Regular seasons wrapped up and fall playoffs began for our Rapp Athletic teams who continued their winning ways into the postseason.
Varsity cross country hosted the Bull Run District Championship last Wednesday (Oct. 23) at the Blue Rock Course. On the girls’ side, Julia Wood took first place and the Bull Run District Female Runner of the year trophy. The team finished fifth out of nine, helped by the fifth place finish of Emily Allen and top 30 finishes by Kayla McGhee and Lily and Emma Endre.
The boys were led by Gavin Jenkins, finishing second overall; the team finished sixth overall, helped by the 14th place finish from Amrit Tamang and top 50 group finishes by Evan Hitt and Justin Ramey. Our varsity teams travelled to Washington and Lee High School in Montross on yesterday (Wednesday, Oct. 30) for the Rappahannock River Conference Championship, the first stage of the road to the state championship. Results will be in next week’s article.
Varsity volleyball finished its regular season tied for fourth, wrapping up the regular season last Thursday (Oct. 24) with a convincing win over 3A Central. On Tuesday (Oct. 29), our team hosted a Bull Run District quarterfinal game against George Mason, taking a five set thriller and earning the right to face top seed Madison tonight (Thursday, Oct. 31) at 7:30 at Madison. If the girls win tonight, they will advance to the Bull Run District Championship on Saturday (Nov. 2) at 7 p.m. as the high seed. Regardless of their finish in the tournament, our varsity volleyball team will host a Rappahannock River Conference Quarterfinal Playoff Game this Tuesday (Nov. 5) at 7 p.m. Rapp sports fans are urged to come out and support our team as they take this first step toward chasing that state playoff appearance.
Football wrapped up their seasons this past week. Varsity dropped its season ending game to Pope John Paul the Great High School last Friday night (Oct. 25). Varsity players are already beginning off season workouts under the tutelage of coaches Heinle, Stephens and Coffroth, making plans and preparing for next year. Junior Panther football dropped their last game of the season in a heartbreaker Monday (Oct. 28) at Locust Grove, falling 12-14 in the last seconds of the game. Heads were held high, however, as the JP football team finished the season with three wins and prepares to send over a dozen players to varsity next year.
Winter sports are gearing up, Junior Panther basketball tryouts are Monday (Nov. 4) and Tuesday (Nov. 5) in the auxiliary gym — 4:30 to 6 p.m. for girls, 6 to 7:30 p.m. for boys. J.V. and varsity tryouts will be announced soon, as will wrestling practices. Keep in touch with Rapp Spots though this paper and our athletic website to get the latest playoff updates as our teams seek to extend their seasons and gain post season honors.
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls traveled to Fredericksburg Academy for a game to determine first place in the Delaney Athletic Conference Division II on Oct. 21. Thanks to two goals from Tim Johns, two assists from Campbell Baker and a third goal from Daiki Doi, the boys prevailed, 3-1, earning the regular season championship. Their record is 6-3-3 overall and 4-0 in the DAC.
Varsity volleyball: The Lady Owls hosted Saint Michael the Archangel High School for a DAC match in their “Dig Pink” night on Oct. 21, sweeping the match 3-0. The girls started slow but won the first game 25-17 behind strong service from Julia Weir, Kim Pankow and Ashlyn Ramey, and three kills by Maeve Dale. The Warriors were up 11-5 in the second game after three unforced errors, but Dale rotated to serve and held it for 10 points, helping the Owls to a 25-15 win. The girls took that momentum into the third and final game, easily dispatching the Warriors 25-9. Pankow had four kills in the final game; Ramey had three kills in the strong team effort.
The Lady Owls then hosted Seton School in a non-conference match on Oct. 22. The girls stepped up to the initial challenge and won the first two games, digging themselves out of several holes in the process. Seton rebounded in the third game, taking advantage of the girls’ errors to win 25-10. Errors undid the girls’ chances in game four, as Seton tied the match at 2-2. The fifth and final game opened with more of the same issues for the Lady Owls, who battled back from a 10-3 deficit thanks to kills from Weir, Kendall Carroll, and strong service from Dale and Anna Clark. The game was tied at 15-15, but an ace and unforced error gave Seton the 17-15 win and 3-2 match victory.
Focused on winning a share for the regular season title, the Lady Owls traveled to Tandem Friends School on Oct. 24 for their final regular season DAC match, sealing the deal with a 3-0 sweep of the Badgers. The first game was somewhat close, but the girls won 25-17. The girls controlled the second game to take it by a score of 25-13, before finishing off the Badgers with a controlling 25-8 win in the final game. Their record is 13-7 overall. The girls were ranked 17th in the VISAA Division III poll this week again.
Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to St. Michael the Archangel for an invitational race on Oct. 21. Michael Chen was the Owls’ top finisher, placing 12th overall in a time of 19:42. Lucas DuMez finished 20th in 20:37, while Jerry Li had a tough race and finished 60th in 28:39. Jessica Leskovec finished 32nd in the girl’s race with a time of 29:52. Misato Aso finished 36th in 29:52 — a significant improvement and first race of the year under 30 minutes.