School & sports news for Oct. 9

The AD’s report

As fall regular seasons are winding down, Rapp sports teams are closing things out in winning fashion, gearing up for postseason progress.

Volleyball takes the headlines this week, with our undefeated Junior Panther team leading the story. Coach Mylene Whorton’s dominating squad continued their winning ways with seven more victories in the last two weeks.

Almost unreturnable serves continue to be the hallmark of this team, although their opponents find, on the occasions when a serve is returned, that their passing and hitting is pretty top notch too! With one regular season game remaining, the J.P. team has amassed a glittering 13-0 record and anticipates entering the postseason with their unbeaten string intact.

Make plans now to be at the gym at 5 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 16) as the team hosts the semifinal round of the Virginia Middle School Conference playoff, with the championship game scheduled for Friday (Oct. 17).

Our J.V. and varsity squads, while not unbeaten, have done much to match the success of their J.P. teammates. J.V. racked up five more wins in the past two weeks, including an amazing come-from-behind win over Northumberland last Friday (Oct. 3) when Sara Frye took the serve with her team down 16-24 and proceeded to lead Rapp to a 26-24 victory — 10 straight points!

J.V. has a firm hold on first place in the standings of the Bull Run District and returns to the home court on Tuesday (Oct. 21) when they look to avenge one of their season’s two losses — against Warren County.

Varsity finds themselves firmly in the middle of the standings of a very competitive nine-team Bull Run District and expects to host playoff games Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Varsity has added two more victories over Central and Manassas Park in the past two weeks, and dropping close games to Rapp River Conference defending champ Northumberland last Friday (Oct. 3) and two five-set heartbreakers to district opponents before that.

Make plans now to attend one (or more) of our upcoming volleyball games; the show these teams put on are well worth the price of admission.

All three volleyball teams had extremely successful Dig Pink games last week, and while final numbers are not yet in, expectations are high that last year’s fundraising total of $4,000 was eclipsed easily. The volleyball teams and the athletic department thank the community for their generous support.

None of the success would have been possible without our fans, and we thank you. Special thanks also go out to our “team mom” Janet Robey, who did an outstanding job organizing and running the Dig Pink events and fundraisers all season long.

Cross country had a relatively quiet week, running at Strasburg in a district meet and then hosting another yesterday at the Blue Rock Course. Coach James Sharpe and his team are building to the postseason, with the first test coming at home on Wednesday (Oct. 22), as they host the Bull Run District championship. The road to the states begins Oct. 29 with the Rapp River Conference championship at Washington & Lee High School in Montross.

Varsity standouts Julia Wood, Emily Allen and Gavin Jenkins are looking forward to postseason honors and are hopeful that their teammates will be running right alongside them, looking not only for individual glory but for team glory as well. The athletic department invites all fans to the district championship on Oct. 22; with nine teams competing, it promises to be quite the afternoon.

J.P. cross country runs for the VMSC championship today at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal. Coach Mark Ramey is confident that his team is peaking at just the right time and is optimistic that they’ll soon be adding to the trophy case. You’ll have one more chance to watch our young runners at home on Wednesday (Oct. 15), when they host their final meet at 4:30.

Junior Panther soccer broke back into the win column with two resounding victories over Front Royal Christian. The team hosted Fresta on Tuesday (Oct. 7), looking to avenge an earlier loss and then starts preparing for the VMSC Tournament, which begins Oct. 14. Coach Paul Paratore says he’s proud of the team, which has worked extremely hard through some tough losses, but has shown that determination and commitment do, in fact, pay off.

Varsity football traveled to Chincoteague on Friday (Oct. 3), but was unable corral the Ponies, coming home with a loss. Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 10) varsity hosts Hancock High School for Senior Night, with our football seniors being honored at halftime. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., and the award-winning Panther band will be playing.

Our J.P. squad is still in search of that first win and Coach Dave Whorton is hopeful that it will come today (Thursday, Oct. 9), when the team hosts Harper’s Ferry at 5 p.m. Offensive stats have been improving, with many players contributing and one in particular, Michael Reid, accounting for more than 500 yards of offense in the past two games. The team has completed all their away games and ends the season with a string of home appearances — a great chance for the Rapp faithful to fill the stands and cheer them on.

Last but not least, Scholastic Bowl and Theater are preparing for their first events. Coach Dave Naser’s cerebral squad has been working hard to prepare for their home season opener on Nov. 10, while director Russell Paulette’s talented troupe has been doing the same in preparation for the Rapp River Conference Theater Festival (held at RCHS on Oct. 25).

As always, all the latest Rapp scores and schedules can be found on rappahannockathletics.org. This A.D. invites you to check our teams out and come to one of our upcoming events and cheer them on while there’s still time.

Go Rapp!

Jimmy Swindler

WCDS sports update

Varsity volleyball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled to Randolph-Macon Academy for a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) match on Sept. 30. Despite their 12th-place ranking in the latest Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III poll, it was a tough day for the girls, as service and hitting errors plagued the team.

The girls came from behind to take an early one-set lead (25-21), but dropped the second set, 25-17. The Lady Owls held an early 5-3 third-set lead (thanks to strong service from Josephine Burns and Kendall Carroll, as well as kills from Maeve Dale), but found themselves trailing, 15-14, with the service rotating back to the Yellow Jackets. Despite an ace from Anna Clark and kill by Monica Marciano, the girls fell 25-23, and dropped the fourth set, 25-19. It was the Jackets’ first victory over the Owls in five years.

Fortunately, the team rebounded soon after (Oct. 2) against conference opponent Tandem Friends, cruising to a 25-8 first-set win. The girls took the second set, 25-13, but dropped the third, 27-25, due to several hitting errors. The girls easily took the fourth set, 25-15, and vaulted themselves into a threeway tie for second place in the conference (with R-MA and Foxcroft). Their record is 1-1 in the DAC and 8-4 overall.

Varsity soccer: The Owls traveled to Tandem Friends School for a DAC game on Sept. 29, grinding out a 3-2 win in a very physical game. Tim Johns again netted a hat trick for the Owls, including scoring off a penalty kick.

The boys then opened the month of October with another conference game at Fredericksburg Academy. Though expectations were high, the boys failed to muster an offense and fell to the previously winless Falcons, 5-0.

Due to a scheduling error, the Owls played their third game of the week the next day (Oct. 2) at Trinity Christian School. Despite a valiant effort, the boys couldn’t find the net, and fell to Trinity, 1-0. Their record is 2-5 in the DAC and 4-6 overall.

Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to Fredericksburg Christian School for a DAC meet on Sept. 30, posting some impressive finishes. Jessica Leskovec came in 36th (out of 77 female runners) with a time of 26:37. Meanwhile, Lucas DuMez placed 32nd (out of 114) with a time of 20:51; Tyler Johnson (26:25) crossed the line in 91st.

Champlain College’s class of 2018

Nigel McLoughlin of Huntly is enrolled at Champlain College for the fall 2014 semester. McLoughlin is a first-year student studying computer networking and cybersecurity. In August, Champlain College welcomed 662 first-year students from 36 states and six countries to its Burlington, Vt., campus.

Panther Pride: As the wood turns

Scott Schlosser, a high school career and technical education (CTE) teacher, has become a recent celebrity at Rappahannock County High School, not only for his many donations at auctions and events, but also for his recent journal publications.

High school CTE teacher Scott Schlosser uses a lathe while students (from left) Blake Haunold, Nick Hitt and Davyn Hitt wait their turn.Robin Bolt
High school CTE teacher Scott Schlosser uses a lathe while students (from left) Blake Haunold, Nick Hitt and Davyn Hitt wait their turn.

Schlosser displays the skillset of a successful entrepreneur and the heart of an educator. Schlosser is always searching for practical projects for the students enrolled in his building trades classes. He has taught classes in Rappahannock for 22 years, and is in his third year of sponsoring a woodturning club, one of the high school’s new PRIDE club offerings.

Schlosser says his interest in woodturning started in his seventh-grade shop class. Shortly after this time, his grandfather, an avid woodworker, gave Schlosser his own lathe to create projects. Refining his skills, Schlosser incorporated his passion for woodturning and his course objectives to extend workplace readiness skills beyond his classroom.

In the school instruction lab, he incorporates core competencies such as separation of materials, advanced measuring techniques and math objectives, when using the lathe to create woodturning projects. The next step in his woodworking journey came from joining the Apple Valley Woodturners Organization.

In addition to the AVWO, Schlosser is a member of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Last March, Schlosser published an article describing how to construct clicker pens. This month, his second article, “Tea Light: Adding Texture to Your Turnings,” was published.

The article describes the process by which he and his students make tea lights in his classes. Although membership is usually required to view articles online, Schlosser has established a free student membership program, allowing them to research topics and develop a stronger skillset. Students are also learning entrepreneurial skills, and some have even started marketing their creations.

“Woodturning is a hit with students because of its almost instant gratification,” explained Schlosser. Students who participate in one of Schlosser’s CTE classes are able to attend the after school Woodturner’s Club on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. “The students can learn to make a pen in one class period. The results are amazing!”

We are hopeful that a new generation of creative problem solvers will develop out of this hands-on experience.

— Donna Matthews, superintendent

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