RCHS boys shut down Strasburg for third win

Last Tuesday night (April 3), Rappahannock boys soccer secured its third win of the season in Strasburg, 5-2.

“It was a very exciting game,” coach James Lofton said. “Strasburg answered our first two goals with goals of its own. As the seconds wound down in the first half, we scored our third goal, and netted two more in the second half.

“I thought the two Strasburg goals in the first half were a result of lapses on defense by our backs and midfielders,” Lofton said. “However, at half time, one of our captains, Matt Lombardi, challenged the boys to a second-half shutout. It was a whole team effort, and the boys met their goal.”

Other Panthers contributed to the team’s winning night. Tanyon Lee and Amrit Tamang each scored a goal and tallied assists. Clayton Hatcher notched three goals.

“The team seems to be gelling well,” said Lofton. “They are making progress with each game. More and more I see the guys not only playing well but conducting themselves like standard-setters and servant-leaders. In the end, that’s what is important.”

Panthers squared off against Central High School on Tuesday (April 10) at home. Results will appear in next week’s Rappahannock News, along with the report of this Friday night’s home game (April 13) against George Mason.

Panther girls defeat both Strasburg teams

Under ideal playing conditions on April 3, both JV and varsity Lady Panther soccer teams chalked up home-field wins against the Strasburg Rams. Rappahannock JV prevailed, 3-1, and varsity dominated, 5-2.

Both squads presented notable lineup changes as part of their successes. For the junior varsity Panthers, “Kathryn Fisher stepped into the goal against Strasburg and assisted in recording the win for the JV team,” coach Rich Hogan said. “Camy Clarke’s two goals and Maddie Heneghan’s one goal aided in the scoring.

“The varsity lined up without Michelle White and Keelee Armor,” Hogan said, “but the girls did not miss a beat. Armor sat out the match due to an injury, and White missed her second game in a row due to travel soccer commitments in Europe.

“The action got started early with Lauren Light scoring twice and freshman Emily Massie getting her first goal of the season,” said Hogan. “Dani Boutte and Maria Gerralda also scored to secure the 5-2 win to make these Lady Panthers 2-1 in the district and 3-3-1 for the season.”

Lady Panthers traveled to Central Woodstock on Tuesday (April 10). Results will appear in next week’s Rappahannock News. Their next advance on an opponent’s net is Friday night (April 13) at George Mason High School.

Lady Panthers hit but can’t hang on

During Rappahannock County High School’s annual spring break, Lady Panther softball players hosted the Strasburg Rams for a 9-2 loss. The April 3 showdown may have meant a scoreboard defeat, but several ladies walked off the field with something to celebrate.

“We finally had the bats making contact,” coach Andy Hipple said. “We pounded out nine hits in the game; however, we left seven runners on the bases. We retooled our infield to shake up the defense. For six innings, our girls kept Strasburg from scoring. In the end, we could not hold on to our two-run lead.”

Team effort was the highlight of the evening. Junior Casey Fletcher went 3-for-3 with three singles. Her classmates and teammates, Chelsy Costello and Katie Leake, each tallied two singles. The Panthers’ two runs “came from walks issued to Maddie Kopjanski and Caitlin Miller that we pushed around the bases,” Hipple said.

Lady Panthers have a busy three-game schedule this week. They take their home field tonight (Thursday, April 12) against Eastern Mennonite and travel to George Mason on Friday (April 13). Results of their Tuesday night (April 10) game at Central Woodstock will appear in next week’s Rappahannock News.

RCHS students show finance finesse |

Last month, several Rappahannock County High Schools took Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell up on a challenge – with spectacular results.

On Jan. 4, McDonnell announced the first Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. The call to compete was meant to promote new economics and personal finance courses for high school students.

Between March 7 and April 3, three- to four-member high schools around the state took online tests in economics and personal finance. Eight regional winners in the David Ricardo Economics Division, plus four other high-scoring teams, earned accolades. In the Personal Finance Division, eight regional winners and four other high-scoring teams were also recognized.

The Panther team consisted of Ben Estes, Nicholas Hipple, Maddie Kopjanski and Matt Lombardi. Rappahannock was one of only two high schools with teams qualifying in both divisions.

“Mr. [Brad] Weeks reviewed with us in class and covered about a semester’s worth of material in about a half of a semester. It was fun,” Hipple said.

“We took two tests the week before spring break,” he said. “These were timed, multiple-choice tests. The top three scores were added together and compared to other teams’ scores in the state. We were in the top 12 for both, so we were invited to move on to a competition in Richmond. We had to choose one of the categories, either economics or personal finance. We chose personal finance and are each specializing in an area and breaking down our required five-minute presentation into: home mortgages, retirement, saving for college and paying off credit card debt. A written element is also required.”

The Panther team will now advance to a live championship challenge to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond April 20. The winner will have an opportunity to advance to a national competition.

RCHS baseball shut out by Rams

Panther men’s baseball suffered a disappointing home field loss (19-0) to the Strasburg Rams on April 3, but opportunities await in their three-game week. The team hosts Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy on Thursday (April 12) and goes to George Mason on Friday (April 13) to take on the Mustangs. An update from their Tuesday night (April 10) away game in Central Woodstock will appear in next week’s Rappahannock News.