School/Sports News: In the end, Ladies lose to No. 1

The Lady Panthers lost a hard-fought game to the Madison Mountaineers last Friday night, 5-0, in the Bull Run District semifinals.

But in a great end-of-season triumph, Allie Dore (OF) and Lauren Settle (Utlility) were named to the first team All-Bull Run District, and Brittani Dodson (third base) was named to second team. All received medals for being All-District.

In Friday’s game Madison took the lead early by capitalizing on Rapp errors. “From there,” Coach Jamie Harris said, “Player of the Year Jordan Aylor put a clamp on the Panther bats by striking out six and limiting us to two hits from Megan Early and Natalie Tupper with Brittani Dodson picking up a walk.”

Even with the disappointing loss, the Ladies drastically improved their play. Coach Harris was proud that his team “played 100 percent better this time against Madison. The first two times we played, they outscored us at total of 36-0. Plus, we played some pretty bad defense. This time the girls were full of confidence and never backed down from the challenge of facing the No. 1 Mountaineers.”

That new Panther attitude was evident in Friday’s game. “We put some beautiful bunts down, and their pitcher was forced to make some big time defensive plays to keep our runners from getting on,” Harris said.

The Panthers coach indicated that he was very proud of his girls, and he added a prediction that “they will be a force next year.” The Lady Panthers say a fond farewell to two seniors: Allie Dore and Natalie Tupper, but they have two eighth graders coming up to fill those shoes. “With Peyton Bailey and Megan Early returning to pitch, and Lauren Settle, Brittani Dodson, Hanna Kopjanski, Taylor Berta, and the freshmen, Lyndie Paul, Amy Cooper, and Caitlin Miller, this team has a chance to go very deep into the playoffs next season.”

The Rage, Rappahannock's 12-and-under Cal Ripken League All-Star baseball team, won an 11-inning game in this year's Memorial Day Tournament.

In 11 innings, Rapp’s 12-and-under team wins

A Rappahannock 12-and-under baseball team won the longest game played in Stuart Field history in its age group in this year’s Memorial Day Tournament.

The 12U Cal Ripkin League All-Star team, the Rage, defeated the Greene County Bandits in 11 innings on Monday.
The Bandits were ahead 3-1 at the bottom of the sixth inning, which is the final inning for this age group. Rapp was the No. 1 seed and the home team so it closed out the sixth inning. Lead-off batter Christian Grimsley walked. Tyler Bianco was up next and struck out but Grimsley stole second. Dylan Midkiff hit a line drive to the the shortstop, who threw to first for the out, letting Grimsley advance to third. With a runner in scoring position and two outs, the tying run was at the plate. Ashby Berry had already hit a home run earlier in the day and the Bandits put Ashby on base with a walk.

With runners at first and third, Aaron Dodson came to the plate and walked to load the bases. Michael Cooke was up next and on his fourth pitch with two strikes he hit a hard ground ball between short and third to score the runners from third and second, tying the game. Austin Berry struck out to end the inning. The game went on for five more full innings.

The Rapp team avoided runs being scored in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings facing 10 batters while allowing no hits, striking out four batters and committing one error as the defense ate up the rest. Christian Grimsley pitched the 10th and 11th innings and shut down the top of the lineup in the 10th for Bandits.

In the 11th inning with two men on base for Greene, Justin White was brought in to pitch, he struck out the first batter and the second out was popped up to the shortstop. The third batter struck out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 11th inning Michael Cooke hit another burner to the outfield between short and third. Cooke then stole second. With a runner in scoring position Austin Berry hit a ground ball hard to centerfield, past the second baseman to score Cooke and give the Rapp team the game.

The Memorial Day Tournament has been held at Stuart Field for the last five years, hosting several different age groups. This was the longest game for the 12U age group for any tournament held at Stuart. Congratulations to all the teams that participated. ― Amy Hitt

Wakefield standouts

Two Wakefield Country Day School lacrosse players have been named to the Division 3 All-State first team of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association.

Adrian Wassel and Patrick Brown received the honor. Wassel was also chosen DAC Player of the Year in Division 2. They also made the first team all-DAC.

The Wakefield team was ranked the top team for several weeks this season and held the No. 2 rank for the final two weeks of the season.

Rapp youths perform in NC

Sean Knick II, the son of Sean and Debbie Knick of Washington, VA, and Travis Pullen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pullen, Jr. of Sperryville, VA, performed for a most appreciative audience of over 11,000 people at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC on May 15, 2010. Knick and Pullen are members of the Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) Band, which, in conjunction with the R-MA Chorus, performed an hour-long concert, “Tribute to the United States Armed Forces,” as part of the National Rifle Association’s “Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience.” Knick is a sophomore at the Academy; Pullen is in eighth grade.

Burnett earns scholarship

Austin Burnett of Rappahannock County High School has received a $1,000 Cargill Community Scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. RCHS will also receive a $200 grant in his name for the school’s library. Austin plans to pursue an engineering degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Scholarship recipients were selected from 8,305 applicants from across the country. Applicants had to be high school seniors living in communities near Cargill operations; Austin was sponsored by Horizon Milling LLC of Culpeper., Selections were based on the applicant’s academic record, school and community activities, work experience, leadership activities and future goals.

Austin is the son of Mark and Amy Burnett of Washington, and the grandson of Mike and Mary Burnett of Amissville and Bruce and the late Jeannette Shisler of Woodstock, IL.

Amissville’s A.J. Collins talks to students in Costa Rica as part of a University of Alabama honor course focused on Latin American culture.

Collins in Costa Rica

A.J. Collins, an 18-year-old RCHS graduate from Amissville, recently visited Costa Rica as the culmination of a University of Alabama honor course focused on Latin American culture. Going through the on-campus service-learning program, Alabama Action Abroad, and in partnership with Costa Rica Outward Bound School, a group of nine students set out for the small indigenous village of Amübri, Costa Rica.

Loaded with school supplies, sporting equipment and an eagerness to participate in a unique intercultural exchange, the group of students from the University of Alabama crossed the Telire River in dugout canoes and entered a world that few ever get to experience.

The course´s purpose was to learn about the culture of the Bribri people while volunteering their services in the areas of youth and community development. Students helped to teach English, lead teachers and students in a field day, work alongside locals to make improvements to the village’s athletic facilities and more.

The service projects were organized and lead by Peace Corps Volunteers, Costa Rica Outward Bound and community leaders in Amübri. The student trip leader, Trey Johnson, comments, “This trip contributed to my personal growth by focusing on service that was directed by those being served and incorporating rich cultural interaction and exchange.”

“I learned that cultural differences and linguistic barriers can be bridged with a simple smile,” Collins said, adding with a smile: “Whatever doesn´t kill you makes you stronger.”