School & sports news for Oct. 3

The AD’s report

Rapp Athletics’ fall success continued last week, with Rappahannock County teams taking wins in eight of 13 contests and individual athletes making some notable gains.

Varsity football has completed their midseason break and returns to action tomorrow night (Friday Oct. 4) in their homecoming game against the Ponies of Chincoteague High School. Kickoff is at 7, and the evening’s festivities will include a halftime performance by the award-winning Panther Marching Band and the crowning of the 2013 Rappahannock County High School Homecoming Court. Come out and support your community’s football team and enjoy our homecoming festivities!

Junior Panther football dropped a game to a huge squad from Locust Grove last Thursday. Positives abounded however, with some great tackles from Johnny Beard and Hunter Nicodemus, who were literally all over the field, and some great running yardage by Nate Costello and Michael Reid. Tonight (Thursday Oct. 3), the J.P. gridiron gang takes on Buford Middle School at 5 as part of our Homecoming Week festivities.

J.P. boys soccer returned to action Monday in a VMSC match against Randolph-Macon Academy. They played hard but the final score had them down by three. Next week will bring two games, Monday at Front Royal Christian and Tuesday at St. Joe’s and then we’ll be looking at the VMSC playoffs.

Varsity cross country had a good mid-season test last Wednesday (Sept. 25), running at William Monroe and facing defending champion George Mason. While team victories eluded our squads, individual performances included Gavin Jenkins, Amrit Tamang and Evan Hitt finishing second, fourth and 11th, respectively, while on the girls’ side Julia Wood again finished first with Emily Allen fifth, beating all William Monroe runners.

On Saturday, many of our runners were part of the highly competitive Stonewall Invitational at New Market, with results including Julia Wood taking first (in her division and overall), Emily Allen seventh in division and 10th overall, Gavin Jenkins second in division and third overall and Amrit Tamang 16th in division and 23rd overall. The biggest surprise was the strong team showing, girls finishing third and boys fifth as a team, in a field crowded with far larger schools. This week,  varsity had their first home meet of the season, hosting Clarke County and Strasburg yesterday (Wednesday, Oct. 2) at the Blue Rock Course. Results next week.

Our J.P. runners continued their winning ways, taking team victories last week in a VMSC meet hosted by Rapp and then traveling to R-MA on Monday, where each team turned in a perfect score, capped by the first seven finishers of the race being from Rapp. Sam Barnes again took first for the boys, with Mackenzie Haunold taking same spot for the girls — in fact finishing second overall!

Hunter Nottingham and Conner Culbertson finished second and third for boys, with Skyler Culbertson and Savannah Hensley doing the same for the girls, resulting in those perfect scores.. This Saturday many of our J.P. runners will compete in a local 5K sponsored by Wakefield Country Day School and then next Thursday brings the VMSC championship at R-MA.

In volleyball, our varsity team followed their tough home loss last Tuesday with an important road win Thursday night at George Mason, mauling the Mustangs over the course of a five-set victory. Varsity followed that up with a home match this past Tuesday against Clarke County, notching another district win, and are on the road tonight at Manassas Park.

The J.V. squad rolled through last week with wins over Central and George Mason, both opponents stacked with more and taller girls but falling in the end to our determined Panthers. Tuesday night at home, J.V. faced Clarke and won in the same fashion as their first matchup, a three-game nailbiter. Tonight they will face Manassas Park.

Our Junior Panther volleyball team entered their busiest stretch of the season last week, playing six games over the course of nine days. Last week saw wins at United Christian, Buford and at home over Mountain View, but a tough William Monroe squad brought an end to J.P.’s undefeated status last Thursday night (Sept. 26).

Still undefeated in VMSC play, J.P. faced St. Joe’s at home this past Monday, returning to form with a two-set victory, and then hosted William Monroe Tuesday, seeking to avenge their only loss but falling short in two very close games. Still undefeated in conference play, J.P. plays next week at home on Monday against Buford and again at home Thursday against United Christian.

Don’t forget that next week are our Dig Pink volleyball games — J.P. on Monday at 5, J.V. and varsity Tuesday at 6, and then all three in action on Thursday starting at 4:30. Our teams are busy raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness — please support their raffles at games or visit rappahannockathletics.org, and click on announcements to find the Dig Pink website link where you can make donations directly that will be credited to our teams. Their goal is to raise $2,000 and if they meet it, the athletic director will kiss a pig in the gym at Thursday night’s volleyball game.

— Jimmy Swindler

High school fall festival Oct. 19

With the changing of the leaves and falling temperatures comes Rappahannock County High School’s annual fall festival and cornhole tournament — this year from 11:30 to 3:30 Saturday, Oct. 19.

The five high school grade levels will each be offering different items (and attractions), along with many of the high school’s clubs, Lee’s Orchard (free crafts for the kids, while supplies last) and the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office “Shop with a Deputy” program (helicopter rides to and from the Blue Rock Inn). The Turkey Ridge String Band will be playing from 12:30 to 2:30, and barbecue (chicken, ribs and sandwiches) is available all day.

The RCHS seniors are throwing a bake sale; the juniors’ booth includes carnival games and a yard sale (which is currently accepting donations); the 10th grade offers a car wash; and the ninth grade will be popping popcorn all day long. The eighth graders have the most offerings, however, including an 18-foot inflatable slide, moon bounce, pony rides beginning at 12:30 ($5 per), local cider and an inaugural cornhole tournament for teams 12 years or older (non-Rapp residents or students are also welcome). Cornhole registration is $25 a team and begins at 11:45 (registration starts at 11:30).

On the club side, the Transition Club will be selling crafts and caramel apples; the Art Club is offering face painting and other artwork; the Student Conservation Association (SCA) will be offering hot dogs, burgers and ice cream; Yearbook is sponsoring a cake walk; and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) have ribbon halos and spirit scarves for sale.

Various other vendors will also be selling their wares. Spaces are $5 and are still available for anyone wishing to join the festivities (proceeds go to the eighth grade). For more information, contact Karen Sanborn at 540-227-0745 (ext. 3465) or kmsanborn@rappahannockschools.us.

Wakefield sports update

Varsity soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls traveled to Emmanuel Christian for their first Delaney Athletic Conference Division II game on Sept. 20, notching their first conference victory, 7-0. Senior Sean Brown had the first multi-goal game of his career, scoring twice; Joe Dowell, goalkeeper Alex Foster, Gage Landis, Max Lilburn and Tim Johns also scored. The Owls next traveled to Front Royal on Sept. 24, holding off the Flames for a 3-1 win. Campbell Baker scored twice; Sam Nolan added a third and final goal late in the second half.

Tim Johns heads the ball away from two defenders in the Owls’ 2-2 tie against rival Wakefield School. Courtesy photo.
Tim Johns heads the ball away from two defenders in the Owls’ 2-2 tie against rival Wakefield School. Courtesy photo.

The next day (Sept. 25), the Owls hosted rival Wakefield School for a non-conference game. Johns scored off a penalty kick late in the first half; two minutes later, Wakefield School tied the game before going up 2-1. Landis was taken down from behind by Wakefield’s keeper, securing another penalty kick and Johns’ tying goal. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. The Owls’ record is 3-3-1 on the season. This year’s group of seniors leaves with a winning record (7-4-2) against Wakefield School in their careers.

Varsity volleyball: The Lady Owls hosted the Flames from Emmanuel Christian School for their first DAC game on Sept. 20. The girls got off to a good start in the first game, winning 25-9 behind five aces (and 13 straight points) from Maeve Dale. Emily Hennessy sparked the girls early in the second game with seven straight points serving and two aces, and securing the 25-14 win. Kim Pankow served four aces and gave the girls a 7-1 lead in the third and final game. Ashlyn Ramey took over the serve with the girls leading 10-2 and had two aces and four points before Pankow finished the Flames with five aces over the last seven points.

The Lady Owls then traveled to Mountain View Christian for a non-conference match on Sept. 23, winning a tough match 3-0. The Lady Owls hosted Fresta Valley Christian Academy for a non-conference match the next day (Sept. 24). The Pioneers took the match-up 3-1, despite strong service and other plays from Pankow, Dale, Ramey and Anna Clark.

The Lady Owls were back in action on Sept. 26 hosting the nightcap of a triple–header with rival Wakefield School. Wakefield School jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the first game but the girls hung tough. The first game was tied 10 times, though Wakefield School ultimately won 29-27.

The girls jumped out to a 5-1 lead following a Ramey kill in the second game. Julia Weir’s kills and aces helped the Owls take the second set 25-17. Wakefield School scored the first four points of the third game, but the girls chipped away and narrowly won, 25-23, behind strong play from Dale, Clark and Hennessy. Weir, Pankow and Clark again came up huge in the fourth and final game, giving the Owls the 3-1 win. Their record is 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the DAC.

Middle school cross country runner Harmony Lindstrom races to the finish line at a recent meet at Wakefield School. Courtesy photo.
Middle school cross country runner Harmony Lindstrom races to the finish line at a recent meet at Wakefield School. Courtesy photo.

Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to Massanutten Military Academy for a race on Sept. 25. Michael Chen placed second overall with a finish time of 19:28. Lucas DuMez clocked a 22:35, good for seventh place, and Jerry Li crossed the finish line 16th in 25:44. Peyton Wei was the top finisher for the girl’s team in 16th place with a time of 27:13. Jessica Leskovec finished 19th in 28:03.

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