Blacksburg High School recognized six student athletes earlier today in the school’s library who will continue their careers next year in college. Henry Carman, Henry Coddington, Emily Fitch, Jamie Hollimion, Miles Kominsky and Kade Wheeler, all signed letters of intent.
Carman, a senior back, has committed to play soccer and study at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, an NCAA Division III institution in the perennially powerful Old Dominion Athletic Conference. He has earned the Presidential Scholarship, the top academic award at the college. In his sophomore season, Carman was a key reserve for the Bruins who finished the season as regional champions and state runner-up. As a junior, he was voted a team captain by his teammates and helped lead them to district, region, and state championships, and a number four spring national ranking by MaxPreps.
Coddington, a senior on the Cross Country and Track and Field Teams, has committed to continue his running and academic endeavors at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina. He plans to be a member of the Honors Program at Louisburg, and take classes geared towards Environmental Studies before continuing his next two years of college following Louisburg. Louisburg is a member of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association).
During his time at Blacksburg High School, Coddington has been a 3x All-State athlete and 5x All-Region athlete. He was a member of the first place 2016 3A Cross Country state championship team, in which Henry finished 10th as a sophomore. Henry also finished 14th at the 2018 4A Cross Country State meet, and was eighth in the 3200m at the 4A Indoor Track state meet, as well as being the 1600m champion at the Indoor Regional Meet. Coddington was also a member of the runner-up 2019 4A Indoor Track team. In addition to athletics, he is a member of Spanish National Honor Society.
Fitch, a senior on the Track and Field and Cross Country teams will sign a letter of intent to continue her cross country and track career at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. George Mason is a member of the NCAA One Atlantic-10 Conference.
Fitch lettered four years in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, earning multiple All-Conference, All-Region, and eight All-State honors. Fitch was All-Metro 1st Team honors.
As a freshman, she won the 2015 Blacksburg Invitational and broke the Pulaski-Airport course record by over three minutes, as a sophomore. Fitch also was a member of the teams that earned bids to Nike Cross Nationals in 2016 and 2017. In track and field, Fitch was part of the 2017 4×800 meter relay 3A State Champions, 2017 Region 4D Champion in the 3200 meter race, and 2018 4×800 and 4xMile relays that qualified for New Balance Indoor and Outdoor Nationals.
Fitch was honored to receive the “Most Improved” award for 2017 Indoor Track and the 2018 Cross Country Bruin Award. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Treasurer and President of Interact Club. At George Mason University, she plans to pursue a degree in business, with an interest in Forensic Accounting.
Hollimion, a senior captain and goalie has committed to further his education and play lacrosse at the University of Saint Joseph of Connecticut. USJC competes in the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference. Hollimion has been leading from the goal since the inception of the BHS club lacrosse team in 2017, his sophomore year. He earned his first varsity letter as a junior on the inaugural BHS varsity lacrosse team. Finishing that season with an impressive 61% save percentage, he earned team MVP and 2018 All American Conference Honorable Mention honors.
Kominsky, a senior member of the track and field, cross country and basketball teams, has signed a letter of intent to continue his track and field career for Davidson College. Davidson College is a NCAA Division 1 school where he has earned an athletic scholarship in track. Miles will be majoring in communications with a specialty in sports analytics. Kominsky transferred to Blacksburg High School in 2018 from West Virginia. As a junior, Miles was the 2018 State Champion in the 800 meters and a member 4 x 800 relay team in 2017 in West Virginia.
Wheeler, a senior midfielder, has also committed to play soccer and study at Hampden-Sydney College. In spite of an injury which sidelined him for several matches as a junior forward, he led the Bruins in goal scoring with fifteen, including two in the state championship match vs. Grafton High School.
Wheeler led a balanced attack as Blacksburg won district, region, and state championships, and earned the number four spring national ranking by Max Preps. The Bruins were also ranked number one in Virginia among all classifications. An excellent student, he was part of the United Soccer Coaches Association’s recognition of Blacksburg for the Team Academic Achievement Award.
—Blacksburg High School