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Undefeated and the best in the Battlefield

 

How difficult is it to complete a regular season undefeated? It’s extremely difficult!  A team must be solid across the board — strong pitching, potent offense and a defense that makes the plays that seal the wins.  The King George JV Lady Foxes met those objectives and ended the season 15-0 (13-0 District).
The Foxes traveled to Caroline for their final game of the season.  The Cavaliers are one of the three powers in JV Softball in the Battlefield District, along with King George and Spotsylvania.  The Foxes expected a tough game, and it was! 
King George entered the game with two of their starters unavailable to play.  The game was being played on the Cavaliers’ home field.  The Foxes had everything to gain and Caroline had nothing to lose, but something to gain with chance to end King George’s undefeated streak.
King George scored in the first inning, using a walk, an error and two hits to break the ice with two runs.  Caroline was unable to respond as the Foxes defense grabbed three fly balls to complete a three-up, three-down inning. Foxes 2-0. 
The second inning was interesting with both teams threatening, but neither team able to score.
The third inning was a challenge for the Cavaliers as King George loaded the bases with two outs.  After a long at bat, Caroline recorded the final out with a good play on a ground ball.  The Cavs showed no offense as they went quietly, three-up, three-down. 
The fourth inning was different with King George being held scoreless as their inning ended on a double play.  Caroline carried this solid play into their half of the inning, wrapping two hits around an error to score a run and close the gap to 2-1.
The fifth and sixth innings had no runs crossing the plate with the Foxes going three-up, three-down in both innings.  In the fifth, the King George coaches made a defensive change in the outfield that came into play.  Caroline had two runners on base when they slashed a fly ball to right field where Kiersten Sydnor made a fine play for the second out.  One ground ball later the Foxes ended the fifth. 

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KG Foxes own the Battlefield District

History was theirs for the taking, and the Foxes did not disappoint! The Foxes destiny for notability was secured last Friday at Culpeper High School, when boys’ and girls’ outdoor track and field teams swept the Battlefield District Championship. The last time the Foxes conquered the district championship was five years ago, when the sport was dominated with legendary stars — the likes of Phillip Liggins, Shanna Harris, Stephond Owens, Cameron Rice and Courtney Venable.
Now that a new day is dawning, the Foxes are filled with a litany of stars ready to showcase their talents. Shearl Levere broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.68 seconds. Levere was the point getter with three first place victories in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles (47.82) and the triple jump (34’7.50”). Levere also contributed points in a sixth place finish in the long jump (16’4.50”).

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Fox varsity baseball takes center-stage

With only Caroline left on their schedule, the Foxes varsity baseball team (8-5, 12-7) could finish in second place behind undefeated Battlefield leader Courtland. This milestone would mark the best record the Foxes have had in five years. Even if Spotsylvania won their remaining game, the Foxes would still finish ahead of the Knights, based on defeating them twice during the season. Results of the Caroline game were not available due to press deadlines.
Last Thursday’s 2-1 victory at Ross Memorial Field in Spotsylvania, is a sure sign that the Battlefield District is in the process of renovation. Against one of the best teams in the district, Chris Davis pitched six and third innings of shutout baseball, which resulted in one run in the seventh. Davis finished with four strikeouts, no walks and gave up four hits.
Davis is an intangible that most teams would dream of having. The senior right-hander has pitched more than 52 innings of baseball, that has resulted in 66 strikeouts and only 20 walks. But his 3-3 record, which includes four no-decisions, cannot describe his value to the Fox baseball program.

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Foxes track & field roll past Battlefield District rivals

Last Wednesday, at Culpeper High School, the Foxes continued their reign of dominance over the Battlefield District, as the girls’ and boys’ teams defeated Culpeper, James Monroe and Eastern View. With the upcoming district championships taking place at Culpeper High School in less than two weeks, all eight-district teams will be utilizing the remaining meets to improve their performances. The final opportunity for athletes to qualify for the State and Regional championship will be at the Millbrook Invitational on Friday, May 14.
Amethyst Polk led the Foxes girls with victories in the 200 meters (26.20), long jump (15’2”) and the triple jump (32’8.5”). Polk also placed second in the 400 meters with a time of 1:10.28. Polk’s teammate Shearl Levere also gave her team a lift, with first place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (17.8) and the 300-meter hurdles (50.12). In the field events, Levere placed second in the long jump (15’1”) and third in the triple jump (31’9”).
In the distance events, Ciara Mading recorded victories in the 1,600 meters (6:11.9) and the 3,200 meters (13:00.45).
In a show of strength, Shaquoy Morris won the discus event with a toss of 84’5”. Morris also placed third in the shot put (26’4”). The Lady Foxes won the meet with 109 total points, with Culpeper finishing second with 66 points.
As for the Foxes boys, Joe Walton finished first in the 100 meters (10.59) and the 200 meters (22.22). Terry Santos also had a banner day, with a first place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (40.26). Santos contributed valuable second place points in the triple jump (38’9.5”), high jump (5’10”) and long jump (21’1”).
Rounding out the boys first place winners, were the 4x100 (45.1”, Terry Santos, Wayne Wyatt, David Jerson, Joe Walton) and 4x400 (3:40, David Jerso, Corey Rodriguez, Matt Mohr, RJ Brown) relay teams.
The Foxes travel to Chancellor High School on Wednesday to compete against Courtland, James Monroe and Chancellor.

Leonard M. Banks, Sports Editor

Terry Santos: a perfectionist at heart

The stage is set, and the 2010 outdoor track and field theater has already exploded with one of the best 300-meter hurdle times in state, courtesy of King George High School senior Terry Santos. Thanks to his performance at the Bob Murray Invitational last week, the State qualifier has already ensured himself a spot on the Fox team in the 300-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay events.
How fast is Santos? Even the Ferrum College-bound psychology major does know the answer that million dollar question — because every time steps onto the track, he continues to improve in nearly every one of his events. In addition, the blistering speedster has only competed in track for two years.
Most recently at the Caroline Invitational, Santos blew out the field as he placed first in the 300 meters with a time of 40.22, distancing himself from a field of 16 schools. In a show of dominance, Santos also placed first in the 110 hurdles (15.58), before adding points to his team with a fifth place finish in the high jump (6’), a eighth place finish in the triple jump (39’9”), a sixth place finish in the long jump (19’7”) and contributing to a third place finish for the 4x100 relay team (43.91).

Because of his current time status in the 300 meters, Santos now ranks among some of the best track and field athletes in the state. He is ranked higher than Louisa’s Dante Davis. Davis helped his alma mater win the Jefferson District title and the Region II outdoor track and field championship last year.

Last season, Santo made All-State in outdoor track and field, after finishing seventh in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.64.
Along with Joe Walton and R.J. Brown, Santos is among the top point producers for the boys track and field outdoor program. However, with all the accolades that he has earned as a hurdler, Santos is often reminded of his rocky journey to the top.
“When I first started, I can honestly say that I was the worst hurdler on the team,” Santos said recently during a track and field practice. “But a former teammate, Brandon Boone, reminded me to keep working hard, and that he could see me getting better. When Brandon graduated, I knew it was my job to step up.”
During winter track and field, Santos finished second in the Regional Championship with a  time of 8.06 in the 55-meter hurdles — qualifying him for the AA Indoor State Championships.
Although track will always be one of his favorite sports, his first love has always been football. In fact, it was his tackle that prevented the Drifters from a possible rally during the first game of the football season last fall.
“When Terry puts his mind to whatever he does, he is unstoppable,” KGHS head football coach Jeff Smith said. “There were some games that I could not believe what he had done on the field. There were some games where a team would double-team him, more often than not, a team’s entire game plan was focused on Terry. He held the position of defensive end down.”
Inspired by his brothers, Lorenzo and Lavontay, Santos took an interest in track, and two years later, it has paid off in dividends for both his school and the legacy he will leave behind.
“I really didn’t get into sports until high school, and track was something I could work on and improve.”
Santos also played basketball two years, and is highly regarded by his peers as role model both in and out of the classroom.

Leonard M. Banks

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