- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:52
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For 26 kids, tennis is more than just a passing sports recreational activity for intermediate/novice players, Jay Patteson, and Brian Getty. In fact, both rising King George Middle School sixth graders hope to master the sport long before they reach high school. After attending several King George Parks and Recreation camps over the past few years, Patteson and Getty got the bug.
“Back when I was five years old, I participated in a tennis camp in Fredericksburg, and I liked it,” Getty said.
“However, I wanted something closer to home, and that is when I discovered Coach Gillette’s tennis program.”
Utilizing a steady regimen of repetitive drills, instituted by camp director and King George High School head girls tennis coach Josh Gillette, both players have gained valuable knowledge that will help them, no matter what sports discipline they chose to pursue.
“Over the course of five camps, my tennis skills have definitely improved,” Getty added. “Coach Gillette has a good grasp of how to teach kids the sport. When I played against my dad, my tennis mechanics came in handy.”
Throughout the week, three groups of classes focus on everything from how to hold the racquet, to how to hit a slice, serve, and a groundstroke. Nothing is taken for granted; in fact, Gillette prefers his campers to slowly learn all aspects of the sport.
“I really stress that everything really has to be slow, as you’re trying to control your shots, and hit the ball carefully,” Gillette said. “A lot of kids have a tendency to go out there and swing uncontrollably, and end up not making any progress.”
Gillette is responsible to rebuilding the high school girls team, from a program that garnered very little attention to a winning institution that featured two players in regional competition this season. He is adamant that the King George Parks & Recreation sponsored summer program is the reason why his high school team has become a force in area tennis competition. By exposing kids to tennis at a young age, they knowingly build a foundation of footwork, hand-eye coordination, and strategy skills that they will use for years to come.
“The summer tennis program is designed to give kids a start, so that when they get to the high school level, they have something to refer too,” Gillette.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:37
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For six years, the Visualize & Rize organization has given back to the King George community.
Whether it’s through scholarships or hearing the inspiring words of Visualize & Rize founder, and Miami Dolphins offensive tackle, Jermon Bushrod, youth, both big and small, now have a place they call their own.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:27
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Now in its second year at Cameron Hills Golf Club, in King George, the sport of footGolf has ascended to hosting tournaments. On July 9, Cameron Hills will host the American FootGolf League Regional Tournament. Awards will include trophies and a declared Regional Champion. Also, Cameron Hills has plans to host private tournaments as a means of raising funs for local soccer teams.
- Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 11:57
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On Wednesday, in Milford, VA, the Foxes girls narrowly edged out James Monroe
95.50 – 92.00 to win the Caroline Outdoor Season Opener. Sophomore Briana Green
led the Foxes girls with three victories in the 100-hurdles (16.01), high jump (5’),
and pole vault (8’). Green also placed 2 nd in the triple jump with a leap of 32’4”.
During the relay events, the Foxes girls placed 2 nd in the 4x400 (50.40), and 4x800
(11:00.27). The Foxes girls finished 3 rd 4x100 meter relay with a time 51.37.
Green’s teammate, Aubrey Wingeart placed 1 st in the 3200 meters with a time of
11:53.55. Hannah Koepfinger finished 1 st in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of
Other notable top King George point contributors included: Samantha Tritt, pole
vault, 2 nd , 7’6”; Samantha Tritt, long jump, 14’; Megan Montague, shot put, 7 th , 25’4;
Megan Montague, discus, 3 rd , 78’3.00; Kyna Parker, 100-meter dash, 13:04; Elimma
Aguolo, long jump, 2 nd , 15’; Alicia Callanan, long jump, 15’; Alicia Callanan, triple
jump, 32’1.50”; Alicia Callanan, high jump, 4’8.
As for the men’s side, Robert Mariner was the lone 1 st place winner with a victory
in the triple jump (41’9.75”). Mariner also finished 3 rd in the long jump (19’ 01.00”),
5 th in the high jump, 5’6.00”, and 3 rd in the 110 meter hurdles, 16.70. Team wise,
Chancellor finished 1 st (111), while King George placed 3 rd (48).
Other notable top King George point producers included: Kenneth Matherly,
discus, 113’08”, 3 rd ; Kyree Garrett, triple jump, 40’11”; Kenneth Matherly, discus, 3 rd ,
113’ 8.00”; Justin Barnes, long jump, 5 th , 18’ 2.75”; Jordan Aley, long jump, 6 th , 18’
2.75; Tyrese Jett, pole vault, 3 rd , 10’; Jordan Aley, pole vault, 4 th , 9’; William Peyton,
110 meter hurdles, 4 th , 17.17; Abraham Martinez, 1600 meter run, 3 rd , 5:00.57; Justin
Barnes, 100 meter dash, 5 th , 11:93; Justin Barnes, 200 meter dash, 6 th , 24.44; 4x800
meter relay, 4 th , 8:56.31; Brian Greeley, 400 meter dash, 6 th , 55:34; Ryan Davidson,
800 meter run, 7 th , 2:16.41.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 11:20
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Monday’s varsity baseball game featuring King George (7-2) and Colonial Beach (3-7) can best described as a non-conference 17-3 blowout. Collectively, 80% of the Foxes lineup contributed to the win.
A week prior to the game, in King George, the Foxes defeated the Drifters 14-4.