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Setting the example

Fox tennis standouts reach for the stars

   They are an inspiration of hope for future generations of high school athletes. Like most high school young adults, Brooklyn and Bethany Cobb enjoy music, shopping and the general high school experience; however, by taking the initiative and making their faith in God, academics and athletics their number one priority, they are arguably two of the best tennis athletes in the entire Battlefield District.
   In their second season on the tennis team, both girls have risen near the top of their game, with Bethany being the second seed, and Brooklyn close behind at third seed. Presently they are the number one doubles seed on the team, with only one loss for the season. In addition, the majority of the team’s individual wins are attributed to the Cobb sisters.
   The most interesting part of their journey to the top is the fact that last year was the first time they had ever picked up a tennis racquet. “When we first began playing tennis, we were relying on our athleticism, but it seemed to work for us,” Brooklyn said. “As time went by, we improved.” Last season, they received a team award for most improved for doubles competition.
   As doubles teammates, both sisters have learned to be their best critic as well as their closest support system. “I like playing with her [Brooklyn], because if I mess up, she will not get upset,” Bethany said. “I know her weaknesses and strengths, and even when she gets mad, I know how to calm her down—this shows we have balance.”
   King George tennis girls' head coach Pamela Shea is proud of the Cobb sisters current success and how it has benefited her team. "Brook and Beth are exceptional tennis players and when they play together they are a force to be reckoned with," Shea said.
   However, due to the influence of their brothers, Brock and Benjamin, who once competed in the boys’ tennis program—and their natural athletic skills, the fraternal twin duo are leading the team to the best season the girls’ tennis program has had in years. Presently Brock is completing doctorates of music program at George Mason University and Benjamin is attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.
   According to their mother and King George School Board Clerk, Robin Cobb, their family success is attributed to being spiritually  grounded. “First and foremost, God should be given the credit for their success,” Robin Cobb said. Cobb is a long time AAU basketball coach and a former high school [track, softball, basketball] and college [basketball] star athlete.
   Academically, the Cobb sisters have found a balance between athletics and the classroom that has resulted in both girls achieving the status of 4.0 and members of the National Honor Society. Most recently, both sisters were accepted at Hampton University, where Brooklyn will major in pharmacy and Bethany will major in elementary education. In addition, they will also be roommates in college.
   Musically, all four Cobb siblings are accomplished musicians. With the exception of their senior year, the Cobb sisters have played in bands associated with the King George School system since the fourth grade. “Music has always been in my household,” Robin said. “Everyone plays an instrument, except me. My mother was a piano player, but none of us [siblings] actually learned—but we sang.”
   After graduation, both Bethany and Brooklyn will continue playing tennis on a travel team sponsored by U-turn Sports Performance Academy, out of Richmond, Virginia.
   In the spring of 2010, they will join the Hampton University tennis team, where they will have an opportunity to reach for the stars on a collegiate level.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

 

Fearless and tough

KGHS girls' tennis team is undefeated and having a ball

 

What difference a year makes. After finishing fourth in the District last season, the Lady Foxes have returned stronger than ever. A new coach, a strong roster of talented players have all made a difference.
The King George High School girls’ tennis program [5-0] is currently undefeated and having the best season in years. After defeating Spotsylvania, Eastern View, Chancellor, Caroline and Rappahannock, the Foxes are a legitimate threat to overtake notable District favorites such as Courtland, James Monroe and Chancellor for the title this season.
Captains and the teams’ top seeds for this year are seniors’ Clare Shippee [#1], Bethany Cobb [#2], Brooklyn Cobb [#3], and Molly Dibble [#4]. Also, Brook Little and Alyssa Williams are the teams’ 4th and 5th seeds respectively.
As for double seeding, Brooke and Bethany Cobb are seeded number one, while Clare Shippee and Molly Dibble occupy the number two seed.
First year coach, and King George High School Physical Education teacher, Pamela Shea is excited about the team’s potential and what effect it will have on upcoming talent. “These seniors are strong and they are tough girls,” Shea said, “They fight for every point and they do have the skills to win the District.”
Is the Foxes girls’ tennis team the best in spring sports at their school presently? The answer will soon unfold as the season comes to an end. “Even when they play against formidable competition, they handle the pressure very well,” Shea said.
2009 Lady Fox tennis team roster: Bethany Cobb, Brooklyn Cobb, Jamie Crowl, Molly Dibble, Chloe Dolan, Shelby Doyle, Erin Duncan, Carissa Fitchett, Lea Gray, Carly Hudson, Brooke Little, Katherine Koon, Clare Shippee, Alyssa Williams, [head coach] Pamela Shea.
Results of the match against James Monroe were not available due to press deadlines.
March 24
KG over Caroline, 7-2
Singles: Clare Shippee (KG) def Lindsey Anderson 8-1; Bethany Cobb (KG) def Gufran Jarrar 8-4; Brooklyn Cobb (KG) def Tiffany Wilkerson 8-4; Lyndsay Pigg (C) def Brooke Little (KG) 8-0; Alyssa Williams (KG) def Kelly Claiborne 8-2; Carley Hudson (KG) def Kiara Monroe 8-4.
Doubles: Bethany Cobb, Brooklyn Cobb (KG) def Lindsey Anderson, Gufran Jarrar 8-4; Clare Shippee, Molly Dibble (KG) def Tiffany Wilkerson, Lyndsay Pigg 8-0; Caroline/NA def Brooke Little, Alyssa Williams (KG) 8-2.
March 25 –
KG over Rappahannock, 5-4
Singles: Jessica Bronner (R) def Clare Shippee 8-6; Bethany Cobb (KG) def Bergen Hubert 8-0; Brooklyn Cobb (KG) def Amber Weakley 8-5; Molly Dibble (KG) def Ashley King 8-5; Holly Bryant (R) def Carley Hudson(KG) 8-1; Jamie Crowl (KG) def Stephanie Vidra 8-3
Doubles: J. Bronner, B. Hubert (R) def Beth Cobb, Brook. Cobb 8-6; Clare Shippee, Molly Dibble (KG) def A. King A. Weakley 8-3; H. Bryant S. Vidra (R) def Brooke Little Alyssa Williams (KG) 8-3.
The Lady Foxes will travel to play Courtland, on Thursday, April 2, at 4:00 p.m. Results of the match versus James Monroe were not available due to press deadlines. Go Lady Foxes!

 

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

 

Hope springs eternal

Foxes JV baseball team crush Knights on first day of spring

The 2009 Foxes junior varsity baseball team is truly the face of the future. After starting the season with two wins and one heartbreaking loss, the future stars of the varsity team are quickly making their mark on the District junior varsity level. Their recent 11-1 win over Spotsylvania [0-3] is evidence that progress is being made on the feeder system level. Not only are the Foxes loaded with talent, but also they are playing in the true fashion of team unity and team spirit.
The expression, "good pitchingwill beat good hitting any day" applied to Friday’s game when sophomore Damian Carroll struck out six batters, walking three and gave up one run to lead his team to a short five and half inning win. The tall right-hander never wavered—even when he was backed into a corner, with runners in scoring position, he consistently found a way to retire the opposing side.
Courtesy of 10 hits by the following Fox players, the Foxes proved that they could explode in any given inning. The Knights used four pitchers in an attempt to stop the Foxes.
After the Knights took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, Dove rallied the Foxes back to tie the game at 1-1 with a double into left field. Tyler Trustlow continued the scoring with a single that scored Carroll, giving the Foxes a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the bottom fell out for Spotsylvania, as the Foxes lit up the scoreboard with eight runs. With two outs, and the bases loaded, Trustlow unloaded a double, scoring two runners. After loading the bases for the second time in the inning, the Foxes extended their lead to 7-1, as Dove delivered a ground rule double, scoring two runs. The final Fox runs were scored due to errors by the Knights short stop.
The results of Tuesday’s game versus Eastern View were unavailable due to press deadlines. The Foxes will host Colonial Beach on Wednesday, at 5:00 p.m.
2009 Fox JV roster:
Head Coach Ryan Christoff, Alex Jeter, Tyler Trustlow, Cody Dove, Dylan Dumbrowkas, Lex Estes, Troy Thompson, Matthew Hunt, Damian Carroll, Kyle King, Tyler Macgill, Joe Reed, Nick Ott, Jared Mckinnon, Trey Graham, David Hunt.

 Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

Field of dreams

KGHS distance runner designs new cross country course

   King George High School senior and distance runner Ray Gamache has always loved the great outdoors. After he graduates his legacy will not be for his endurance as a top distance runner, but for the lasting impression of the newly designed cross-country course he will be completing before the month of June.
   Upon entering the course, runners will be confronted with a glorious view of forest terrain, made up of an old pine tree nursery. Unlike the current course, runners will have the benefit of avoiding oncoming traffic as they run through the contours of the course. Gamache has secured sponsorship from private donors and the Lions Club. One of the sponsors has donated the services of his excavating company. Gamache selected the sight because of the even paths and the unobstructed paths that are already present.
   “Running in the woods is much more exciting than running around in a circle,” Gamache said. “I enjoy the view of the rolling hills, which is something I can really have fun with.”
   Although the course will involve the use of a rototiller to uproot trees, grass and bushes, he believes construction will go relatively fast. The course is located in the rear of the new high school, with a distance of 3.1 miles. “Our current course suffers from erosion and its narrow at certain points, and whenever we’ve tried to hold an invitational most schools don’t want to come—because of the condition of the course,” Gamache said.
   The last time the Foxes hosted a District championship was in the late 1990’s. Most recently the King George School Board approved the cross-country project proposed by Gamache.
   Gamache has also gained the support of the entire cross-country Fox program. Cross- country head coach Jim Moyer and his assistant Cathy Binder volunteered to help mark the course for Gamache. “We want to start the cross-country meets at the new high school—not have to bring them over to what will be the Middle School,” coach Moyer said.
   In addition, various members of the team have also pitched in to help in the course design. In fact, the project has also become popular with his fellow boy scouts. While Gamache will earn the honor of Eagle Scout for the project, other members of his troop have offered to design escape routes for emergencies, should a runner trip and fall.
For the past three years Gamache has successfully represented his alma mater in both track & field [winter & spring] and during the fall as a cross-country runner. The new course will benefit the next generation of Fox country athlete, while Gamache will be attending Christopher Newport University in the Fall of 2009. He hopes to major in education, with an emphasis in field of science.
   From now and into the future of Fox cross-country running, the signature of Gamache will forever be embedded into the terrain that can be found within the tundra of the forest associated with King George High School.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

 

Is there a future for indoor track at KGHS?

Foxes qualify for Regional Championship

  While a select few Foxes have made the qualifying cut to advance to the Regional Indoor Championship at the Boo Williams Sports Complex, in Hampton, Virginia, the final Regional slots will be filled this week at the Battlefield District Indoor Championship, at Caroline High School.
Most recently, Ciara Mading qualified in the 3200 and broke a school record with a time of 11:53.14 at the Woodberry Forest Indoor Track meet. Mading’s teammate, Melissa Kniceley also earned a place on the Regional team with a time of 3:19.03, in the 1000, during a meet at the Boo Williams Sports Complex, in Hampton, Virginia.
Also, the 4x200 meter relay team of Zuri Polk, Amethyst Polk, Imani Murray and Alex James qualified for Regionals with a time of 1:52.96. Polk will also compete in the long jump in Regionals. Her leap of 15 feet and three inches put her in the top six athletes headed towards Regionals.
   Last Friday’s meet at King George could have historical importance if the indoor track & field program suffers the domino effect from the present economic nightmare that has already begun to affect many schools in the District with a rumor implicating the possible termination of the program. To date, no decision has been made regarding the fate of the Fox indoor program.
   In the odd chance that the program is cut from the school’s budget, the new King George High School track that was installed a few years ago would constantly serve as a painful reminder of the loss of a great program. “It takes a special kid to get out there everyday and try to run in the cold,” said Fox indoor track & field head coach, Rudy Pekarek. “Winter track athletes are usually mentally tougher than other kids, because they are prone to succeed in adverse conditions—this sport is a character builder.”
   Fox indoor track & field history dates back to 1997, when Jim Moyer developed the program for die-hard track enthusiasts. Since that time, King George has won six District boys titles and one Regional boys championship. Also, the boys program earned runner-up honors during the 1999-2000 winter track season.
   The original team was composed of 20 boys and 11 girls. To date, the team is has 45 active members.
   Due to press deadlines, results of the first part of the Battlefield Indoor Track & Field Championships on Tuesday were not available.  
 

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