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Foxes tread playoff road to State 4A semifinals

Foxes tread playoff road to State 4A semifinals

For the second time in four years King George (17-3) will be playing in the Group 4A State softball ...

One night, two Foxes Conference 19 championship crowns

One night, two Foxes Conference 19 championship crowns

Softball, baseball prove victorious in glorious evening
 Lightning does strike twice in the same...

Foxes girls JV soccer ends season in championship thriller

Foxes girls JV soccer ends season in championship thriller

Last Thursday’s girls junior varsity championship game, featuring King George (12-2) and Court...

Harding pitches no hitter against Lancaster

Harding pitches no hitter against Lancaster

W&L standout goes the distance to record rare feat
A.C. Harding, a freshman who pitched a no hitt...

W&L HS hires new varsity head football coach

W&L HS hires new varsity head football coach

After a lengthy and determined multi-state search, Washington & Lee High School has hired Josh W...

King George girls’ triumphant in Chancellor quad meet

King George girls’ triumphant in Chancellor quad meet

Foxes Hannah Koepfinger finished first twice in individual events to lead the King George High Schoo...

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The tradition of WCLL is stronger than ever

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.

Read more: The tradition of WCLL is stronger than ever

King George Little League Opening Day

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.

Read more: King George Little League Opening Day

For the love of America’s greatest pastime

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.
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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.”

Read more: For the love of America’s greatest pastime

Potomac Warriors 13U baseball soars to the next level

Their destiny is written in the fabric of America’s greatest pastime. Tom Clift, Potomac Warriors 13 (5-1) and under manager and King George resident had a long-term goal to prepare this team for the next level. Currently, the Warriors are on a warpath, taking on the toughest USSSA 13 and under competition in the tri-state region and beyond.
“We started out with the goal of making it to the high school level; however, our hope now is to have our players capable of playing college level baseball someday,” Clift said during a recent practice at Trinity Field in King George.
The Potomac Warriors 13 and under team is an extension of the Potomac Warriors 14 and under Maryland-based team.

Read more: Potomac Warriors 13U baseball soars to the next level

King George Foxes shutout Colonial Beach

The King George varsity baseball program is definitely headed in the right direction. For the first time in years, the Foxes are showing signs of dominance in every aspect of the game. After defeating Washington & Lee and Colonial Beach, the Foxes are now 2-0. Results of the Eagles vs. Foxes game on Tuesday were not available due to press deadlines.
After King George Director of Human Resources William Wishard threw out first pitch to celebrate the inaugural debut of the Foxes new baseball field, the partisan Fox fans could only watch in awe. The Foxes made short work of the Drifters by delivering a 15 run shutout.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Foxes took a 6-0 lead that featured hits by Troy Thompson, Dylan Dombrowkas and Collin Blake. After picking up a run in the second inning, Theo Klopsis blew the game wide open in the third inning with the ballpark’s first ever three-run homerun.
The Foxes would score two more runs in the fourth inning. The Foxes’ offense resulted in 11 hits, while the Drifters finished with three hits. In four innings of shutout work, Fox senior Ethan Slemp produced seven strikeouts, one walk and gave up three hits. Damion Carroll completed the Foxes’ mound duties with three strikeouts to retired the side, and win the game.

(photo: King George Director of Human Resources William Wishard throws out the first pitch during the opening of the Foxes new baseball field.) 

 Leonard M. Banks
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