- Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 19:21
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After finishing fourth in the American Division of the Rappahannock Swim League last season, the Eels are hungry for redemption. Their recent win over YMCA Masaad branch is a clear indication that they have the personnel to take them all the way to the top. The YMCA Masaad won the regular season championship and finals championship last season.
In fact, with more than 90% of the team returning, the Eels could potentially be the team to beat in its division this season. The Eels are solid, with a total of 112 swimmers, ages five to 18.
The Eels coaching staff, made of up head coach Adam Taylor, assistant Katie Taylor, assistant Emily Jones and assistant Curt Albert have more than 30 years of experience combined. After being a part of numerous seasons where their former high school alma mater, King George High School, has dominated the Battlefield Division with championships, its readily apparent that the Eels coaching staff has the right stuff.
Taylor is beginning his sixth season as the Eels head coach. The Taylor family is deeply rooted in the King George swim community, with Adam’s father, Heath, on the Eels board of directors and a former Raiders swim administrator. Adam’s mother, Nancy, is the head data official for the American Division and a scoring official for King George High School.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 05:00
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People all over the state of Virginia are puzzled as to why the Colonial Beach School system has produced so many championships over a short period of time in every sport within its program.
The answer to this mystifying question is rooted deep within the fabric of its elementary school physical fitness process. Coach Steve Swope, an educator for 30 years has seen the formula for success start from the elementary school to the high school. His secret is amplified in one simple mantra. “We grow our own here at Beach.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 18:25
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KG Red Challenger baseball star takes center-stage
King George Challenger Red baseball may never be same! After Rachel “Boom Boom” Sheehan sang the National Anthem in front of 20,000 fans at the Worldwide Challenger Jamboree in Virginia Beach, nothing, including a fastball from a rival little leaguer can stop her now. “The funniest thing is to be in front of a crowd, whereas I usually sing to myself sometimes,” Rachel said. “Singing in front of a crowd is a lot better than singing to myself.”
The baseball Jamboree is the largest of its kind in the world. Challengers Red has become a mechanism for children with disabilities in King George to enjoy America’s favorite pastime in a competitive format. Eighty-two teams from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania competed in the event.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:05
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USSSA team attains top state & national ranking
They breathe baseball and bleed success! The Virginia Sports Complex [VSC] 13 and under double-A Baseball Academy baseball team is the number one USSSA team in the state of Virginia and the number one team in the country.
Based on a USSSA tournament point system, the team has rocketed itself to the top of its atop the
Currently the VCS have a 28-3 in class record and a 34-14 overall record, that includes several tournaments wins during the spring season. During the 2009 spring season, they will play in 13 tournaments, including at trip to Rocky Mount, North Carolina in May. They plan on finishing the season as finalist in the USSSA 13 and under World Series in July.
Versatility and the ability to play high-level baseball is the key to their game plan. As a team, their present batting average is .467. The entire roster is featured in the batting order; manager Michael Hundley frequently replaces each player as each game unfolds. “Our primary focus is to develop athletes for high school baseball, stress fundamentals, and focus on the advanced skills needed for high level baseball.
Also, although four players are missing from last season’s roster, the nucleus of the VSC team is still in place.
The upstart stars from Ruther Glen, Virginia are no strangers to the state and national spotlight. As a 12 and under team during the 2008 spring season, they accumulated 46 victories and two tournament championships.
Later during the fall, during their 13 and under debut, the team compiled 14 wins out of a 25-game format, that included six appearances in tournaments, which yielded two second place finishes and three third place finishes. In addition, they also finished fourth in another series of games featured in tournament play.
The following players are featured in tournament play.
The following players are featured on the 2009 VSC Baseball Academy 13 and under roster: Cody Bell, Jonathan Didlake, Jared Dorton, Dustin Dunton, Jordan Estes, Corey Hall, Michael Hundley, Matthew Hunt, Zachary Kegley, Justin Pitts, Brian Schmied, Zachary Smith, Ethan Steele. Managers include: Michael Hundley [Head coach], George Estes [Assistant coach], Steve Kegley [Assistant coach], Ryan Carroll [Assistant coach], Mike Mallory [VSC Director of Baseball], Mike Smith [Manager].
Ryan Carroll is a King George High School graduate, and a former District standout in baseball.
After qualifying to play in the Triple Crown World Series in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the VSC placed second in the Silver Bracket format.
VSC baseball program is continuous throughout the year, whereas the spring program begins in May and ends in July, and the fall portion of the season begins in August and ends in November.
Call it baseball fever, or a collaboration of athletes with a common interest in America’s favorite pastime—whatever description you end up with, it surely will have success as a common denominator. Factoring in the family concept of sportsmanship, and the unique atmosphere that the Virginia Sports Complex in Ruther Glen, Virginia continues to embrace, Hundley and his assistants may have a formula for grooming tomorrow’s high school stars.
For information pertaining to VSC baseball, go online to www.frozenropesbaseball.com.
Leonard M. Banks
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2009 19:06
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ODAC honors Bridgewater standout Katie Schlemm
A pioneer at heart with a passion for competition
Her athletic career is a metaphor for excellence, yet her mark on the history of Bridgewater College swimming may be her greatest accomplishment. On March 31st, because of her consistent performances in competition, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference [ODAC] honored Katie Schlemm with the award of All-ODAC Honorable Mention. Schlemm’s teammate Morgan Cordle was awarded the Bonnie Ketner Sportmanship of the Year Award. Cordle is the fourth recipient of the award. Cordle and Schlemm are among the Eagles swim team’s tri-captains.
Nearly two and a half years ago, Schlemm and Cordle decided to express their desire to have a swim program added to the college’s athletic programs. Prior to the establishment of the swim program in 2007, the two seniors were also active in forming a women’s swim club, which provided a foundation for the sport of women’s swimming at Bridgewater. Soon, the Bridgewater administration opened the doors to the first swimming program in the college’s history. Although the team had to overcome the disadvantages of not having lane lines, over-heated 93-degree pool water and no swimming blocks during its initial stages, the program has forged ahead and become a formidable force in the ODAC. “We would often practice a session of swims, jump out of the water and run outside in the middle of winter to cool off, before jumping back in the water,” Schlemm said while reflecting on the early stages of the Eagles swim program.
Since her sophomore year, Schlemm has been nothing short of spectacular in the water. She has broken school records in the 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.
After a strong performance at the ODAC/Atlantic States Championship, where Bridgewater finished fourth, no one will ever question the Eagles competitive spirit. After swimming eight times a day, while taking a daily dosing of verbal vitamins from her swim coach Fran Smith, Schlemm improved in every event by dropping a total of seconds in the 200 individual medley.
Schlemm has an interesting history of learning from one of the most successful coaches in Battlefield District High School history in the form of Ken Novell, to the present coach, Smith. Smith’s tireless work ethic would include swimming 5,000 meters for two hours a day. “Last year, I never realized that I could swim a 200 butterfly, but towards the end of the season, I could swim a 450 butterfly, which allowed me the endurance to swim the butterfly,” Schlemm said. “Fran pushed me beyond the level of extreme.”
Because of her tremendous contribution to the swim program, Smith awarded Schlemm the Coaches Award. “She was truly a leader, and helped make the team better every day—she was a very hard worker at practice and challenged herself every day,” Smith said.
Not only did she finish 12th overall in the butterfly [11th overall amongst ODAC swimmers], and 10th overall in the breaststroke [9th among ODAC swimmers], but also, she earned the right to compete in all of her finals. “My teammates call me the workhorse, and I was thrilled to go beyond the goals that I set for myself in the water,” Schlemm said.
Whether its biking, running or swimming, the graduating senior from King George has dedicated her life to the pursuit of good health through a consistent regimen of physical fitness. Inspired by her parents, and their allegiance to a health-oriented lifestyle, Schlemm is a living example that a sound body and a active mind will eventually translate into a promising career.
While at King George High School, Schlemm was a member of three District championship girls’ teams, while contributing as a standout cross-country runner. Schlemm also competed for one season on the Bridgewater cross-country team.
After receiving her degree in athletic training in May, Schlemm has accepted a job in Southern Maryland with a physical therapy clinic. The clinic will contract her along with several other athletic trainers to different high schools in LaPlata, Maryland.
In addition, the group will pioneer the first group of trainers to work in the Laplata school system.