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6 Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 THE JOURNAL RICHARD LEGGITT system and new stuffon both sides of coaching opportunity. "First and the ball," said Josh Wild, W&L's new foremost, we wanted a coach who Washington and Lee High School's head coach. "We had a good scrim- would come here, plant roots here coaches are not clear on what kind of mage last week against Thomas Jef- and be here for years. Stability is im- unit the Westmoreland County high ferson and a lot of things are starting portant in this position," said W&L school will field Thursday night when to take shape, but it may not happen Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis. the Eagles varsity football team takes quickly. .... We were looking for someone the field against the King George Wild said the Eagles will run a with the energy, the ability and the Foxes in King George. multifaceted offense this year under enthusiasm to connect with the 2016 "We have had a winning football the leadership of new senior quar- high school football player," Lewis tradition here and I am hopeful that terback Carson Bell, a three-sport said. "We felt like Josh Wild gave us will mean something to our players W&L star whose brother, Cullen, the best opportunity to build a suc- when they get ready to play," said quarterbacked the team last year. On cessful program." Washington & Lee Athletic Director defense, the Eagles will play a swarm- At W&L, Wild succeeded Todd Malcolm Lewis. ing base 4-3. Jones who resigned in June to accept The 2016 Eagles have anew coach, Wild was chosen this summer over a post as athletic director at Essex a new quarterback and new players several other candidates to coach the High School in Tappahannock. Jones' learning a new system, but W&L fans Eagles varsity football team after a W&L teams had a record of 15-9 with are hoping the team will build on lengthy and determined multistate two playoffappearances. the school's legendary football his- search. The new coach, who just Wild, who played running back tory when it begins play against King moved to Montross last month, is and linebacker in high school while George at 7 p.m. Thursday. W&L up- the former offensive coordinator at growing up near Auburn, N.Y., also set King George to open the season Southern Lee High School in San- has previously served as an offensive last year. ford, N.C. coordinator for Stafford High School "Our players are learning a new This season willbe Wild's first head in Virginia. Photo by Richard Leggitt Washington & Lee High School's football team will have a new coach and many new players in 2016. Like Jones, Wild's teams have been hoped his current W&L team would even between pass and run," Wild known for running the spread of- have a balanced offense, said. "What we do here will depend lense, but the new head coach said he "My goal would be to keep it pretty on the athletes we have." RICHARD LEGGITT Last season, Colonial Beach Var- sity Volleyball Coach Chase David- son guided his team to double digit wins, the best volleyball season for the Drifters in recent memory. This year, with seven returning seniors, Davidson's girls have their sights set on a championship. "Our goal in Colonial Beach is to take that top spot and bring the first conference championship banner to the Drifter Dome," said Davidson. "We knew over the past few seasons that things were getting better, but this year we feel like with the group of girls we bring back that we can up- set some teams and be on top." Boosting Davidson's hopes is the anticipated play of his seniors, in- cluding Amber Jones. Kenzie Cox, Michaela Beverly, Courtney Setliff and Alexia Wilson. "This is by far the most athletic team we've ever had," Davidson said. "So if we're ever going to contend for a conference championship, this is the year to do it." Last season was the first time since Colonial Beach joined VHSL that the school's volleyball team posted double digit wins. "Going from being a perennial 0-20 team to being a legitimate threat in just a few years has been fun and challenging for everyone," Davidson said. "We are going to have girls that are experienced and competitive this year, all seniors and juniors," David- son said. Photo by Richard Leggitt Colonial Beach Coach Chase Davidson, right, talks with his Drifters varsity volleyball team before a practice this week. Colonial Beach, which is ex- pected to field a very competitive team this year, opens the season Aug. 29 at West Point. "This will be the first year we have that went 20-0 last season, including not had any sophomores or fresh- beating Colonial Beach in the first men on the varsity. These girls work round of the playoffs. hard and feel like they have a chance Colonial Beach opens its volley- to win every game they play."ball season on Aug. 29 at West Point. Davidson said Conference 43, the Then they play at Middlesex on Sept. Northern Neck District, returns sev- 9 before coming home to take on eral solid teams this season.James Monroe on Sept. 13. The Con- The team to beat is Rappahannock terence 43 season begins on Sept. 22 County High School which returns at Northumberland High School in nearly every starter from a team Heathsvilte. It's official - the 2016-2017 school One of the hands-on sessions is year has started in King George Hands-Only CPR. With CPR more County. 'Back-to-school' is always an than doubling a person's chance of exciting time, facilitating many new survival in the wake of a collapse, experiences for kids, as well as parents Hands-Only CPR will show individu- and educators. These can include the als the technique of pushing hard and transition to middle or high school, fast in the center of the chest to the new academic goals, extracurricular tempo of disco classic "Stayin' Alive." activities, different social expecta- Representatives from The PACT tions, pressure from peers, and, in- will discuss their 'real world' preven- creasingly, offers to do drug and alco- tion tool, that actively hal. As was reported in February in helps teens resist the pressure to do The Journal Press, drug overdoses are drugs. Designed as an online 'con- on the rise in King George. A story tract' between parents and children that is playing out across communities (with an important support role for around the country - this is an issue schools, places of worship and other that warrants much attention and our institutions), The PACT offers a four- every consideration, step Connect + Pledge + Test + Re- A special Prevention Awareness ward process. Program tools involve Night has been scheduled for 5:30 to age-specific conversation guides, 8 plm. Sept. 15, 2016 at King George role-play videos, and other resources High School. The evening will focus for parents; recurring hair drug test- on the mental and physical health ing; and monetary incentives for kids of King George youth and residents, who make positive choices. Recog- Child care and food will be provid- nizing the power of peer pressure, ed. The night will include a keynote influences from social media and pop speaker from the VA Department of culture, difficulties at home and other Behavioral Health & Developmental factors, The PACT gives kids an 'out' Services, a number of information and a convincing reason to say"no" to tables and breakout sessions for chil- drugs, while allowing them to feel like dren and parents. These will include they still fit in. representatives from: the King George Says Robin Mitchell, Director of County Sheriff'S Office, the Rappa- School Counseling at King George hannock Area Office on Youth, the High School, ' pproaching this criti- Rappahannock Area Community cal issue from both sides - family Services Board, Empower House, the and school - should yield the most King George Health Department and positive, healthy behaviors among our other community agencies. They will teens. In this instance, we want our engage families in discussion along- kids to understand that they can have side members of The PACT, a new, fun without resorting to drugs." Adds one-of-a-kind family focused teen Diana King, LCSW, a school social drug prevention program, worker at King George High School, "What I like about The PACT is the emphasis on upfront, transparent and ongoing communication. Data shows that having regular conversations with children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol can reduce their chances of use by 42%Y (The Center on Addic- tion and Substance Abuse, 2015) Ha ng been founded by a New Or- leans businessman and entrepreneur who witnessed firsthand the physical, emotional and financial toll of teen drug use through the experience of a close family friend when a teenager himself, followed by the drug over- dose of his daughter's eighth-grade classmate, The PACT is personal. "I didn't want other families to struggle the way I did;' says Jim Huger. 'Tve been using The PACT with my two daughters since eighth-grade, and they're now in college - flourishing and drug-free? "With its entirely novel approach to conquering the 'epidemic' of teen drug use, our kids, schools and neighborhoods can pros- per," adds Mitchell. 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