Although Mother Nature is still wreaking havoc on game days, spring sports are in full bloom at Rapp Athletics.
Scholastic Bowl continues to represent Rapp well, competing at Cave Spring High School last Saturday in the Nerds Competing In Style (NCIS) invitational. The Rapp team came home with an 8-2 record on the day, including post-tourney recognition for James McLeod and R.T. Leake for their outstanding performances. The team is considering one more competition before year’s end, a national tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. Stay tuned to see if they end up in the land of 10,000 lakes and how they fare.
Varsity girls soccer has gotten off to the most successful start of all our spring sports teams, notching two Bull Run District wins along with a season-opening scrimmage over Rapp River Conference foe Northumberland. The team is one close game away from a .500 record, that game being a heartbreaking loss to Clarke County which featured the Eagles scoring the game-winning goal with only four minutes left. This week our girls travel to Madison and then return to Panther Stadium next Thursday (April 17) when they host the Mountaineers.
Our Junior Panther girls have had their schedule impacted the most by the weather, as their first three games got postponed. They finally took the field last Friday and played a tough game against Shenandoah Valley Christian, losing 1-0. Our girls took the home field for the first time yesterday (Wednesday, April 9), hosting the Owls of Wakefield Country Day, and are back on the road this weekend when they travel to Grymes Memorial in Orange for a tournament.
Our varsity and J.V. boys soccer squads are still in search of their first win, although they have been playing them close, with both teams having multiple games where they were outscored by just one goal; J.V. also took Clarke to a scoreless tie. Both teams hosted Madison County last night (Wednesday, April 9) in Panther Stadium and host Manassas Park next Tuesday (April 15).
Varsity baseball is also searching for that first win, suffering not only from game postponements but also an inordinate amount of indoor practices. Last week they came close, playing a great game against Clarke County and putting up seven runs, but giving up too many late in the game. Last night they traveled to Madison County and tonight (Thursday, April 10) they return to their home diamond when they host George Mason, a makeup of a rained out game from this past Monday.
J.P. baseball finally got on the field last week, sweeping a doubleheader against a much bigger Walker Grant Middle School by scores of 14-8 and 9-4. Yesterday the team traveled to another outsized opponent, King George Middle School, and came close, dropping both games including the heartbreaking second one where they were down by just one run in the last inning. Our JP team hosts Buford today (April 10) at 4:30 and then host Orange County opponent Locust Grove next Monday (April 14) at 4:30.
Varsity softball, like their baseball counterparts, is still in search of their first win. Coach Burke has a very young team this year, but is molding them through rigorous practice and valuable experience, planning now for the future. The team traveled to Madison yesterday, hosts Strasburg Monday at 7 and then plays at home next Thursday (April 17) when the Mountaineers come to us.
Junior Panther softball matched and raised their baseball counterparts’ accomplishments last week against Walker Grant, winning both games of the doubleheader by a combined score of 47-4! Victory eluded them when they traveled to King George earlier this week, but they hope to return to the win column today (Thursday, April 10) when they host Buford and again Monday (April 14) when Locust Grove comes to town.
Last but not least, both of our track squads have had some meet experience, with J.P. hosting Luray Middle last week and varsity traveling to the Strasburg Invitational last Saturday. At Strasburg the team saw defending state champion Julia Wood turn in a state qualifying time of 5:19.79 in the 1,600 meter and fellow runner Emily Allen put up a regional qualifying time of 6:01.25 in the same event, meaning both runners have already qualified for those postseason events.
On the boys’ side of the 1,600, Gavin Jenkins put up a regional qualifying time of 5:06. In the girls’ 300 meter hurdles, both Sara Garcia and Jessica Thorne achieved regional qualifying times and in the girls’ 800-meter run, Wood qualified for states and Kayla McGhee qualified for regionals. Lastly, in the 3,200-meter run, Allen qualified for states and McGhee for regionals for the girls, while Jenkins turned in a regional qualifying time for the boys. All in all, a very successful day for Rapp varsity track with 10 regional qualifying times and three state qualifying marks.
On the J.P. side, more positive news to report from the home meet last week with Luray Middle School. In the girls discus, Elizabeth Fisher, Hailey Whorton and Amanda Puskar finished second through fourth, respectively, while Whorton took first in the shot put and Puskar took fourth. In running events Rachel Wehhorst took second in the 400, Savannah Hensley took third in the 800 and 1600, and Bridget Daley took third in the 100.
On the boys’ side, Jacob Sheffield took first in both the shot and the discus, while Jeasean Yates took second in the 400 and Nicholas Grigsby took third in the 400 and fifth in the 200. Congratulations to all our track athletes, all of whom compete in multiple events at every meet. Junior Panther track travels to William Monroe today (April 10) and varsity travels to Luray this Saturday for the Wrangler Invitational. The next home track meet is a varsity event next Wednesday (April 16).
As the weather gradually returns to some semblance of normal, Rapp Athletics invites you to the diamond or the pitch or the track to view our spring athletes in action. (For a full schedule, visit rappahannockathletics.org.)
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity lacrosse: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls hosted Fredericksburg Academy for a Delaney Athletic Conference game on April 2. The young Falcons team opened the scoring with a goal just over three minutes into the first quarter, adding a second minutes later and scoring two They scored two goals 29 seconds apart. The Falcons took a 5-0 lead at the half, and their deep bench wore the Owls down. Shane O’Heir scored the Owls’ lone goal off a nice pass from Sam Nolan, but the Owls fell 11-1. Their record is 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the DAC.
The 2014 4-H workshop offerings include a horse workshop, a cooking class and a session where students can make freezer jam.
The horse workshop is 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 16, and is designed for fourth through seventh-graders. Campers will learn from long-time horse instructor and enthusiast Kim Nelson, who will teach kids who love horses, basic horsemanship knowledge and skills. Each participant will get to ride on a horse. An equine release form is required to participate.
The next camp covers how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich (and other snacks), and runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 21 in the elementary school cafeteria. Family and Nutrition Extension Agent Becky Sheffield teaches third- to sixth-grade students to make grilled cheese sandwiches and other snacks.
Lastly, a workshop on April 28 teaches students (third through sixth-graders) how to make strawberry freezer jam. Sheffield is back in action from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria, teaching kids how to make the jam — and how to enjoy it afterward!
This summer’s 4-H camps kick off in June, and include an adventure camp and a travelling swimming camp.
The Outdoor Adventure Travel Camp runs from 9 to 4 p.m. June 23-27 ($210 per camper). Campers ages 9 to 12 spend a week visiting various nearby areas full of outdoor adventure. Campers will hike swim, canoe, fish, climb a climbing wall and more.
In July, the Splish Splash Water Travel Camp begins. The camp runs 9 to 4 p.m. July 21-25 ($210). Campers spend a week swimming and playing in various bodies of water, including a pool, lakes, rivers and even SplashDown Waterpark. Campers will stay wet all week as they swim, kayak and canoe.