- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 19:05
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The Lady Fox JV out-hustled District rival James Monroe last week, 25-22.
Lady Fox JV feeder basketball program soars
The King George Foxes Junior Varsity girls’ basketball team has been enjoying a winning season this year, going 5-3 so far, posting 1 win and 1 loss last week against foes James Monroe High School and Courtland, respectively.
In last Tuesday’s game at James Monroe, King George came out strong, taking a ten point lead to the locker room at halftime. In the second half, James Monroe chiseled their way back into the game and within two points of the Lady Foxes. King George battled hard to hold on to the lead and earn the victory, 26-24. Jazzmine Johnson was the leading scorer for the Lady Foxes with 12 points.
In Friday night’s home game, the Lady Foxes were unable to pull out a win against the Courtland Cougars in a very closely contested game, losing 22-25. After holding a one point lead at halftime, and being tied at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game remained close all the way to the final stretch.
Head Coach Christine Gathers expressed pride in her team, saying that they work well together as a whole, in-school and out-of-school. “They have been working hard and have come a long way, stepping up when needed,” said Coach Gathers of her very young team. “Everyone has contributed in one way or another.”
Five of the ten players are in the eighth grade. Eighth grader Erica Davis and freshman Victoria Taylor have been doing a great job at getting the ball down the court, according to Coach Gathers, and eighth grader Emily Hall has had a big impact on the team, in the game and on the bench, as she is always encouraging her team.
This is the half-way point in the season for the Lady Foxes. With eight games left, they plan to continue to work hard to win every game possible, with hopes to earn the right to play in the Battlefield District JV Championship game once again.
On Friday, January 23, the Lady Foxes will travel to Spotsylvania High School for a 6:00pm game. The next home game will be on Wednesday, January 28, against Eastern View High School at 6:00pm. Go Lady Foxes!
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2009 19:31
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While the days of high school gridiron and track & field stardom are far behind him, King George grad Travis Smith has his sights set on competing nationally in the sport of bodybuilding. At six foot two, 225 pounds, and barely an ounce of body-fat, and a physique that rivals a professional bodybuilder, Smith may be well on his way to competing nationally.
After taking third place in the 2008 Mount Rogers Natural Bodybuilding competition in Woodbridge, Virginia, Smith competed in the Maryland Natural Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure competition in Annapolis, Maryland on June 28, 2009. Depending upon his success at the Mr. Virginia bodybuilding competition, Smith will take the next step in his quest to compete at a national championship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2010.
Aside from the notoriety of national success, Smith realizes that the only way to the top is through a rigorous seasonal and off-season weekly conditioning regiment. During the off-season, he will lift three times a week, twice a day [5:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.]. “There is a lot of power-lifting involved, with a focus on repetitions and lifting sets,” Smith said. “The repetitions range from low to explosive lifts.”
In preparation for an upcoming show, Smith and his fellow competitors will accelerate their weekly training to six days a week, twice a day, which will equal 12 workout sessions a week. The not for the faint of heart sport, also includes two sessions of cardio-physical fitness a week. In every workout session Smith pushes his body to the limit with a full body workout. “It’s more beneficial to work the entire body, because you have more free flowing growth hormones and testosterone in your bloodstream—when you work large amounts of muscle groups in one session,” Smith said.
Smith’s nutrition compliments the grueling pace that he has set for himself. He eats six to eight times a day, which includes three replacement shakes. His total calorie counts ranges from six to eight thousand a day. “If you’re going to body-build, you have devote a lot of time to it,” Smith said.
During competitions, judges look for body symmetry, proportion, clarity of muscles and conditioning. The rules of posing are stringent. “Even though you’re in a relaxed position, you’re still have to maintain a certain pose,” Smith said.
The 2001 Fox graduate left a legacy of success both on the football field and on the track venues associated with the Battlefield District. Smith led the Fox varsity football team to berth in the Semi-Regional championship against Lafayette in 2000. His heroics on the gridiron honored with the following awards: All-Region linebacker, All District running back and linebacker and the best defensive player on the team.
As a standout track & field athlete, Smith holds the school record for the discus, at 174’. In addition, he earned All-State honors in the discus, shot put and 4x100 men’s relay team [anchor]. In a national high school track & field competition at North Carolina State, he finished 12th.
Nowadays, you can find Smith working as a personal trainer at Fredericksburg Four Mile Fork Sport & Health in Fredericksburg. Aspiring fitness enthusiasts, who have interest in defining their bodies, can contact Smith at 540-710-9500.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2008 19:26
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In celebration of the 2008 Christmas basketball tournament at King George High School, the Foxes held on to defeat the Laplata Warriors. The Foxes led by as much as 13 in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors refused to give up and managed to make life more than interesting for the Foxes in the remaining seconds. Senior, forward Donta Smith had a big game with 16 points, while teammate D.J. Lewis poured in 14 points. Brandon Shelton and Antwane Lewis added 11 points a piece to advance the Foxes into the championship round against Chancellor.
The Warriors were led by point guard Joey Davis with 21 points and Juan Wells with 17 points.
From start to the final seconds, the game was an all out brawl with King George standing tall when the dust finally settled. The Foxes broke away early in the first quarter with a 8-0 run and sustained their lead by dominating both the offensive and defensive boards. With less than a minute left in the first quarter, Lewis dropped a 3-point bomb from long range to give the Foxes a 23-12 lead.
Smith and Lewis took turns penetrating the Warriors defense, giving the partisan Fox fans a reason to cheer and a sizeable 10-point lead going into the second half. Robert Fuquo scored six points for the Warriors cutting the lead by 3 points.
The Warriors must had a second helping of verbal vitamins from their coach at halftime, because they came out with a 7-0 run, cutting the Fox lead to 42-39. Midway into the third quarter, the Foxes shifted into fourth gear, with Antwane Lewis taking the Foxes on a 6-0 run—and extending their lead to 63-50.
The few fans that left early missed an exciting ending, as the Warriors rallied back from a 13 point deficit to cut the Fox lead to 78-75 with less than 40 seconds remaining in the game. After an exchange of 10 possessions in less than 32 seconds, the Foxes held on to defeat their visitors from Maryland by three points [80-77].
Results of the consolation game and the championship game featuring King George and Chancellor were not available due to press deadlines.
Leonard Banks, Sports Editor
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2008 19:39
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In King George High School girls’ swimming, senior Kathleen Lyon has been shining in the pool, setting three new records so far this season. In the 100 meter butterfly, she topped the KGHS record with a time of 1:08. Lyon also surpassed old records in the 200 and 400 freestyle, clocking in times of 2:12 and 4:45, respectively. Her 400 freestyle relay team (Lyon, Rachel Webb, LeAnn Miller, and Alexandra Benz) broke the school record, too, with the time of 4:25.46. The high school swim season hasn’t even reached the halfway point.
Lyon has set a significant goal for herself this year: to break all eight KGHS records for individual races this year, meaning she has five to go (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 200 individual medley which consists of an individual swimming equal distances of four different strokes). Normally, this would be no easy task, as swimmers are allowed to swim in only four events at each meet. However, Lyon is a one-of-a-kind competitor. “I want to be the best I can be,” she said. “I go as myself, motivate myself.”
Last year in the Virginia High School State Championship Meet, Lyon placed fourth in the 100 butterfly. She has set her mind to win that event this year. The State meet will be held the end of February. Individuals make it to the state competition by swimming a qualifying time during the season in specific event(s). Lyon already has the times to qualify for States in every individual event.
Lyon began swimming at nine years old in the local summer league after her parents said she needed to take up a sport. She soon found herself on the Potomac Raiders year-around swim team, which she has continued to be a part of even after joining the high school team when she reached 9th grade. She continues to compete for both teams, practicing every weekday afternoon and three times per week in the morning before school, swimming over 40 miles per week. Lyon said her favorite races are the long distance – 400 meters and further.
The talented senior recently signed a letter of intent to attend St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2009, accepting a scholarship offered by the Division I school. Lyon had been recruited and was looking at five colleges, but chose St. Francis after going on a recruiting visit there. “The girls on the team were great. The coach showed me everything about the school, including the classroom settings,” Lyon reminisced. She plans to pursue a psychology degree.
Lyon, co-captain of the KGHS girls’ team along with co-captain Courtney Hartnett, is leading the defending Battlefield District Champions in an attempt to capture another district title. The work these girls do surely will not go unrewarded, and we wish Kathleen and her teammates continued success in their aquatic quest. Go Foxes!
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2008 19:38
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Most recently, the Fox varsity and junior varsity football staff honored their most outstanding players. Although the season yielded a varsity record of 2-8, 0-5, the Foxes have built a foundation that was pioneered by the following players: Jericho James – Hammer Award, Outstanding Linebacker, Most Valuable Player; Denver Harris – Most improved Offensive Lineman; Outstanding Special Teams Player – Joe Walton; Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Jared Vann; Most Improved Defensive Player – C.J. Calloway; Coaches Award – Daniel Pearson.
The future of any successful football program is in the hands of the feeder system. Varsity players to look for in 2009 are: Trey Grahm – Outstanding Defensive Player; Most Improved Offensive Lineman – Travis Kline; Coaches Award – Kordell Strauss; Most Valuable Player – Wayne Wyatt.
Battlefield District honors were awarded to the following varsity players: Jericho James – 1st Team Linebacker, 2nd Team Running Back; Dylan Phillips – Honorable Mention Offensive Line; Ryan Deshazo- Honorable Mention Defensive Back/Linebacker; Schuyler Ayers – Honorable Mention Kicker; Jared Vann – Honorable Mention Defensive Line.
James rushed for 703 yards on 148 carries, while scoring seven touchdowns. He was also named in the Honorable Mention category for All-Region Linebacker. The graduating senior completed the season with 71 tackles and seven sacks. Vann also impacted the Fox defensive scheme with 45 tackles, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
The Foxes will have a more experienced team with 18 players returning from the varsity squad and nine players from the junior varsity with the potential to move up. Depending on their varsity potential, 16 junior varsity players will be returning to their program. The Fox junior varsity finished with a record of 2-8.
Elated with the future for his team, varsity head coach John Bryant said, “I am proud of all the kids who finished the season and believed in the team—and not in individualism.”
With Eastern View entering the Battlefield District next season, and State Champion James Monroe graduating a host of seniors, life in area football could become interesting. Stay tuned!