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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.  
 

Foxes sweep District Championship

   Friday night was a night filled with Fox swimming success. For the second season in a row the Foxes demonstrated why they are one the best swim programs in the state. By sweeping both girls and boys District titles, the Foxes have now created another dynasty in their swim program’s elite history. King George finished first 11 out of 22 events.
   After dominating swimming in her events throughout the season Kathleen Lyon finally was recognized as the Battlefield District's girl swimmer of the year. Lyon also made District history by breaking former Chancellor swimmer Cameron Wallace’s 200-yard freestyle record with a time of 1:59.51.  The Fox senior also finished first in the 100-yard butterfly [1:00.57]. Lyon led her team in victories throughout the season by consistently finishing with double victories in every meet the Foxes competed in.
   By virtue of his performance, James Monroe’s Trevor Carr earned the boys portion of the District Swimmer of the year.
   The following swimmers earned the honors of Battlefield All-District Team: 200-yard Medley Relay [boys], KG, Curt Albert, Andrew Snider, Dave Boucher, Joe Gibb; 200-yard Medley Relay [girls], KG, Leann Miller, Claire Shippee, Kathleen Lyon, Rachael Webb. 200-yard Freestyle [boys], JM, Trevor Carr. 200-yard Freestyle, KG [girls], Kathleen Lyon.
   Next on the Foxes swim schedule is the Virginia High School League AA High School State Championship, in Charlottesville, on February 27.
Battlefield All-District

Swim Team

Boys: 200 Medley Relay: KG - Curt Albert, Andrew Snider, Dave Boucher, Joe Gibb. 200 Free: JM - Trevor Carr. 200 IM: CT – Alex Tiblin. 50 Free: JM - Trevor Carr. 100 Fly: KG – Curt Albert. 100 Free: KG - Joe Gibb. 500 Free: CH – Tyler Sites. 200 Free Relay: CT– Jeff Stoddard, Billy O’Toole, Daniel McCombie, Ryan McCombie. 100 Back: KG – Curt Albert. 100 Breast: CH – Tyler Sites. 400 Free Relay: KG – Curt Albert, Paul Hutnyan, Dave Boucher, Joe Gibb.

Girls: 200 Medley Relay: KG – Leann Miller, Claire Shippee, Kathleen Lyon, Rachael Webb. 200 Free: KG – Kathleen Lyon. 200 IM: KG – Leann Miller. 50 Free: JM – Ali Wood: 100 Fly: JM – Kathleen Lyon. 100 Free: Lina Zimmerman. 500 Free: CT – Amanda Hathaway. 200 Free Relay: KG – Christiana Bentz, Alexandria Bentz, Rachael Webb, Kathleen Lyon. 100 Back: CT – Tori Hlusko. 400 Free Relay: Christiana Bentz, Leann Miller, Rachael Webb, Kathleen Lyon.

   Foxes first place finishes [boys] : 200 Medley relay: Curt Albert, Andrew Snider, Dave Boucher, Joe Gibb, 1:47.72. 200 Individual Medley: Curt Albert, 2:06.03. 100 Butterfly: Curt Albert, 55.92. 200 Freestyle Relay: Curt Albert, Dave Boucher, Dylan Manard, Joe Gibb.

   Foxes first place finishes [girls]: 200 Medley Relay: Leann Miller, Clare Shippee, Kathleen Lyon, Christiana Bentz. 200 Freestyle: Kathleen Lyon [District Record], 1:59.51. 200 Individual Medley: Leann Miller, 2:21.43. 100 Butterfly: Kathleen Lyon, 1:00.57. 500 Freestyle: Leann Miller, 5:40.48. 100 Backstroke: Christiana Bentz, 1:09.07. 400 Freestyle Relay: Christiana Bentz, Alexandria Bentz, Leann Miller, Kathleen Lyon, 3:54.23.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

Historic KGHS first - Fox wrestling program hosts first sports tournament at

The King George wrestling team made county history as the first sports program to host a tournament [Battlefield Duals Tournament] at the new King George High School on Foxes Way in King George. The Foxes also took 3rd place at the tournament. The 3rd place finish was based on criteria which gave King George the advantage.
Chancellor won the tournament, with Eastern View finishing second.  Spotsylvania fourth and Courtland fifth. The Foxes were missing five of their regular starters due to injury and college placement testing. The following Foxes placed in their respective weight classes: 103 llb. -  Jason Ames; 119  llb.- Connor Webber, 0-4; 125 llb.- Ian Lynett was 4-0; 130 llb. -  Phil Hinkes 2-2; 135 llb. - Zack Moore, 2-2; 140 llb. - Jason Norris was 1-0;152  llb. -  James Marker was 1-3; 171 llb. Mat Giles was 1-3; 189 llb. Kelly Pierce was 1-0; 215 llb. Bryan Horaist was 1-3; Heavyweight Neil Schultz was 3-1.
In exhibition matches Greg Wohlman was 0-1 while Darius Wright was 1-0. King George wrestling will be back in action this Friday/Saturday at the Varina Blue Devils tournament.

Lady Foxes JV nips James Monroe

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!

The total athlete - Fox grad prepares for the national spotlight

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.

Leonard M. Banks, Sports Editor



 

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