Three Rapp wrestlers are States-bound

In the fight of the season, Panther wrestlers proved themselves when they brought home three Region B awards from the 2013 regional wrestling competition in Strasburg last Friday and Saturday (Feb. 8-9) and earned their places in the upcoming state tournament.

While Rappahannock County High School’s varsity team placed 14th overall (out of the 20 teams), junior Dylan Hitt celebrated a hard-earned first place Region B award in the 152-pound class and David Smoot – a freshman – won Region B second-place recognition at 182. Senior Patrick Foley took fifth place in the 195 class and will travel as a state alternate with Hitt and Smoot to the state championships in Salem this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 15-16).

RCHS wrestler Dylan Hitt (in blue) won an emotional, hard-fought match with 2013 Bull Run District champion Tyler Drummond (on his right) to become Region B champion in the 152-pound weight class. Courtesy photo.
RCHS wrestler Dylan Hitt (in blue) won an emotional, hard-fought match with 2013 Bull Run District champion Tyler Drummond (on his right) to become Region B champion in the 152-pound weight class. Courtesy photo.

Hitt won an emotional match over 2013 Bull Run District champion Tyler Drummond in the final seconds of the 152 finals match Saturday. “This determination exhibited by Hitt in this match sets the tone for his quest for the state crown,” said coach Alex Coffroth, “and David Smoot looks to cause upsets and make history as a freshman this weekend.”

“I came in the true sixth seed because I had second in the district,” Hitt said after the two-day tournament. “I wrestled my first match and pinned the kid from Stuart’s Draft. The second match was Wilson Memorial, and I tech falled him. That ended the day for me.

“On the second day, I went to the semi-final matches in the morning,” Hitt said. “That was a controversy. A woman I’ve never seen in my life walked onto the mat and demanded a concussion test for me. Then, rules were broken and we had to challenge everything that was happening. I didn’t have a concussion. Finally, I was able to wrestle.”

“They were really trying to block him,” Coffroth said.

“Against Riverheads, the score was 6-4 for the semifinal match,” Hitt said. “After that, I faced Bull Run’s  No. 1 – Tyler Drummond. I got the first takedown, and it was 2-0. He got a quick reversal to make it 2-2. Then I got a stand-up and it was 3-2. Next, he got a takedown on me. Then we were 4-3 going into the second period.

“In third period, he chose down position,” Hitt said. “I rode him out for the full two minutes. I knew I couldn’t let him score or the match would be out of reach for me. And . . . I didn’t let him move. In the third, I chose bottom. We started with the score still being 4-3. But I got a reversal, and the score went to 5-4. They called stalling on me, even though I wasn’t moving and the other kid wasn’t. They reset. That’s when he got a stand-up and the score was 5-5. He took a shot, and we went out of bounds. There were 9.7 seconds left. I knew we were going into overtime. He took a shot, and I spun and got my two points. The clock buzzed right when I got my two. I heard the buzz, looked up, saw the two. I got up off him so fast and just went crazy celebrating.”

Rappahannock wrestlers start their state competition journey when they depart RCHS on Thursday morning (Feb 14).

JP basketball: VMSC champions

To go along with their undefeated conference record, Rappahannock’s Junior Panther boys’ basketball joined its coaches, Robbie Thornhill and Wayne Sumner, in a history-making season finale celebration last Thursday (Feb. 7) when they took home the Valley Middle School Conference (VMSC) championship trophy.

JP basketball champs are (front row, from left) Caleb Ramey, Sam Barnes, Chance Graves, Henry Wood, Richard Lillard and (second row) Ryan Atkins, Zion Hanberry, Ethan Sumner, Grayson Thornhill, Alan Eisenmann and (third row) coach Wayne Sumner, Nick Hitt, Colby Frye, Charles Gubler, John Norris, Gavin Jenkins, coach Robbie Thornhill and (back row) Jack Massie, Josh Racer, A.J. Palmer and Justin Ramey. Courtesy photo.
JP basketball champs are (front row, from left) Caleb Ramey, Sam Barnes, Chance Graves, Henry Wood, Richard Lillard and (second row) Ryan Atkins, Zion Hanberry, Ethan Sumner, Grayson Thornhill, Alan Eisenmann and (third row) coach Wayne Sumner, Nick Hitt, Colby Frye, Charles Gubler, John Norris, Gavin Jenkins, coach Robbie Thornhill and (back row) Jack Massie, Josh Racer, A.J. Palmer and Justin Ramey. Courtesy photo.

“In addition to being undefeated in VMSC play,” said athletic director Jim Swindler, “this team only had one loss against public schools – beating Madison and William Monroe twice and splitting with Warren County, losing the one by only one point. This is the first boys’ basketball championship Rapp has had in VMSC play.”

Officially, the team completed a 17-1 season with a 54-21 victory over Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in the championship game. The Panthers took home the tournament championship trophy along with the regular season champion trophy.

“Congratulations to the team and to Coaches Thornhill and Sumner for their championship,” said Swindler.

Wakefield college acceptances

Wakefield Country Day School is pleased to announce that the members of its senior class have been accepted at more than 55 colleges and universities and have earned almost $2 million in scholarship offers.

The members of the Class of 2013, their acceptances and scholarship offers are as follows:

Grace Albert-Eckerd College (James Madison University, Christopher Newport University and Virginia Commonwealth University); Katie Brown (Loyola University, Tulane University and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill); Alexandra Cancio-Bello (George Mason University, College of Charleston, University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University); Daniel Chadduck (Xavier University, Roanoke College, Guildford College, Hampden-Sydney College, Lynchburg College and Randolph-Macon College); Marc Cugnon (Yale University and University of Virginia – Echols Scholar); Rachel DuMez (Central College, Hope College, Calvin College and Randolph-Macon College); Brittany Kwolek (James Madison University, Christopher Newport University and Marquette University); Mary Leskovec (George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University and James Madison University); Sam Lilburn (Xavier University, Randolph-Macon College and Hampden-Sydney College); Carl Liles (Auburn University, Fordham University and Cornell College); Makenzie Magaro (University of Virginia and James Madison University); Caroline Murray (Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, St. Joseph’s University, Catholic University, Scranton University and College of Charleston); Conor O’Heir (Hampden-Sydney College and Wabash College); Will Scaring (Randolph College and Randolph-Macon College); Hannah Tufts (Randolph-Macon College); and Shannon Weir (Virginia Wesleyan College, Roanoke College, Randolph-Macon College and Christopher Newport University).

Currently, the merit scholarship offers to Wakefield’s 22 seniors total $1,780,200.

Wakefield sports update

Varsity Girls Basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls hosted Quantico in a Delaney Athletic Conference game on Feb. 4. Kim Pankow scored half of the girl’s points in the second quarter and the defense held the Warriors to just two baskets in the quarter to take a 24-17 lead. Pankow hit two three-pointers and scored eight of the girl’s 13 third-quarter points before fouling out. The rest of the team stepped up and the girls won 46-32. Maeve Dale had another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds along with four assists and four blocked shots. Pankow tallied 14 points and Julia Weir added three points and 12 rebounds. Sydney Penza contributed four steals while Mary Leskovec had a season high five points.

The Lady Owls hosted Saint Michael’s in a DAC Division II game on Feb. 6. It was Senior Recognition Night for Makenzie Magaro and Mary Leskovec. We will miss their contributions to the program. Magaro had been on four straight winning teams and Leskovic had been on two. The girls jumped out to a lead early and never looked back, winning 62-29.

Dale led all scorers with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Magaro added 10 points, while Pankow contributed eight points and eight steals. Weir scored 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Penza scored six, and Emily Hennessey and Monica Marciano each scored two baskets. Alyssa Soldo scored her first varsity basket.

The Lady Owls traveled the next day to Quantico for a DAC game, taking home a 52-32 victory. Magaro scored 12 of her game-high 26 points in the first half on four three-pointers. Pankow had nine points and 12 assists; Weir had 14 rebounds and added six points. Hennessey had four points, Dale scored seven and Penza grabbed six rebounds. Their record is 14-3 overall and 9-2 in the DAC.

The girls were ranked 10th in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III girls basketball poll released Feb. 5. Congratulations to the girls, Coach Pankow and Coach Dale for remaining in the rankings.

Varsity Boys Basketball: The Owls hosted Quantico in a DAC game on Feb. 4, which was also Senior Recognition Night for Daniel Chadduck and Sam Lilburn. We will miss their contributions to the program. The boys held a slim 21-19 halftime lead but were down 39-28 to start the fourth. The Owls played an inspired final quarter despite having several players foul out toward the end of the game, cutting the Warrior lead to one point (50-49) after the second of two Sean Brown three-pointers, but Quantico hit its foul shots down the stretch to escape with a 53-49 win.

The 20011-2012 DAC Division II Player of the Year from Quantico, Jaylen Street, scored 11 of his game-high 22 points from the foul line, while the boys shot just 53 percent from the line. Alex Foster led the team with 15 points, while Sean Brown and Daniel Chadduck each contributed 11 points. Tim Johns hit six foul shots in the fourth quarter and Sam Lilburn added four points.

The Owls hosted Saint Michael the Archangel High School for a DAC game on Feb. 6, earning a 49-31 victory. Foster tallied 23 points, Chadduck contributed 16, Brown had eight points and six steals and Michael Stone added a basket.

The Owls traveled to Quantico the next day. The boys played a solid game but had to overcome multiple clock operation errors and played without an injured starter. The boys fought back to have a chance to win the game in the last five seconds, but a turnover game the ball back to the Warriors, who won 41-40. Foster led all scorers with 19 points and added seven rebounds, Chadduck contributed 14 points and six steals, and Johns scored four points to match his four steals. Brown added three points, all in the fourth quarter. Their record is 6-11 overall and 2-6 in the DAC.

Varsity Swimming: WCDS Swimming competed in the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division II Invitational hosted by Seton School at the Freedom Center on Feb. 2. The meet included most of the top eight swimmers in the state. Rachel DuMez had a first place finish in the 200 IM. Senior swimmers DuMez, Conor O’Heir and Will Scaring were recognized prior to the varsity girls basketball game on Feb. 6 for their contributions to the swim program. They will be missed.

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