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10 Wednesday, February 25, 2009 The Journal Division III Diamonte Proctor and Chance Roy helped the Tar Heels [1-5] edge the Hoyas [3-3] 23-21 in overtime. Quinton Napper and Hunter Angerer led the Bruins [4-2] over the Terps [1-5] 30-21. Bruins [4-2] over the Terps [1-5] 30-21. Joshua Willford and Dwayne Newman allowed the Cavaliers [5-1] to nip the Wildcats [5-1] 24-22. Anajai Lewis and Kayla Roy helped Blue Devils [4-2] clip the Tigers [1-5] 25-22. Division II Lashaad Thompson and Carter Foster enabled the Knicks [5-1] to squeak by the Lakers [1-5] 32+31. Ethan Harbin and David Allison allowed the Wizards [4-2] to edge the Celtics [1-5] 18-17. Keane Fos- ter and Stephan Lesser pushed the Sixers [4-2] past the Pacers [2-4] 28-23. Dezjohn Parker and Darin Jones powered the Bulls [5-1] by the Magic [2-4] 32-27. Division I Thomas Peery and Kiarrey New- man led the Jazz [4-2] over the Rock- ets [4-2] 39-28. Andrew Seaman and Tim McDowney sent the Spurs [3-3] past the Pistons [1-5] 43-38. Tournament schedule, Division III: February 28:[9:00 a.m.] # 1 Wildcats vs. #8 Tar Heels; [9:30 a.m.] #2 Cavaliers vs. #7 Tigers; [10:00 a.m.] #3 Bruins vs. #6 Terps; [ 10:30 a.m.] #4 Blue Devils vs. #5 Hoyas. Tournament schedule, Division II: [9:00 a.m.] #1 Bulls vs. #8 Lakers; [9:30 a.m.] #2 Knicks vs. #7 Celt- ics; [10:00 a.m.] #3 Wizards vs. #6 Pacers; [10:30 a.m.] #4 Sixers vs. #5 Magic. Tournament schedule, Division 2:[11:00 a.m.] #1 Rockets vs. #4 Pistons; {11:00 a.m.] #2 Jazz vs. #3 Spurs. From Challenger, page 9 of the Challengers program. Most recently, the Oriole Advocates as- sistedthe Challengers with a financial grant. The Oriole Advocates was established 48 years ago as a sports boosters club, whose goal was to support organizations that are related to little league baseball, and sports organizations that are need based. Currently the organi- zation is made up of 100 men and women volunteers from all walks of life, with a common love of the game of baseball. Each season, the Baltimore Orioles baseball organization traditionally hold vari- ous promotions, where members of the Oriole Advocates hand out bats, hats, mugs, and balls before they enter the stadium [Camden Yards]. Other charitable ef- forts by the Oriole Advocates include: the restoration of the Babe Ruth Museum, Little League Clinics, Junior Orioles, Hit and Run League and the Cardboard to Leather program. The Cardboard to Leather program promotes baseball internationally by providing baseball equipment to third world countries. Since the program's inception, the Oriole Advocates have donated 40 tons of baseball equipment outside the United States. The King George Parks and Recreation Department [KGP&R], under the direction of Director Tim Smith will coordinate the festivities associated with the grand opening of the venue. Although the Challengers kids are afflicted with physical and mental disabilities, they are a competitive team, made up of athletes with a sincere love for the game of baseball. Baseball allows them to expresstheir ability to compete in an competitive environment where they will be treated on the same level as any other kid. "We play the game of baseball the way it was meant to be played," said Challenger coach Linda Da- vis. "Last season, every single one of them could hit a thrown pitch, which in Chal- lenger world is phenomenal. Three of my players can knock the ball over the fence." Although par- ents of the Chal- lenge r players have pitched in to help with post game picnics, the Challengers are in need of volunteers that are willing to coach and assist the team during practices and games. Now that season is nearly here, rival baseball teams should beware. The Challengers are mentally tough and given an opportunity, they will surprise you with hustle--and a basic instinct to win. "I often tell people, we're going to see you on the baseball field and beat you," Linda Davis said. Step it up! Teri Priehe The Journal The King George Foxes Step Team performs and competes throughout the school year, and you don't want to miss their impressive performance! The team consists of seventeen high school and middle school students and is coached by King George Middle School teacher Urzetta Lewis, along with assistants and former King George Steppers Lon- don Bryant and Cordarryl Ford. Dur- ing the fall, the popular team performed at the annual KG H S Pep Ral- ly, and received a standing ova- tion from their, peers. Stepping is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instru- ment to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps, according to Wikipedia. "It's like a body choir," said Coach Lewis. The team members and coaches work together on developing and perfecting routines. Coach Lewis, who has coached the combined middle school/high school team since 2001, said her music background helps with implementing rhythms for the dance, and that the kids are great at incorporating combinations of movements. "It takes a lot of discipline," Coach Lewis said when referring to the dedication it takes to partake in this sport, "When you see it, you know." Precision is also a key to this form of dance, accord- ing to the coach. The veteran team members help the younger members learn routines and work on precision of moves. KGHS junior Tatiana Garcia, in her third year on the Step team, and Sophomore Shavon Jones, fourth year veteran of the Step team, were attractedto Step team participation when they each first moved to King George Garcia hadn't heard of Step until she arrived at King George High School. Jones learned about it at a school orientation where London Bryant (KGHS 2007 graduate and Step team member at the time) was showing a video of the Step team's performances. Both have since be- come leaders of the team and have a strong commitment to preparing the team for their performances. They both said they want people to know that Step is a sport in which it takes hard work, dedication, and conditioning to succeed, as it does with any other sport. The team practices three times per week regularly from Sep- tember through May m (longer than any other sport!), which includes running and work- ing on their routines. Coach Lewis said she learned that condi- tioning is essential to be able to perform a routine from long-time King George Middle School girls' basketball Coach Donna Coley. "Our shows are gener- ally ten long, hard minutes. It takes a lot of stamina,,' said Coach Lewis. Her philosophy is "The way you practice is the way you perform. If you practice lazy, you perform that way as well." The King George Step team per- forms at various events and enters several competitions each year. Last Saturday, the team took second place at the Annual Louisa County Rhythm Nation Step Show. The Foxes will be traveling to Alexandria this Saturday to compete in the 7 Youth County Network Step Show at West Poto- mac High School. They spend many Saturdays traveling to places such as Baltimore, Washington D.C., Rich- mond, northern Virginia, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News to compete. In the spring, they an- nually sponsor a Step Show at King George High School. The Foxes are planning to host "Step It Up 7" in May. Make sure to look out for the date of this show, you won't want to miss the vibrant performance by the KG Steppers. For more information on the KG Step Team, contact Coach Lewis at 775-2331. Go Foxes! Eagle basketball playoff madness ,.+-. + .2 The Journal Until two years ago, earning a berth in the regional basketball tournament was a substantial accomplishment in and of itself. Teams would battle all season for the hope of winning the district regular season or tournament title and earning the right to compete against a top team from another district. When the Virginia High School League elected to expand the Single A state basketball cham- pionships to include two divisions starting with the 2007-08 season, Region A'decided to let every team compete in the regional tourna- ment. Presumably, the horrendous mismatches which ensued between juggernauts and door mats led the Region A brain trust to amend that concept such that the top 8 teams in each division now square off in a seeded tournament reminiscent of a mini-NCAA regional. After what had been a rather lackluster season, Washington and Lee's varsity boys have managed a late season turnaround to earn a #6 seed. Two victories over #9 in the state and district champion Lancaster late in the regular season and in the, district semi-finals may have been + the difference between a regional berth and getting ready for baseball a week early. Essex stopped W&IJ! mini-win streak in the district finals" and, interestingly, the #3 seed Trojans will host the Eagles in t first round of the regional tourna- ment, looking to beat their rivals for the fourth time this season. In a show of solidarity with the: boys, W&L's girls are also a #6 seed traveling to take on a familiar district foe: Northumberland. Un- like the boys, though, the girls were consistent as the third best team in the district behind the Indians and Lancaster. That being said, strange things happen when the season is on the line and first year head coacl Liz Beckham has instilled an energ52 not seen among the girls' cagers fqr2 some time. [ ,. 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