School and Sports News: Panthers stymied by errors, Mustang pitching

Rapp’s varsity baseball team suffered a disappointing 8-0 loss at home against George Mason High School.

The Rappahannock High School Band celebrates its achievement last month of Virginia Honor Band status, with band director David DeBoer (on the right, just below the sousaphone and slightly behind the flute).

“We had trouble getting our bats going against a very good pitcher,” coach Donald O’Meara lamented. The Mustangs’ strong defense was even able to resist the Panther hits. “In the bottom of the fourth, Brandon Walker got us going with a single, followed by Chris Garcia with a single and Evan Espinola with a walk, loading the bases with two outs and giving us a chance to make a game of it with the score 5-0.”

Unfortunately, Rapp couldn’t get the hit needed to take advantage of the chance to score. “We only had one more hit in the game, a base-runner in the bottom of the sixth with a great hustle play by Matt Fletcher who then stole second base. But we weren’t able to bring him in.”

On the Panther mound, Brandon Walker started the game. The Mustangs earned eight hits and five runs while Rapp scored two. Taylor Yowell came in to pitch in the final three innings. He struck out two Mustangs and only allowed three hits, but Mason earned three runs.

“We had eight errors in the game,” O’Meara said. “Whether it was fielding, throwing or catching, the combination of errors was the demise of the game.”

The Panthers are now 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the district, but O’Meara has a strategy. “We will bounce back and dig in at practice to work on our errors.” The next game is tomorrow at Eastern View High School at 4:45 p.m.

— Melissa Delcour

Theater credit for Day

Devin Day of Woodville was selected to be the stage manager for the University of Mary Washington production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Day, daughter of Kevin Day and Hazel Zinn-Day of Woodville, is a 2006 graduate of Rappahannock County High School.
A senior theatre major, Day previously appeared in the UMW productions of “Anton in Show Business,” “Far Away” and “She Stoops to Conquer.” She was stage manager for the UMW productions of “Obanna” and “The Heiress” and assistant stage manager for “Our Town.” In addition, she was a lightboard operator for the UMW production of “Reckless” and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega.
Performances run through April 18 at UMW’s Klein Theatre (540-654-1111).

Fun shared, in 14 acts

The 2010 4-H Share the Fun Talent Show was a huge success with 14 acts that included singing, a piano performance and even a gymnastics routine. All of the performers did a wonderful job of presenting their talents to a large audience of about 70.

Congratulations to all of the performers: Kerri Baker, Katelyn Fisher, Bryce Jones, Kelly Baker, Amanda Puskar, Megan Dodson, Elizabeth Chasse, Kathryn Fisher, Macy Montgomery, Abigail Taylor, Sophia Lusk, Tatyana Yates, Amaya Ortila-Webb.

Thanks also to the volunteers who made this program possible: Diana Corbin and Malinda Fisher, who coordinated the entire event, donating many hours to make the program the success it was; Tasha White, who gave her time at every rehearsal and the final performance, making it possible for the program to be held at the RCES; Ali Gentry and Marie Davis, who judged the performers and provided each of them with feedback; Wendell Yates, for helping set up and take down the chairs and tables before and after the show; and Emma Fisher, for overseeing the sound system during the final performance.

Thanks also to the RCES for making the auditorium available, and to the parents of the performers for letting their children participate.

— Jenny Kapsa

Burdick is essay winner

Austin Burdick of Flint Hill was recognized March 27 by the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) for outstanding achievement in their George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. Austin’s essay, “Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Transcontinental Hero” won first prize in the annual competition. His essay dealt with the contributions this hero made to the United States in gaining our independence and other biographical information related to Colonel Kosciuszko’s dedication to freedom. Austin was presented an SAR Gold Medal, certificate and monetary award in recognition of his excellent research and presentation.

Williams makes Phi Theta Kappa

Brittany Renee Williams was inducted into the Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Lord Fairfax Community College last month. Williams, majoring in liberal arts/general studies, is the daughter of Jim and Karyn Williams of Chester Gap. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world.

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