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KGHS distance runner designs new cross country course

   King George High School senior and distance runner Ray Gamache has always loved the great outdoors. After he graduates his legacy will not be for his endurance as a top distance runner, but for the lasting impression of the newly designed cross-country course he will be completing before the month of June.
   Upon entering the course, runners will be confronted with a glorious view of forest terrain, made up of an old pine tree nursery. Unlike the current course, runners will have the benefit of avoiding oncoming traffic as they run through the contours of the course. Gamache has secured sponsorship from private donors and the Lions Club. One of the sponsors has donated the services of his excavating company. Gamache selected the sight because of the even paths and the unobstructed paths that are already present.
   “Running in the woods is much more exciting than running around in a circle,” Gamache said. “I enjoy the view of the rolling hills, which is something I can really have fun with.”
   Although the course will involve the use of a rototiller to uproot trees, grass and bushes, he believes construction will go relatively fast. The course is located in the rear of the new high school, with a distance of 3.1 miles. “Our current course suffers from erosion and its narrow at certain points, and whenever we’ve tried to hold an invitational most schools don’t want to come—because of the condition of the course,” Gamache said.
   The last time the Foxes hosted a District championship was in the late 1990’s. Most recently the King George School Board approved the cross-country project proposed by Gamache.
   Gamache has also gained the support of the entire cross-country Fox program. Cross- country head coach Jim Moyer and his assistant Cathy Binder volunteered to help mark the course for Gamache. “We want to start the cross-country meets at the new high school—not have to bring them over to what will be the Middle School,” coach Moyer said.
   In addition, various members of the team have also pitched in to help in the course design. In fact, the project has also become popular with his fellow boy scouts. While Gamache will earn the honor of Eagle Scout for the project, other members of his troop have offered to design escape routes for emergencies, should a runner trip and fall.
For the past three years Gamache has successfully represented his alma mater in both track & field [winter & spring] and during the fall as a cross-country runner. The new course will benefit the next generation of Fox country athlete, while Gamache will be attending Christopher Newport University in the Fall of 2009. He hopes to major in education, with an emphasis in field of science.
   From now and into the future of Fox cross-country running, the signature of Gamache will forever be embedded into the terrain that can be found within the tundra of the forest associated with King George High School.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

 

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.
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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!

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