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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
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

 

 

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