Usie Miller scored 15 points and had eight rebounds as the Wolverines blew out Albemarle in its season opener.
Lyndon White, Evan Skjellaug and Justin Tuckson added 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Tuckson contributed five assists, and Skjellaug grabbed four steals.




Lyndon White scored six points and added two steals in overtime to help North Stafford escape with a 67–62 Commonwealth District win against visiting Massaponax on Tuesday night.
White finished with five steals and a game-high 20 points for the Wolverines, who travel to Riverbend on Friday.



Prep Boys Basketball: Wolverines stay hot


Getting off to a fast start is an important key for most high school basketball teams. For visiting North Stafford on Friday night, it turned out to be the difference in an exciting 60–57 Commonwealth District victory over Colonial Forge. The defending district champions took charge early with their aggressive play on both ends of the court and then held off a furious rally by the Eagles in the closing minutes to capture their eighth win in 10 games.

The Wolverines (8–2, 5–1) built their only double-digit lead of the night at the end of the first period, 20–10, and then spent the rest of the evening fighting off a resilient Forge team that refused to go away. “[Colonial Forge] can shoot the ball,” said North Stafford coach Brad Lear. “They kept battling and didn’t quit. But we didn’t either. It was an exciting game.”

The Wolverines kept the lead for the entire game, but not before Colonial Forge made things interesting in the second half in front of a vocal crowd.

After their slow start, the Eagles (7–6, 5–3) chipped away at the deficit and narrowed the lead to a single point on two occasions. Guard Marco Haskins’ 3-point basket made it 58–57 with 12 seconds left, but teammate T.J. Flood’s potential game-tying shot at the buzzer rimmed out.

The victorious Wolverines got a big lift from three of their seniors—Lyndon White, Brandon Ravenel and Usie Miller—and sophomore Justin Tuckson. Ravenel keyed their early spurt, scoring nine of his 12 points in the first quarter, when North Stafford made good on seven of its first 13 field goal attempts.

White, who led the Wolverines’ offense with 19 points, played a huge role in the victory, especially in the exciting finish, when he sank five of six free-throws in the final minute.

After trailing 51–43 with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Colonial Forge trimmed the margin to 53–51 on an inside shot by Alleyne and then pulled to within one (58–57) on Haskins’ 3-pointer. But White and forward Anthony Shegog both connected on free-throws to seal the win. Shegog’s second miss gave the Eagles one more shot, but they couldn’t convert as time expired.

“I was actually pretty nervous,” said White, who is a returning starter from last season’s championship team. “But coach Lear always says to relax and just get the ball over the rim. That’s what I did.”



Prep Boys Basketball: Wolverines show mettle


A brutal stretch of five games in eight days was just one of the concerns for North Stafford coach Brad Lear before Friday night’s game against Stafford. Starting with their game against the Indians, the Wolverines were scheduled to play four more games in the upcoming week, including a showdown with Commonwealth District leader Mountain View on Tuesday.

Added to that imposing task was playing Friday’s game against Stafford and tonight’s home contest against Colonial Forge without the services of team leader and No. 2 scorer, Brandon Ravenel, who is at James Madison University on a football visit. Losing the athleticism and scoring of Ravenel presented a challenge to the Wolverines, who were down to 10 players.

But this is a veteran team and they played like one against the Indians, building a 20-point lead at the half, and then gritting out a 57–50 district victory to stay within one game of the Wildcats.“With Brandon out, we needed everybody to step up,” said senior Lyndon White, who scored 12 points and helped the Wolverines fight off a spirited second-half rally by Stafford. “We have a lot of weapons.”

A balanced scoring attack was a big factor in the Wolverines’ success, as well as another strong night on the backboards. Three players scored in double figures. Besides White’s 12 points, hustling guard Jordan Thompson contributed 13 and a strong floor game, while Usie Miller added 10 and several key rebounds.

After leading by eight at the end of the first period, Thompson, White and Justin Tuckson sparked a strong second quarter for North Stafford that eventually was too much for Stafford to overcome. Thompson and White drained back-to-back treys to get an 18–6 run started. Tuckson connected on two of his own late in the quarter and the Wolverines took a 34–14 lead into the locker room.

Faced with a 20-point deficit, Stafford (7–7, 4–6) showed its mettle in the second half. With guard Quan Evans (20 points) and forward Evan Greening (15 points, 12 rebounds) leading the way, the Indians outscored their hosts 36–23 in the final two quarters, but couldn’t complete the comeback.




Lyndon White had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead homestanding North Stafford to a 46–41 Commonwealth District boys basketball win against Orange on Wednesday night.




Lyndon White scored 14 points to lead North Stafford to a Commonwealth District win. Usie Miller recorded 11 rebounds for the Wolverines (12–4, 9–3), who visit Massaponax next Friday.





Trejon McGee had 20 points and T.J. Jones 21, leading North Stafford to a Commonwealth District win.
Lyndon White had a team-high 10 assists and McGee grabbed eight rebounds for the Wolverines, who play at Stafford on Friday.



Prep Boys Basketball: North Stafford muscles past Indians


North Stafford basketball coach Brad Lear believes his team isn’t quite at the point it needs to be at this stage of the season—but it’s getting mighty close.

Last night, the Commonwealth District-leading Wolverines used their athleticism to outscore pesky Stafford, 69–56, and claim their fourth straight victory. Five players scored in double figures to lead the way.

Sharpshooting forward Trejon McGee set the pace with 16 points, three blocked shots and nine rebounds. Play-making guard T.J. Jones wasn’t far behind with 14 points and a strong floor game. Brandon Ravenel added 13 points, and Usie Miller and Lyndon White 10 apiece.

The win kept the Wolverines (12–2 overall, 9–1 in the district) at the top of the Commonwealth standings, while Stafford dropped to 7–7, 5–5. “There’s no easy games in this conference,” Lear said. “The first thing I to told our players was that we’re not quite where we want to be yet. But we’re close and we’re going to keep working to get there.”

Last night their work paid big dividends, especially in the second quarter, when they took Stafford’s best shot after building an early lead. With McGee and Jones leading the way, the Wolverines connected on seven of 15 shots from the field in the first quarter and led 18–9 at the break.

But Stafford’s Da’Shawn Harris made a steal and then scored on a breakaway dunk to spark an 8–2 run by the Indians to start the second quarter. His basket brought the Stafford crowd to its feet and momentum appeared to be shifting the Indians’ way. Things appeared even brighter for Stafford when Evan Greening’s power move inside trimmed the deficit to two points (25–23) with two minutes left before intermission.

But the Wolverines have become a resilient team this season that has learned how to win games with its athleticism and teamwork. During the next two minutes, it put that athleticism on display.

Jones buried two straight jump shots from the key and then added a driving layup in the lane as the Wolverines ended the quarter with a 10–2 spurt. The lead would grow to as many as 16 points in the second half.

“I think everybody is really getting comfortable with their roles now, both on offense and defense,” Jones said. Those roles have carried them to new heights so far. The backcourt play of White, Ravenel and Jones has been complemented nicely by the inside presence of McGee and Miller. 

On Tuesday, North Stafford travels to Mountain View to face the Wildcats, the only district to defeat them this season. Stafford visits James Monroe for a nondistrict contest on the same night.



Prep Roundup: Basketball, Swimming


T.J. Jones led the Wolverines with 16 points and Lyndon White added 11 as the North Stafford boys basketball team squeaked out a 50–47 win Saturday over visiting Woodbridge. The Wolverines will travel to Riverbend for a Commonwealth matchup on Tuesday.




T.J. Jones had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead North Stafford to a 64–54 Commonwealth District boys basketball win at Riverbend on Tuesday night. Lyndon White chipped in 15 points and four steals, while Trejon McGee led all scorers with 19 points for the Wolverines.

DeAndre Davis and Elijah Brown combined for 23 points to lead the Bears, who visit Colonial Forge Wednesday night. North Stafford hosts Brooke Point on Friday.



Prep athletes shine in Commonwealth District


Boys Basketball

It was a busy weekend for a number of clubs, and it was a successful one for North Stafford. The Wolverines won two games in as many days to boost their record to 15-3 overall and 11-2 within the league. On Friday, T.J. Jones scored 28 points and was responsible for both of North Stafford’s three-pointers in a 62-50 triumph over Massaponax. Lyndon White was superb on the defensive end, blocking seven shots and collecting six steals.

One day later, it was the Wolverines taking down an out-of-district foe – Woodbridge. Led again by Jones (16 points) and White (11 points), North Stafford was on the winning side of a much tighter contest, 50-47.



 Prep Basketball: All-district teams  



Commonwealth District boys basketball champion North Stafford swept the top honors in all-district voting, with player of the year T.J. Jones and coach of the year Brad Lear.

First team: T.J. Jones (NS); Dashawn Harris (St); Mario Gills (BP); Trevon Jones (Ma); Carlton Carter (BP); Tre'von Walton (Rb).

Second team: Lucas Brown (MV); Trejon McGee (NS); Joe Wilson (MV); Tyler Seal (Or); Marco Haskins (CF); Ryan Corp (BP).

Honorable mention: Lyndon White (NS); Jacolby Hawkins (St); Mason Stutler (MV); Evan Greening (St); Kendall Hawkins (Al); Lee Carneal (Al); Omar Kemp (Rb).



#1 - North Stafford Wolverines (22-3)

Quite honestly, there hasn't been a bigger surprise at the Group AAA level if you ask me than the North Stafford Wolverines. I'm not shocked that they are in the playoffs and a dangerous team, but their 22 victories and first Commonwealth District Championship since 1986 was not something expected back in December. Coach Brad Lear was deservedly awarded for the job he's done by being named Commonwealth District Coach of the Year, and he'll be the first to tell you none of it would be possible without senior guard T.J. Jones, an All-State performer that transferred in before the season from South Carolina.

When Eric Shaw transferred to Fredericksburg Christian and two-sport athlete Anthony Shegog was listed out with a torn labrum for the rest of the year, they looked to be in trouble. Jones wasn't having any of it, putting up averages of 22.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game during the regular season to make North Stafford a real threat to go to the State Playoffs. The 6-foot-3 tandem of senior Trejon McGee, who scored 14 points his time out, and junior swingman Lyndon White, a really unheralded and unselfish player, can certainly make names for themselves in this postseason with all eyes on Jones. Junior guard Brandon Ravenel is playing real well as of late, too.

As good as the offense has been, don't forget about the defense as they held Mountain View to 43 points in a 17-point triumph in the district tourney. Without much size on the front-line, North Stafford is going to rely on their defense, ball pressure and backcourt play to carry them, and Jones is talented enough to get in the regional final.


Northwest Region Boys Basketball: Wolverines prowl on


A batch of T–shirts commemorating the North Stafford boys basketball team’s district title arrived at the school yesterday. But before the Wolverines had a chance to try them on, head coach Brad Lear made sure they stayed in the box. “I told them we were not going to celebrate a district title unless we were sure that was all we were going to win this year,” Lear said. And on Tuesday night, this scrappy group ensured that its shirts would stay tucked away for at least two more days.

North Stafford burst to a large early lead, withstood a late flurry and held on for a 67–53 win over Potomac in a Northwest Region quarterfinal. “We didn’t come this far to only come this far,” North Stafford junior Lyndon White said. “We had to win this.”

The victory marks the latest first in a season that has been full of them for North Stafford. It was the program’s first-ever regional victory, and now it is one step away from clinching a berth in its first-ever state tournament. On Thursday night, the Wolverines will visit Osbourn in a regional semifinal. The two teams scrimmaged at the start of this season. “They’re like Potomac, but a lot bigger,” Lear said. “It’ll be an uphill battle. We know we’re outsized, but we know that going into every game.”

The anticipation heading into the game against Potomac was palpable. White said he and his parents even had a three-person pep rally at their home on Wednesday, blasting music and getting ready. “It was tough to concentrate at school today,” he said.

If the Wolverines were nervous at the start, it didn’t show. They burst to a 21–10 lead in the first quarter, and continued their surge in the second. With 4:18 left before halftime, freshman Justin Tuckson converted a layup as he was fouled, sparking a 10–0 flurry that gave the Wolverines a 33–12 lead. They appeared loose, relaxed and ready to seize the moment. “We were just pushing the ball and getting easy buckets,” senior point guard T.J. Jones said, “and everyone got going.”

The Wolverines led at halftime, 41–21, and danced off to their locker room. Lear saw the excitement; it concerned him a bit. “I sent a captain in there and said to remind them that the first half is over, and I don’t want to see any smiles when I get in there,” he said. “We clapped for about eight seconds, and got right back to business.”

The Panthers, who had seemed listless for much of the first half, were a different team in the third quarter. After North Stafford extended its lead to 22 points, Potomac used a full-court pressure defense to key a 13–0 run that lasted just over three minutes. A layup by Randall Haynes pulled the Panthers within 45–37. The 22-point lead was gone, and a stunning comeback was in motion.

“We thought we had a big enough lead and we were kind of lackadaisical,” White said. “We had to pick it up again.” 

The Wolverines went to a five-guard lineup for much of the second half, and they had success against Potomac’s pressure. Every time the Panthers seemed ready to pull closer, the Wolverines pulled away. With 3:07 remaining in the game, White was fouled as he converted a putback, making it 61–49. Potomac could get no closer than 10 points after that, and North Stafford held on for the win, setting up the next big game of this big season.



Boys’ basketball: North Stafford holds off Potomac (Va.)

By Preston Williams


When Potomac (Va.) was amid a run in the third quarter Tuesday night at North Stafford, chipping away to eight at what had been a 21-point lead, there had to have been a collective feeling among the home supporters that this is what generally happens in the Virginia AAA Northwest Region playoffs: Teams from the Cardinal District or elsewhere beat teams from the Commonwealth District.

Not this time. North Stafford had built such a room-for-error lead that the Panthers never got any closer than eight points. With a 67-53 quarterfinal victory, the first region tournament triumph in school history, the Wolverines are one win away from becoming just the second Stafford County boys’ basketball team to ever qualify for the state tournament.

North Stafford (23-3) plays at Osbourn (22-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday in a region semifinal. The teams scrimmaged at Osbourn in December. The other semi, Gar-Field at Patrick Henry-Roanoke at 6 p.m. Thursday, is a rematch from a game this season. Gar-Field beat the Patriots, 69-57, in a holiday tournament.

North Stafford looked vulnerable in that third quarter Tuesday, when Potomac made it 45-37 on a driving basket by sophomore Randy Haynes. Wolverines senior guard T.J. Jones hit a three-pointer late in the third period and added a jumper early in the fourth to run the lead back to 13 and steady his team.

“I knew that the guard play that we have would do us justice there at the end,” said North Stafford Coach Brad Lear, whose team has won 11 straight. “Our guard play has been carrying us the whole season.”

The back court of Jones, juniors Lyndon White and Brandon Ravenel and senior Trejon McGee, a former two-guard now filling a need in the post, combined for 47 points. Junior Usie Miller added 10 points off the bench.



Northwest Region Boys Basketball: Wolverines see lead slip away


MANASSAS—The North Stafford players left the gym that had been filled with so much energy moments earlier, took a left, and headed down a quiet hallway. Their heads were down and their faces were dour. They were partly frustrated that they had fallen to Osbourn in a Northwest Region semifinal, 65–47. But mostly, they were just upset that it was over—the season, the magic, the dream. “That’s the worst part of this,” Wolverines coach Brad Lear said.
The game had started with great promise for North Stafford.

The Wolverines led, 10–9, when senior forward Trejon McGee drilled a pair of 3-pointers to help his team to an 18–13 lead. The Wolverines led, 21–17, early in the second quarter when Osbourn seized control.

The Eagles used a mixture of zone defenses to slow North Stafford at one end, and at the other end, they were off and running. They needed less than four minutes to turn a four-point deficit into a seven-point lead.

North Stafford stayed close, but it came undone in the final 25 seconds of the opening half. First, the Wolverines missed the front end of a one-and-one that could have pulled them within four. With four seconds left, Osbourn’s Corey Bedford converted a layup. Robert Carter then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and drained a 10-footer as he was fouled at the buzzer. The free throw gave the Eagles a 39–29 halftime lead, and North Stafford never recovered.

Osbourn stretched its lead to 14 points after three quarters, and it led by as many as 20 in the fourth. McGee finished with 13 points to lead North Stafford, and Lyndon White added 11.

North Stafford, meanwhile, will look back on all it accomplished. The Wolverines set a school record with 23 wins. They won their first district title since 1986. They grew up in front of their coach’s eyes.

“The players that are coming back, now we have to get back to work,” said White, who is a junior. But some of these players—like starters McGee, T.J. Jones and Tykie Nelson—are not coming back. And for them, this stings a little bit more.



All-Area: Boys basketball capsules

Honorable mention

L. J. Baylor, King George
Joe Bouldin, Caroline
Lucas Brown, Mountain View
Jaamir Bumbrey, James Monroe
Henry Butler, Culpeper
Voshon Carpenter, Courtland
Damion Carroll, King George
Ryan Corp, Brooke Point
Donald Fryar, Chancellor
Montie Gould, Colonial Beach
Evan Greening, Stafford
Marco Haskins, Colonial Forge
Jacolby Hawkins, Stafford
Chris Henry, Washington & Lee
Bruce Johnson, James Monroe
Omar Kemp, Riverbend
Matthew King, Fred. Academy
Trey Rowser, Fred. Christian

Tyler Seal, Orange
Nik Stewart, Culpeper
Mason Stutler, Mountain View
Lyndon White, North Stafford
P. J. White, Eastern View
Joe Wilson, Mountain View