School and sports news for May 21

Rappahannock County High School sports wrapped up their regular seasons last week, with some outstanding moments serving to bring some momentum for the coming playoffs.

Varsity track competed in the Bull Run District Meet last Wednesday at Strasburg. Highlights included Julia Estes taking first in the triple jump, fifth in the long jump and third in the 300 hurdles. Complementing the girls’ scoring was Hannah Bennett with a fourth-place finish in the shotput, Emily Allen with a third in the 1600 and Emma Endre with a fifth-place mark in the 400.

On the boys side, Gavin Jenkins scored all of Rapp’s points, taking first in the 1600 and 3200 races and third in the high jump. Today (Thursday, May 21) our teams travel to Northumberland to compete in the Rapp River Conference Championship, where the entire team hopes to put together a concerted run at a team title. With eight of our athletes already qualified for States, Rapp is hoping to add more to that total this week and again next when they compete in the Region 1A East Championship.

Varsity baseball ended their regular season in contests last week against George Mason and then a doubleheader against Manassas Park. Although the scores in all three games was close, victory continued to elude our team, and they head into the Rapp River Conference Tournament (first game next Tuesday) with hopes of better luck against their similar-sized conference opponents. One high point last week was seeing senior Gary Jenkins belt a towering home run in the Mason game, a fitting end to his Rapp baseball career.

On the softball side of the diamond, our girls played an extra game but also had some extra good fortune, dropping games to George Mason and Madison but sandwiching in wins over Manassas Park in last Thursday’s doubleheader. The wins qualified them for the Bull Run District quarterfinal tournament game this past Monday. Traveling to top-ranked Madison, our girls fell short on the score but have gained immeasurable amounts of confidence just in time for the coming Rapp River Conference Tournament, first game next Tuesday.

On the pitch, our boys soccer team ended their season with losses to the district-leading Mustangs of George Mason and perennial soccer powerhouse Manassas Park but have been practicing hard all week in preparation for their first-round Rapp River Conference Playoff game this Friday.

Coach Hogan’s girls’ soccer team also dropped their game to district leader George Mason but traveled to Manassas Park last Thursday and put a scare into that soccer stronghold — taking a 2-0 lead early and then mounting a furious rally at the end of the game only to fall short by a final score of 3-4. The girls’ team qualified for the Bull Run tournament and traveled back to George Mason this past Monday, again falling short to the dominant Mustangs but playing hard and deservedly holding their heads high at game’s end. The girls’ team will be in the Conference 35 Quarterfinal Playoff game on Monday, May 25. (Girls soccer is the only of Rapp’s team sports that has combined playoffs with Group 2A, due to less than half of the 1A schools having girls’ soccer programs)

As of press time, playoff times and locations for late this week and next were still up in the air but Rapp’s teams have a good shot at hosting one or more conference playoff games. Be sure to monitor the website for the latest updates and news and come out and support the home team for their playoff contests.

— Jimmy Swindler

WCDS sports update

Wakefield Country Day School’s Athletes of the Month awards for May went out to Gage Landis and Josephine Burns of Front Royal.

The third leading scorer on his varsity lacrosse team, Gage contributed in distribution of the lacrosse ball, getting ground balls and moving the lacrosse ball up the field during the month. He had a very nice ground ball scoop and score in the boys’ strong season ending 9-4 win over Massanutten Military Academy on May 11. He also scored a critical goal in the team’s 6-5 win over the Miller School at the end of April. He is one of several young players who helped lead the team to their first winning season since 2012.

“Gage has played an important role in our success this season,” said WCDS head coach Jeff Perry “At the attack position, he oversees the flow of the offense. In addition, Gage has recently scored several goals at opportune times. Many times, Gage’s aggressiveness on defense has allowed the ball to stay on our offensive side of the field. “

Josephine Burns used her natural athletic ability and keen awareness to be a strong midfielder and an offensive threat in the month. She scored a goal and added an assist in the girls’ 7-1 win over Mountain View Christian Academy on May 7. She was voted Honorable Mention All-Delaney Athletic Conference by the conference coaches for her tough and athletic play in the midfield.

Said WCDS varsity head coach Tisera: “Josephine as a midfielder has been instrumental in holding the center of the field with aggressive and dominant play. Thus she was recognized by the other coaches and chosen Honorable Mention All-DAC.”

WCDS also announced its 2015 Spring Team Award Winners this week:

Middle school girls soccer: Most Valuable Player, Shannon Kelley;  Most Improved Player, Jill Chiu; Coaches’ Award, Anna Schuster.

Middle school boys lacrosse: Most Valuable Players: Porter Gilliam and Martin O’Heir; Most Improved Player, Gray Gilliam; Coach’s Award, Locke Shepard.

Varsity girls soccer: Most Valuable Player, Alyssa Soldo; Most Improved Player, Carolina Leonard; Coach’s Award: Madison Romine.

Varsity boys lacrosse: Most Valuable Player, Connor Glennon; Most Improved Player, Abe Nolan; Coach’s Award: Chris Payne.

Spring equestrian: Most Valuable Rider, Emma Cotter; Most Improved Rider, Camille Lummis; Coaches Award, Natara Dulaney.  

Leonard Cowherd Award Winners for 2014-2015: Maeve Dale and Tim Johns.

— Mike Costello

O’Heir’s Hampden-Sydney honors

Among the students attending Hampden-Sydney College recently named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the academic year was Conor O’Heir of Huntly.

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