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King George Foxes athletics thrives in fall sports season

Now that the 2014 portion of the King George High School winter sports season is upon us, the memories of the fall will always have their place in time. From cross-country to football, some of the area’s brightest stars stepped up to make a difference in their specialized programs.

Miranda Green is the first girl’s cross-country runner in KGHS history to make All-State. Out of a crowded field of nine schools, Green finished ninth with a time of 19:12. During the 4A North Regional Championship, the Foxes girls cross-country team finished fifth. The Foxes top runner at the regional event was Kristen Hornbaker, who placed eighth with a time of 20:03.60.

As for the Foxes boys’ cross-country team, Jacob Watson was undefeated in dual meet competition. Both Watson and Christian Koon were the first male Fox runners to make the state cut since 2003.

After stepping in to become the Foxes field hockey head coach, Debra Garcia led the team to the 4A Conference 22 semi-finals, and an overall record of 11-7. After the season, five Foxes were awarded All-Conference honors.

For three back-to-back seasons, the Foxes varsity football team returned to the tradition of winning. The offensive backfield led by Jordi Estes, Corey Henderson, Harvey, and Antwan Brown helped the Foxes finish with an overall record of 9-3 and a post-season regional berth.

In addition, the Foxes ended their 11-year cross-town rivalry against James Monroe by defeating the Yellow Jackets, 21-16 in the final minute of the game.

Although the Foxes stand to lose 23 seniors to graduation, it’s safe to say that they will have the manpower to reload rather than rebuild. Along with a number of key varsity veterans returning, the program will inherit a junior varsity team that came close to winning a championship. Players such as Jordan Aily, Chris Levere, Jake Betham, Rashaad Peyton, Kyree Garrett, Will Clift, Logan Taylor and Remington Green will soon have the opportunity to take the varsity spotlight.

The Foxes golf team, lead by Devin Drake finished the season with the school’s first 4A Conference 22 Golf Championship. Hundley shot a 77, while Michael Hundley finished one stroke behind him with a 76. Other Foxes who impacted the team’s championship included: Andrew Berry 87, Colton Southall 88, Zak Kegley 88, and Joseph Bentz 90. As a team, the Foxes finished the tournament with a score of 328.

The pride and spirit of the Foxes sports program are the King George High School cheerleading team. In spite of adverse weather conditions, and opposing noisy crowds, the ladies of royal blue and gold remain devoted to cheering for the school’s athletes. During the fall season, the Lady Foxes won the first Battlefield Championship since 2001. In addition, they also won the South Lakes Cheer Championship.

The Foxes volleyball team ended their season with a number of accomplishments. Prior to their first playoff win in recent years, they Foxes defeated and swept Chancellor for the first time in school history. The Foxes also defeated top seeded Spotsylvania and Eastern View. King George has risen to the ranks of a true contender for a potential 4A North Conference 22 championship crown.

Along with a travel program (Virginia Flyers) that will include a new U17 and U14 juniors team, Foxes varsity head coach Jill Wine is currently creating a strong foundation for the King George Middle School program.

As the team’s head coach Wine hopes to strengthen the varsity’s ability to compete with the stronger teams in their conference.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

 

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