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Third annual KGHS Sports Hall of Fame induction coming

Their path to glory will be revisited on Thursday, October 11th, at King George High School. The 1973 undefeated KGHS girls basketball team, Linda Morrisette Failes, George Toliver, coach Eugene Fields, and Jermon Bushrod will be officially enshrined into the King George High School Sports Hall of Fame. The new inductees will join the cast of 2010, and 2011 enshinees. Ticket information will be announced soon.

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Jermon Bushrod single-handedly put the community of King George on the map. The 2002 graduate of KGHS gave both young and old a reason to smile as he helped lead the Foxes basketball and football teams on a path to success. 

The three-sports standout helped the Foxes football program achieve back-to-back Regional playoff berths (2000, 2001); helped the Foxes reach the final four of the 2002 Group AA State basketball championship; Honorable Mention All State Football, Honorable Mention All State Baseball; Battlefield District Champion basketball team.

At Towson, Bushrod blossomed into best left-offensive tackle in his division. As a four-year starter, he gained 1st Team All A-10 as a senior, and 3rd Team All A-10 as a sophomore and junior. 

The fourth round pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints became the spring board for the left tackle’s road to success. Bushrod’s NFL achievements include: Superbowl Championship; leading the NFL in snaps with 1,177; Saints offensive line Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award (2010, 2012) for best offensive line in the NFL; selected to the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl.

Passionate about his community, Bushrod continues to give back through scholarships, and the annual Jermon Bushrod Visualize and Rize football camp.

Sports was more than an extra curricular sport for 1973 KGHS graduate Linda Morrisett Failes, it became her life’s passion. The five-sport Fox athlete played basketball (four years), softball (three years), field hockey (two years), and focused on gymnastics for one year. She also wasan accomplished track & field athlete (one year), and later played lacrosse at James Madison University (JMU).

Among her distinguished accomplishments include: member of the undefeated 1972 undefeated Regional championship basketball team; high school golf coach at Spotswood High School (29 years, 205 wins, five district championships; two Regional runner-ups); VHSCA 2002 State Golf Coach of the Year (High School tennis coach at Spotswood for 30 years), career record of 405 wins, 89 losses, second highest career wins among Virginia girl’s tennis coaches; 17 district championships (13 straight from 1999 to 2012), three district runners-up, four Regional Championships, eight Regional runners-up, one state championship, two state runners-up, 2012 Virginia State Tennis Coach of the Year; 2011 Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (eight states), 2009 Virginia Region B Coach of the Year.

The 1973 KGHS girls’ basketball team became the first undefeated team in school history to record 14 wins, and no losses. During their undefeated campaign they won the District and Regional championship. However, there was no state championship at that time. The team averaged 54 points and only allowed 26.5 points.

Katherine Johnson, and Linda Morrisette were among the team’s distinguished athletes. While Johnson went on to a stellar career at James Madison University where she became the first member of the 1,000-point club, Morrisette went on to achieve an outstanding coaching career.

The respect that Eugene Fields has earned in the King George community has no boundaries. He coached track & field, basketball and baseball at Ralph Bunche. Before leaving Ralph Bunche he coached the 1968 baseball team to a district and state runner up championship with only one loss. He was an assistant baseball and football coach at King George.

His legacy of athletic achievements at Ralph Bunche and KGHS include: 1968 Coach of the Year; 1967 track & field championship; 1970 baseball team State semi-finals; pioneer first football team at King George Middle School; assistant football coach of the 1976 undefeated KGHS football team; instrumental in the 1968 consolidation of Ralph Bunche and KGHS. 

George Toliver has been a notable figure in high school, collegiate, and professional athletics for nearly 45 years. During his senior year, he led the Foxes in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game.

 His high school basketball success also includes: shooting 51% (132 of 261); three seasons averaging 12.3 points per game. As a baseball player, he was the leading hitter on the 1969 KGHS baseball team, batting .418.

After graduating from KGHS in 1969, his athletic status was elevated during his playing days at JMU.  He led JMU in scoring three out of four years, averaging 19.3 as a freshman, 12.7 as a sophomore, 16.6 as a junior, and 12.5 as a senior. He was the first player in JMU history to score over 1,000 points, finishing his career as the all-time leading scorer (1,287).

Along the path to becoming a NBA referee, he worked as a college referee  in some of the top conferences in the country, including the ACC. He also worked as an International Basketball Association referee. Currently he is the director of the Developmental League of Referees in the NBA. 

Toliver’s lasting iconic sports legacy is a central part of JMU’s history, as he is a member of the JMU Hall of Fame.

 

Leonard Banks

Sports Editor

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