School and sports news for Dec. 13

Hogan makes his mark on U.Va-Wise football

Rappahannock County High School 2009 graduate Dean Hogan is no stranger to hard work and stressful schedules. But, as his undergraduate career comes to a close, there is no winding down for this student-athlete.

Dean Hogan at work this season as University of Virginia-Wise's record-breaking punter. Courtesy photo.
Dean Hogan at work this season as University of Virginia-Wise’s record-breaking punter. Courtesy photo.

Hogan, who’s finishing his senior year at University of Virginia-Wise with the rare distinction of being a four-year starter on the university’s football team, has also been recognized as the Mid-South’s all-conference punter three of those four years. He holds the all-time record for best punting average, most yards punted, highest average in a game (54.3 yards), most punts inside the 20-yard line, and the most 50- and 60-plus-yard punts in a career.

Most important, Hogan has been selected to play in the Division II vs. NAIA Senior Bowl Dec. 13-15 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The three-day event gathers players from both divisions for an all-star game. Hogan and other selected players will be present at practices, NFL combine testing, an awards banquet and the featured bowl game with pro scouts in attendance. Not a bad opportunity to show off one’s 5.0-second or better hang time punts.

This season alone, Hogan punted 66 times for an average of 42.3 yards and an overall total of 2,635 yards. His best career game came against Kentucky Christian University this year where he punted seven times for a 49.5-yard average, with four inside the 20, to University of Southern California star transfer Isiah Wiley (who was held to zero return yards on that day).

At the end of this season, Hogan’s career total is 205 punts for 7,837 yards. And he adds to those spectacular sports statistics an equally impressive academic record, with a recent selection into the “Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities,” two years on the dean’s list and momentum toward graduating with a 3.2 GPA. Hogan plans to attend graduate school to major in health and physical education. In his final semester as an undergraduate, he will be student teaching and coaching varsity soccer for a high school in the area.

Rapp wrestlers’ rewarding visit to W.Va.

First and third place were among the medals Rappahannock County High School wrestlers brought back from the Max Horz Invitational tournament in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., last Friday and Saturday (Dec. 7-8).

The team’s 11th-place finish was helped along by several individual successes, including a first-place finish by junior Dylan Hitt in the 152-pound weight class. Senior Pat Foley celebrated his third-place victory in the 195-pound class, and senior Trey Swindler (182) and freshman David Smoot (170) both earned sixth-place honors.

RCHS wrestler Dylan Hitt on his way to a first-place finish in Berkeley Springs last weekend. Photo by Amy Hitt.
RCHS wrestler Dylan Hitt on his way to a first-place finish in Berkeley Springs last weekend. Photo by Amy Hitt.

“The Rappahannock wrestling team performed spectacularly in the invitational,” said coach and RCHS teacher Alex Coffroth. “I look forward to improvement and continued excellence this season.”

– M.D.

Panther-sized Quiz Bowl struggles

‘Tis the season for a Panther-sized struggle in the Bull Run District Quiz Bowl arena. With back-to-back competition disappointments, Rappahannock experienced loss and its first host-voided meet.

On Monday, Dec 4, Rappahannock County High School scholars traveled to Manassas Park. “It was a very rough night,” said coach Dave Naser. “We played Clarke in a sudden death overtime and, to my great chagrin, lost by 180-190 on a science question. In addition, emotions were running high. The match took over an hour and was hampered by poor performance from the quizmaster who had great difficulty reading the questions.”

In round one, James MacLeod and Trevor Achilles each earned 20 points; captain Case Kramer answered for 10 points. In the team round, Panthers outscored Clarke to give the blue and gold a slim 10-point lead. The match stayed very close in the final round, resulting in a 180-180 tie broken in overtime by Clarke, giving them the victory.

“Due to the stress in the first match, the kids were not at their best in the subsequent match against William Monroe,” Naser said. “Despite a different group of officials, round one left us behind 30 to 90.” MacLeod and Kramer earned 10 each, and Zach Huff scored 20, with the team earning two penalties.

“In round two,” Naser said, “I pulled Trevor and Case out, making Zach captain. The second round was a tie.” For Rappahannock’s round three, Huff tallied 10 and MacLeod scored 30 with two penalties. The Panthers’ final score netted a 220-120 loss to William Monroe.

Most recently, on Monday (Dec 10), the Panther Quiz Bowl team traveled to Madison County for a district competition that ended in a voided evening.

“We lost 315-105 to George Mason in the first match,” Naser said.

The Panthers bounced back from the loss and took an 85-35 lead against Manassas Park in the second match. “Then, they pulled the plug on us,” Naser said. “There were discrepancies in the question readings, and the entire evening was voided for all six teams involved.”

The cancelled competition is due to be rescheduled. The Panthers’ next event is a new year’s trip to William Monroe on Jan. 7.

– M.D.

Wakefield sports update

Varsity Girls Basketball: The Wakefield County Day School Lady Owls won on the road at Randolph-Macon Academy in a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) game on Dec. 3, downing the Jackets 46-25 with the help of Maeve Dale’s game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. Kim Pankow scored 13 points and led the team with five assists. Makenzie Magaro led the team with 10 steals, while Vista Vyas scored her first basket of the season.

The Lady Owls played host to Chelsea Academy in a non-conference game on Dec. 5, earning a 40-17 victory. Dale led all scorers with 24 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Dale also had 11 rebounds to complete a double-double and three blocks. Emily Hennessey pulled down 12 rebounds, Pankow recorded seven steals and Magaro added four more. The girls’ record is 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the DAC.

Varsity Boys Basketball: The Owls traveled to Front Royal to take on the Randolph-Macon Academy Yellow Jackets in a non-conference game on Dec. 3. The Jackets came out strong and built an 18-3 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the Owls battled back to take a 27-26 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Owls were down by two points late in the game, but missed a foul shot and allowed the Jackets to secure the win. Sean Brown led the way with 12 points, shooting 50 percent from the three-point line. Daniel Chadduck scored 10 points and added three steals and five rebounds, while Alex Foster and Sam Lilburn had six rebounds each. Lilburn also had four blocks.

The Owls hosted Front Royal Christian School in a non-conference game on Dec. 6. The game was tight throughout the first half with the boys holding a 20-18 lead at halftime. The boys continued to play hard, earning an eventual 51-30 victory. Their record is 2-1 overall.

– From contributed reports

Local athletes honored

Two local students attending Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) in Front Royal were recently recognized for athletic achievement during the 2012 fall sports season: Benjamin Gillis, son of David Gillis of Front Royal and Gracie Gillis of Flint Hill, was named the Most Valuable Player for the R-MA varsity soccer team. Ben was also named all-conference, soccer first team in the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) and received an honorable mention to the All-Conference Team as the football kicker. Ben is a junior at R-MA. Ryan Latham, son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville, was named the Most Valuable Player for the middle school soccer team. Ryan is a seventh grader at R-MA.

– From contributed reports