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King George Ruritan Club honors county veterans

The King George Ruritan Club’s annual Veterans Day program proudly recognized five King George...

Mayoral candidate DiRosario remained in jail throughout the election

Mayoral candidate DiRosario remained in jail throughout the election

Wayne DiRosario, wearing a faded blue Northern Neck Regional Jail jumpsuit, remained in jail this we...

Blunt wins Colonial Beach mayor’s race; Montross councilmen reelected

Eddie Blunt, a Colonial Beach councilman and local marina owner, was overwhelming elected the Potoma...

Stratford Fire Substation fundraising continues in November

The fundraising committee directing the efforts to raise funds for the new Stratford Fire Substation...

King George School Board honors its longest-serving bus drivers

Four senior school bus drivers for King George County Public Schools were honored for their excellen...

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...

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Colonial Beach

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Colonial Beach's JarretThor Gallery to present Small Works Exhibit

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Beginning this weekend, Colonial Beach's JarretThor Gallery will present the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society's "Small Works" Show. The show will run this month and through Dec. 18.

The Mid-Atlantic Pastel ...

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Westmoreland

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Blunt wins Colonial Beach mayor’s race; Montross councilmen reelected

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Eddie Blunt, a Colonial Beach councilman and local marina owner, was overwhelming elected the Potomac River town’s mayor in the Nov. 8 balloting. Blunt won 64 percent of the vote, defeating fell...

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Sports

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King George football season ends with 42-14 playoff loss to Eastern View

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Coach Jeff Smith’s King George Foxes, a powerful team that began the season with six wins in their first seven games, lost in the first round of the 4A-East playoffs Friday night as they went do...

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Area Deaths

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Obituaries, Nov. 16, 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Henry E. Goerlitz, 72, of King George passed away on November 9, 2016. Henry was born and raised in King George and was a member of Round Hill Baptist Church.Henry was Vice President of the Northern Ne...

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Columnists

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Outdoor Report for Nov. 16, 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Fishing appears to be quite good for those that get out. Hunting has been hit or miss. Some days the deer appear to be moving and others they are not moving at all.

Rappahannock River

Now is the time to...

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KG Middle School sports soar in fall sports season

As of Dec. 3, sports opportunities will enter a new phase of athletic awareness at King George Middle School. For the first time in the school’s history, the sports department will feature wrestling and volleyball alongside boys’ basketball. However, in light of the fall season sports programs’ success, the Foxes winter middle school participants will a tough mountain to climb if they are to surpass their classmates’ efforts.


Known for their dedication and support of sports (football, basketball) the KGMS cheer program continues to grow with eager and enthusiastic athletes who cheer on school spirit. Founder of the cheer program, Jennifer Archambault has stepped down to pursue other interests. In her place the program continues to make new strides under the coaching auspices of Lequisha Pryor.

As for the girls’ basketball team, new head coach Neil Lyburn led his team to a 14-7 season. “I was really impressed with the outcome of the season, from beginning to end,” Lyburn said. “When I started the season, I didn’t know what to expect. However, as try-outs took place, I noticed the number of returning eighth graders (Amber Spuchesi, Brittney Peyton, Madison Morgan, Kenya Henry, and Haley Heflin), and their experience would impact the team.”

Although Lyburn lost a key player (Heflin) to an injury, at the start of the season, seventh grader Halia Ellis stepped up to become the floor leader and point guard—and the Foxes were on their way. “Overall, I was very surprised on how I was able to adjust to coaching girls, because my basketball coaching background has always centered on boys,” said Lyburn. Not only did Lyburn improve their skill level, but he also molded the group into a team that efficiently communicated at both ends of the court with fast break layups and solid defense.

The season is far from over for Peyton, Morgan and Henry. In light of their skills, and class qualification, they have moved up to play junior varsity.

KGMS football head coach Chris Zylonis continues to act as the glue that connects the recreational leagues, and middle school level football players to the high school program. Many of his former players have gone on to impact the junior varsity and varsity program. During the season, the Foxes compiled a winning record of 5-2, while outscoring their opponents, 142-70.

As the season unfolded, the Foxes matured into a well-coached machine, capable of playing against the likes of any middle school team. “The kids bought into the team-first mentality, and it led to the growth and ultimately success on the field,” Zylonis said.

Future high school prospects include: Tyler Johnson, Cameron Schaub, Cannon Zylonis, Josh Beaulieu, Jay Davis, Marcus Smith, Jordan Price, Drew Knott, Kenny Frank, and Kevon Allen.

Foxes were equally as strong on both sides of the ball. Throughout the season, area teams struggled against the Foxes stingy defense.

The fall middle school Foxes sports was a huge hit, and it opens the door for continued success as the new students decide to test their athletic skills.

 

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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