School & Sports News for July 25

RC Baseball’s big season ends

A long, competitive season for Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball came to an end this Sunday with the 16-18-year-old team bowing out of the state tournament after a 9-0 loss to Northern Fairfax. Teams from Brunswick, Lunenburg and Augusta all fell to the team managed by Wayne Dodson, but its two losses to Fairfax powers Vienna and Northern Fairfax signaled the end for this talented team comprised of players from Rappahannock and Culpeper counties. Though this was a great run for RC Baseball and its supporters, it was not the only team with something to prove in Virginia Babe Ruth tournaments this year.

A team comprised of kids nine and younger, managed by Steve Herzog, battled in the District 9 tournament held at Stuart Field in Amissville over the July 4th weekend. That team ultimately fell to District Champion Winchester, but played great baseball and fought to the end to earn a spot in the championship game before coming up just short.

The 12 and under team, managed by Brad Barnes, was crowned the District 9 champion after two solid wins against another strong Winchester team in a tournament also held at Stuart Field. This team went on to the state tournament in Staunton, recording a win against Arlington, but teams from Halifax and Gloucester were too strong for the gritty RC club and their run in the 12U tournament came to an unsatisfying end. Local business and long time sponsor Gray Ghost Vineyards provided funds to support the team on its travels to Staunton.

Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball is very proud of and thankful for its players, coaches, parents and supporters of these teams on their respective journeys through the All Star seasons. If this season’s successes are a measure of things to come, the future is very bright for RC Baseball!

— Chris Dibble

WCDS grad earns Eagle Palms

Wakefield Country Day School student Carl Liles, who graduated WCDS this year, was awarded his third and fourth Eagle Palms since becoming an Eagle Scout in 2011. His accomplishment was recognized during a general Court of Honor held at the Washington fire hall July 14. Each Eagle Palm requires the earning of five additional merit badges (in addition to the 21 required for the Eagle Scout rank) and three months of additional service to his troop.

Liles is a member of Troop 36, led by Scout Leader Roger Pierson. Serving as junior assistant scoutmaster, Liles has helped the adult and Scout membership of his troop accomplish its goals. Liles is the first Troop 36 Scout to receive four Eagle Palms, earning a total of 44 merit badges covering subjects from American heritage to woodcarving. Liles’ Eagle Scout project was the building of a board fence at WCDS bordering Zachary Taylor Highway. Liles is attending the University of Virginia in the fall, and has been accepted to the United States Air Force ROTC program there.

News’ reporter nominated

Matt Wingfield
Matt Wingfield

The Rappahannock County School nominated Rappahannock News reporter Matt Wingfield for the Virginia School Board Association’s (VSBA) Media Honor Roll, an annual award which was “created to recognize fair and balanced reporting” about Virginia’s schools.

Candidates must fulfill a number of requirements, including making an effort to know the board chairman and superintendent and regularly attending board meetings. A full list of winners is published in the VSBA’s newsletter later in the year.

Panther football 2013 schedules

The Rappahannock County varsity and Junior Panther 2013 football schedules were finalized last week by the Virginia High School League. The varsity Panthers squad has nine games this year, though the first two (against Colonial Beach and Page County) are scrimmages. Each of the Panthers’ games (five home, four away) are Thursday or Friday. The JP squad, meanwhile, kicks off its eight-game schedule (five home, three away) with a scrimmage against Culpeper Middle School before finishing up with a three-game home stand.

Varsity Football Schedule:

Aug. 16 vs. Colonial Beach (scrimmage)
Aug. 22 @ Page County (scrimmage)
Aug. 30 @ Roanoke Catholic
Sept. 6 @ George Mason
Sept. 13 vs. Cumberland
Oct. 4 vs. Chincoteague
Oct. 11 @ Hancock
Oct. 18 vs. Quantico
Oct. 25 vs. John Paul the Great

Junior Panther Schedule:

Aug. 13 vs. Culpeper Middle School (scrimmage)
Aug. 29 @ Walker Grant Middle
Sept. 4 @ Floyd T. Binns
Sept. 12 vs. Harpers Ferry
Sept. 19 @ Prospect Heights
Sept. 26 vs. Locust Grove
Oct. 3 vs. Buford Home
Oct. 9 vs. Harpers Ferry

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