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A new era begins

KG native Jeff Smith named Fox varsity head football coach

King George County native Jeff Smith has been hired as the new King George High School Head Football Coach for the upcoming season, following the resignation of former Coach John Bryant after his one year stint with the Foxes.  On June 10, the King George County School Board approved the hiring of Smith, who will be the seventh head coach for the KGHS football program since Roger Pierce headed up the Foxes in 1995.
 
A 1989 KGHS graduate, Smith has been the Truancy Coordinator for King George County Schools for four years, following his nine year service as a Juvenile Probation Officer for King George County 15 District Court Unit.

Coach Smith brings with him an impressive resume loaded with coaching experience.  For thirteen consecutive years he has served as an assistant football coach at KGHS, working with special teams, quarterbacks, wide receivers, defensive and tight ends.  Smith recently resigned as the Foxes varsity basketball head coach after three years, to take the helm of the football program.  He also has served as head baseball coach in the early 90’s.

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Sensational season for Fox varsity softball

“Achieve” was the motto this year for the King George High School Lady Foxes varsity softball team, and “achieve” is what they did!  The talented group of players earned the right to play in the Region 1 Tournament this season for the first time since Head Coach Billie Jo Derrow took the helm four years ago, by defeating the Chancellor Chargers in the Battlefield District’s third place game on May 21, 1-0, in extra innings – twelve innings.
The Lady Foxes moved on to play top-ranked Powhatan in the regionals on May 25, succumbing to them, 3-1, in an exceptionally close game.  “We played a very good game against Powhatan,” said Coach Derrow.  “Both teams scored their runs in the first inning and nothing after that.”  Senior Heidi Emory made it to first base, then stole a base to reach second in the first inning. 

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Fox JV softball win title

The King George High School Junior Varsity Softball Team finished their season with a bang!  Eighth grader Taylor Brandts pitched the shut out last Tuesday night to finish the season 9-2 in the Battlefield District, 11-4 overall.  Hits by freshman Katelyn O’Campo and Brandts gave the runs needed for the Lady Foxes to prevail.

“The girls were ready to play this game and had prepared themselves mentally to come out and do their best,” said Head Coach Mary Landino.  “They came in with very positive and motivating attitudes and that was apparent on the last night of practice when the team was ready to hit the field and put in one of their best practices ever!”

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Foxes set to compete in Regionals

On Thursday, at York High School, King George High School will be represented by 19 members of the outdoor track & field track program. Among the girls competing in the Regional Championship are: pole vault – Shelby Philpott, Kenzie Belew, Melissa Knicelye; high jump – Brittany Kersey; shot put- Phylicia Polk; 100-meter hurdles – Shearl Levere; 200-meters - Amethyst Polk; 400-meters – Amethyst Polk; 3200-meters – Cortney Webb; 3200-meters relay – Cortney Webb, Sara Mann, Kaela Hornbaker, Bryanna Porter.

The following boys’ will represent King George in Regionals: 4x400 relay team - David Jerson, Matt Mohr, RJ Brown, MJ Bea; 200-meters - Joe Walton; 200-meters, Joe Walton; long jump, Joe Walton; 110-meters hurdles, Brandon Boone; 300-meter hurdles – Brandon Boone; pole Vault, Brandon Owens [District Champion]; 300-meter hurdles, Terry Santos; 100-meters hurdles, Terry Santos; high jump, Terry Santos; Maurice Bea; 400-meters, RJ Brown; 3200-meters, Ray Gamache; pole vault, David Jerson; pole vault, Brandon Owens;  4x400-meters – Corey Rodriquez; 3200-meters - Kyle Rogers;

The Foxes did relatively well in last week’s Battlefield District Championship at Caroline High School. While the boys’ finished in the top three, the girls’ finished fourth, Chancellor High School completed a clean sweep, with both girls’ [152.2 points] and boys’ [161 points] winning the championship. The Chargers captured a total of 14 first place finishes among the girls’ and boys’ teams.

The East View High School boys’ team placed fourth ahead of Spotsylvania and Caroline during their first year competing in the District, with 67.5 points.

Combined with the success of a number of Fox underclassmen, and the impending graduation of many top female and male rival athletes this spring from schools such as Chancellor, James Monroe and Courtland, the District alignment of dominance could favor King George next season.
Brandon Owens vaulted to a height of 11’6” to become the District pole vault champion, and Terry Santos qualified for the State outdoor championship meet in the 300-meter hurdles with a second place time of 40.85.

Amanda Worthen of Spotsylvania edged out Phylicia Polk from King George for the shot put top spot with a toss of 35 4.5. Polk nearly beat Worther with her toss of 35 2.5. With the potential to qualify for States and the possibility for redemption in the air, this week’s Regional championship will be interesting.

Sprinting for States

   Joe Walton and Brandon Boone’s recent performances in the Caroline Invitational landed them an opportunity to compete in the State Outdoor AA Track & Field Championships.
Walton is having a banner sophomore year, and his recent performance in the Caroline Invitational has qualified him for an opportunity to showcase his speed in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash events. After placing second in the 200-meters [23.50] and first in the 100-meters [11.24], Walton has earned an opportunity to compete in the Track & Field Outdoor AA State Championship, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on May 30. He also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 4.5”.
   Earlier in the week, Walton was a triple winner at a meet against James Monroe and Washington & Lee, where the Foxes boys’ finished first as a team. Walton placed first in the 100-meter [11.2], 200-meter [22.9], and long-jump [19’ 8.5”].
   Since the day he was allowed to complete at King George Middle School, Walton has been a sports standout in baseball and track & field. If his junior and senior years are anything like his previous years, there could be some changes in the Fox record books.
   Since his freshman year, Brandon Boone has competed various disciplines of Fox athletics, but he seems to have finally found his niche in the sport of track & field. During the 2008-2009 winter track & field season, the senior hurdled his way into the Indoor Track & Field State Championships. His fifth place finish in Region-1 competition landed him an opportunity to showcase his speed in the State spotlight.
   Boone doesn’t just run, he explodes off the starting blocks, leaving all competitors in the distant wind. Most notably, during the 2009 outdoor track & field season, Boone has placed first or in the top three finishes in the 300-meter hurdles.
   On Saturday, at the Caroline Invitational, Boone was in rare form when he placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles; qualifying him for the upcoming State Championships.
   In addition, Boone placed first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.7 during the meet against James Monroe, at King George High School, on Wednesday. During the previous week at the Northern Neck Invitational, Boone placed first in the 110-meter hurdles [16.0] and the 300-meter hurdles [43.2].
   The Foxes will travel to Courtland to compete against Courtland and Massaponax in a triad meet on Wednesday, and on the following Tuesday and Wednesday, they will battle for the District Championship, at Caroline High School. Go Foxes.
   Wednesday’s meet versus James Monroe: Boys team scores: King George 97; James Monroe 33; W&L 11. Girls teams scores: James Monroe 50; King George 65.
   Individual Foxes boys’ first place performances: 100-meters – Joe Walton, 11.2; 200-meters – Joe Walton, 22.9; 3,200-meters – Ray Gamache, 10.26; 110-meters hurdles – Brandon Boone, 15.7; 300-hurdles – Terry relay, 4:12; long jump – Joe Walton, 19’ 8.5”; triple jump – Antwane Lewis, 40’ 8.5”; high jump – Andrew Fletcher, 5’ 8”; pole vault – Brandon Owens, 10’.
   Individual Foxes girls’ first place performances: 100-meters - Zuri Polk, 13.3; 200-meters – Amethyst Polk, 26.8; 400-meters - Amethyst Polk, 1:03.05; 3200-meters – Bryanna Porter, 14:15; 3200 relay, 12.32; shot put – Phylicia Polk, 34’2”; high jump – Brittany Kersey, 4’ 10”; pole vault, Kenzie Belew, 7’6”.
   Saturday’s Caroline Invitational featuring 14 teams: [Boys’ totals, top six] Riverbend 139; Mountain View 111; King George 100.50; Courtland 86; Colonial Forge 85; Armstrong 37. [Girls’ totals, top six] Colonial Forge 114.50; Courtland 97; Riverbend 85.50; Mountain View 85.50; James Monroe 80; King George 42.50.
   Individual  Foxes boys’ first place performances: 100-meters – Joe Walton, 11.24; pole vault – Brandon Owens, 11’6”.
   Individual  Foxes girls’ first place performances: 4 x 200-meter relay, 1:48.08.

Leonard M. Banks
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