The Year 10 hockey team (above) have had a fantastic season. They started the year with a good skill level but have worked hard to improve their teamwork. This has had a great impact, with them winning all but one of their matches.
The Year 10 boys´ football team has had a mixed season so far, with some positive results and some poor results. Unfortunately we were knocked out of all three cups early in the year, losing to a strong Joseph Rowntree team in the National Cup and then by the odd goal to St John Fisher´s and Harrogate Grammar in the Area and County cups. However, we performed a lot better in these two games. We then went on to win the 7-a-side tournament at Queen Ethelburgas, winning 6 out of 7 matches and only conceding one goal, showing that the lads were more than capable of competing with the other schools in the area.
Stand out performances were from Elliot Wright, who made into both the Area and County representative sides, which is a great acheivement.
As coach Miss Ramplin reports: "This year I have had the pleasure of teaching some truly wonderful girls. Week on week the girls showed up and no matter what they gave it their all. The girls arrived to every match thinking we can´t do this, we are going to get beat, but soon as they step onto the court, all those fears and worries seemed to just fade away. Every match they played their hearts out, no matter what team they played, what position they played, they played to win, they worked hard and most importantly loved playing the game. Unfortunately I was ill when they played their last game in the area tournament, so I missed the chance of seeing them win their last game of the season. These girls practised as a team, played as a team and had fun as a team."
The Year 10/11 basketball team (top right) has had its most successful season to date. It has competed in local tournaments with finishes always in the top two.
The highlight of the season has been the English Schools Competition, which saw King James´s defeating local rivals St. Aidan´s, Queen Ethelburga´s and Rydale to go through to the next round at the top of the group. This was the first time a team from King James´s School has reached the first round of the regionals. Unfortunately our good run came to an end with a narrow defeat to Allerton High from Leeds and an end score of 35-41.
The team´s success this year has been down to committed training from all the players; with a special mention to the Year 10 players that stepped up to bolster the team. The season´s award for most points scored on the court goes to Jake Jones from Year 11.
We have a number of boys representing North Yorkshire at various age groups, including Brandon Bain and Will Hancock from Year 10.
King James’s hosted the Area Cross Country Championships in early November. Pupils from Years 7 to 11 ran in the event and all ran their hearts out on a difficult, undulating course. Notable Year 10 performances came from Jack Brennan (6th) and Becky Wood (7th). Jack, Becky and Annabel Stanley were all selected to represent Harrogate and Craven in the North Yorkshire Schools Championships, where they finished 14th, 24th and 32nd respectively. As a result, Jack was selected to represent North Yorkshire at an inter counties competition in February.
A small squad has trained hard during the year and taken part successfully in the White Rose Rugby Festivals, generally winning as many games as we have lost and enjoying the 10-a-side format. Henry Jackson has won representative honours and Alex Knight has led the Year 10 team very creditably.
Every Tuesday lunchtime has seen a dedicated and enthusiastic group of students practising and refining their gymnastic skills and performing somersaults, backflips, handsprings and other exciting moves. James Bamford has been an excellent leader and coach all year and a great deal of fun has been had by all.
Rebecca Wood (800m), Matthew Keogh (300m and discus) and Jack Brennan (1500m) took part in the Area Trials and were selected to represent Harrogate and Craven at the County Cup.
The 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 from Years 7 to 11.
Rebecca Wood came 3rd in the Year 9 girls´ race and Jack Brennan came 5th in the Year 9 boys´ race. Both qualified to run for the Harrogate and Craven team at the Cross Country County Championships.
Year 9 boys trained really hard and had a number of fixtures over the football season. Here the Sports Council representatives report on a March match against St. John Fisher´s.
"King James´s took control right from the start, passing the ball around nicely, and were rewarded with two goals in the first half. It could have been even more as well, with the Fisher´s goalkeeper making a few good saves and Matt Keogh hitting the crossbar from a corner. Both of the goals came from Sean Hunter. The opposition put us under a bit more pressure in the second half but the defence held strong, Sam Riley and Tom Batty performing well against two good wingers. We were then rewarded with another goal later on in the second half from none other than Sean Hunter, rounding off his hat-trick with a superb volley from outside the box. It was outstanding. A 3-0 win for the lads, with great performances all round and the Man of the Match inevitably going to Sean Hunter."
Matthew Keogh is still in the Leeds United Academy and is enjoying all the experiences of playing at such a high level.
The Year 9 hockey team has had a successful season, taking part in many games against other teams in the area. As Sports Council representatives report, they finished an impressive second in the Area Hockey Tournament.
"The Year 9 girls played in the 2014 Area Finals and came second out of seven talented teams! The team played a total of five games and won four of them. Sadly, the girls were beaten by Ripon Grammar in the final, with a score of 0-1. However, they played extremely well and made their coach proud."
"The scores of the matches were as follows: KJS v Harrogate Grammar 1-0; KJS v Rossett 2-0; KJS v Ashville 1-0; KJS v Queen Ethelburga´s 2-0; KJS v Ripon Grammar 0-1."
Eleanor Start was selected to compete in the area hockey team. The trials involved talented hockey players from across the area and girls were assessed playing in 7-a-side matches and a final 11-a-side match. All girls played to the best of their ability, making it a tough decision for the assessors. Eleanor says that: "We are all really pleased with the result and are going to train together every Tuesday."
The girls reached the last 64 schools in the National Cup and went out after playing a great match against Whitcliffe Mount, who have an England player in their team. The girls played really well, with great team spirit and determination.
The Year 9s were hit badly by injuries in 2013/14, which hindered the early promise they showed at the start of the season. The girls are really committed and training went well.
Year 9 has a keen and fast-developing handball team, which recently competed in the Under 15 District Tournament in York, as Sports Council representatives report.
"We turned up to the Under 15 District Tournament as the only Year 9 team and by far the shortest. This did not stop us however as we had strong performances in all four matches despite suffering three losses and a draw. The first match against Lady Lumley´s was always going to be tough game with most of their players being 6 foot tall. We played well however, scoring four goals - two from Jack Brennan and two from Taylor Routledge. However, their attack was too strong and more importantly too tall, allowing them to pass the ball over our defence with ease. The team put up a good fight but lost 8-4.
In the second match we came up against another tall and strong team, where we were again undone by their physical presence. However, a skilful performance resulted in a few changes. One resulted in a goal for James Butler and others resulted in near misses, with Jack hitting the post twice and Ross Bridges once. Unfortunately the score ended 10-1, despite a far improved second half performance.
The third game was far closer and either team could have won. We took the lead early on through a goal from Ross, however they hit back to make it 1-1. Ross and Taylor then scored in quick succession to put us 3-1 up. Unfortunately they came back strongly, scoring three on the trot to turn the game on its head and putting us 4-3 down with 3 minutes to go. But again we fought hard and a well taken free throw from Jack brought us back level with a minute to play. Both teams then had chances to win and Reece Tremble came up with some great saves when needed. And then right at the death Jack had a great shot superbly saved seconds before the final whistle. This was a brilliant performance and a game that we deserved to win.
The last game was against St. Aidan´s and we were determined to give them a tough match. They started well, scoring two excellent early goals, but we picked up the pace and Taylor scored with a good shot to make it 2-1. However, they came again, using all their strength and power, and scored a further two goals. After this we upped the tempo again and Jack, Ross and Taylor all had multiple shots expertly saved by their impressive keeper, who kept them in the game. Unfortunately they then scored another goal on the break at the end. However, James Wiehe played exceptionally well in goal during this game and produced some excellent saves.
Despite the end results, we all played well as a team and every other coach congratulated us and said that we were an excellent handball team and were extremely impressed with how well we played, especially as we were a year below them. We finished fourth in the end and will certainly have a chance of winning next year."