School & sports news for Dec. 5

The AD’s report

Thanksgiving Break brought a break in game action but saw all of Rapp’s teams productively practicing to prepare for a busy slate of games in December.

In Junior Panther basketball, our boys and girls teams had their Valley Middle School Conference opener Tuesday night (Dec. 3) at Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy. Both teams earned first-place conference standings: The girls with a 27-19 win, the boys team with a convincing 30-point win.

J.P. boys have their second VMSC game today (Thursday, Dec.5) as they travel to Winchester Academy. Both teams return to our home gym Tuesday (Dec. 10), as they host Madison County. Tipoff for the girls’ game is 4:30 and we look forward to seeing the community come out and support these successful teams, the future of Rappahannock County High School basketball.

Both varsity basketball teams opened their Bull Run District schedule Tuesday night (Dec. 3) at Strasburg, dropping the opener to the Rams. Improvement over last season is evident, however, and the teams expect far better performances in the games to come. The varsity Panthers return to their home gym tonight to host the Dragons of William Monroe; girls tip off at 6:15, boys immediately afterward.

On Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6-7) our varsity boys travel to Harrisonburg for the Eastern Mennonite Invitational Tournament, with tipoff at 6 p.m. both nights. Our girls’ next two games are Monday (Dec. 9), when they host the other Rappahannock High School of Warsaw (tipoff at 6 p.m.) and Wednesday (Dec. 11), when they host Warren County (tipoff at 7).

Wrestlers have been working hard in preparation for their upcoming matches. Varsity took the mat for the first time last night (Dec. 4) at East Rockingham High School; those results will be in next week’s article. Our Junior Panther squad participates in a middle school tournament this Saturday (Dec. 7) at Warren County and then takes the mat again Tuesday (Dec. 10) for a rematch against Warren County. With record-setting numbers on our squads, coach Alex Coffroth is looking for some records to be broken in the coming season.

All Rapp athletic schedules can be found on the athletic website. Be sure to find a game or two that suits your schedule and come on out to support your Panthers.

Go Rapp!

— Jimmy Swindler

RCHS earns nine VJCL awards

Sixteen students from Rappahannock County High School, ranging from eighth through 12th grade, attended the Virginia Junior Classical League (VJCL) convention Nov. 24 and 25 in Richmond, where they earned multiple awards in various VJCL competitions.

At the Virginia Junior Classical League convention are (back row, from left): Tatyana Yates, Jane Purnell, Parker Critzer, Caitlynn Lolis, teacher James Sharpe, Josh Racer, Austin Huff, John Norris, Hannah Bennett, Justin Ramey; in front are Henry Mason (left) and James MacLeod.Courtesy photo
At the Virginia Junior Classical League convention are (back row, from left): Tatyana Yates, Jane Purnell, Parker Critzer, Caitlynn Lolis, teacher James Sharpe, Josh Racer, Austin Huff, John Norris, Hannah Bennett, Justin Ramey; in front are Henry Mason (left) and James MacLeod.

Henry Mason took home first place in Latin I reading comprehension; Justin Smith earned eighth place. Tatyana Yates won fourth place in Roman Life and ninth in derivatives; Mason also took home a derivatives award, earning second place. Savannah Stevens won seventh place in grammar, while James MacLeod earned ninth in Latin III. In advanced derivatives, Parker Critzer placed sixth and Hannah Bennett placed seventh.

The VJCL is the state chapter of the National Junior Classical League. This is RCHS’ second year of membership. The financial support of Headwaters foundation and the Curriculum Enrichment Program reduced the expenses of this opportunity making the trip more affordable for students.

— Amy Gubler

Quiz Bowl: 1 win, 1 loss

The Scholastic Bowl team returned from Thanksgiving break to split their two matches Monday night (Dec. 2). The first match began with a 55-45 round one over William Monroe, with 50 points for James MacLeod and 10 for Daniel Schlosser, along with one penalty. Rapp increased the lead to 135-75 in round two, after which eighth grader Jacob Sheffield and freshman Gabe Hernandez substituted in for R.T. Leake and Henry Mason. Sheffield got a mythology question correct but the rest of the points came from MacLeod in the final round, for a final score of 205-135.

The second match — against George Mason — began auspiciously with a Civil War question correctly answered by MacLeod, followed by Mason scoring 120 unanswered points. The scores were tied 80-80 in round two, but the second toss-up round was 80-10 Mason, giving them a 280-115 victory. This Monday (Dec. 9), the Panthers travel to Clarke to play Clarke and Strasburg, and will be home in two weeks (Dec. 16). Thus far the team’s record is 6-4, but the early December matches gave some of the younger talent experience, preparing them for the conference tournament at Colonial Beach on Jan. 11.

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