Winter sports concluded last weekend at Rapp athletics, with individual athletes and teams finding statewide recognition.
Our Scholastic Bowl team, conference and region champs, traveled to Williamsburg and earned a fourth-place finish in the state tournament at William & Mary. Coach Dave Naser said our players were a little nervous performing in front of packed rooms, but represented themselves well. With most returning for next year, coaches Naser and Brad Weeks are hopeful for a return to the postseason next year. In the meantime, the team will practice its skills next month when on “It’s Academic,” on March 15 in Washington, D.C.
Our wrestlers traveled to Salem last weekend, also seeking state champ status, and came back with a bagful of medals and more than a few memories of a great weekend. Senior Dylan Hitt led the way, claiming the state title in his 152-pound weight class and doing it in a way that even the ancient Greeks would admire — gritting his way to victory in his last match while hobbled by a severely sprained ankle.
Freshman Christian McCracken posted a state runner-up finish in his weight class, while sophomore David Smoot took third place, senior Amrit Tamang fourth and freshman Dakota Woodward eighth. And at the end of the day, the Rapp team, although only having five wrestlers in the tourney, finished seventh overall in the team standings. Coaches Alex Coffroth, Brian Kelley and Hodge Miller were thrilled with this year’s performance and absolutely anticipate more of the same in the seasons to come.
Basketball wrapped up its season last week, and the athletic department is pleased to announce that freshman Kayla Robey was named to the Rapp River Conference second-team all-conference. This was her second postseason honor, having previously been selected to the All Bull Run District team.
Spring sports began this week, with varsity and J.V. teams beginning tryouts this past Monday and Junior Panther teams beginning their tryouts today (Thursday, Feb. 27). It won’t be long before the crack of the bat, the pounding steps of the runners on the track and the cheering of crowds around the pitch will be filling the air as we watch our spring athletes strive to continue the successes of the year thus far.
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity girls basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled down the road Rappahannock County for a non-conference game on Feb. 17. Despite leading at halftime 20-17, the Owls dropped the hard-fought, low-scoring contest, 34-30. Maeve Dale recorded her first career quadruple-double: 16 points, 14 rebounds, 11 steals and 10 blocks. Kim Pankow added seven points and seven rebounds. Emily Hennessy scored three points and grabbed seven rebounds and Vita Vyas pulled down five rebounds to go with her four points.
The Lady Owls then turned their sights to the Delaney Athletic Conference tournament, as the third-seeded Owls hosted Tandem Friends School in a quarter-final game on Feb. 18. A strong defensive effort limited the Badgers to just six first-half points, giving the girls a 17-6 lead. The Badgers battled back however; both top scorers — the Badgers’ Katie Wolf and Dale — fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Owls soldiered on and emerged with a hard-fought 36-26 win. Pankow scored 11 points, dished out five assists and had seven steals. Dale scored 19 and had five steals. Hennessy grabbed six rebounds and scored a basket; Vyas had nine rebounds. Monica Marciano pulled down nine rebounds and scored a critical basket, and Tatumn Vaught had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Lady Owls next traveled to Foxcroft School a semifinal game on Feb. 20. The girls had a good first quarter and handled the pressure defense from Foxcroft. A 13-0 run by Foxcroft in the second quarter proved to be the difference, as the Owls never recovered and fell, 37-22. Dale notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Pankow had six points, three assists and four rebounds. Hennessy had six points and five rebounds. Marciano pulled down nine rebounds, and Vaught had three steals. Their final record was 9-7.
Varsity boys basketball: The Owls traveled to Rappahannock County for a non-conference game on Feb. 17. The boys gave up 14 in the first quarter to the athletic Panthers and never recovered, eventually losing 56-37. Alex Foster was the leading scorer at 16 points and nine rebounds. Tim Johns scored eight points and had four rebounds, while Michael Stone had six points.
The third-seeded Owls then hosted Emmanuel Christian School for a DAC quarterfinal game on Feb. 18. Helped by a season-high 22-point third quarter (17 of which came from Foster), the boys easily dispatched the Flames 72-38. Foster matched a career high with 40 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Sean Brown hit two three-pointers, grabbed eight rebounds and had a career-high 10 assists. Johns scored 10 and had three assists. Gage Landis scored six points and added two assists. Stone hit a foul shot and pulled down seven rebounds before fouling out.
The Owls traveled to Tandem Friends for a semifinal on Feb. 21. Missed opportunities, 25 turnovers and an injury to Johns proved too much for the Owls to overcome, as they fell to the Badgers, 56-27. Stone had 17 rebounds, six points, and one block in his final game, while Foster scored seven points and had five rebounds. Brown scored four points and pulled in seven rebounds; fellow senior Fred Wang had two rebounds and two points. Senior Michael Chen had a blocked shot. The Owls finished 9-9 on the season.
Varsity swimming: Lucas DuMez represented WCDS at the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association State Swim Meet held at the Freedom Center on Feb. 14-15. DuMez, who posted several state-eligible times throughout the season, swam in the 100 Backstroke and Butterfly. Though he finished outside the top 16 in the backstroke, DuMez finished 14th in the Butterfly, earning three points and placing WCDS in ninth place for Division II schools — better than several conference rivals!