The year 11 boys (above) were unfortunately knocked out of the County and Area cup at the semi final stage.
The boys have had a really successful year and have played some outstanding football.
The senior hockey team (above right) 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.
The Year 10/11 basketball team (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.
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.
The team got through to the quarter finals of the Area Cup, but unfortunately lost to Boroughbridge High School. Here Sports Council representatives report on the team´s performance.
"KJS Year 10s played Boroughbridge High School in the quarter final of the Area Cup. Unfortunately it didn´t go the way we planned, as we lost 3-1.
We started off well, dominating the possession but not converting the final strike which cost us the game. Boroughbridge´s long ball was always catching us out and that´s when their first goal went in from a long ball over our defence and a 1 one 1 chance at the goal. Jake Jones saved the first effort fantastically but was unable to stop the second shot.
We stayed strong and still had the majority of the possession in the heart of midfield. Lochlain Purves was solid in front of the defence and Phil Glass and Dan Powell held the midfield well. Again though from the wrong way of play, Boroughbridge ended up with a penalty after a corner hit Rhys Meredith´s hands. Jake Jones tried to stop the penalty from going in but the striker had the advantage. That made it 2-0 going into half-time.
Mr Atkinson´s half-time speech got us motivated and we knew that we needed an early goal. We did exactly that with a cracking corner and Ross Leake got his head on it and finished it into the bottom left corner, making it 2-1. We were back in the game and were psyched up. We had most of the ball from then onwards but again a long ball up from a Boroughbridge free kick, their striker ended up with the ball and finished the chance, making it 3-1. We tried to come back but time wasn´t on our side and we were unable to turn the game around.
Our man of the match was Jay Richardson."
Year 10 netballers got off to a great start to the season, with a close match against Harrogate Ladies College (the Area Champions) and wins against St. John Fisher and Harrogate Grammar. They went on to deliver a strong performance in the Area Tournament, as Sports Council representatives Lottie Chippindale and Tilly Cale report.
"On 11th March the Year 10 girls´ netball A and B teams trekked to Ashville to play the Area Tournament.
The first game for the A team was against Rossett. Our first half was slow as we were just warming up and as the netball post was towards the sun, making it hard for us to shoot. The first half ended 3-3. In the second half our determination from defence showed, not allowing Rossett to score any goals. Meanwhile our attack worked hard in the hot weather to score a further 3 goals, making the final score 6-3 to King James´s. In our second game we tackled Ashville, managing to secure all our centre passes but in the end losing to them 9-7.
Our third game was against St. John Fisher´s. We straight away stole their centre passes with outstanding work for centre court, ending the first half 9-2. In the second half the sun was still shining, boosting our confidence even more. We held our play and managed to beat Fisher´s 15-4.
The fourth game we played was against Aidan´s. We knew it was going to be a tough match and to start it was challenging, ending the first half 5-4 to King James´s. In the second half we were a credit to our school, beating them 8-5. We had to keep our heads up for our match against Harrogate Ladies College, which we knew was going to be one of our toughest. The first half we really tried our best, using our defence for back up in the centre passes. We finished the whole game only just losing to them 10-8. In the sixth match we played Harrogate Grammar and unfortunately lost to them 9-5.
Overall the A team came 4th, which is a great achievement (compared to last year) and we hope to carry on improving as a team.
The B team did exceptionally well, coming first out of the four B teams and reclaiming their area title!"
Since the tournament, the Year 10 A and B teams have both gone on to score good victories over St. Aidan´s, as the Sports Council reports.
"We were all very excited about the A and B teams´ long-awaited match against St. Aidan´s.
The A teams played first and we started off the game with two goals scored by Sophie Leake. St. Aidan´s then caught up and we were drawing 2-2. However, by the end of a long first half, we managed to come out with a score of 11-4. In the second half we set ourselves the target of scoring 12 goals and our two shooters to get at least 50% of their shots in. We played our absolute best and managed to get the extra 12 goals in, making the final score 23-8 to King James´s. Our shooters both managed to get exactly 50% of their shots in and everyone played excellently. Player of the match was awarded to Steph Parry.
The B team also played excellently, although it was a close match. By the end of the first half the score was 5-3 to us, meaning that St. Aidan´s could easily pull through and win. However, in the second half we managed to up our game and win 12-5. Our shooters, Rachel Stanley and Sophie Baxter, were a credit to us and definitely served a big role in our win!"
On 24th February the Year 10 girls´ hockey team went to Ashville to play in the Harrogate and District hockey area tournament. Overall the team played really well, losing no matches and winning against St. Aidan´s. In the end they finished in second place, missing out by just a few points to Ashville.
Sports Council representatives Tilly Cale and Lottie Chippindale report on the tournament.
"In the first game we played against Rossett. Unfortunately as it was our first game we weren´t on the ball and drew with them 0-0. In the second match we played against Ashville, a very challenging game. We upped our game and managed to come out with a score of 1-1.
The third game was against Ripon Grammar. We started slow, but quickly found our feet and worked together, keeping our defence strong whilst our attacking players were undefeatable. Once again, we came out with a score of 0-0.
The fourth and final match we played was against St. Aidan´s. By then we were on top form and ready to win! We won 1-0 and left the tournament very pleased with our game play."
The tennis team of Jonathan Ashman, Tom Reynolds, Bill Brown and Phill Glass won the North Yorkshire section of the Aegon National Schools Tennis Tournament. The team travelled to Ampleforth in hope rather than expectation as they are all a year young.
We beat Bootham School four matches to love, with all the boys winning their singles matches and playing some excellent tennis. We then defeated Ampleforth 4-2 in a tight match, with three of the team winning their singles and the doubles pairing of Bill Brown and Jonathan Ashman sealing victory with a 6-2 win.
Bill Brown, Jonny Ashman, Tom Reynolds, Phil Glass and Matt Walton then went on to play in the Regional Round in September, where they were beaten in the first round 4-2 by a school from Saltburn.
The doubles partnership of Bill Brown and Jonathan Ashman also represented the school at the Northern Schools Under 14 Championships, the major tennis event of the school calendar for state and independent schools in the north of England. They had a series of impressive wins: first round v Crompton House School in Oldham; second round v Manchester Grammar School; third round v Hymer´s College, Hull; quarter finals v RGS Newcastle. In the semi-finals they played Pocklington School and had four match points before losing on a tie-break.
Congratulations to all of the boys on their fine performances.