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t 4 Wednesday, July 13, 2016 THE JOURNAL Photo by Leonard Banks After 31 years of triathlon competition athletes throughout the country continue to test their physical skills against the terrain and Potomac river in Colonial Beach. Hundreds of all ages turn out for annual contest at the Beach LEONARD BANKS Sports Editor Who would have thought a 14- year old athlete would dominate the women's portion of the Colo- nial Beach Triathlon? Leesburg resident, Hannah Ye distanced herself from a field of 128 women with a time of 1:21.31. Thirty-three-year-old Severna Park resident, Harry Goudy won both the Sprint and International events with times of 1:03.20, and 1:57.40 respectively. The international men's finish was close, as Goudy barely won the race, with only four seconds sepa- rating him from Charlottesville resident, Dan Harris (2:01.15). Fredericksburg competitor Jeff Joyner attempted a final push to overpower the top two athletes, but his time of 2:09.09 proved too little, too late. King George resident Elizabeth Guthrie won the 65-69 age group portion of the sprint event, with a time of 2:04.10. Guthrie's triathlon split times included: swim, 24.34, bike 53.21, run 34.10. Two days prior to the event, Guthrie participated in two prac- tice swims in Presidential Lakes. Celebrating her 25th year, the tri- athlon is a milestone in her athletic career, Guthrie continues to push the limits of her physical thresh- old. On the following day, as a run- ner, Guthrie competed in the mixed relay event with Ken Novell (swimming) and Tina Gemmell (biking). A fierce competitor since his King George High School youth, where he dominated in baseball, football, basketball, and track and field, John Lysher has competed in the triathlon for 20 of the 31 years of the triathlon's existence. "Doing this kind of stuff is a great stress reliever;' Lysher said. "It keeps me in shape, motivated, keeps me young, and I've always enjoyed the aspect of competition:' Sponsored by Pohanka Honda of Frederickburg, the triathlon is a part of the Virginia/Maryland Tri- athlon Series. Burke resident, Samantha Byrd won the overall women's por- tion of the triathlon with a time of 2:13.20. Four seconds separat- ed Byrd's first place finish from Washington, D.C., resident Emily Richard's third place performance of 2:17.57. Chief executor of the Rappa- hannock YMCA, Barney Riley, originally founded the triathlon in 1985. Through dedicated triathlon co- ordinator such as Massad YMCA special services director Terry McLaughlin, and volunteer work associated with King George Fam- ily Y executive director Elizabeth Taylor, the potential for future triathlons in Colonial Beach will remain permanent part of the ath- letic lifestyle of hundreds of area triathletes. Photo by LEONARD BANKS Sports editor On Friday, the King George Little League All Star Senior softball team traveled to Luray to compete in the Little League Virginia State Tourna- ment. During the first game against Shore Little League, King George lost 16-1. Later that day, Tazewell Little League eliminated King George from the tournament with a 23-0 victory Previously, on June 28, King George won the District 15 All Star Little League Softball Tournament, hosting and defeating Lancaster 17- 8, 9-7, during a double elimination format. Thrilled with his team's perfor- mance, manager Marc Bassett said, "Their bats really came to life in those last two games we had last week. One player hit her first two career home runs over the fence. Defensively, wherever the opposing team put the ball in play, our girls were making good plays on it." Throughout the regular season, the team composed of 10 players from King George and two from Westmoreland dominated Es- sex, Spotsylvania, and Richmond County. The ultimate goal for the King George based all-star team is to reach Regionals, and the Little League World Series. The team is composed of the fol- lowing players, ages 13-16: Madison Snow, Wrayne Wynn, Kayla Puen- tes, Lauren Snow, Makayla Fowler, Samantha Davis, Nicole Farland, Savannah Call, Morgan Pallone, Kellie Bentz, and Katie Bentz. Bas- sett's coaching staff includes Jeremy ]ones and Amy Bassett. The team features players who have only played for a few years to players who began at 7years old. The challenge to unify a team in short span of time and cope with numerous weather cancellations due to inclement weather was noth- ing short of daunting for Bassett. "It's been a fun season, but it's been trying with the weather," Bas- sett said. "Every time it seems like we're having a game, it would get rained out. For me, Little League is all about learning and trying to get better during tournament season, where winning becomes a bigger part of the equation." LEONARD BANKS Sports editor On Sunday, in Coeburn, the West- moreland 9-11 Little League Softball Little League All-Stars stood at the doorsteps a potential state champion- ship title. However, an undefeated McLean All-Star team stood in their way. In the end, McLean, a team that has compet- ed in four Regional Championships, including a recent World Series that was lost in the finals against Arizona, won, 19-0. Proud of his team's efforts, coach Jeff Sanborn extolled their courage under fire. "We played our hearts our;' San- born said. "This team is filled with a group of solid athletes, who never gave up:' The journey to the state playoffs began back in June, when a group of softball players from three different teams were selected to form the West- moreland 10-11 Softball Little League All-Stars. "We felt in a best case scenario to take a little from both minor and ma- jor Little League to ultimately form a middle division" Sanborn said. To the surprise of the coaching staff, made up of Sanborn, Jacquie Carey, and JR Bowler, the team quickly uni- fied to become a unit capable of accom- plishing their goals in a relatively short span of time. The All-Star team consisted of the following phyers: Emma Sanborn, Madison Pae, Brittney Rose, Cora Bowler, Addson Henehan, Miranda VIRGINIA Papanicolas, Katelyn Franks, Madison Scherer, Dominique Carey; and Kirsten Straughan. Coaches indude: Sanborn, Kylee Rector, J.R. Bowler, Jacquie Carey (manager). "Throughout the regular season, the majority of the team never played against each other" Sanborn said. "However, it felt good to take girls from three different teams, and make them successful" The playoffseason began with a 17-0 loss to a McLean Little League team on Friday that forced Westmoreland into the loser's bracket. With their backs against the wall, Westmoreland dis- posed of their next opponent, Cobum, 6-4. In another show of resilience, the All-Stars raUied from a 11-0 third in- ning deficit, to defeat Honaker 18-16 in a bambumer. The two victories, led by winning pitcher, Emma Sanbom placed them into the coveted state championship. 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