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6 Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com Jecolby White guards a Spotslyvania player during the Foxes'S8-55 non-conference victory. Leonard Banks LEONARD BANKS versus Spotsylvania (2-4, 4-10) gave a collectively scored seven points tO of the Knights' 16 points to cut the Sports Editor huge boost of confidence to the Foxes close the quarter out for a 17-9 King lead to 43-42 to end the quarter. as they head into the final phase of George lead. In the fourth quarter, with less Neither a spirited Spotsylvania the season. In the second quarter, it appeared than two minutes remaining, Carter Knights' rally ledbyDarius Carter (31 After losing for the second time the Foxes had clear sailing as they scored a put-back and a foul shot points), or several key King George this season to Eastern View, 61-51, converted a number of turnovers into that gave the Knights a 53-51 lead. players in foul trouble could prevent Friday, and defeating conference rival, a 28-11 lead. In the final minutes, the Seconds later, Carter nailed a layup the home-standing Foxes from their Liberty, 62-46, Saturday, the Foxes (7- Knights responded with a 7-0 run that extended the Knights lead to 55- destiny Jan. 13. 7, 4-2)are on the verge of moving into that cut the Foxes lead to 31-21. The 53. However, Whiting tied the game With seconds remaining in the third place, if they continue win out. half ended with a 35-26 lead.with two clutch f0ul shots. With 24 game, Conference 22 basketball In spite of Carter 'scoring six of With the fans on the edge of their seconds left in the game, Djan hit one standouts, NaNa Djan (11 points) and the Knights' first quarter points, the seats, both teams went to war in the of two foul shots to gave King George De"Quan Whiting (12 points) sealed Foxes steadfastly held their ground, third quarter. While Foxes' shooting a 56-55 lead. With eight seconds left the game with three foul shots. With 2:09 left in the quarter, Whiting, guard, TJ Wells buried his fifth three- in the game, Whiting sunk two foul The 58-55 non-conference victory Laking Hall and Dreshawn Turner pointer of the game, Carter scored six shots that sealed the Knights' fate. azquez, ( . Leonard Banks The King George boys' swim team defeated Atlee High School in a Jan. 15 meet. STAFF REPORT George girl's team, 111,5-58.5. Other notable King George boys On Jan. 15, King George swim first-place finishes included: 200-yard standouts Ricardo Bonilla-Vazquez medley relay, 1:46.08; Asher Bentz, 50- and Jacob Miller made the most yard freestyle, 23.29; Rudy Morrow, of their competition against 5A 100-yard freestyle; 51.63; boys 200- powerhouse, Atlee High School in yard freestyle relay, 1:31,28; Nate Mechanicsville. Wilson, 100-yardbreaststroke, 1:04.99 Bonilla-Vazquez recorded two and the boys 400-yard freestyle relay, wins, along with a state cut time in the 3:22.60. 200-yard individual medey of 2:05.20, Notable King George girls first-place while Miller recorded a time of 1:50.46 finishes included: Anna Hall, 500-yard in the 200-yard freestyle. Vazquez also freestyle, 6:20.67 and Emily Sizemore, posted a first-place finish in the 100- 100-yard backstroke, 1:04.29. yard butterfly with a time of 54.88. The Foxes will return to action Jan. Team-wise, the Foxes edged the 23 at the King George YMCA, against Raiders 100-70, while the Raiders' Chancellor, James Monroe and Spot- girls' swim team dominated the King sylvania. LEONARDBANKS Sports Editor The tandem .of King George High School alumni John and Jonathan Parker once ruled Fredericksburg-area football and Nearly 20 years later, their sons have followed in their dads' footsteps. John (Parker's) son, basketball. Juan, and Jonathan From a state football championship to a regional (Parker's) son, basketball champiOnship berth, Dez'John, soon will the brothers left an eternal mark on the map of athletic enter the ranks of competition, collegiate athletics, as Todate, John'snameisembedded they leave behind a in the books with the following records: career rushing yards, legacy of success. 5,003; 363 yards in a game; 2,018 yards in a season; tied with Joe young, second most touchdowns, starter has earned the following 7; most touchdowns in a season, honors: division/conference 1st 36; most career touchdowns, 76; team tight end, first team defensive most points scored, season, 216; tackle, all-region first team tight most point scored, career, 484. As end, second team all-state. for Jonathan, his role as a tailback/ "Dez'John was a piece of the wide receiver allowed him to foundation that I was proud dominate the passing game. to build from;' Foster said. "h~ The identical twins made major Colonial Beach, we rely on a guy contributions to the 1995 Foxes' that can do more than one job. football state championship bid Dez'John was one of those guys against Graham. The undersized that could do that." Foxes hosted the G-Men for As for Juan, his imprint on the coveted VHSL Group AA Foxes athletics is cemented as well. Championship, on a cold day at While the Foxes' football team fell Spotsylvania High School. The well short of a post-season berth Bluefield County-area football this past season, Juan punished team eventually won the game, opposing linemen on both sides 23-18. of the ball throughout the season. "In my heart, I didn't believe His efforts eventually earned him there was anybody out there that second-team all-conference 22 Could beat us" Jonathan said. "It honors. Currently, with a toss of was the one day we didn't' bring 45 feet, Juan is the top shot put our A game" athlete in the area. Nearly 20 years later, their Respecfed by area coaches sons have followed in their dads, and players throughout the area, footsteps. John's son, Juan, and Juan's efforts on the field will Jonathan's son, Dez'John, soon undoubtedly follow him into will enter the ranks of collegiate college. athletics, as they leave behind a "Juan is one of our biggest legacy of success, assets" King George High School For the past four seasons, head football coach JeffSmith said. J0n//than has had the fortune of "He brings a lot to the table in the coaching his son in basketball, form of leadership and character "With Dez'John playing football to the program. No matter what and basketball, and having the we've asked of him to do, he does opportunity to coach him, its been it with a smile." a dream come true," Jonathan With numerous colleges said. knocking on his door, Juan's future Four years ago, Drifters' football will get brighter as his senior head coach Scott Foster took a season unfolds chance and brought Dez'John "He can play on the next level" on the varsity football team as a Smith said. "He has the size, and freshman. Since then, D. ez'John I always tell my players that size has contributed to four straight and speed, are two talents that post-season football berths. In you cannot teach. For an athlete addition, the natural two-way his size, he has great feet." Fox Insurance At Fox Plaza i; , Home Life Distance 24-Hour 7 Days A Week Full Service Propane Filling Available KING GEORGE TERMITE & PEST (540) 775-0000.1-800-742-2900 ..... 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