- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2008 19:39
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In King George High School girls’ swimming, senior Kathleen Lyon has been shining in the pool, setting three new records so far this season. In the 100 meter butterfly, she topped the KGHS record with a time of 1:08. Lyon also surpassed old records in the 200 and 400 freestyle, clocking in times of 2:12 and 4:45, respectively. Her 400 freestyle relay team (Lyon, Rachel Webb, LeAnn Miller, and Alexandra Benz) broke the school record, too, with the time of 4:25.46. The high school swim season hasn’t even reached the halfway point.
Lyon has set a significant goal for herself this year: to break all eight KGHS records for individual races this year, meaning she has five to go (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 200 individual medley which consists of an individual swimming equal distances of four different strokes). Normally, this would be no easy task, as swimmers are allowed to swim in only four events at each meet. However, Lyon is a one-of-a-kind competitor. “I want to be the best I can be,” she said. “I go as myself, motivate myself.”
Last year in the Virginia High School State Championship Meet, Lyon placed fourth in the 100 butterfly. She has set her mind to win that event this year. The State meet will be held the end of February. Individuals make it to the state competition by swimming a qualifying time during the season in specific event(s). Lyon already has the times to qualify for States in every individual event.
Lyon began swimming at nine years old in the local summer league after her parents said she needed to take up a sport. She soon found herself on the Potomac Raiders year-around swim team, which she has continued to be a part of even after joining the high school team when she reached 9th grade. She continues to compete for both teams, practicing every weekday afternoon and three times per week in the morning before school, swimming over 40 miles per week. Lyon said her favorite races are the long distance – 400 meters and further.
The talented senior recently signed a letter of intent to attend St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2009, accepting a scholarship offered by the Division I school. Lyon had been recruited and was looking at five colleges, but chose St. Francis after going on a recruiting visit there. “The girls on the team were great. The coach showed me everything about the school, including the classroom settings,” Lyon reminisced. She plans to pursue a psychology degree.
Lyon, co-captain of the KGHS girls’ team along with co-captain Courtney Hartnett, is leading the defending Battlefield District Champions in an attempt to capture another district title. The work these girls do surely will not go unrewarded, and we wish Kathleen and her teammates continued success in their aquatic quest. Go Foxes!
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2008 19:38
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Most recently, the Fox varsity and junior varsity football staff honored their most outstanding players. Although the season yielded a varsity record of 2-8, 0-5, the Foxes have built a foundation that was pioneered by the following players: Jericho James – Hammer Award, Outstanding Linebacker, Most Valuable Player; Denver Harris – Most improved Offensive Lineman; Outstanding Special Teams Player – Joe Walton; Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Jared Vann; Most Improved Defensive Player – C.J. Calloway; Coaches Award – Daniel Pearson.
The future of any successful football program is in the hands of the feeder system. Varsity players to look for in 2009 are: Trey Grahm – Outstanding Defensive Player; Most Improved Offensive Lineman – Travis Kline; Coaches Award – Kordell Strauss; Most Valuable Player – Wayne Wyatt.
Battlefield District honors were awarded to the following varsity players: Jericho James – 1st Team Linebacker, 2nd Team Running Back; Dylan Phillips – Honorable Mention Offensive Line; Ryan Deshazo- Honorable Mention Defensive Back/Linebacker; Schuyler Ayers – Honorable Mention Kicker; Jared Vann – Honorable Mention Defensive Line.
James rushed for 703 yards on 148 carries, while scoring seven touchdowns. He was also named in the Honorable Mention category for All-Region Linebacker. The graduating senior completed the season with 71 tackles and seven sacks. Vann also impacted the Fox defensive scheme with 45 tackles, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
The Foxes will have a more experienced team with 18 players returning from the varsity squad and nine players from the junior varsity with the potential to move up. Depending on their varsity potential, 16 junior varsity players will be returning to their program. The Fox junior varsity finished with a record of 2-8.
Elated with the future for his team, varsity head coach John Bryant said, “I am proud of all the kids who finished the season and believed in the team—and not in individualism.”
With Eastern View entering the Battlefield District next season, and State Champion James Monroe graduating a host of seniors, life in area football could become interesting. Stay tuned!
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:12
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Although Brentsville won the over-all quad-dual meet that featured host King George, Chancellor and Eastern View, several Fox swimmers recorded school records. King George swimmers Kathleen Lyon and Curt Albert are having a season to remember.
In two weeks, Lyon has broken three school records, featuring the 400-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly during the James Monroe dual meet—and most recently, a 200-meter freestyle record in the quad meet that featured Brentsville, Eastern View and Chancellor.
Leann Miller also had a banner night with wins in 200 IM, 400 free and 400 free-relay.
The meet was the firs ever qual-dual competition held at the new YMCA in King George.
While the overall winner was Brentsville, nothing can match the heroics of Albert. During the quad-dual swim event, a fellow swimmer suddenly suffered a asthma attack. Without hesitation Albert swam to the struggling swimmer’s aid and rescued her from the water. Albert capped the night off by showcasing his school record-breaking skills in the 100-meter backstroke.
The Foxes will travel to Courtland this Friday for their first away meet.
Quad-dual Fox results [top 5]
Event 1, boys 200 SC meter medley relay: 2, Curt Albert, Andrew Snider, Tyler Grigg, Dave Boucher, 2:04.96; 3, Bryan Cameron, Tyler Collins, Joel Morrissett, Bradford Ballenger, 2:17.25.Event 2, girls 200 SC meter medley relay: 2, Leann Miller, Clare Shippee, Courtney Hartnett, Christiana Bentz, 2:21.00; 5, Emily Pelto, Beth Loudin, Katie Taylor, Alexandra Bentz, 2:34.84. Event 4, boys 200 SC meter freestyle: 4, Joe Gibb, 2:19.27; 5, Dylan Manard, 2:29.85. Event 4, girls 200 SC meter freestyle: 1, Kathleen Lyon, 2:13.92. Event 5, boys 200 SC meter IM: 2, Curt Albert, 2:29.16. Event 6, girls 200 SC meter IM: Leann Miller, 2:42.74. Event 7, boys 50 SC meter freestyle: 3, Dave Boucher, 28.68; 4, Paul Hutnyan, 28.81; Andrew Snider, 29.36. Event 8 girls 50 SC meter freestyle: 2, Rachael Webb, 31.37; 5, Clare Shippee, 32.66. Event 9 boys 100 SC meter butterfly: 4, Dave Boucher; 5, Tyler Grigg. Event 10 girls SC meter butterfly: Kathleen Lyon, 1:09.36; Event 11 boys 100 SC meter freestyle: 1, Joe Gibb, 59.05; 4, Paul Hutnyan, 1:03.95. Event 12 girls 100 SC meter freestyle: 3, Rachael Webb, 1:10.53; 4, Alexandra Bentz, 1:11.64. Event 13 boys 400 SC meter freestyle: 3, Tyler Grigg, 5:04.77. Event 14 girls 400 SC meter freestyle: 1, Leann Miller, 5:10.97. Event 15 boys 200 SC meter freestyle relay: 3, Andrew Snider, Paul Hutnyan, Bradford Ballenger, Joe Gibb, 1:52.56; 5, Dylan Manard, Tyler Collins, Andrew Braden, Joel Morrissett, 2:01.13. Event 16 girls 200 SC meter freestyle relay: 2, Kathlen Lyon, Rachael Webb, Alexandra Bentz, 2:03.72. Event 17 boys 200 SC meter backstroke: 1, Curt Albert, 1:04.16; 5, Dylan Manard, 1:21.42. Event 19 boys 100 SC meter breastroke: 3, Andrew Snider, 1:21.96. Event 20 girls 100 SC meter breaststroke: 3, Clare Shippe, 1:25.97. Event 21 boys 200 SC meter freestyle relay: 2, Curt Albert, Dave Bouncher, Paul Hutnyan, Joe Gibb, 4:06.82; 4, Tyler Grigg, Dylan Manard, David Hunt, Andrew Braden, 4:38.12. Event 22 girls 400 SC meter freestyle relay: 1, Christiana Bentz, Leann Miller, Rachael Webb, Kathleen Lyon, 4:25.46.
Foxes quad-dual results (Combined team scores through event 22}: Brentsville 421.00 – Chancellor 148.00; Brentsville 443.00 –Eastern View 98.00; Brentsville 346.00 – King George 226.00; Chancellor 373 – Eastern View 148.00; King George 350.00 – Chancellor 216; King George 430.00 – Eastern View 107.
Boys: Brentsville 213.00 – Chancellor 71.00; Brentsville 224.00 – Eastern View 54.00; Brentsville 169 – King George 117; Chancellor 165.00 – Eastern View 96.00; King George 193.00 – Chancellor 90.00; King George 219.00 – Eastern View 56.00.
Girls: Brentsville 208.00 – Chancellor 77.00; Brentsville 219.00 – Eastern View 44.00; Brentsville 177.00 – King George 109.00; Chancellor 208 – Eastern View 52.00; King George 157.00 – Chancellor 126.00; King George 211.00 – Eastern View 51.00.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 17:44
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The defending Battlefield champions are back! Both the Foxes girls’ and boys’ swept visiting James Monroe in their first home meet of the year, while making their program debut at the new King George branch Y.M.C.A.
The meet featured the following five double winners from King George: Tyler Grigg; Kathleen Lyon; Curt Albert; Leann Miller; Andrew Snider. King George also swept the relay events.
The final score for the meet was a clear indication of the host Foxes' dominance: Foxes girls’ 195, Yellow Jacket girls’ 91; Foxes boys’ 207, Yellow Jacket girls’ 91.
Trevor Carr was the lone double winner for James Monroe.
The Foxes will host Brentsville Chancellor and Easter View in a triad meet on Friday, at the King George Y.M.C.A.
Meet stats [Top three finishes]:
Boys 200 SC meter relay: KG – Curt Albert, Andrew Snider, Dave Boucher, Joe Gibb, 2:03.71, 1st; KG - Connor Muncie, Bradford Ballenger, Joel Morrissett, David Hunt, 2:16.08, 2nd.
Girls 200 SC meter relay: KG – Leann Miller, Heather Jones, Kathleen Lyon, Rachael Webb, 2:18.04, 1st; JM – Sarah White, Lina Zimmerman, Alison Wood, Kylie Keffer, 2:24.42, 2nd; KG – Katie Taylor, Christina Bentz, Courtney Harnett, Cheese Perry, 2:34.01, 3rd.
Boys 200 SC meter freestyle: KG -- Tyler Grigg, 2.20.48, 1st; KG Dylan Manard, 2:34.54, 2nd; KG Connor Muncie, 2:42.52.
Girls SC meter freestyle: KG – Leann Miller, 2:29.83, 1st; JM –Alexandria Bentz, 2:36.39, 2nd; JM Sarah White, 2:44.11, 3rd.
Boys 200 SC meter IM: KG – Andrew Snider, 2:43.79, 1st; KG - Bradford Ballenger, 2:54.67, 2nd; Joel Morrisesett, 3:08.17, 3rd.
Girls 200 SC meter IM: JM – Lina Zimmerman, 2:49.28, 1st; KG - Rachael Webb, 3:03.33, 2nd; KG – Katie Taylor, 3:09.97, 3rd.
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle: JM – Trevor Carr, 24.78, 1st; KG – Joe Gibbb, 26.55, 2nd; KG – David Boucher, 28.17, 3rd.
Girls 50 SC meter freestyle: JM – Alison Wood, 30.72, 1st; KG – Christiana Bentz, KG, 31.03, 2nd; KG – Cheese Perry, 32.82, 3rd.
Boys 100 SC meter butterfly: KG - Curt Albert, 1:04.97, 1st, KG – Dave Boucher, 1:09.70, 2nd; KG Joel Morrissett, 1:23.64, 3rd.
Girls 100 SC meter butterfly: KG – Kathleen Lyon, 1:08.50, 1st; JM – Alison Wood, 1:24.03; KG – Courtney Hartnett, 1:25.77, 3rd.
Boys 100 SC meter freestyle: JM – Trevor Carr, 53.74, 1st; KG – Joe Gibb, 53.74,
2nd; JM - Kyle Hayes, 59.09, 2nd.
Girls 100 SC meter freestyle: KG – Alexandra Bentz, 1:09.85, 1st; KG – Amanda Ackerman, 1:16.03, 2nd; KG – Elisa Huger, 1:20.60, 3rd.
Boys 400 SC meter freestyle: KG – Tyler Grigg, 4:53.11, 1st; KG – Paul Hutnyan, 5:11.22, 2nd; KG – Jamie Morrow, 6.28.08.
Girls 400 SC meter freestyle: KG – Kathleen Lyon, 4:45.95, 1st; KG – Christiana Bentz, 5:16.97, 2nd; KG – Katie Taylor, 5:46.78, 3rd.
Boys 200 SC meter freestyle relay: KG – Joe Gibb, Andrew Snider, Bradford Ballenger, Paul Hutnyan, 1:54.18, first: JM – Trevor Carr, Sam Glover, Kyle Hayes, Paul Williams, 2:00.14, 2nd; KG – Joel Morrissett, Dylan Manard, Bryan Cameron, David Hunt, 2:08.48, 3rd.
Girls 200 SC meter freestyle relay: KG – Alexandra Bentz, Amanda Ackerman, Rachael Webb, Leann Miller, 2:05.32,1st; KG – Emily Pelto, Courtney Hartnett, India Wright, Heather Jones, 2:17.88, 2nd; JM – Carolyn Thompson, Danielle Schuler, Caroline Morris, Audrey Dyer, 2:25.66.
Boys 100 meter SC backstroke: KG - Curt Albert, 1:06.16, 1st; KG – Dylan Manard, 1:20.27, 2nd; KG – David Hunt, 1:23.44, 3rd.
Girls 100 meter SC backstroke: KG – Leann Miller, 1:18.37, 1st; Rachael Webb, 1:24.46, 2nd; Emily Pelto, 1:25.30, 3rd.
Boys 100 meter SC breaststroke: KG – Andrew Snider, 1:22.61, 1st; KG - Bradford Ballenger, 1:24.60, 2nd; KG – Luke Jones, 1:30.10, 3rd.
Girls 100 meter SC breaststroke: JM – Lina Zimmerman, 1:25.70, 1st, KG – Adrianna Brannon, 1:39.11, 2nd; Heather Jones, 1:39.90, 3rd.
Boys 400 meter SC breaststroke relay: KG – Curt Albert, Dave Boucher, Tyler Grigg, Paul Hutnyan, 4:11.75, 1st; JM – Trevor Carr, Kyle Hayes, Dylan Schuler, Paul Williams, 4:40.79; KG – Dylan Manard, Bryan Cameron, Tyler Collins, Connor Muncie, 4:47.68.
Girls 400 meter SC breastroke: KG – Kathleen Lyon, Alexandra Bentz, Amanda Ackerman, Emily Pelto, 4:43.37; JM – Sarah White, Lina Zimmerman, Alison Wood, Kylie Keffer, 4:46.40, 2nd; KG – Cheese Perry, Katie Taylor, Christiana Bentz, Shelby Doyle, 5:35.90, 3rd.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 05:00
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Foxes poised to win their second District title in row
After sweeping both girls’ and boys’ Battlefield Districts swim championships, the Fox swim team is back to reload for another exciting season. With a total of 68 swimmers on the current roster, featuring 34 returning veterans, the Foxes are set to compete against the best the District has to offer.
Although the following graduates of 2008 contributed to a successful 2008 swim season, thanks to travel swim team such as the Raiders, Eels and Sharks, the fountain of talent at King George High School will continue to thrive: Jackie Hynson, Emily Cooper, Emily Jones, Matt Cook, Stuart Shippee, Brian Lusher, Mike Biffel and David Morrisett.
Cook placed among the top eight swimmers in the state in his individual event.
Fox head coach Bernardes is a firm believer in off-season swim competition. “Anytime you have an athlete that has a strong cardiovascular base and great technique, their skills will always come in handy for swim meets, as well as helping others achieve more than they thought possible,” Bernardes said. “These swimmers can play a vital role in leading by example.”
Presently, second year coach Bernades and her staff; Elizabeth Guthrie, Jennifer Rasnake, Ken Novell [volunteer] are hard at work, Tuesday and Thursday, drilling their team into shape at the new Y.M.C.A. in King George. The new facility is a boost for the Foxes. Not only will the facility accommodate quad and tri-meets, but its close proximity to the new King George High School will encourage more aspiring Fox swimmers to try out for the team. Unfortunately the pool area is not large enough to host District meets, where host and visiting families would require seating.
All swim lanes at the Y.M.C.A. meet Virginia High School League requirements. With the full compliment of aerobics, and workout facilities available at the Y.M.C.A., all Fox sports programs will benefit in one way or another. “They have been gracious host, and its been exciting to see how many kids from the area are using the facility,” Bernardes said.
The Foxes will host District rival James Monroe on December 5th, at the Y.M.C.A. in King George to kick off the 2008-2009-swim season.
Leonard M. Banks, Sports Editor