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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.