While not quite the heady winning percentage of the week before, once again Rapp Sports posted a strong week, taking eight of 12 events!
Cross country led the way, with both Junior Panther teams taking first place three times in two meets — first at a Valley Middle School Conference (VMSC) Invitational and then at Madison running against Madison and Strasburg. Once again Mackenzie Haunold and Sam Barnes led the way, strongly supported again by their teammates en route to consecutive first place team finishes at the VMSC meet and a girls first and a boys second at the Madison meet. J.P. hosted a VMSC Invitational on Tuesday (Sept. 23), again taking first place in both boys and girls, earning perfect scores thanks to Barnes’ and Haunold’s top finishes.
Varsity cross country teams also swept their opponents, taking first place in a Bull Run District Meet against Madison County, Manassas Park and non-district foe Orange County last Wednesday (Sept. 18). Julia Wood and Emily Allen took first and second with Gavin Jenkins and Amrit Tamang matching that finish on the boys side. Evan Hitt placed fourth to cement the boys’ win, while Kathryn Fisher and Kayla McGhee had strong finishes to help the girls take top team honors.
On Saturday (Sept. 21), our XC athletes traveled to the prestigious Oatlands Invitational, competing against literally thousands of the mid-Atlantic’s best runners. Wood took 14th overall in the Varsity A race; Jenkins medaled, placing fourth in the Varsity B race. Video of the Oatlands meet can be found on the athletic website (rappahannockathletics.org). J.P. and Varsity teams traveled to William Monroe yesterday (Wednesday, Sept. 25) for a match against perennial state champion George Mason — those results will be in next week’s article.
Varsity volleyball bounced back from a tough loss last Tuesday (Sept. 17) at William Monroe to take a decisive win over new Bull Run District opponent Warren County at home Thursday night (Sept. 19). Tuesday night (Sept. 24), varsity completed the first half of its district schedule with a tough five set loss to Central of Woodstock.
J.V. had two tough losses last week, against William Monroe (Sept. 17) and Warren County (Sept. 19). Both losses were in three games and featured some of the finest volleyball seen at the J.V. level by this athletic director (and former J.V. coach) in some time! Tuesday (Sept. 24), J.V. bounced back with a strong win over Central. Both teams travel to George Mason tonight (Thursday, Sept. 26), where varsity seeks to avenge an early season loss and J.V. hopes to continue its winning ways.
J.P. volleyball maintained its undefeated record with a strong win at Winchester Academy last Thursday (Sept. 19). Monday (Sept. 23), they traveled to United Christian in a battle of the unbeatens and came away with a tough three-game victory, maintaining their undefeated status. J.P. finishes this week with three games in a row — at Buford last night (Sept. 25), at William Monroe today (Sept. 26) and at home at 5 p.m. Friday (Sept. 27) against Mountain View. J.P. soccer had a week-long break and resumes action next Monday (Sept. 30) at Randolph-Macon Academy.
Varsity football is in the midst of a two-week bye and continues to practice to prepare for the next opponent, Chincoteague High School at home next Friday (Oct. 4). J.P. football travelled to Prospect Heights Middle last Thursday (Sept. 19), dropping that game 36-0, but finding positives to take them into their home contest tonight (Thursday, Sept. 26) against Locust Grove Middle.
Next week is Homecoming Week at Rappahannock, with home events scheduled every night, culminating in the varsity football game at 7 p.m. Friday night. All schedules can be found on the athletic website and everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the great fall weather and support our fantastic fall athletes.
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls traveled to Wakefield School for a non-conference game on Sept. 13, winning the close contest 2-1. Brad Castle scored the first goal of his WCDS career to give the Owls a 1-0 halftime lead. Goalkeeper Alex Foster finished with nine saves, though the Owls did surrender a goal off a free kick. Campbell Baker scored with just over two minutes left to secure the win for WCDS.
The Owls then hosted Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in a non-conference game on Sept. 16, losing 5-1. The Patriots scored two goals in the first 14 minutes of the game and two in the last two minutes of the half to take a 4-0 lead into the half. The boy’s defense settled down in the second half, surrendering just one more goal. Max Lilburn scored his first goal of his WCDS career, assisted by Sam Nolan. The Owls are 1-3 on the season.
Varsity volleyball: The Lady Owls hosted the 11th-ranked Warriors from Quantico Middle High School on Sept. 13, losing a hard-fought series 3-2. The girls won the first and second sets 25-15 and 25-19, respectively, behind strong serving from Ashlyn Ramey, Kim Pankow and Emily Hennessy. The Warriors won the third set, 25-16, and capitalized on some sloppy play to win the fourth set, 28-26. Despite storming out to an early 5-1 lead in the decisive fifth set, the Owls eventually lost 15-13. Pankow had eight aces; Maeve Dale and Kendall Carroll both served 100 percent. Dale also had six kills and seven blocks, while Sydney Penza recorded five kills.
The Lady Owls then traveled to Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy for a non-conference match on Sept. 16, dropping three close sets to the Patriots. Hennessy, Dale, Penza and Vita Vyas each served 100 percent. Pankow had six back row kills and two aces. The Lady Owls next traveled to Saint Michael the Archangel High School for a non-conference match on Sept. 19, holding the Warriors under double digit points in all three games. Their record is 3-4 overall.
Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to Foxcroft School for a Delaney Athletic Conference race on Sept. 17. Michael Chen placed 19th in the boy’s race with a time of 21:34; Lucas DuMez clocked a 21:44, good for 21st place, and Jerry Li crossed the finish line 74th in 30:08. Jessica Leskovec was the top finisher for the girl’s team in 45th place with a time of 29:43. Peyton Wei finished 60th in 34:07 and Claudia Mak finished 64th in 36:20.
Gavin Jenkins, a freshman at Rappahannock County High School, won the Shenandoah Speedway’s 2013 Legends Car Championship, securing his overall points’ victory with a third-place finish on Sept. 14. Legends cars, which can get up to 85 miles per hour, are purposefully designed to look like Chevy, Ford and Dodge vehicles from 1934 to 1937.
Jenkins is wrapping up his eighth year of motor racing. He started racing with go-karts at age 7 before moving to mini-cup cars, the next step up. For the past two years he has raced Legends cars in Virginia and North Carolina. Jenkins has already started over 150 races in his youthful career and was named the 2009 Capital City Speedway Champion in his class, as well as Junior Driver of the Year. Also in 2009 he was second in the Virginia State Championship in his class. In 2011, he finished second in the Shenandoah Valley Scale Racing League Championship for mini-cup cars. Last year, he was the Virginia Legends Champion in his age group.
Jenkins, who wants to break into the ranks of professional drivers, is focused now on competing for a 2014 National Legends Championship and gaining national exposure and recognition as a winning driver. To make a credible run for a national title, he will need to compete in 30 to 50 races and win 25 or more, and is in search of sponsors.
Jenkins has the skills of a driver far beyond his years: Most of his surpassed competitors in the last two years were adult drivers. For more information about Jenkins — or if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor — contact David Gangel, Jenkins’ crew chief and mechanic (and grandfather), at 540-987-8890.
Emily Welch, a 2007 graduate of Rappahannock County High School, received her master’s degree in criminology and counseling from Bond University in Australia earlier this month. Welch is the daughter of Holly and Bryant Welch, who moved from Rappahannock to Garner, N.C., in 2006. Welch graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2010, majoring in criminology and minoring in both psychology and sociology. She currently resides in Queensland, Australia with her fiance, Luke Stanley.