RCHS coach attends Redskins heads-up on concussions

On April 17, Rappahannock County High School wrestling and softball coach Jamie Harris joined 100 coaches from the mid-Atlantic region at the Washington Redskins Concussion Awareness and Education Forum.

The free, invitation-only event was held at Redskins Park where Peter Gonzalez, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Norfolk’s Eastern Virginia Medical School, discussed athlete injuries.

After Dr. Gonzalez’s presentation and a Q&A session, coach Harris brought back a packet of information and some new awareness.
“One thing that I didn’t know was that if a player gets knocked out, it is considered a brain injury,” he said. “The athlete shouldn’t return to practice for seven days. Even the state of Virginia is getting ready to adopt a law about concussion issues in high school athletics.”

The coaches also watched the Redskins practice. The forum leaders placed attendees between two practice fields on the sidelines. Redskins’ coaches had several drill stations through which players rotated. Of coach Danny Smith, Harris observed: “He’s a fiery coach. He probably yells more than I do.”

The forum coordinators provided lunch and some time for coaches to visit with Redskins staff and players. Harris spoke with his favorite player, Chris Cooley. “I knew he liked high school sports, so we talked about wrestling. I invited him to come to Rappahannock and attend a practice.”

Harris also had a brief audience with quarterback Donovan McNabb. “He was real down to earth. Since he came from the Philly area, he didn’t know a lot about Virginia schools, so we talked a lot about Rapp. I also spent time talking with the general manager, Bruce Allen, about our football program. He has a lot of interest in high school sports.”

“To be there on the field, learn a few drills, interact with the players . . . you pick up little things that you can take home,” Harris said. — Melissa Delcour

Wrestlers attend Spring Brawl

On April 24, the Rappahannock Rage took 11 wrestlers to the Stonewall Jackson Generals’ Spring Brawl in Quicksburg, Va. Nine of the 11 wrestlers left the mats with medals.

“This was our first meet as a club,” Coach Jamie Harris said, “and I was very proud of our results.” He was especially proud of his own “Harris kids.” He had two sons wrestling at the event.

Each Rage wrestler gained significant mat time and experience. The team hopes to walk away with even more medals at their next events. They will compete at the Skyline tournament on May 8, followed by the Panther Open, here at RCHS, on May 15.

Pee Wee Division: (K-5)
Amber Smoot: 1st place, 95-105 lbs
Isaac Harris: 2nd place, 42-50 lbs
Preston Harris: 3rd place, 42-50 lbs
Darby Harris: 3rd place, 80-90 lbs
Matthew Pullen: 3rd place, 51-60 lbs
Aiden McKierran: 4th place, 95-105 lbs

Middle School Division: (6-8)
Ethan Foley: 1st place, 135 lbs
David Smoot: 2nd place, 145 lbs

High School Division (9-12)
CJ Sidrow: 2nd place, 105 lbs
Patrick Foley: 3rd place, 135 lbs
Connor Foley: 5th place, 175 lbs
— Melissa Delcour

Art before ‘Horrors’

There’s an art show by students in grades 6 to 12 on Friday, May 7, starting at 5 p.m. – before Rappahannock County High School’s musical production, “Little Shop of Horrors.” The student play runs two nights, May 7 and 8, at 7 each night.

Wakefield athletics roundup

Varsity Soccer
The Owls earned a 3-2 victory over the visiting team from Shenandoah Valley Academy in Cavalier Athletic Conference play on April 15. Alex Cancio-Bello scored a goal just over midway through the first half and the score was 1-0 at the half. SVA scored a goal early in the second half to tie the match. Sarah Wells scored a goal with 12:10 remaining in the second half to regain the lead. Abby Whitaker took a corner kick with 7:21 left in the second half, and it resulted in an “own goal” when it glanced off a SVA defender into the goal. The visitors netted a goal with just over three minutes left in the match, and the girls did a good job defending to hold on for the 3-2 victory. Sonia Mehta defended many quality shots in the match.

The Owls traveled to Foxcroft School on April 19 to begin a busy week of soccer. Makenzie Magaro netted the Owls only goal of the match. Foxcroft scored six goals for a 6-1 win. Our record is 4-2-2 overall, 2-1 in the DAC, and 2-0 in the CAC.

Varsity Lacrosse
The Owls visited Massanutten Military Academy on April 19 and came away with a decisive victory 17-1.

The Owls’ multiple scorers were led by Adrian Wassel with 10 goals. Alex Hernandez scored three goals, and Woody Hazel scored two goals. Alex Grove and Daniel Chadduck scored 1 goal each. Coach Wassel and the players were enormously impressed by the dignity and sportsmanship of the Colonels.

The Owls returned to action on April 21 in a DAC match at home against Randolph-Macon Academy. The match was a back and forth affair with the scored tied at 3 at the half. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Owls 3 to 1 in the third period to take a 6 to 4 lead into the final period. The boys scored three goals in the final period but come up one goal short as the Jackets scored two goals to pull out an 8-7 win. Alex Hernandez was the leading scorer with two goals in each half. Adrian Wassel also scored a goal in first half and two in the second. The team’s record is 3-1 in the DAC and 5-2 overall.

Varsity Tennis
The Owls returned to Wakefield School on April 14 on a day when the weather was great for tennis. Harper Van Ness played a tough match at number one singles but lost 8-4. Cooper Weir came back from a 6-0 deficit to battle in his match at number three singles before falling 8-6. Michael Person had a good match at number four singles before dropping it 8-5. Another bright spot in the match was Will Scaring’s victory in exhibition singles, 7-5. Wakefield won the team match 7-0.

The Owls traveled to Randolph-Macon Academy on April 15. The result was a competitive 6-3 loss. Harper Van Ness got our first win at number one singles 8-4. Cooper Weir won 8-5 in number two singles. Harper and Cooper teamed up to win at number one doubles 8-4. Michael Pearson, Jonathan Leskovec, Will Scaring and Margaret Murray all won games but lost their singles matches. The team is improving and won more games and matches then when they faced R-MA in the middle of March.

The Owls visited Massanutten Military Academy on April 19 and won their first match of the season, 4-3. Harper Van Ness won at number one singles 8-1. Cooper Weir won his number two singles 8-3. Michael Pearson won the number three singles 8-2.

Jonathan Leskovec won 5 games at number four singles but dropped the match 8-5. Will Scaring battled to win 4 games at number five singles but lost 8-4. Margaret Murray and Mary Shaffier sealed the team win with a 4-3 win in number two doubles in a suspended match. Our record is 1-6.

Middle School Soccer
The Owls hosted Fresta Valley Christian in a Valley Middle School Conference match on April 13. Fresta opened up the scoring in the first half with a goal. Kim Pankow had many shots on goal and was able to finally place one beautifully in the net for the first goal. Freya Rodriguez broke the tie with her first goal of the season, assisted by Kim Pankow. Fresta is a talented team, and our Owls stepped up and shut them out in the second half. Maeve Dale and Emily Hennessey were a force to be reckoned with on defense, and Maddy Romine made several saves in goal. The final result was a hard earned 2-1 win.

The Owls hosted Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy on April 19 in a VMSC match. SVCA scored first, but Grace Alexander netted two goals in the first half to give the girls a 2-1 lead at the half. The girls had many shots on goal but could not net another goal. SVCA scored a goal in the second half, and the match ended in a 2-2 tie.

The Owls hosted a Rappahannock County team that was bolstered by the addition of several eight grade players on April 20. The Panthers scored a goal in the first half, and that was the only goal scored despite good shots on goal by both teams. The Owls had a penalty kick with just seconds remaining in the match, but it sailed over top the cross bar resulting in a 1-0 VMSC loss. Our record is 2-1-1 in the VMSC and 3-2-2 overall.

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