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4 Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 THE JOURNAL RICHARD LEGGITT Because of the 20-inch snowfall Friday and Saturday, the Washington & Lee boys basketball team, which has been exceeding expectations this year, probably won't play again until Friday's scheduled game at Rappahannock High in Warsaw. But the scrappy Eagles are champing at the bit to get back in action after suffering a 20 point loss to talented Essex before the storm hit. The Eagles fell behind early in the game played at Essex on Jan. 15, and ended up losing 61 to 41 to the Trojans. Of W&I2s top players, only senior forward D.L. Kelly was on his game against Essex, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Following games against Northumberland and Lancaster were postponed making the contest against the Rappahannock Raiders the next opportunity for redemption. "Our team is 10-4 and not many people expected us to be this good, but I know we are so much better than that,' said W&L Coach George Hunter. "It's a great group of kids who work hard every day in practice, but tend to shy away when the lights come on. It causes us to make mental mistakes and not play to our full potential." "Hopefully the Essex game was a wake- up call and they will gain the confidence to believe what I believe, which is that we are a great team that can finish the season strong and make a strong post season run." As well as the Eagles have done in racking up 10 wins this season, confidence and consistency are what seem to be missing so far. "They just get a little nervous" said Hunter. "We've got to get over that if we want to do what we what to do. It's a matter of mental toughness." In addition to Kelly, who is the team's top scorer and rebounder, senior forward Joseph Fulcher, senior guard Jarrett Sumiel and sophomore forward Carson Bell, all have led the Eagles in their ten wins. "We have grown a lot," Turner said. "Nobody expected us to be where we are." "This team likes each other, we had a few issues but they are gone now;' Hunter said. "These guys love each other and we recently attended a men's basketball game at the University of Mary Washington an~ ..... it was like a family:' "We have everything we need when it comes to talent;' Hunter said. "We need to get the confidence in ourselves that we are a great team and we will succeed far beyond everyone's expectations. I know what this team is capable of and I hope they realize it themselves" "They are fighters" Hunter declared. "They are not scared of a fight. That attitude will carry us pretty far. We just need to get tougher mentally and everything wilt work out for us." Senior W&L forward D.L. Kelly leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding. Photo by Ruth Daiger -( ALEX FISHER again that not onlyare we meeting to compete in VHSL competition all of the excitement and pride the needs of our students, but we where they had a banner year.that comes with being a "one high During my past six years as the are excelling at the highest levels Wetakegreatprideinmaintainingschool" town, the downfall can be Athletic Director at King George with many of our programs, and continually improving ourcontinuity of competition, and the High School, I have had the Athletic program venues. Being able to provide safe difficulty in hiring and retaining distinct pleasure of watching our notwithstanding, the VHSL and hospitable accommodationsa coaching staff that buys into students represent themselves, sanctioned academic programsto visiting schools has made the passion of the one school their families, and our community have shown tremendous growthKGHS a primelocation for hosting town. Thesebumps in the road are as they have demonstrated their over my tenure here also. It's conference, regional, and state cyclical and those that have been tremendous talents in all levels of been almost automatic to send VHSL competitions. KGHS has around for a period of time know competition, students to compete in the region become one of the first choices that with ebbs there are flows but Twenty-nine district and and state Forensic and Debate as a neutral hosting site for many our student-athletes must always conferencevictories, S region titles, tournaments. The Academic other schools in the area, which as be our focus. annual state bids for our track, Team has advanced to the Region has allowed us to be a showcase for New visions are on the horizon swim, and wrestling programs, tournament in consecutive years, this region of the state, with the third different VHSL state quarterfinal victories, and and annually competes well in the However, with all of this classification system in the six state semifinal appearances all Battle of the Brains competition in success, we have certainly had our years I've been at KGHS, which show that as a whole, the athletic Richmond. Threeyears ago we also struggles, as up and down years willbe put in effect for the 2016-17 program has proven time and brought back Theater as an option happen to all schools. Along with school year. With each adjustment the VHSL works diligently to keep the community, we are put in a like-sized schools in competition, position for continued growth and This third installment has success. potential to be the best yet and will Withthisnewvisionweanticipate put KGHS in a great position to be growth, not in population, but in competitive year in and year out in an understanding of the important a number of sports, role the athletic department plays There was much consideration in the growth of the student- as it relates to travel time and cost, athlete. Commitment, passion, as well as maintaining some of diversity, and learning from both the natural rivalries, but that will success and defeat, are all a part of also stand the test of time so as to what makes up a student-athlete, not have to change it in another and we will continue to put things two years. The new classification in place that support the overall system will keep us competing development of our students. with some of our current rivals in See you all on the courts, the Fredericksburg and Richmond mats, tracks, fields, auditoriums, region. I am confident that with classrooms, and other continued positive support from competitions!!! GO FOXES!!! S E RV I CESBOAR[ MARIE O. KUNLO BUILDING Home of RACSB's King George County Mental Health, Intellectual Disability & Substance Abuse Clinic Short-Term Services: Licensed Therapists, Board Certified Psychiatrists, Specialized Substance Abuse Programs, Child & Adoles- cent Services, 24-Hour Crisis Intervention Long-Term Mental Health & Intellectual Disability Services: Case Management, Residential Programs, Day Support Services .... BIDS OPEN I INO S W0: '" Thurs.,I/28 BIDS CLOSE Thurs., 2/4 @ 3 PN Beach Commission LINDAFARNETH the Capital Improvement Plan. Chairwoman Robin Schick The Colonial Beach Planning recommended three items ofhighest Commission met on Jan 14 to important on behalf of the Planning continue to discuss priorities in Commission at the council meeting (15) 2BR/1.SBA Two Story Units , Offered Separately or as an Entirety Most Units Currently Rented [ Lo(ated in King'sWood Community [ Aaoss the Potomac from Maryland Sale Ordered by U.5. BanlmJptoj Court UNAgLErOBIOONUNE?BidwithaMotleys, 4755 Jomes Modison Pkwy,, /fing Geon]e, VA 22485 horn T PM- do~ ~ ...... lJl Sperry Van Ness./Motleys sets goals for 2016 later that evening, a year. Schick sais she would like The commission recommended to invite a member of the town that the council focus on helping council to sit on the commission provide a new roof for the fire as is customary in many localities department, repair the public throughout Virginia. boat ramp and provide working Commissioner Pam Tolson, head bathrooms on the boardwalk at of public outreach, would like to see their special work session on Jan 20. the commission develop a process The work session will be held at the for hearing citizen concerns, Colonial Beach Town Hall to allow replying and following up. Tolson staff a chance to inform the council said, "If we have an issue before us, of upcoming tasks and projects we have to address it, even if we in each department. The council decide to table it." hopes to use this information to set Commissioner Diana Clopton a timeline of goals for both capital said she would like the group to improvement projects and policy help the town create an identity. changes in order to accomplish "We don't have one:' Clopton said needed tasks in a timely matter, three months out of the year "we are The commission also reviewed a beach town" but she feels it is the goals for the planning commission, commission's job to help develop the On the top of Schick's list, is town's identity. ' we a 'Colonial' membership. The commission has been operating with less than the See PLANNERS, page 8 recommended 7 members for over