School & sports news for April 17

The AD’s report

Now that we’re at the midpoint of spring seasons we finally have beautiful weather coming our way, allowing our spring sports teams to get in some games and bring home some victories.

Girls’ soccer had a very productive week at both the varsity and Junior Panther levels. While they lost to perennial state champ George Mason last Monday night, varsity bounced back strong on Wednesday to take a 3-1 victory over Madison, evening their district record at 4-4. Traveling to Manassas Park Tuesday (April 15) and then hosting Madison tonight (Thursday, April 17), Coach Hogan hopes to go into the midpoint of the season with a winning record, building some positive momentum for the last half of the season.

Our Junior Panther soccer team has now won three straight, defeating Wakefield last Wednesday at home by a score of 3-1 and then traveling to Grymes Memorial School in Orange last Saturday to take the championship in the Grizzly Tournament, defeating the host 6-1 and Steward School in a close 2-1 victory. Coach Wyatt praised his balanced attack, thus far being able to play almost his entire roster in each game and wearing out opponents with relentless pressure. The J.P. girls will focus on practice this week and then take the pitch at Wakefield Wednesday (April 23) at 4:15 p.m.

In boys’ soccer, our J.V. and varsity teams are still looking for that elusive first win, dropping contests last week to George Mason and Madison County. The boys hosted Manassas Park Tuesday night and then travel to Madison today. Coaches Alex and Mark Ramey report the boys are working hard and keeping spirits high, realizing that while Bull Run District play in the regular season may be a tough place to earn a win, a more level playing field awaits them in May when the conference playoffs roll around.

Varsity track traveled to another Invitational this past weekend — the Wrangler Invitational in Luray, hich featured more than 10 schools competing. Once again we brought home regional and state qualifying times, highlighted by Kayla McGhee’s regional qualifying time in the 1600 and Emily Allen’s regional qualifying time in the 800, both of which add to the numerous regional and state qualifying times posted last weekend at the Strasburg Invitational.

Also at the Wrangler event, Gavin Jenkins placed fifth in the high jump; Alicia Stanley seventh in the girls’ shot put; A.J. Palmer sixth in boys’ discus; Julia Estes fourth and Jessica Thorne sixth in the 100 Hurdles; Emily Allen and Kayla McGhee second and sixth respectively in the girls’ 1600; Jenkins and Evan Hitt second and fifth respectively in the boys’ 1600; Jessica Thorne fifth in the 300 Hurdles; McGhee and Allen fourth and fifth in the girls’ 800; and Jenkins third in the boys’ 3200. All in all a very productive day for Rapp Track.

And last but not least in the track annals, Rapp runner Julia Wood, accompanied by Coach Puskar, competed in the prestigious Lake Braddock Invitational this past Saturday. Running in a crowded elite field with some of the best runners in the state, she posted a personal record time of 5:07.82 in the 1600, finishing third overall and setting a new record for the 1600, breaking her own!

Congratulations to all our track athletes and their coaches, who competed yesterday (Wednesday, April 16) at Clarke and then host a Bull Run District Meet next Wednesday (April 23) against Central and William Monroe beginning at 5 p.m. Be sure to come out to Rappahannock County High School where $5 will get you a front row seat for some amazing athleticism!

Varsity baseball is still seeking that first district win, but improvement is obvious, as they put 12 runs on the board in the last three games after being blanked in the first three. Big innings are the story of the season so far, with the team playing well but having a lapse in one inning that leads to multiple runs by their opponents. Coaches are confident that the wins will come and the team travelled to Manassas Park Tuesday (April 14) and then hosts Madison tonight at 7.

Junior Panther baseball had a good end of the week, dropping two close ones to King George Middle early last week and bouncing back with a big win last Thursday (April 10) over Buford. Monday (April 14), the team hosted Locust Grove and played well but fell short by a score of 7-2. They travel to Prospect Heights today looking to get back in the win column. Coach Barnes has been very impressed with how well his young team has performed against their much larger opponents and predicts big dividends at the varsity level in the years to come.

On the softball side of the diamond, varsity softball is seeking their first win as well, putting a few runs on the board but struggling to find some consistency on the defensive side of the ball. The coaches are working hard with their young players, keeping them motivated and continuing to improve their skills as they seek to break the ice in the victory column. Tuesday night’s scheduled game with Manassas Park was rained out, but they will host Madison tonight at 7.

Our Junior Panther softballers bounced back from a tough doubleheader loss at King George to cruise to an easy victory over Buford last Thursday (April 10). Monday (April 14) they hosted Locust Grove, falling behind early and dropping a 13-3 decision; tonight (Thursday, April 17) they travel to another Orange County opponent, Prospect Heights. Both J.P. teams, softball and baseball, return to home play next Thursday (April 24) when they host Prospect Heights at 4:30.

Our student athletes look forward to seeing the Rapp community in the stands, cheering them on as they compete for our hometown school. Schedules can be found at rappahannockathletics.org and the athletic department looks forward to seeing you soon.

— Jimmy Swindler

WCDS sports update

Varsity soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled to Fresta Valley for a non-conference game on April 4, falling to the Pioneers 3-0.

The Lady Owls then hosted Saint Michael’s for a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) game on April 9, and played short-handed (and without their seniors) due to injuries, illnesses and absences. The Warriors were on the attack for most of the 10-on-10 game, and despite a number of saves from Owls’ keeper Tatumn Vaught, won the game 4-0. Their record is 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the DAC.

Varsity lacrosse: The Owls hosted Randolph-Macon Academy for a DAC game on April 10, falling to the first-place Yellow Jackets 13-3. The Jackets struck quickly and scored their first goal less than a minute into the game and added three more in the next six minutes. The boys got on the scoreboard with a nice goal from Gage Landis that was assisted by Sam Nolan. Nolan added the Owls’ last two goals in the final three minutes of the game. Their record is 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the DAC.

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