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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
Sports Editor

Setting the example

Fox tennis standouts reach for the stars

   They are an inspiration of hope for future generations of high school athletes. Like most high school young adults, Brooklyn and Bethany Cobb enjoy music, shopping and the general high school experience; however, by taking the initiative and making their faith in God, academics and athletics their number one priority, they are arguably two of the best tennis athletes in the entire Battlefield District.
   In their second season on the tennis team, both girls have risen near the top of their game, with Bethany being the second seed, and Brooklyn close behind at third seed. Presently they are the number one doubles seed on the team, with only one loss for the season. In addition, the majority of the team’s individual wins are attributed to the Cobb sisters.
   The most interesting part of their journey to the top is the fact that last year was the first time they had ever picked up a tennis racquet. “When we first began playing tennis, we were relying on our athleticism, but it seemed to work for us,” Brooklyn said. “As time went by, we improved.” Last season, they received a team award for most improved for doubles competition.
   As doubles teammates, both sisters have learned to be their best critic as well as their closest support system. “I like playing with her [Brooklyn], because if I mess up, she will not get upset,” Bethany said. “I know her weaknesses and strengths, and even when she gets mad, I know how to calm her down—this shows we have balance.”
   King George tennis girls' head coach Pamela Shea is proud of the Cobb sisters current success and how it has benefited her team. "Brook and Beth are exceptional tennis players and when they play together they are a force to be reckoned with," Shea said.
   However, due to the influence of their brothers, Brock and Benjamin, who once competed in the boys’ tennis program—and their natural athletic skills, the fraternal twin duo are leading the team to the best season the girls’ tennis program has had in years. Presently Brock is completing doctorates of music program at George Mason University and Benjamin is attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.
   According to their mother and King George School Board Clerk, Robin Cobb, their family success is attributed to being spiritually  grounded. “First and foremost, God should be given the credit for their success,” Robin Cobb said. Cobb is a long time AAU basketball coach and a former high school [track, softball, basketball] and college [basketball] star athlete.
   Academically, the Cobb sisters have found a balance between athletics and the classroom that has resulted in both girls achieving the status of 4.0 and members of the National Honor Society. Most recently, both sisters were accepted at Hampton University, where Brooklyn will major in pharmacy and Bethany will major in elementary education. In addition, they will also be roommates in college.
   Musically, all four Cobb siblings are accomplished musicians. With the exception of their senior year, the Cobb sisters have played in bands associated with the King George School system since the fourth grade. “Music has always been in my household,” Robin said. “Everyone plays an instrument, except me. My mother was a piano player, but none of us [siblings] actually learned—but we sang.”
   After graduation, both Bethany and Brooklyn will continue playing tennis on a travel team sponsored by U-turn Sports Performance Academy, out of Richmond, Virginia.
   In the spring of 2010, they will join the Hampton University tennis team, where they will have an opportunity to reach for the stars on a collegiate level.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor


Fearless and tough

KGHS girls' tennis team is undefeated and having a ball


What difference a year makes. After finishing fourth in the District last season, the Lady Foxes have returned stronger than ever. A new coach, a strong roster of talented players have all made a difference.
The King George High School girls’ tennis program [5-0] is currently undefeated and having the best season in years. After defeating Spotsylvania, Eastern View, Chancellor, Caroline and Rappahannock, the Foxes are a legitimate threat to overtake notable District favorites such as Courtland, James Monroe and Chancellor for the title this season.
Captains and the teams’ top seeds for this year are seniors’ Clare Shippee [#1], Bethany Cobb [#2], Brooklyn Cobb [#3], and Molly Dibble [#4]. Also, Brook Little and Alyssa Williams are the teams’ 4th and 5th seeds respectively.
As for double seeding, Brooke and Bethany Cobb are seeded number one, while Clare Shippee and Molly Dibble occupy the number two seed.
First year coach, and King George High School Physical Education teacher, Pamela Shea is excited about the team’s potential and what effect it will have on upcoming talent. “These seniors are strong and they are tough girls,” Shea said, “They fight for every point and they do have the skills to win the District.”
Is the Foxes girls’ tennis team the best in spring sports at their school presently? The answer will soon unfold as the season comes to an end. “Even when they play against formidable competition, they handle the pressure very well,” Shea said.
2009 Lady Fox tennis team roster: Bethany Cobb, Brooklyn Cobb, Jamie Crowl, Molly Dibble, Chloe Dolan, Shelby Doyle, Erin Duncan, Carissa Fitchett, Lea Gray, Carly Hudson, Brooke Little, Katherine Koon, Clare Shippee, Alyssa Williams, [head coach] Pamela Shea.
Results of the match against James Monroe were not available due to press deadlines.
March 24
KG over Caroline, 7-2
Singles: Clare Shippee (KG) def Lindsey Anderson 8-1; Bethany Cobb (KG) def Gufran Jarrar 8-4; Brooklyn Cobb (KG) def Tiffany Wilkerson 8-4; Lyndsay Pigg (C) def Brooke Little (KG) 8-0; Alyssa Williams (KG) def Kelly Claiborne 8-2; Carley Hudson (KG) def Kiara Monroe 8-4.
Doubles: Bethany Cobb, Brooklyn Cobb (KG) def Lindsey Anderson, Gufran Jarrar 8-4; Clare Shippee, Molly Dibble (KG) def Tiffany Wilkerson, Lyndsay Pigg 8-0; Caroline/NA def Brooke Little, Alyssa Williams (KG) 8-2.
March 25 –
KG over Rappahannock, 5-4
Singles: Jessica Bronner (R) def Clare Shippee 8-6; Bethany Cobb (KG) def Bergen Hubert 8-0; Brooklyn Cobb (KG) def Amber Weakley 8-5; Molly Dibble (KG) def Ashley King 8-5; Holly Bryant (R) def Carley Hudson(KG) 8-1; Jamie Crowl (KG) def Stephanie Vidra 8-3
Doubles: J. Bronner, B. Hubert (R) def Beth Cobb, Brook. Cobb 8-6; Clare Shippee, Molly Dibble (KG) def A. King A. Weakley 8-3; H. Bryant S. Vidra (R) def Brooke Little Alyssa Williams (KG) 8-3.
The Lady Foxes will travel to play Courtland, on Thursday, April 2, at 4:00 p.m. Results of the match versus James Monroe were not available due to press deadlines. Go Lady Foxes!


Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor


Hope springs eternal

Foxes JV baseball team crush Knights on first day of spring

The 2009 Foxes junior varsity baseball team is truly the face of the future. After starting the season with two wins and one heartbreaking loss, the future stars of the varsity team are quickly making their mark on the District junior varsity level. Their recent 11-1 win over Spotsylvania [0-3] is evidence that progress is being made on the feeder system level. Not only are the Foxes loaded with talent, but also they are playing in the true fashion of team unity and team spirit.
The expression, "good pitchingwill beat good hitting any day" applied to Friday’s game when sophomore Damian Carroll struck out six batters, walking three and gave up one run to lead his team to a short five and half inning win. The tall right-hander never wavered—even when he was backed into a corner, with runners in scoring position, he consistently found a way to retire the opposing side.
Courtesy of 10 hits by the following Fox players, the Foxes proved that they could explode in any given inning. The Knights used four pitchers in an attempt to stop the Foxes.
After the Knights took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, Dove rallied the Foxes back to tie the game at 1-1 with a double into left field. Tyler Trustlow continued the scoring with a single that scored Carroll, giving the Foxes a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the bottom fell out for Spotsylvania, as the Foxes lit up the scoreboard with eight runs. With two outs, and the bases loaded, Trustlow unloaded a double, scoring two runners. After loading the bases for the second time in the inning, the Foxes extended their lead to 7-1, as Dove delivered a ground rule double, scoring two runs. The final Fox runs were scored due to errors by the Knights short stop.
The results of Tuesday’s game versus Eastern View were unavailable due to press deadlines. The Foxes will host Colonial Beach on Wednesday, at 5:00 p.m.
2009 Fox JV roster:
Head Coach Ryan Christoff, Alex Jeter, Tyler Trustlow, Cody Dove, Dylan Dumbrowkas, Lex Estes, Troy Thompson, Matthew Hunt, Damian Carroll, Kyle King, Tyler Macgill, Joe Reed, Nick Ott, Jared Mckinnon, Trey Graham, David Hunt.

 Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

Field of dreams

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







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