Four WAHS Student-Athletes to Play at DIII Schools
They've been star athletes the last few years at Western Albemarle High School and now four Warriors are set to continue their playing careers in college.
Kent Henry, Nic Drapans, Steven Hearn, and Chase Stokes are all headed to Division III schools.
No big scholarships, just playing for love of the game. On Monday the guys took part in a ceremonial signing at Western Albemarle.
Quarterback Kent Henry and one of his star receivers Nic Drapanas are both headed to Franklin & Marshall in Pennsylvania.
The duo picked apart opposing defenses. Henry threw for 7,124 career yards leading Western to two district titles and now gets to continue his quarterback career.
Henry says, "I'm pretty pumped, it's the best position in all of sports, I'm excited to able to continue to play."
26 of Henry's career touchdown tosses went to Drapans. Drapanas finished his career with 1,760 receiving yards and two months after Henry committed to Franklin & Marshall, Drapans did the same.
Drapanas says, "I tried not to let it make my decision, because its where I'm ending up for four years. but its easy with F&M being such a great place to be and it was exciting knowing that Kent was going there."
Henry's other star receiver, Steven Hearn is headed to Sewanee. Hearn had over 1,408 yards receiving and 17 career touchdowns at Western albemarle and now heads Southwest to Tennessee.
Hearn says, "The campus is stunning, the academics are amazing. Its actually the second largest campus in the US in terms of acreage. Luckily they needed a wide receiver to go up and get the ball so hopefully I'll be able to help them in that facet of the game."
Another one of Henry's receivers. Chase Stokes will also play in college. Stokes had nine touchdown catches last year but he'll play basketball in college. The sharp shooter is taking his talents to Washington and Lee in Lexington.
Stokes says, "Their style of play is very close to how I like to play so I think it'll be a good fit. It'll feel like a home away from home but getting to do what I love."
Four buddies taking their talents to the next level.
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Marty Hudtloff is the Sports Director at WVIR-TV. He joined the NBC29 sports team in October of 2003. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University. You can reach out to Marty via Email or Twitter.