Prep Notebook: Tolson Changes College Destination, Will Play at Longwood

September 2 - Mike Tolson, a member of the 2019 NOVA Nine Team and the VHSL Class 5 State Player of the Year, had a late-summer change to his college destination and accepted a scholarship offer to play at Longwood. 

Tolson went 10-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 77 innings to lead the Indians (24-3) to the program’s first state championship. He had initially signed to play at Western Carolina. 

“It’s great, it worked out really well,” Stafford coach Tommy Harrison said. “I couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound right hander and infielder will be given an opportunity to play both ways for the Lancers, who went 11-41 overall and 5-22 in the Big South Conference last spring under coach Ryan Mau. 

Area’s Top Football Performances from Week 1

Alex Jreige had 32 carries for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead Madison to a 15-13 win over Marshall in one of several notable performances by area baseball players on the first weekend of high school football. 

The Warhawks’ sophomore running back was joined by four others who had big Week 1 games: Annandale junior quarterback Danny Salisbury, South County junior running back Charlie Miska, C.D. Hylton junior quarterback Tyler Mitchell and Independence sophomore receiver Josh Hand.

Salisbury had 22 carries for 101 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to W.T. Woodson and Hand finished with seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 53-43 loss to Skyline. Mitchell helped the Bulldogs come back to defeat Mount Vernon, passing for 106 yards and a late touchdown in a 35-28 win. And Miska had 10 carries for 49 yards and caught a 35-yard touchdown in a 28-6 win over Woodbridge. 

Beliveau Transfers from IMG Academy to Paul VI

Griffin Beliveau, a Maryland native who attended the IMG Academy in Florida last year, has transferred to Paul VI Catholic for his junior year. 

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA in four appearances last spring with IMG’s Gray team, which finished 14-11. He previously played locally with the C5T Elite and Diamond Skills travel programs prior to attending the Florida academy. 

Beliveau joins a Panthers staff that includes junior right-hander Daniel Quintana, who committed over the weekend to James Madison. He’ll help fill a void after the graduation of ace Nick Ortega and the transfer of Bradley Gagen and Bryce Dolby to Independence. 

Stone Bridge, West Potomac, Riverbend Near Coaching Hires

Stone Bridge is reportedly set to announce a hire soon and West Potomac has completed its interviews as area schools aim to fill head coaching vacancies. 

Openings also exist at Riverbend and Marshall, which opened last week with the departure of Aaron Tarr to become an assistant at Georgetown. Marshall has not yet advertised the position on the Fairfax County Public Schools website. The vacancy at Riverbend has been open since June. 

Over the summer, Herndon hired Steve Frank and Champe hired Scott Van Dusseldorp to fill the other area coaching openings. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Mike Tolson courtesy of Stafford Baseball, Alex Jreige courtesy of Madison Football and Danny Salisbury courtesy of Annandale Football