With the fall season winding down and winter sports practices just beginning, the accomplishments of the fall athletes and teams at Rappahannock County High School (RCHS) bear noting.
In volleyball, the Junior Panther team completed an undefeated season, being taken to three games just twice on their way to winning the Valley Middle School Conference (VMSC) regular season and tournament championships. The Junior Varsity team completed a 16-3 season, finishing in first place in the Bull Run District’s JV standings. Varsity bounced back strongly from last year’s disappointing season, notching nine wins and coming just a few points short of a win in the district tournament and a likely spot in the Region B Division I playoffs. Additionally, varsity player Kaitlyn Jenkins was named to Bull Run District’s All-District second team.
The JP boys soccer team finished the season in third place in the VMSC and ended their season in the semifinals of the VMSC tournament. The JP cross country teams won the boys and girls regular season championships and were the VMSC boys champions and girls runners-up in the season-ending championship meet.
The varsity boys and girls cross country teams had their most successful seasons in years, with the girls team just missing qualifying for the regional competition and runner Shane L’Amoreaux just missing qualifying for the regional meet. But freshman Julia Wood won the Bull Run District Meet girls race, earning the Bull Run Trophy for Female Runner of the Year and qualifying for the regionals, where she placed second, qualifying her for the Single-A state meet this Saturday (Nov. 10).
The Rapp theater troupe placed second in the Bull Run District Theater Competition, earning the right to compete in the Region B Theater Competition to be held on Nov. 17. In addition, actors Gus Norris and Henry Mason were recognized with All District Thespian Recognition and Theater sponsor Russell Paulette was selected as the Bull Run District Director of the Year.
Cheerleaders showed new spirit and precision under new varsity coach Jena Weaver and new JP coach Natasha White, rousing the crowd with their cheers and stunts and setting the stage for an eventual return to competition cheering.
Football returned with a varsity and a JP team. Varsity competed against both VHSL schools and private schools, coming close to getting wins several times during the season and then gaining their first win in several years on Homecoming Night against St. John’s. Matt Lombardi led our senior football players, capping off his career with an RCHS-record 350-plus yards rushing.
With most of our athletes playing multiple sports, they are coming out strong for the basketball and wrestling teams, as evidenced by the strongest numbers we have seen in years for our winter sports tryouts, another piece of good news for fans. Congrats to all our athletes for their accomplishments this past fall and good luck to them as the winter season approaches.
– Jimmy Swindler
Cadet Carly Marie Day, class of 2014 at Virginia Military Institute and a 2010 graduate of Rappahannock County High School, won for the second year in a row the USA State Powerlifting Championship in her weight class. Representing VMI, Day lifted two and a half times her weight in the squat at 286 pounds. In the bench press, she pressed 143 pounds and in the dead lift 270 pounds.
At VMI, Day is a junior (or second classmen, in school parlance) majoring in chemistry with a minor in math. Day, who signed up with the U.S. Navy in September for an eight-year commission, has also managed the VMI wrestling team (she wrestled for RCHS for three years) and is on the yearbook staff this fall. She also practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu, reports her proud mother, Hazel Zinn-Day of Woodville.
Wakefield sports update
The middle school boys soccer team at Wakefield Country Day School completed a successful season by taking both top trophies in the Valley Middle School Conference (VMSC). The team, coached by Lavonne Adkins, captured both the regular season and tournament crowns.
The Owls’ overall record was 10-1; the team’s mark was 4-0 in the conference regular season, earning them a first-place finish. In the conference tournament, the Owls scored 14 goals in two games and allowed only two. The sweep of the regular season and tournament championships by the Owls was the first time they have done this since 2005. On offense, the team scored 62 goals on the season, nearly a 6-goals-per-game average. The leading goal scorers, in order, were Campbell Baker, Connor Glennon and Gage Landis. On defense, goalkeeper Tanner Perry, with the help of his defenders, gave up only 19 goals for the season. He had three shutouts, two in conference play and one in the VMSC semi-final contest.
The members of the team, including those above, were Jeremy Bailey, Gabe Baroza, Jonathan Carrier, Bernie Cieplak, Ben Cotter, Porter Gilliam, Douglas Griffin, Andrew Kwolek, Nick Leskovec, Chris O’Heir, Nile Patel, Connor Poe, Jackson Romine, Ben Scaring, Emerson Shepard, Alex Smith, Drake Summers and Harrison Wells.