Christchurch varsity basketball team are, front row from left, Wellington Goddin, Mike Baerga, Josh Gravett, Jamie Wilson, Austin Abell and Tucker Fitzhugh; middle row, Eric Au, Xingxin Fu, Julian Reed, Harrison Burton, Brendan Cole, Nick Douglas, Jordan Wallace and Robert Frazee; and back row, Will Olenyik, Davis Horbal, Quinn Randall, Willis Mackey, Devin Robinson, Justin Peebles, Mitch MacDonald and David Koenig.

The Christchurch School varsity boys basketball team is coming off a 25-8 season last year, including a 10-2 mark in Virginia Prep League play and winning the Virginia Prep League championship for the second consecutive year.

The Seahorses reached the Virginia Independent Schools (VISAA) state semifinals for the second consecutive year.

The Seahorses were led by junior guard Julian Reed (Apex, N.C.), who lead the team in scoring at 17.8 points per game, finishing among the league leaders in points, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, and free throw percentage. Reed was named All-Prep League and 1st Team All-State in recognition of his outstanding sophomore season.

Senior guard and 3-point sharpshooter Jamie Wilson (West Point) finished second on the team in scoring with 15.8 points and he also added 4.1 assists per game. Wilson was named All-Prep and 2nd Team All-State for his efforts.

Seniors Brendan Cole (Hampton) and Jordan Wallace (Hampton) each put together solid all-around years, finishing third and fourth on the team in scoring, respectively. Cole, who was among the conference leaders in free throw attempts, and Wallace, who was named MVP of the Virginia Prep League Tournament, will be challenged to be leaders of this year’s team.

The Seahorses also received a strong boost from senior forward Davis Horbal (Virginia Beach), who stepped into a starting role last season and quickly became one of the team’s key contributors.

Returning senior Mitch MacDonald (Midlothian) should add depth up front.

There also are several talented newcomers—Nick Douglas (Mechanicsville), Justin Peebles (Mechanicsville), and Devin Robinson (Chesterfield). Each will be counted on to fill several roles on this year’s team.

“We look to be headed back to the state tournament for the eighth straight season and challenge for the league championship in 2012-13,” said CCS coach Ben Thompson, who has been selected as the Virginia Prep League Coach-of-the-Year the past two seasons.

Captains for the 2012-13 year are Jamie Wilson, Brendan Cole, Jordan Wallace and Julian Reed.

posted 12.05.2012

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