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www,joumalpress,com THE JOURNAL Wednesday, March 23, 2016 5 II II IIII _ _~ Drifters pitcher, Kendrick Creasy delivers a rising fastball against Caro- line. Drifters forge er's teammate, Dalton Whitney fol- lowed with an RBI single that gave into 2o16 baseball the Cavaliers a 5-0 lead. After Mikey Mothershead came season in for relief of Kendrick Creasey, the Cavaliers finished the inning LEONARD BANKS with 2 additional runs courtesy of Collin Knowles, and Will Wojcik. Sports editor The Cavaliers scored their fi- With the 2016 high school base- hal run in bottom of the 6th, on a ball season underway, the Colonial Knowles sacrifice RBI fly. Beach High School Drifters have In top of the 7th, with 1 out, thrown caution to the wind and Creasey scored Trey Bowler on a fought bravely for every inch of single into left field. Creasey and progress along the way. Mason Delane each finished the Thus far, the Drifters have played game, 2-4. three nonconference games against three double-A schools. After los- Based on experience, and the ing a close 3-2 game against Court- ability, and versatility, the Drifters land, they defeated lames Monroe have the ability to upset the bal- 4-2 on the following day. However, ance in Conference 43. Head coach they were defeated by Caroline, 7-1 Brent Steffey is confident the team's on the final day of the 3-game back- skillset will lead to a successful sea- to-back opening week competition, son. On Thursday, during the game "We have quite a few players that against Caroline, the Drifters (1- can play multiple positions, in- 2) fell victim to early Cavalier runs cluding pitcher" Steffey said. 'Tve that gradually built up to a 7-0 lead. pitched every player that can play In the final inning, the Drifters the position, and every one of them managed to score their lone run on did pretty well" a single. Fourteen aspiring players tried During the bottom of the 3rd in- out for the team, and 13 made the ning, after leading 2-0, the Cava- squad this season. "Depth is not re- liers offense struck with 4 runs. ally an issue this year, because we Stephen Miller started the Cavalier have people I can put anywhere" scoring with a sacrifice RBI. Mill- Steffey said. Photos by Ruth Daiger Cullen, left, and Carson Bell will con- tribute to the W&L baseball team this season W&L baseball team to them for in-game leadership." "We do expect to be solid at every slams James Monroe position and have reasonable depth on the mound," Clark said. "As is the 24 to 4 in opener case with all teams, much of our suc- cess will be dependent on pitching RICHARD LEGGITT performance." "Carson Bell returns as a legiti- Washington & Lee High Schoolmate number arm," Clark said. "lu- opened its baseball season by wal- wan Henry may have the best stuff loping ]ames Monroe 24-4 in a game on the team, but will need to stay in Montross. healthy and consistent. Rookie arms "Baseball is a funny game," said Timmy Henry and Nick Mundy have W&L Coach Mike Clark. "We scored worked hard and look to crack the 24 runs on Tuesday. We could just as rotation. Clark said he was happy to easily come out and get blanked on see the Eagles' bats wake up in the Thursday." opener. "It was exciting to see that In fact, that is almost what hap- happen at the right time. We had pened. The Eagles played their sec- some defensive and mental blunders ond game Thursday at Northumber- that we will have to work on a bit; but land and lost 16 to 4. "Hopefully our all in all the coaching staffwas pretty guys recognize the importance of happy with the result. coming out each day and continu- "Cullen and Deointre both hit ing to get better," Clark said. "We still their first varsity home runs. That's have a long way to go." always exciting. Deointre is a ju- The Eagles, who were 11-10 over- nior and we really expect him to be all and 6-4 in district play last year, a force at the plate this year - so it's are led this season by brothers Cul- good to see him off to a hot start. len and Carson Bell, who pitch and Cullen has been a staple at the top of play infield, senior leremy Saunders our lineup for years now. He should and junior Deointre Campbell. be one of the more complete hitters "We are not necessarily a young in the league'" Clark declared. team, considering the age and grade "This team has some solid college of our players, but we are light on ex- prospect players," said W&L Ath- perience," Clark said. letic Director Malcolm Lewis. "They "We do have a few returning veter- should be able to compete in every ans that have played significant roles game. They are going to be fun to on successful teams and we will look watch." Photo by Leonard Banks Fox pitcher, Kenny Franks finished the game against Essex with 4 strikeouts, no walks, 4 hits, in 4 innings of pit~:hing. King George rolls outs, Steven Hunt scored on a Tro- jan error, extending the Foxes' lead over Essex Trojans to70 The Foxes scored three addition- LEONARD BANKS al runs on a balk, wild pitch and Trojan throwing error that boost- Sports editor ed their lead to 10-0. Trojan relief Last Wednesday, at King George pitcher, ]ames Wolfe accounted for High School, during a nonconfer- 5 earned runs. ence game, the Foxes wasted very After the Trojans managed to little in dispensing of the Essex Tro- avoid an early mercy rule defeat )ans (11-1)in five innings. From an in the top of the 4th, with a run explosive offense to the pitching of scored by ]ustin Langford, the Fox- Kenny Franks, the Foxes dominat- es quickly finished the game in the ed the Trojans. following inning the bottom of the Franks later finished the game 5th inning. With the bases loaded, with four strikeouts, no walks and Dre Turner ended the game with a four hits, in four innings of pitch- single into center field that scored ing. Mason Newton relieved Franks the winning run. in the top of the 5th; he struck out Thrilled with the win, King two, and forced a ground out to George head coach Thad Reviello end the game. said, "It's a good win for us; we After a Trojan wild pitch that pitched well, fielded pretty well, scored Austin Halter, Steven Paul and swung the bats good. However, Pitts got the ball rolling in the bot- it's early in the season, and they are tom of the 1st inning with an RBI going to get better. They are young, double that cleared the bases with but we will see stiffer competition." two on, giving the Foxes a 3-0 lead. Earlier in the week, the Foxes After Shane Revielo plated the lost a 5-4-conference game to East- Foxes fourth run in the bottom of ern View. Later, on Thursday, the the 2nd inning, the entire character Foxes used a solid pitching effort of the game changed in the bottom by Chris Levere to defeat five-A of the 3rd. With the bases loaded power Brooke Point, 3-2. The Fox- Halter' blasted an RBI double to es will visit Brooke Point on March the wall that scored 2 runs. With 2 24. Foxes' tennis STAFF REPORTS The King George High School Foxes girls' tennis team easily defeated Rap- pahannock 8-1 On March 16 in a non- conference match. Singles match results included: An- drea Wme (KG) defeated Connor Pemberton (RP), 8-3; Emily Martin (KG) defeated Katelin Brann (RP), 8-3; Caroline Amos (KG) defeated Elisa Morgan (RP), 8-3; Carlie Pemberton (RP), 8-5; Amy Ned (KG) defeated Hannah PuUiam (RP), 8-2; Virginia Hankins defeated Laura Ambrose (RP), 8-4. Doubles match results in- dude& Wine/Masos (KG) defeated Connor Pemberton/Brann (RP), 8-4; Martin/Brabo (KG) defeated Morgan/ Carlie Pemberton (RP), 8-1; Ned/ Madeline Hassler (KG) defeated Pul- liam/Ambmse (RP), 8-3. Math teachers JOEL DAVIS Word problems. The mere phrase can send some adults into a cold sweat years after their math classes ended. There's something uniquely anxiety-provoking about all those trains leaving Chicago at 10 a.m. go- ing 100 mph, heading for their ren- dezvous with another train leaving Philadelphia at 9 a.m. going 80 mph. King George County Public Schools' math specialist Fanya Mor- ton is out to change all that, at least for this generation of math scholars. "It can be any content," Morton said of the weekly problems handed out to all math students in grade 7 and 8. "There have been problems in ratios, geometry and algebra." Students complete the problem us- ing whatever means they can. Win- ning examples posted on a bulletin board in a hallway at King George Middle School used several differ- ent methods to arrive at answers, in- commits to Baseball standout gets scholarships LEONARD BANKS Sports editor It's official. Colonial Beach senior baseball standout, Trevor Delane will be attending Hood College in the fall. On Friday, at Colonial Beach High School's famed Drifterdome, and surrounded by his family, Co- lonial Beach School Superintendent Kevin Newman, Delane signed his letter of intent to Hood. He will be attending the Frederick, Md., school in the fall on an academic and hon- ors scholarship. Known for his baseball and bas- ketball prowess, Delane~has ifidic~- ed that he will play baseball for the Blazers. During the 2015 season, the Blazers, coached by Cory Beddick finished 14-25 overall. The Blazers are a Division III school, and mem- bers of the Middle Atlantic Confer- ence. Also, he will major in premedi- cine and aspires to be a hematolo- gist. Financially he will be assisted with a academic and honors schol- arship. Based on his credits from the Chesapeake Governor's School pro- :i gram, Delane has qualified for 50 percent of the Hood College merit program, the highest the school will offer. He will enter the premed pro- gram as a junior. During his search for colleges, Delane was delighted with the school's environment, and the fact that the community was similar to Colonial Beach. Delane's pursuit of a college base- ball career was aided by his two seasons with the Richmond Braves 17U travel team, and his four sea- sons with the Drifters varsity base- ball team. During his tenure with the Braves, he batted .333 in 2014, and .448 in 2015. As a member of the Drifters, he .was voted second team All-Confer- ence as a catcher. He will focus his fielding skills as an outfielder for the Blazers. Thrilled to see his player and cousin enter the ranks of college athletics, Drifter varsity head coach Brent Steffey said, "He's one of the hardest working players on the team. I am fortunate to have quite a few players that work in the off- season. He's a guy that steps up to the plate, and will do anything you ask of him to do." calculate word problem challenge fits learnin Photo by Joet Davis Teacher Grady Preston helps Amari Brown with a homework ques- tion. The Math Department's'word problem contest has spurred new student interest. can do this,'" Morton said. "... We want the correct result, but it's more about the effort, not the fastest person to solve the problem. It's persever- ance" 'KGMS math teacher GradyPreston said the contest teaches math skills, sure, but also gets at areas that are im- portant throught students' academic lives, into career and life skills. "It teaches critical thinking, think- ing outside the box;' Preston said. "Sometimes we let them collaboraty to solve a problem, and that's a lesson too" Student reaction has been mostly positive - gift cards to local stores as prizes help with that - with some stu- dents more enthusiastic than others. "We have some who love it" Pres- ton said. "We've started to give extra credit to students who solve it as an incen- tive. It's more creative, but still keep- ing math in front." cluding a "brute force" trial and error method and basic equations to solve for "x" using algebra. "It fits in with our standards of learning"Morton said. "We promote math across all conent areas:' More than math skills, the contest is designed to promote good academ- ic habits. '~ "It's really promoting the idea, 'I Office Share! $19/day to $188/month Rt. 3 Location! 1-95 adjacent] www.CoWorksf'XBG.com FredXchange is fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Fredericksburg region! Want to be a part of this excitement? 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