- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 15:27
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The stage is set, and the 2010 outdoor track and field theater has already exploded with one of the best 300-meter hurdle times in state, courtesy of King George High School senior Terry Santos. Thanks to his performance at the Bob Murray Invitational last week, the State qualifier has already ensured himself a spot on the Fox team in the 300-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay events.
How fast is Santos? Even the Ferrum College-bound psychology major does know the answer that million dollar question — because every time steps onto the track, he continues to improve in nearly every one of his events. In addition, the blistering speedster has only competed in track for two years.
Most recently at the Caroline Invitational, Santos blew out the field as he placed first in the 300 meters with a time of 40.22, distancing himself from a field of 16 schools. In a show of dominance, Santos also placed first in the 110 hurdles (15.58), before adding points to his team with a fifth place finish in the high jump (6’), a eighth place finish in the triple jump (39’9”), a sixth place finish in the long jump (19’7”) and contributing to a third place finish for the 4x100 relay team (43.91).
Because of his current time status in the 300 meters, Santos now ranks among some of the best track and field athletes in the state. He is ranked higher than Louisa’s Dante Davis. Davis helped his alma mater win the Jefferson District title and the Region II outdoor track and field championship last year.
Last season, Santo made All-State in outdoor track and field, after finishing seventh in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.64.
Along with Joe Walton and R.J. Brown, Santos is among the top point producers for the boys track and field outdoor program. However, with all the accolades that he has earned as a hurdler, Santos is often reminded of his rocky journey to the top.
“When I first started, I can honestly say that I was the worst hurdler on the team,” Santos said recently during a track and field practice. “But a former teammate, Brandon Boone, reminded me to keep working hard, and that he could see me getting better. When Brandon graduated, I knew it was my job to step up.”
During winter track and field, Santos finished second in the Regional Championship with a time of 8.06 in the 55-meter hurdles — qualifying him for the AA Indoor State Championships.
Although track will always be one of his favorite sports, his first love has always been football. In fact, it was his tackle that prevented the Drifters from a possible rally during the first game of the football season last fall.
“When Terry puts his mind to whatever he does, he is unstoppable,” KGHS head football coach Jeff Smith said. “There were some games that I could not believe what he had done on the field. There were some games where a team would double-team him, more often than not, a team’s entire game plan was focused on Terry. He held the position of defensive end down.”
Inspired by his brothers, Lorenzo and Lavontay, Santos took an interest in track, and two years later, it has paid off in dividends for both his school and the legacy he will leave behind.
“I really didn’t get into sports until high school, and track was something I could work on and improve.”
Santos also played basketball two years, and is highly regarded by his peers as role model both in and out of the classroom.
Leonard M. Banks
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 19:55
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Stride for stride, Shearl Levere has come into her own. The King George junior is not your typical high school athlete. Her quiet demeanor is often overshadowed by her accomplishments in the sport of track and field and her polished academic record.
How good is she? Tall, statuesque and focused are three words that only begin to describe what rivals often see after Levere has crossed the finish line in first place.
Most recently, during winter track, Levere became the top point getter at the Regional Indoor Championships, acquiring two titles in the horizontal jump with top marks of 15’11.75” and 34’0.75” in the triple jump.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 16:20
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From the bottom of the order to the depth of their bench core, the 2010 King George High School softball team (2-0) is solid from the ground up. How good are they? Last week, within a span of two days, the Foxes crushed cross-town rivals Washington & Lee and Colonial Beach 15-0, 10-1, respectively. In fact, after defeating Lancaster 3-1 during a scrimmage, the Foxes are currently undefeated.
Thrilled about the possibilities of another successful season, Fox head coach Billie Jo Derrow said: “I am very excited about the season, and our overall chances to bring home a district title. The team has set their goals for this season, and how they need to go about accomplishing their goals. Each and every girl on our roster will bring something special to our team. I can’t wait to watch them play.”
With seven returning starters from last season, including two dominating pitchers in the form of junior Katelyn Mehl and freshman Taylor Brandts, the Foxes are unquestionably armed and extremely dangerous. While Mehl recorded a remarkable .045 ERA, including 230 strikeouts, Brandts posted a strong season at the junior varsity level.
Other players who will affect the Foxes’ destiny are junior Lauren Parker, senior Jessica Burress, Nicki Pettit, junior Nicole Straughan, sophomore Sarah Davis and senior Julie Catlett.
Team captains for the Foxes are Parker, Burress and Mehl.
Talented and true to form, the players to look out for include: freshman Taylor Balmez, sophomore Courtney Beck, sophomore Natilie McGregor, sophomore Katelyn O’Campo and junior Elizabeth King.
After finishing last season in third place with a record of 8-4, 13-8, the Foxes are eager to change the settings of the district food chain. In addition, for the first time in five seasons, the Foxes competed in the Regional playoffs.
“We are looking forward to playing each and every team to the best of our abilities,” Derrow said.
An interesting confrontation that will soon present itself is the Fox home game between defending district and tournament champion Eastern View and King George on March 31.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 March 2010 20:41
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The Foxes boys’ (12-9) 2009-2010 winter basketball season may not have ended with a championship, but it surely gave fans a reason to cheer.
Group AA, Region I, Division-4 semi-finals
Ahead by three points at 29-26 going into the third quarter, and having Tabb’s (18-9) best player, Emanuel Jones, in foul trouble, with the hope that benching him in the second quarter would have interfered with his ability to score, may have been wishful thinking. The Tabb standout came out pumped-up and determined to score 19 of his game total 19 points, leading this his team to a 66-58 victory.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:00
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While the defending Group AA, Division IV State Champions Courtland Cougars (11-0, 20-0) defeated James Monroe 57-47 to capture the 2010 Battlefield District Boys’ Basketball Championship, the Foxes didn’t disappoint the many fans who traveled to the unfriendly confines of Cougar territory, also know as Courtland High School.
Although the Foxes had previously lost to Courtland twice during regular season, only a total of seven combined points separated the Cougars from a lost in their otherwise unblemished record. The last time the Cougars lost a game was on Jan. 31, against Benedictine (63-54). However, it’s playoff time, and all bets are off! The Cougars dominated the Foxes for four straight quarters, resulting in a 64-37 district tournament semi-final win.
Like the other schools in the District final four, the loss did not deter the Foxes from a Regional tournament qualification nor did it prevent them defeating Chancellor (7-3, 14-6), 59-52, during the tournament’s consolation game Saturday evening. D.J. Lewis led all scores with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Teammate Matt Mohr finished the game with 10 points. Bob Waters collected seven of the team’s total rebounds. Lewis, the Foxes’ leading scorer for the past three seasons, finished the tournament with 58 points.