School and Sports for Sept. 20

Panthers face big Barons, learn big lessons

Rappahannock County High School’s varsity football Panthers suffered a 66-0 loss on the road in Mecklenburg County against the Bluestone Barons last Friday (Sept. 14).

“Those boys were huge,” said senior Matt Lombardi. “They were Michael Oher lookalikes. We knew right off the bat that we had a good fight.”

Even with the fight, Lombardi saw Rappahannock at its best. “At kickoff, Case Kramer had a good 60-yard kick. Our offensive line was dominant on the wedge, too. We had three to five yards every time. Ben Montgomery had a good fourth-down conversion. Logan Vest did well as the middle linebacker. Tanyon Lee had some great hits and proved that he is a rising star on the team. Our mistakes killed us, but we’re technically a young team and still learning.”

Lombardi took away the top stats for the night, carrying the ball for 80 yards on 14 carries. “The wedges helped me a lot,” Lombardi said. “I give all my credit for the 80 yards to the line. I’m finally learning to stay low and plow through the hole without hesitation. I had a good 34-yard run; that was the highlight of my night. A hole opened up in the wedge, so I cut out. Also, it was great how well our cornerbacks, safety and linebackers took advantage of the sideline. We used our weakness as a strength against the other team.”

“Friday night was one where anything that could go wrong did,” said head coach Rowdy Stump. “We were unable to hang onto the ball, and turnovers really put us behind the eight ball. We did have some bright spots with Lombardi’s stats. He was complimented in the backfield by Tanyon Lee. Defensively, Grayson Love led with seven tackles. We will go back to work on Monday and try to prepare a little better for our home game Friday night against Moyer Academy.”

“I feel as if most of us keep our spirits high,” Lombardi said, “it will rub off on everyone else. If we just keep smiling and playing the sport we love, we’ll be fine.”

– Melissa Delcour

Wakefield students named AP scholars

Nineteen students were recently recognized by Wakefield Country Day School as Advanced Placement Scholars., including 11 current students and eight alumni. The highest level of recognition is “AP Scholar with Distinction,” which is earned by scoring an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more exams. Seniors Katie Brown, Marc Cugnon and Makenzie Magaro earned this honor, as did 2012 graduate Will Mullany. Seniors Mary Leskovec, Carl Liles and Alejandro Rodriguez and alumni Austen Cloud and Woody Hazel were named “AP Scholar with Honor,” with an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Finally, seniors Grace Albert, Alexandra Cancio-Bello, Brittany Kwolek, Sam Lilburn and Conor O’Heir, plus alumni Greg Czekaj, Benjamin Hopkins, Michael O’Heir, Michael Pearson and Brian Shafran were named “AP Scholars” with three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher. Only about 18 percent of the nearly 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn distinction as an AP Scholar.

Gillis is R-MA master sergeant

Among those appointed to the student leadership organization of cadre as part of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) was Benjamin Gillis, a junior who received the rank of master sergeant and will perform the duties assigned to the 3rd Squadron First Sergeant. Ben is the son of David Gillis of Front Royal and Gracie Gillis of Flint Hill.

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