Posted: 4:00 pm Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Junior LB Gage Batten leaves King’s Academy for Dwyer 

By Post Staff

By Jeff Greer and Matt Porter

Junior linebacker Gage Batten withdrew from King’s Academy this week and enrolled at Dwyer.

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King’s Academy coach Craig Dobson said Batten, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior-to-be, left the West Palm Beach private school Wednesday. Dobson said Batten and his family did not give a reason for the move. 

Dwyer confirmed Batten’s enrollment at the school. Batten did not return messages from the Post. 

“It has left his teammates and coaches disappointed,” Dobson said. “A great relationship has been severed.

Dobson later backed off that last statement, saying he didn’t wish to cut ties with the Battens. 

“Some of the kids feel betrayal,” Dobson said Friday. “There’s no getting around that. That’s how they feel. They’ve all been playing football together for a long time.”

Batten, a first-team All-Area selection in 2010, averaged 15 tackles a game and forced three fumbles in his junior season at King’s. He’s the second big-name player to leave King’s Academy this spring, following quarterback Shane Bussey. 

Bussey has enrolled at Park Vista. 

“We lost Bussey a month ago, now we lost Batten,” Dobson said. “But we’ve got a great staff, and a great group of kids here. Some very, very good football players.”

Updated at 9:39 a.m. Saturday, April 23