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Wounded Warrior heroes coming to Barnesfield

Wounded Warrior heroes coming to Barnesfield

Their motto “Life without a limb is limitless” is a lasting legacy of military veterans turned softb...

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Foxes Indoor T&F thrives in post season

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Dylan Farinet lives out his hoop dreams with UMW

Dylan Farinet lives out his hoop dreams with UMW

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Hutt captures 55-meter dash state championship

Hutt captures 55-meter dash state championship

King George High School senior Davion Hutt saved his best for last. During the 55-meter dash, at the...

Foxes fight to the bitter end

Foxes fight to the bitter end

In the past two seasons, the Foxes girls’ basketball team (3-7, 7-15) has made tremendous strides to...

W&L Eagles deliver Conference 43 Championship

W&L Eagles deliver Conference 43 Championship

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Challenger baseball fever is back

   On March 28, a sea of red baseball uniforms will take the field at the new baseball field, on the grounds of Sealston Elementary School. The Challenger Red baseball team will formally introduce the new complex to the world of little league baseball by showcasing their skills in front of a crowd that will include the Baltimore Orioles mascot, “Big Bird,” various King George County government officials, and a host of former King George high stars and adoring fans of America’s greatest pastime.
   On the following Saturday, the Challengers will take their show on the road to Barnsfield baseball park for the opening day of King George Little League Baseball. Throughout the season, the Challengers will play two games a week against local and Maryland area teams. Games will be played in Sealston, Barnsfield and in Maryland.
   The Oriole Advocates, out of Baltimore, Maryland is huge supporter of the Challengers program. Most recently, the Oriole Advocates assisted the Challengers with a financial grant. The Oriole Advocates was established 48 years ago as a sports boosters club, whose goal was to support organizations that are related to little league baseball, and sports organizations that are need based. Currently the organization is made up of 100 men and women volunteers from all walks of life, with a common love of the game of baseball.
   Each season, the Baltimore Orioles baseball organization traditionally hold various promotions, where members of the Oriole Advocates hand out bats, hats, mugs, and balls before they enter the stadium [Camden Yards].
   Other charitable efforts by the Oriole Advocates include: the restoration of the Babe Ruth Museum, Little League Clinics, Junior Orioles, Hit and Run League and the Cardboard to Leather program. The Cardboard to Leather program promotes baseball internationally by providing baseball equipment to third world countries. Since the program’s inception, the Oriole Advocates have donated 40 tons of baseball equipment outside the United States.
   The King George Parks and Recreation Department [KGP&R], under the direction of Director Tim Smith will coordinate the festivities associated with the grand opening of the venue.
   Although the Challengers kids are afflicted with physical and mental disabilities, they are a competitive team, made up of athletes with a sincere love for the game of baseball. Baseball allows them to express their ability to compete in an competitive environment where they will be treated on the same level as any other kid. “We play the game of baseball the way it was meant to be played,” said Challenger coach Linda Davis. “Last season, every single one of them could hit a thrown pitch, which in Challenger world is phenomenal. Three of my players can knock the ball over the fence.”
   Although parents of the Challenger players have pitched in to help with post game picnics, the Challengers are in need of volunteers that are willing to coach and assist the team during practices and games.
   Now that season is nearly here, rival baseball teams should beware. The Challengers are mentally tough and given an opportunity, they will surprise you with hustle—and a basic instinct to win. “I often tell people, we’re going to see you on the baseball field and beat you,” Linda Davis said.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

On target with KGHS NJROTC

KGHS Air Rifle Match; Virginia State Air Rifle
Three-Position  Qualifying Competition

   The King George High School Navy JROTC Rifle Team is having another stellar year.  On Saturday, they reeled in more accolades to go with their already bursting trophy collection.  Taking the top three individual awards in both Sporter Categories – veteran and novice, and claiming first and second place in Sporter Team competition, the talented KGHS students continue to carry on the winning tradition.   KGHS competed against the Caroline High School and Robinson Secondary School (from Fairfax, VA) rifle teams in the match held at King George High School.
   Junior Elizabeth Hampton took first place with a score of 559 in the veteran Individual Sporter Category, while Senior Sam Green came in second, scoring 543, and sophomore Kimberly Heitmeyer shortly behind, placing third with 536.   Novice Individual Sporter shooters placing for KGHS were all freshmen: Adrian Haught – first place - 440, Kyle Wagner – second place - 426, and Denver Brandts – third place - 385.
While no one from KGHS placed in the Precision Competition, several students continue to improve their skills in this category.  Junior Chris Braccini came in sixth from a field of twenty, shooting a score of 549.
   In the Sporter team competition, the King George team of Heitmeyer, Green, Hampton, and senior Matt Reed took first place, with a combined score of 2163.  Second place went to King George’s team consisting of junior Caitlin Henrickson, sophomore Brian Beverly, Haught, and Wagner, combining to score 1813.  The Caroline Red team placed third.  The Robinson Gold team walked away named the top Precision team.
   “We have been invited to the National JROTC Championships for the last 10 or more years; as long as it has been in existence,” said Head Coach Jim Morgan, who has been coaching for as many years at KGHS and other shooting organizations such as:  King George Shooting Association, Shooting Education 4-H Club, and State Small Bore team.  Virginia teams qualify for Nationals by being among the top in Virginia State Air Rifle Matches.  Saturday’s match at KGHS was considered one of the qualifying matches.  The Foxes have taken first or second place in the Navy National Championships for the last five or more years.  King George won the All-Services National JROTC Championship in 2007, when graduate Elizabeth Lyon, who attends Morehead State University on a shooting scholarship, was a senior.  Lyon was the top individual shooter at that competition.
   King George has been rated in the top four Navy JROTC teams since it has existed, according to Coach Morgan.  The King George students practice and compete year around, including summer camps.  “We have a great bunch of young people,” said Coach Morgan .  “They know what needs to be done and they follow through in doing it.” There is plenty of equipment involved in this sport, and the students are the ones who take care of moving it in and out.   The team spends about two weekends per month at matches.
   So far this year, Hampton has earned a distinguished marksmanship badge by accumulating 30 excellent marksmanship points.  Reed is close to that mark.  Heitmeyer and Henrickson have earned silver marksmanship badges this year as well.
King George will take two teams to the Navy JROTC Championships beginning on February 26 at Camp Perry, Ohio, where they will try to qualify (again) for the           All-Services National Championships in Fort Benning, Georgia, March 24-29. 

Go Foxes!

A legacy well served

 Seven teams compete at the third annual Nick Mason Memorial Wrestling Tournament

The third annual Nick Mason Memorial Wrestling Tournament was hosted by King George High School on Saturday, January 10.  This year’s tournament was expanded to seven teams including King George High School, Potomac High School, North Stafford High School, Fairfax High School, Lancaster High School, Stafford High School, and Eastern View High School.  The yearly tournament honors Nick Mason, a former King George student and wrestler, who was killed in action in Mosul, Iraq, in December of 2004.  Nick’s parents, Vic and Christine Mason, presented the awards to all tournament winners and Mrs. Mason gave the tournament’s opening heartfelt welcome asking the wrestlers and attendees to “Remember the troops who fight for your freedom,” and to “Do everything you can to support the troops.”

“We are eternally grateful of the continued support of the community and the commitment to keep Nick’s memory alive through these memorial events.  We are proud that the proceeds will benefit the Virginia Army National Guard, Nick’s Memorial Scholarship, and the King George Wrestling team,” said Mrs. Mason.

“The Mason family would like to thank the teams, coaches, wrestlers, and their families for participating in and attending the event.  We would also like to extend our appreciation to the businesses and individuals who made the event a success through sponsorships, donated items, concessions, and their time and volunteerism.”  In addition to the Masons, Northrup Grumman, TSC, Perry & Cathy Bowen-River Farm, ANA Instruments, King George House of Pizza, Daily Grind, and WaWa co-sponsored the tournament.  Gift cards were donated by Daily Grind, JC Penney, WaWa, J Brians Tap Room, Panache, and King George Chiropractic, which were raffled off to raffle ticket purchasers.

Two mats provided wrestling action all day with individual and team scoring competitions.  Two King George wrestlers, Jason Norris (140) and Ian Lynett (125), went undefeated, taking the 1st place medals.  Norris’ thrilling championship match against Stafford’s Mike Lowery went to three overtimes before Norris was able to claim the victory.  Earlier this season, Lowery had defeated Norris by just one point.  In the second overtime, Norris sustained an injury, but that didn’t take him down.  “My family is close with the Masons, and I wanted to win it for them,” Norris said.  
Fairfax earned the first place team trophy with 192 points, while Stafford walked away with the second place trophy, scoring 160 points.  King George came in third with 126 points, Eastern View was fourth scoring 105 points, Potomac fifth with 68 points, Lancaster sixth with 63 points, and seventh place went to last year’s champion, North Stafford with 61.50 points.  MVP trophy winners were:  Cory Apps, Fairfax, Lower Weights; Sam Frere, Lancaster, Middle Weights; Jordon Yost, Fairfax, Upper Weights.

Individually, nine of thirteen King George wrestlers who participated in the tournament placed, as follows:  Jason Ames (103) 2nd, Vincent Eells (112) 3rd, Ian Lynett (125) 1st, Phil Hinkes (130) 3rd, Jason Norris (140) 1st, Dan Stevens (145) 3rd, Matt Giles (189) 4th, Bryan Horaist (215) 4th, and Neil Schultz (285) 2nd.

Congratulations to all of the wrestlers who participated in the Third Annual Nick Mason Memorial Wrestling Tournament.  The King George Foxes Wrestling team’s next action will be on Saturday, January 17, at Freedom at 10:00 a.m.  Go Foxes! And here’s to your memory, Nick…


Pure Drifter court dominance -Drifters spank Eagles and Indians to win Holiday classic

The Drifters varsity boys’ basketball team rekindled an old neighborhood rivalry over the holidays against an old nemesis, Washington & Lee, in the Northumberland Holiday Tournament. After a three-year layoff of playing their Northern Neck arch rivals, picked up where they left off by beating the Eagles handily in front of a packed house in Northumberland. The last time the Eagles and Drifters played each other was in 2006, with the Beach winning the contest.
The win or as former W&L coach Mark Comer one said “Backyard Brawl” propelled the Drifters into the Christmas tournament championship against host school Northumberland. On the subsequent night, the Drifters defeated the Indians and brought home the holiday hardware.
The Drifters played one more game over the holidays against Chancellor, where they narrowly lost by three points.
Next season when the Drifters enter the Northern Neck, the rivalry will take on the form of District competition, and the batter for area basketball supremacy will between the Eagles and Drifters will get even hotter. Drifter head coach Steve Swope said, “We take pleasure in beating W&L in anything and anytime--even if we were playing tidily winks, We have a natural rivalry built in that dates back 60 plus years.”
Northumberland Christmas Tournament
CB 77 – W&L 65
At the start of the game, the character of the contest took on a life of its own as both teams resembled two heavyweight boxers battling for ring dominance. TT Carey and Dylan Farinet shifted the Drifters offense into fourth gear, by scoring 18 points of the team’s 20 first quarter points to give their team a 20-11 lead after one quarter of play.
After an exchange of baskets in the second quarter, the Beach led 38-19 going into halftime.
W&L’s DJ Brooks scored 14 points in the third quarter to rally his team to a three-point lead heading into the final quarter.
The Drifters dynamic duo of Farinet and Carey recaptured the lead, scoring 22 of their team’s 25 points going down the stretch into the fourth quarter. Carey and Farinet each scored three-pointers with less than three minutes left to seal the Eagles fate. Carey and Farinet scored 69 of the Drifters 77 points.
Kevin Swope scored his second three-pointer from the left corner as the buzzer ended the game.
Drifter stats: TT Carey – 38 points [career high], 3 three-pointers, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 deflected passes, 2 steals; Dylan Farinet – 31 points [career high], 3 three-pointers, 8-9 free throws, 19 rebounds, issued 4 assists, 9 deflections, 7 steals; Kevin Swope – 8 points, 2 assists, 4 steals.
NHS Christmas Championship
CB 60 – Northumberland 41

Scoring crucial three-pointers, free throws and playing solid half-court defense was again the mode of operation for the Drifters winning combination of Carey and Farinet.
Carey was named the tournaments MVP after capping off another 30-point plus night. He scored 35 against the Indians defense, by making 14-18 [77%] shots from the floor. Carey also pulled down 11 rebounds, dished out three assists, deflected 11 passes, blocked four shots and ripped away four steals to earn his MVP performance.
Drifter stats: Dylan Farinet – First Team All-Tourney, nine points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 8 deflections, 2 steals; Kevin Swope – Second Team All-Tourney, 2 three-pointers, 5 rebounds, 4 deflections, 2 steals; Paul Roberson – solid on defense and dominant in the low post; Jamel Dickerson – 2 three-pointers, 7 points, 5 rebounds.
Chargers 48 – Drifters 45
The visiting Chargers brought their best physical bump and grind defense

Drifters send Foxes to Taxidermist

The Drifters varsity basketball program is on a roll. After winning four games in a row, including a dismantling of cross-town archrival King George, the Beach has now regained their familiar swagger of confidence. Last week, the Drifters utilized their patented fast break skills to defeat King George, Amelia County and their first Tidewater victim, West Point. In the last two years, the “Black & Gold” have dominated the cross-town series 3 games to one.
Satisfied that his team is on the right path, Drifter head coach Steve Swope said, “We are still a work in progress; however, I’ve seen some little things that let me know we are on the verge of putting our package together.”
Throughout the years, the Beach has consistently maintained a high-energized court presence, complimented by an unwavering defense. “The fast-break is beginning to click, and our defensive presence is starting to materialize, while the confident look in their eyes is shaping up,” Swope said. “We still need more repetitions on shooting, and learning the overall system during the break.”
CBHS 66 – KG 59
A packed house at the famed “Drifterdome” witnessed two-heavyweight basketball teams feel each other out, before both teams accelerated into fifth gear,and went for the jugular. They ended the first quarter with a surge of jumpers and slashing moves inside of the Foxes interior post area, thereby taking the lead 22-12.
Dylan Farinet broke down the Foxes defense with penetrating moves to the basket that either led to an assist or a strong finish. Kevin “K-Dog” Swope and Jamel Dickerson completed the offensive assault with bombs from three-point land.
King George rallied in the third quarter to cut the Drifter 15-point lead to five. The game went into the money quarter [fourth] with the combatants standing toe to toe and swinging with all their worth. Although the Foxes cut the lead to two points during scoring stretch, they failed to take the lead. Donta Smith led the Foxes with 17 points, while teammate Devin Kohn added 10 points.
Drifter stats: Dylan Farinet – 21 points, 3-point basket, 8-14 free throws, 6-12 field goals, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 deflections, 4 steals; TT Carey – team high 22 points [including 7 jump shots], 8-9 free throws, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 9 deflected passes, 5 steals; Kevin Swope – 11 points, including three 3-pointers, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 deflections, 4 steals; Paul Roberson – board dominance [7 rebounds], 9 deflections, 4 steals; Jamel Dickerson – 3-pointers, 6 deflections, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Thomas Peery – 7 points, including a 3-pointer.
CBHS 63 – Amelia 56
After a tough battle during their first game, the Drifters knew the host Amelia Raiders would present a tough rematch. After battling their way to a 16-16 tie in the first quarter, the Beach managed to take a one point lead into the halftime locker-room.
The second half was a battle of wills, as both teams exchanged the lead in a back-and-forth motion. The Drifters finally won the game, with Farinet scoring 3-5 and K-Dog perfect at 2-2 from the foul line.
Drifter stats: TT Carey – 23 points [9-17 field goals], 5-6 from the foul line, 12 rebounds, deflected 10 passes, 3 steals; Jamel Dickerson 16 points [season high, 11 in first quarter], two 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 3 steals; Kevin Swope – 14 points, including three 3-pointers, 10 assists, 10 deflections, 5 steals; Dylan Farinet – 5 critical points in the stretch, 10 rebounds, 5 steals; Paul Roberson – 5 points, 3-4 free throws, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Joe Slater – instrumental in the victory with hustle plays.
CBHS 73 – West Point 42
It was blow out city from the start in this one. The smack talking Pointers came in big and brash, but could not back up their chatter as the Beach romped to a 31-point whipping. The Drifters shot 47 percent from the floor with five 3-pointers, and out-rebounded the Pointers by 10 and forced them into 22 turnovers.
Drifter stats-: TT Carey – 33 points [13-18, 92 percent from the field], including one 3-pointer, 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 14 deflections, 3 steals; Dylan Farinet – 9 points, including a 3-pointer, 13 rebounds [team hight], 11 assists, 6 deflections, 7 steals; Kevin Swope – 10 points, including two 3-pointers, 2-2 free throws, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Travis Cundiff – 7 points [3-7 from the field], including a 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Paul Roberson – 6 points, 4 rebounds, one blocked shot; Jamel Dickerson – 4 points [2-2 from the field]; Thomas Hayward – 2 points; Alex Gorfida – 2 points, three rebounds; Joe Slater – 3 rebounds; Jeremy Robinson – 3 rebounds.
The Drifters are now 1-0 in the Tidewater District, and 4-1 overall as they head into the Christmas break. The Beach will return to action in the Holiday Tournament on Monday, December 29, and Tuesday, December 30th. Don’t miss the action, as the Drifters lock horns with arch rival Washington & Lee for the first time in three years. The Holiday Tournament first round game featuring the Drifters and Eagles is scheduled for Monday, at 4:00 p.m.

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