We still didn’t get a full week of events in due to weather, but four out of five days was enough for Rapp Athletics to bring home some more wins in spring sports.
Soccer news takes the lead this week, with our varsity girls team riding a four-game win streak. The girls improved their Bull Run District record to 6-4 with victories last Thursday over Madison at home and then on the road at Strasburg. Friday’s game with Monroe was rained out and replayed Monday, where the win streak ended with a 3-0 loss. Tuesday night (April 29), the girls travelled to Warren County and then tonight (Thursday, May 1) they host Central of Woodstock at 6.
Our Junior Panther girls traveled to Wakefield last Wednesday (April 23) where they scored a 4-2 victory to improve their record to 6 -1. Their game against Shenandoah Valley Christian — their only loss of the year — is 4 p.m. today (Thursday, May 1) in Panther Stadium. Tomorrow (Friday, May 2) at 6, the girls host Fresta Valley in what will likely be their last game of the season. Coach Wyatt hopes that all our Rapp Soccer fans will fill the seats for this talented team.
On the boys’ side of the pitch, our varsity squad had a brief letdown after their “sleet bowl” victory over Manassas Park two weeks ago, traveling to Madison and losing to the Mountaineers last Thursday. But the boys returned to the win column with a thrilling 2-0 victory (with goals by Shane L’Amoreaux and Amrit Tamang) over the visiting Strasburg Rams last Tuesday night. The boys played William Monroe this past Monday and dropped a disappointing 4-1 decision — a game that featured a beautiful goal by Josh Racer off an assist by Amrit Tamang and was much closer than the score indicates. Tuesday night (April 29) they hosted the Wildcats of Warren County and today they travel to Woodstock to face the Central Falcons.
The Junior Varsity boys broke into the win column last week, taking a 6-1 victory over the Rams of Strasburg. In one of those ever-popular sports trivia moments, #1 Ryan Athelli scored one goal, #2 Alec Gomer scored two goals, and #3 Tobias Harris scored a hat trick, with keeper Chris McCullough keeping the Rams out of his net. Like varsity, J.V. dropped a decision to the visiting William Monroe Dragons. Tuesday night they faced Warren County and travel to Central Woodstock later today.
Baseball and softball had a difficult week, with all of our teams playing tough but coming up short in the win column. Our J.P. squads hosted Prospect Heights last week, with the girls putting up a few runs but falling short to a much bigger Orange County squad; our boys found themselves in a slugfest and hung in before falling just short 16-14. Their next game is later today against Locust Grove.
Varsity fell to Bull Run District foe Warren County at home last Monday and then Strasburg on the road last Tuesday. Their Friday games with William Monroe were rained out and postponed to Monday but then rained out again. They were scheduled to play Warren County on Tuesday, but weather looks to intervene again. Both teams retake their home diamonds today (Thursday, May 1) when they host the Falcons of Central, still looking for that first district win.
Our track athletes hosted a Bull Run Meet last Wednesday and once again showed winning form. On the girls’ side, hurdlers Julia Estes and Jessica Thorne took the top two places in both the 300 and 100 hurdles, Hannah Bennet took third in the shot put and first in the discus, Paige Pilkington leaped to third place in the high jump, Emma Endre and Kayla McGhee were third in the 200 and 800, respectively, defending state champ Julia Wood won both the 1600 and the 800 races. The boys’ side was led by Gavin Jenkins, who took first in the 800 and 1600; Evan Hitt was fourth in the 200 and third in the 800 and A.J. Palmer finished fourth in the discus. The teams traveled to Manassas Park yesterday (Wednesday, April 30) and conclude their regular season next Wednesday (May 7) in a meet at Madison County High School. It’s only 30 minutes away and Coaches Stephens, Puskar and Maffei invite all our Rapp fans to come down to Madison to watch your Rapp athletes excel.
J.P. track wraps up their season today when they travel to Orange County High School for a meet with multiple middle schools from the Orange and Albemarle areas. The coaches are proud of the progress made by our Junior Panther tracksters and look forward to seeing the join the ranks of varsity in the years to come.
As always, athletic schedules can be found on rappahannockathletics.org, where you will want to stay in touch to keep up with all the changes foisted on us by Mother Nature. But whether it be a regularly scheduled event or a rain date that has been postponed multiple times, we in the athletic department hope to see you supporting our Panthers soon!
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity girls’ soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled to Randolph-Macon Academy for a Delaney Athletic Conference game on April 11, and were forced to play shorthanded due to injuries. The teams were evenly matched at first, and tied at 0-0 at the half. Brianna Rodriguez took a pass from Alyssa Soldo and scored for the Owls, but the Jackets came back and took the game 2-1.
The Lady Owls traveled to the Quantico Marine Corps Base to play second-place Quantico Middle/High School Warriors in General Butler Stadium. The Owls struck first with 22 minutes in, as Alyssa Soldo scored on an indirect kick. The Warriors tied the game, but Soldo took a nice pass from Alice Maley to give the girls a lead for good. The 2-1 victory was the girls’ first of the season.
The Lady Owls then traveled to rival Wakefield School for a physical non-conference game on April 24. There were a number of cards issued during the game, including a red card on a Wakefield School player and the Wakefield School coach. The girls’ lone goal, off an indirect kick, was disallowed because of a procedural violation, and the Owls fell 1-0. Their record is 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the DAC.
Varsity lacrosse: The Owls traveled to Manassas to play Seton School in a rescheduled DAC game on April 11, and fell behind early after surrendering six goals in the first quarter. The Owls scored twice in the first: Gage Landis scored off a Sam Nolan assist, and Nolan scored once unassisted. Seton was too much, however, and the Owls fell 10-2.
The Owls next traveled to DAC-leading Trinity Christian School on April 21. The newest member of the DAC, the Gryphons proved to be too strong and showed why they’re leading the standings. The Gryphons scored four goals in the first quarter and three goals in the second en route to a 17-1 win. Harrison Wells scored the Owls’ lone goal (his first of the season), assisted by Abe Nolan. The Owls’ record is 1-4 overall and 0-4 in the DAC.
On Saturday (April 26), four eighth-grade students from Wakefield Country Day School competed in the statewide certamen finals at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, finishing second overall. The team — Harmony Lindstrom, Douglas Griffin, Tony Elar and Zoe Porterfield — also competed individually in the academic decathlon, which tested their knowledge of classical language and culture. Griffin was the top finisher, while Porterfield finished in second, completing a WCDS sweep of the decathlon.