The senior hockey team (above) never fail to impress with how hard they work for each other. They are truly a ´team´. Their organisation and communication on the pitch are second to none. As a result they have played some great hockey this season.
Congratulations to Millie Howard, who was selected to represent the area at the North Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships and finished 4th in the senior girls race. As a result, she was selected to represent North Yorkshire at an inter-counties competition in February, which she won. She then went on to finish 29th at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in March.
Three students now in the Sixth Form were selected to represent the county in the prestigious English Schools Track & Field Championships held in Birmingham in July 2014.
Josie Parry competed in the senior girls´ hurdles event and was also part of the county´s 4 x 100m relay team that achieved a national standard time.
Millie Howard achieved a personal best and national standard time to reach the final of the intermediate girls´ 800m, eventually finishing in sixth place.
George Davies won the silver medal in the intermediate boys´ javelin with a throw of nearly 68 metres. As a result of this outstanding performance, George was selected to represent England in an international match in Cardiff, where he threw a new personal best distane to win a gold medal for the country.
In 2013/14, the U19 girls´ team reached the semi-finals of the County Cup, were knocked out by St. John Fisher´s in a closely contested match.
The U16 girls´ footballers were our most successful team, winning the County Cup with a fantastic 8-1 win against Northallerton College.
The teams had conceded only one goal between them on their way to the final, so a tight game was expected. However, from the kick-off King James´s girls were on the offensive, hitting the post in the first minute. In a dominant opening, Emily Topham was the first to score when she latched onto a through ball and finished smartly. Kirstie Hunt soon made it two when she took a pass from Catherine Ganley to sneak a shot past the keeper. Probing runs by Abby Parkinson and Zoe Hillier kept the Northallerton defence busy while Molly Evans, Beccy Corcoran, Jenna Edmonds and Catherine were solid at the back, leaving Jayde Latimer in goal to expertly clean up the few chances that got through.
Before half-time, Ellie Crabtree was on hand to make the score 3-0 to King James´s. In the second half a goal to Northallerton was sandwiched between two more goals from Emily. Molly Bowlas was brought on to keep the defence solid, while Abbie Sayers brought some new energy and drive into midfield before Shauna De Waard made the game secure with a looping shot past the keeper. Emily then went on to score two more goals against a tiring and disheartened Northallerton team, topping off a great performance from the King James´s champions.
Last year´s Year 11 boys, now in the Sixth Form, reached the last 32 in the National Cup, where they were beaten 4-2 by a very strong team from Sunderland.
Unfortunately, as Sports Council representatives report, they were knocked out of the Area Cup in the quarter finals by St. John Fisher´s.
"The Year 11s played St. John Fisher´s in the quarter final of the Area Cup at home. The weather was perfect for a game of football but the pitch would cause problems for King James´s passing style. The game started off very poorly, with King James´s making early defensive errors that cost them two early goals. From then on it was a mountain to climb for the team and they could not capitalise on the goal they got back, a free-kick from Harry Brown early in the second half. The game finished 2-1 to St. John Fisher´s, with the Year 11s putting in one of their worst performances of the year."
The 2013 Area Cross Country Championships took place at Giggleswick School in November. King James´s pupils were out in force and supplied many runners in all age groups.
Millie Howard won the Intermediate Girls´ race with Anna Jeal 13th, while Mark Taylor was 7th in the Intermediate Boys´ race and Molly Webster finished 4th in the Senior Girls´ race. All four qualified for the Harrogate and Craven team for the County Cross Country Championships in January. After finishing 4th in this event, Millie Howard was selected to represent North Yorkshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Castle Donington in March.
The girls played a number of matches and competed in their Area Tournament. They trained hard and remained focused, despite playing against some tough teams in the early part of the season. They are a committed bunch and many of them helped out with training the Year 7 team, which was much appreciated.