Rapp sports continued to successfully roll through the fall season last week, scoring victories in seven of 12 team events.
In volleyball, our teams wrapped up Dig Pink week with wins in two of the three contests. The Junior Panthers took a straight set victory over United Christian to conclude their regular season schedule. Junior Varsity dropped a close three set game to a very competitive Strasburg team, but varsity ended the night on a winning note with a three set victory over Strasburg. All three teams and our Rapp cheerleaders raised over $3,000 for breast cancer research in their Dig Pink activities and all our players and coaches thank the Rapp community for their strong support of our fundraising.
All three volleyball teams had a bye on Tuesday, and return to action tonight (Thursday, Oct. 17), with J.P. hosting a first round Valley Middle School Conference playoff at 4:30; J.V. and varsity face William Monroe in the last regular season home contest, which is also senior night. J.P. hosts the VMSC Championship on Friday at 5 p.m. if they win tonight. J.V. and varsity finish their regular season on the road next week, with varsity likely hosting a Bull Run District quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Come out and support our teams as they look to continue their regular season success in the post-season.
Junior Panther soccer took it to St. Joe’s on the road last week and then hosted them this past Tuesday in a VMSC quarterfinal playoff game. By virtue of that win, a 10-0 victory, our J.P. team will play Wakefield Country Day at 4:15 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 17). The winner of that game advances to the Championship game tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 18).
Cross country traveled to Central High School last week, where the boys and girls teams finished third and second respectively in a four team field. Standout individual performances included first place finishes by Julia Wood and Gavin Jenkins, the latter a result of a last minute charge to overtake the runner who had been leading the entire race. Many other Rapp runners posted personal bests on a great day for running.
The Glory Days Invitational last Saturday (Oct. 12) was canceled due to flooding and was not made up, and our teams hosted Madison and Page this past Wednesday, with results to be reported next week. J.P. also saw their VMSC Championship meet get postponed due to weather; they’re running that race today (Thursday, Oct. 17) at 4 p.m. at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal.
The football teams posted a split, with our Junior Panther squad taking a 19-0 victory over Harper’s Ferry at home last Wednesday (Oct. 9). This Monday (Oct. 14), our JP squad hosted Prospect Heights and earned their third victory 26-6. J.P. finishes its season on the road next Monday (Oct. 21) against Locust Grove. Look for a feature article soon on our young football team.
Our varsity team traveled to Hancock Maryland last Friday, dropping a game in the rain and mud. Tomorrow night (Friday, Oct. 18), varsity returns to Panther Stadium, hosting Quantico High School at 7 p.m. Our student athletes are hoping for full bleachers as the varsity football team strives to earn that victory in front of the home crowd.
Be sure to come out and see our teams as they wrap up their fall seasons, and stay tuned for news of playoff appearances as our Rapp student athletes look to add to their trophy showcases. For up to date information on schedules and results, visit the athletic website.
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls hosted a strong Fresta Valley Christian team for a non-conference game on Oct. 8, tying the Pioneers 4-4. The boys got on the scoreboard first when Sam Nolan nailed a long shot down the middle midway through the first half. Tim Johns added the Owls’ second goal shortly thereafter, giving them a 2-0 halftime lead. The Pioneers came out strong in the second half, scoring three goals in a six minute period and added their fourth on a penalty kick. Nolan and Johns netted their second goals of the game (Johns’ came on a penalty kick with less than two minutes to play), tying the game at 4-4. The Owls are 4-3-3 overall and 2-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference. (Their game at Fredericksburg Academy, originally scheduled for Oct. 7, was rained out and was rescheduled for Oct. 21.)
Varsity volleyball: The Lady Owls traveled to Randolph-Macon Academy for a non-conference match on Oct. 8, sweeping the Jackets for the second with a 3-0 victory.
The Lady Owls continued DAC play with a trip to Quantico on Oct. 10 to determine the first place lead in the DAC. Both teams were ranked in the most recent VISAA poll, but Warriors controlled the match, winning the first set easily, 25-15. The Warriors carried the momentum into the second game and capitalized on a number of unforced and service errors by the Owls. Despite a late-game comeback, the Warriors won the second game, 25-17. The girls took a lead early in the third game but the Warriors battled back to win 25-19 and snatch first place in the division. Maeve Dale and Kim Pankow lead the team with seven kills. The loss dropped the girls into a tie for second place with a 2-1 DAC record and a 9-6 record overall.
Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to Fredericksburg Academy for a non-conference race on Oct. 9. Lucas DuMez finished 10th overall with a time of 20:12. Despite a wrong turn, Michael Chen finished 29th in a time of 22:20 and Jerry Li placed 408th in 25:23. Jessica Leskovec was the top finisher for the girl’s team in 18th place, with a time of 27:36.