- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 23:02
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Speed and beating the competition has become her trademark. After three years of competitive kart racing, 10-year-old King George resident Cori French has decided to switch gears to take the wheel in the highly competitive Bandolero racing circuit.
The Sealston fourth-grader’s resume speaks volumes for her ability to drive a car that is capable of reaching speeds up to 90 miles per hour unrestricted.
Getting accustomed to a new and faster vehicle has been somewhat cumbersome for Cori, but she is quickly adapting with the same enthusiasm it took to dominate rival racers in her go-kart.
"Going from a go-kart to a larger, boxed-in car is a big difference,” Cori said. “In the Bandolero everything feels like it’s bigger, while the go-kart everything looks normal, because I am used to it.”
She has competitively raced at eight racing venues, compiling 38 victories in the last three years. Among her wins included two championships (2009 King George Speedway Series Champion, 2008-2009 King George Speedway Winter Series Champion) and 126 top five finishes.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 22:57
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On the morning of April 17 the Gateway Urgent Care/ YMCA 5k and 1 mile Kids Fun Run was held in Colonial Beach. The morning was crisp and partly cloudy - perfect racing weather. This was the first of what will be an annual race held in April of every year.
The men’s overall 5k winner was Evan Perry with a time of 17 min 51 sec. The woman’s overall 5k winner was Esperanza Cortes with a time of 22 min 45 sec.
In the 1 mile Kids Fun Run, Madison Failor was the girls overall winner with a time of 6 min 43 sec.
The boys overall 1 mile Kids Fun Run winner was Hunter Wilfong with a time of 6 min 43 sec. beating out Madison by a nose. See all of the finisher’s race times below.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 April 2010 21:35
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Last Thursday, prior to the opening day of the first game of Little League T-Ball level at Hurt Field in Montross, an eagle flew over the ballpark. Whether the sighting of bird was a patriotic symbolic gesture of good sportsmanship or a sign that baseball’s rite of athletic passage was in full effect, the reality that everyone felt, before and after the event, was a shared communion of fun and relaxation.
In keeping with tradition, the Westmoreland County Little League (WCLL) officials withdrew the usual pomp and circumstance associated with throwing out the first pitch and opening day speeches to focus solely on the game itself. Images of Dodgers, Marlins, Twins, and Athletics T-Ball teams lined up along the baselines singing the national anthem, and gave new meaning to community pride. The parking lot at Hurt Field was packed to capacity with parents committed to providing support to WCLL.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 April 2010 05:00
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Opening Day was picture perfect for the start of the 30th season for King George Little League Baseball, which was held on Saturday at Barnesfield Park. The sun was shining, the temperature was warm, not stifling, and the program was well done. KGLL President Jim Roberts spoke to a large crowd of players, coaches, parents and fans in a short but sweet speech highlighting King George Little League. “Play ball,” Roberts proclaimed at the conclusion of his address. Then the King George High School JROTC Color Guard marched forward to prepare for the traditional playing of the National Anthem.
Rachel “Boom Boom” Sheehan, a member of the Challenger Reds team, did an outstanding job in her flawless, heartfelt singing performance of the National Anthem to kick off the KGLL season. Last season Rachel performed the anthem, by invitation, at the World-Wide Challenger Jamboree in Virginia Beach in front of 20,000 people, according to her coach Linda Davis.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:11
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The mere suggestion that America’s greatest pastime is just a kid’s game can never be further from the truth in the heartland of the Northern Neck.
Whether it’s softball or baseball, the game has become an interwoven part of the sports culture associated with the Montross community. By reveling in all aspects of the game Abner Doubleday invented more than 100 years ago, the community has embraced the sport in the same fashion that thousands of other communities around the country have.
Most recently, the Montross Middle School girls’ softball and boys’ baseball teams hosted the Northumberland Indians. The high-spirited contests ignited a social fanfare of cheering, exchanging banter, adults bonding with their children as they played catch, and an uncontrollable urge to congratulate their chosen teams on a game well played.
For Montross Middle School head coach Richard Behun, the game has a deeper meaning. Now in his second year, he carries on the legacy of father who passed away last year before tryouts.
“He was more excited about me being a coach than anything, but he never got to see me coach,” Behun said. “He was always a third based base coach, and he is the reason why I am a third base coach.”