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The Hunt for KGHS Fox athletic success

Among the bastion of athletic talent that continues to thrive at King George High School are junior David and sophomore Matthew Hunt. The Hunt brother connection is an integral part of the success attributed to the Fox swim dynasty, baseball varsity and junior varsity success, and most recently the cross country program. Solid in all facets of sports, the Hunt brothers are without a doubt the role models that every athlete aspires to become. From their academic straight-A success in the classroom to their spirited volunteerism in their church, they are overachievers who continue to impact their community.

The Fox boys’ and girls’ swim teams have dominated area swimming for years; however, the team has begun another dynasty of Battlefield District Championship success. Thanks in part to a litany of athletes, and most notably the Hunt brothers, the boys’ team has enjoyed a three-year reign alongside their counterpart girls’ team as perennial champions.
Last year, David’s 200-meter freestyle team (Joel Morrisett, Will Zimmerman, Dylan Maynard, David Hunt) competed in the 2009-2010 Swimming and Diving Championship held Norfork, where they placed in the top quarter of the teams after placing first in Battlefield District Championship last year. During the previous 2008-2009 season, David served as an alternate for the 200-meter boys’ relay team.
After helping the boys’ team record victories against district archrivals James Monroe (180-105) and Chancellor (202-75) in their first two dual meets for the 2010-2011 season, the hunger to reach deep within their threshold for improvement is forever constant.
Against James Monroe, the King George boys 200 meter medley (David Hunt, Bradford Ballenger, Tyler Grigg, Joel Morrisett) placed first and state qualified with a time of 2:02:50 for the 2010-2011 Swimming and Diving Championship to be held in Christiansburg this year.
During the Chancellor meet, David placed first in the 100-backstroke (1:13.82), and the 200-meter IM (2:38.00).  His 200-meter IM performance placed him among the top 10 best times in Fox swim history. In addition, his 200-meter freestyle relay team placed first with a time of 1:50.67.  Matthew placed first in the 100-meter butterfly (1:17.32), and his 400-meter relay team-B placed second with a time of 4:41.94.
The Foxes swim program will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 30, at the King George YMCA, as they plan to host an invitational that may include teams outside the area. From top to bottom the Foxes are solid in depth in every swim event, and they have the potential for their fourth championship in a row.  As for the Hunt brothers, they will continue their aquatic endeavors during the summer with the Eden Estate Eels Swim Team. Younger brother, 12-year-old Stephen, will accompany his other siblings swimming for the third year in a row.
After the swim season is over, the boys of summer will return — only this time around the Hunt brothers will step to the plate with junior varsity championship and playoff experience compliments of a memorable 2010 spring season. While David helped the Fox varsity baseball team (8-7, 12-10) finish the second round of the Battlefield District playoffs as a fourth seed, Matthew and his teammates made history by defeating Eastern View, 2-1.
The Fox varsity featured a series of 10 wins out of 12 games in the last part of the 2010 season. With the impending influx of junior varsity standouts, the Fox varsity will be stronger than ever.
With a wealth of baseball year round experience that includes USSSA, fall baseball and high school baseball, the Hunt brothers find it easy to transition into each season.
“Matthew and I like to compete throughout the year, because it keeps us in shape, and we never have to worry about getting in shape for the next sport,” David Hunt said.
Both David and Matthew found success while playing baseball for the Rappahannock Fall Baseball League (RFBL). While David’s varsity team won the 2010 A, Varsity Championship, Matthew helped the B division win the Junior Varsity Championship.
With devoted support from their parents, Ron and Diane, the rigors of academic time management are a little easier for the brothers to handle throughout the year. Growing up, Ron excelled in baseball, while Diane competed on the 1969 Dahlgren swim team. She and her fellow swimming athletes help pave the way for Rappahannock Swim League.
Whether it’s attending a swim practice at 5:30 in the morning, or sharpening their baseball skills in the evening at 5:30 p.m., the Hunt brothers are committed to self-improvement.

 Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

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