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King George limps into playoffs after 35-13 loss to James Monroe

King George limps into playoffs after 35-13 loss to James Monroe

King George will play at Eastern View in the first round of the 4A-East VHSL playoffs after a frustr...

Colonial Beach's talented volleyball team loses in playoffs to Northumberland

The Colonial Beach Drifters, the best volleyball team in the school's history, fell in the second ro...

King George volleyball loses to Courtland but hopes to rebound against Midlothian

King George Coach Jill Wine's varsity volleyball team lost to Courtland in four sets Thursday, but h...

King George Lady Cross Country – 6 Time Champions

On a cool, damp afternoon at Loriella Park in Spotsylvania, the women’s cross country team fro...

Playoff bound Drifters roll over Lancaster 47-12

Playoff bound Drifters roll over Lancaster 47-12

The red hot, playoff bound Colonial Beach Drifters nailed down their sixth straight win last week by...

Chancellor defeats King George 42-0

The King George Foxes are still on track for a competitive trip to the Conference 19 playoffs, but t...

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Colonial Beach varsity football team undermanned but packs a punch

Coach Jeremy Jack's 2016 Colonial Beach varsity football team is undermanned but still packs quite a punch.

In their first scrimmage of the season Saturday against Atlantic Shores, the Drifters ran for two touchdowns in two minutes during the opening goal line drill.

When the Drifters open their regular season schedule on Sept. 2 at home against Randolph Henry, they will be fielding the same powerful single wing backfield as last year, including talented tailback Lamar Lucas.

Joining Lucas will be quarterback Alonzo Turner, wingback AnaJai Lewis and fullback A.J. Phillips.

"We did lose three offense players from last year," said Coach Jack. "But we are returning our entire backfield with that experience and chemistry."

The Drifters went 3­8 last year and lost in the first round of the 1A playoffs.nBut Jack is hopeful for a more experienced and talented team this season. "We have a number of great skill players returning."

The Drifters, with less than 40 players out for football season, will again be one of the more undermanned teams in the Northern Neck District, but with their strong running game and their stout, attacking 3­5 defense, Jack believed they will be up to the challenge.

"The sign on our field says 'Iron Man Football.' Our kids know they have to be well conditioned," said Jack.

"They know they are going to have to play offense, defense and special teams."

"They get a lot of reps and many of our guys know three, four or five positions," said Jack, who returned to Colonial Beach as coach and athletic director last year after having coached the Drifters previously from 2002 to 2010. "Our kids are well versed, in shape and very competitive."

Coach Jack again sees powerful Essex as the team to beat in the Northern Neck District.

"It's amazing that a school with 400 kids has 60, 70 or 80 players out for football," Jack said. The Drifters play Essex in Tappahannock on Oct. 14.

The team opens Northern Neck District play at home on Oct. 7 against Rappahannock and concludes the season against Washington & Lee at home on Nov. 4. In addition to the returning backfield, the Drifters also return players Quintin Napper, Wyatt Feltner and and James Gordon this season. The top newcomers this year include Cole Setliff, Tejahn Whiting, Kindrick Smith and Corvion David.

Richard Leggitt

King George High School varsity volleyball team ready for season

King George High School Volleyball Coach Jill Wine has her players in two scrimmages at home this week against Colonial Forge and Riverbend as the Foxes get ready to begin their 2016 season.

The Foxes will be bolstered by the return of senior outside hitter Madi Koban, who was all­conference first team and all­regional second team last season. Koban had 36 blocks, 50 service aces and 176 digs last year.

Koban will be joined by again this season by Andi Wine, a senior outside hitter who was second team all-conference last year. Wine had 23 blocks, 53 assists and 118 digs last season as one of the team's stars.

The Foxes had a 14­14 record last season, but were undefeated in conference play until the conference championship match where they lost to Courtland, a team they had beaten twice previously. The Foxes finished second in the conference and went on to regional play at Hanover, losing in the first round.

"The team to beat this year in Conference 19, previously Battlefield District, will be Courtland," said Wine, who is entering her sixth year as King George High's volleyball coach. "Last season, King George beat Courtland both times during conference play, the first time to beat them in 18 years."

"Along with Koban and Wine, our top returning teammates this year are Jonnae Usher, a senior middle hitter; senior Sidney Mrotek, right side; and Elimma Aguolu, a junior middle hitter," said Wine.

"Middle will be a strong front row for us. Hannah Koepfinger, a junior defensive specialist will help to round out the back row with her on point passing and fast defense."

"Our top newcomers this year will be junior setter Tori Villoch, sophomore middle hitter Stephanie Denton, junior setter Kristina Zuniga, junior setter Katie Bentz, junior defensive specialist Caroline Amos and junior defensive specialist Libbie Wells," Wine said. They will bring a fast paced energy to the existing varsity."

Richard Leggitt

Sea Serpents own Nationals Division Finals

The 2016 Rappahannock Swim League National Division summer season will be remembered for dominant teams finishing with consistency, and the newest kid on the block, Caroline (0-6), finishing at the bottom.

On Saturday, at the Jeff Rouse Sports Center, in Stafford, seven teams competed for the bragging rights for the 2016 RSL Nationals Division Championship.  When the dust or waves settled, Spotswood swam in the winner’s circle with 888 points. The Sea Serpents also won the regular season championship, as they ended the season with an unblemished record of 6-0.

As for local King George teams, Hopyard and Eden Estates (4-3), they placed third and fourth, respectively. While the Hammerheads finished with 689 points, their cross-county divisional nemesis Eels fished with 618.5 points. After five seasons of struggling with inexperienced talent, the Hammerheads finished second in the dual meet season with a record of 5-2.

With a growing Hopyard community, and two back-to-back 100-plus member teams, Hammerhead head coach Connor Muncie believes the best is yet to come.  "I am really happy with how we did at finals this year,” Muncie said. “We finished third overall and scored over 250 more points than last year. The swimmers did a wonderful job stepping up to the challenge of the big meet and performed exceptionally well. I couldn't be more proud of this team for what they have accomplished this season. The future is so bright for this team and I am really excited to see this progress continue for many years to come."

As for the Eels, they are a ticking bomb ready to explode with an armada of talent, and a seasoned coaching staff.

Triple winners for the Eels and Hammerheads included: Elizabeth Wardman, Eels; Mason Parker, Hammerheads; Jessica Miller, Hammerheads.

The Hammerheads also featured double winners in the form of Aimee Dunhan, Caleb Pole, Ryan Kuberek, Bryce Kuberek.

In addition, the Hammerhead posted 14 first place solo winners, while the Eels recored six.

As for the rest of the RSL, finals champions included: Aquia Harbor (Battlefield); Fawn Lake (Patriots); Ferry Farm (American).

Leonard Banks

Sports editor

NHL donates gear to Little Sabres

Throughout the country, kids are getting hockey fever.

Registration is now open for kids 8 and younger to participate in the National Hockey League’s “Learn to Play Program.” Most notably, the Waldorf-based Southern Maryland program, Little Sabres will be included in the program.

Thrilled with the NHL’s recent involvement, Little Sabres secretary and registrar, Cara Fogarty said, “This year the NHL decided that each of their teams had to get involved with youth hockey,” Fogarty said. “The NHL and USA Hockey (governing body of youth hockey) got together to start a program to start the Learn to Play program.”

From skates to uniforms, the Little Sabres will receive a bounty of equipment that will also feature the Washington Capitals name logo on it.

“In the past, we’ve always provided equipment as a part of the fees,” Fogarty said. “It’s very exciting with the interest we’ve gotten from people, and it’s a way to get kids interested at a very low cost” Fogarty said.

With four players from King George, the program has already impacted kids from across the Harry Nice Bridge.

Being able to skate is not a requirement. However, other than having a genuine interest in the game of hockey, the only prerequisite is that the player is able to stand up on a pair skates, and willing to skate unassisted a short distance.

All applicants must be registered by Aug. 23. The first session begins on Sept. 17. The cost of the program is $60 dollars per six-week session.

After 12 weeks in the program, the player qualifies for placement on the Little Sabre affiliate team, Cross Ice. Cross Ice is made of boys and girls from King George; Prince George’s County, Md.; Arlington; and Alexandria. They compete with six other teams in ice hockey jamborees.

In addition, the Sabres will now feature a 10 and under (ages 9 and 10) program. Players will be prepared to play on the Sabres recreation team. Full equipment is required, and it is the responsibility of the player.

Little Sabre registration is currently open. Interested applicants can access Little Sabre registration forms by going online to www.somdsabres.org or contact the program’s coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“The whole point of the program is to have fun,” Fogarty said. “It could be a hard sport, because there are so many different things to learn.”

Leonard Banks

Sports editor

IsshinRyu Karate unites King George following

The inspiration behind two-time Martial Arts Hall of Fame recipient Kevin Kline’s pursuit of training young and older adults in the IsshinRyu style of Karate can be found in the core of his family values. Seventeen years ago, Kline was motivated by his two sons to try something new that would soon become his life’s passion — and his evenings would never be the same.

IsshinRyu, meaning one heart method, comes from the birthplace of Karate, Okinawa, Japan.

Courtesy of former instructor Bruce Valde, Kline, a sixth-degree black belt discovered something more than just a way to stay physically fit; he found something that would satisfy his spiritual and competitive instincts that would stay with him for the rest of his life.

“I love getting on the floor, and sweating if I’ve had a bad day at work,” Kline said. “I work in a stressful work environment that has a lot of tight deadlines. There are days that I don’t feel like getting up — I am stressed and mentally burned out.”

However, whether the old King George Middle School facility is cold or hot with no air conditioning, Kline is the first person there to lead a committed corps of martial arts participants.

“When I get there, I force myself to get out on the floor, and work out,” Kline said. “After I get a sweat going, I feel so much better; it’s a great stress reliever.”

For Kline, it’s about building strong body, mind, and spirit. The ultimate goal is to become a better person through martial arts.

The King George Parks & Recreation-sponsored program has functioned since 1982. Led by Kline and Frank Harvey, the program features year-round 10-week sessions.

“It’s not about the color of the belt,” Kline explains. “It’s about gaining knowledge, and progressing in knowledge. We start people with blocks, punches, kicks, and stances.”

While the dedication is not for the faint of heart, the benefits of physical conditioning and wealth of self-defense techniques are priceless.

Reflecting on his youth, and his road to rediscovery, Kline has found a sense of fulfillment through Karate.

“When I was younger, I was little hot-headed,” Kline said. “Since I’ve been with the program all these years, I have a much better grasp of what it takes to defend myself. Now I realize that I didn’t know what I thought I knew.”

Every Tuesday or Thursday, 35 to 40 people make up the session size. The common goal for each individual is building strength, coordination, and flexibility through kata, practicing karate forms.

Now 18 years old, Eric Lamb started out as a shy 10-year old student who would rather run for cover than stand his ground. Nowadays, after over eight years of training, the junior black belt is one of the strongest members in the King George based program.

“I started out pretty shy,” Lamb said. “When we started fighting, I remember getting beat up, and crying. Now look at me now. I fight with a lot of confidence, throwing everything I have into what I do.”

For more information on IsshinRyu Karate, contact King George Parks & Recreation at 540-775-4386.

Leonard Banks

Sports editor

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