School and sports news for June 11

The AD’s (final) report

RCHS' Julia Wood, right, and Emily Allen, third from right, at the start of the state championship meet's 1600 finals last Saturday. Wood won the race (as well as the 800) and Allen took first in the 3200. | Rappahannock News
RCHS’ Julia Wood, right, and Emily Allen, third from right, at the start of the state championship meet’s 1600 finals last Saturday. Wood won the race (as well as the 800) and Allen took first in the 3200.

Summer has arrived and while the lights at school may be turned out for the summer, our Rapp Athletes are continuing to turn it on, both with in-season and out-of-season activities.

Rapp Athletics held its spring sports celebration last week, honoring our spring athletes (listed separately below) and our end-of-year Athletic Awards winners, who were:

Male Student Athlete of the Year: senior Ben Montgomery.

Female Student Athlete of the Year: sophomore Julia Estes.

Rappahannock News Scholar Athlete of the Year: senior Klaire Gubler

Neil Burke Memorial Trophy: senior Gary Jenkins

Sportsmanship Award: senior Emily Allen

Impact Coach of the Year Award: Brandon Burley

Unsung Hero Award: Jordan Atkins

Congratulations go to all our award recipients and truthfully to all our athletes — your hard work and determination makes you all winners!

Our varsity track teams wrapped up their season last Saturday at the state meet in Radford. The week before, however, they competed in the Region 1A East Championship, where our girls team finished as region runner up and brought home some hardware! Standout performances at regionals included a first-place finish by the 4×400 relay team (Julia Estes, Jessica Thorne, Sara Garcia and Emma Endre) and a fourth-place finish by the 4×100 relay team (Savannah Stevens, Bridget Daly, Jessica Thorne and Sara Garcia). Individually, Julia Estes again racked up points for the team finishing third in the 100 and 300 hurdles, fourth in the triple jump, and sixth in the long and high jumps. Savannah Stevens finished eighth in the high jump followed by Jessica Thorne at ninth. Julia Wood took first in the 1600 while Emily Allen won the 3200, also finishing eighth in the 800. Emma Endre wrapped up the girls scoring with a fifth-place finish in the 400.

On the boys side of the regional meet, Gavin Jenkins took first place in the 1600 and second in the 3200 to complete the scoring for our boys.

Last Saturday, our track warriors traveled to Radford for the state meet where again our girls brought home some hardware, finishing as Group 1A State Runner Up! The 4×800 relay team of Julia Wood, Kayla McGhee, Emily Allen and Emma Endre took first place and set a new state record while earning their state champion medals. The 4×400 team of Julia Estes, Jessica Thorne, Sara Garcia and Emma Endre took second-place honors. Individually, Jessica Thorne placed fourth in the high jump and sixth in both the 100 and 300 hurdles., Kayla McGhee placed seventh in the 800, Emma Endre eighth in the 400, and Julia Estes took third in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Our two new individual state champs were Julia Wood and Emily Allen, with Wood taking first in both the 1600 and the 800, and Allen taking first in the 3200 along with a sixth-place finish in the 1600.

On the boys side, our lone entrant Gavin Jenkins fought through an illness-plagued two days to still finish fourth in the 3200 and sixth in the 1600. All in all, it was an outstanding day for our athletes and our coaches – Scott and Heather Stephens, Justin Maffei and Kenny Burt. And this AD looks forward to one of his last official acts being the placement of the new trophies into the trophy case.

In off-season activities, our volleyball teams had their JMU camp last week at RCHS with more than 20 of our JV and varsity girls competing and even one player from Wakefield! Coaches Atkins and Wyatt were thrilled with the turnout and the performance and look forward to seeing those girls return to the upcoming open gyms for volleyball. Boys’ and girls’ basketball have begun their open gyms and football has begun its open weight room, with those schedules available on the athletics website.

And don’t forget, Ten Dollar Sports Physicals will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. this Friday and next (June 12 and 19) at the Washington Medical Center on Gay Street.

Remember, rappahannockathletics.org is the place to go for all the Rapp sports news and schedules. Summer is a busy time as our coaches and athletes prepare for another successful year and you will want to stay in touch and stay in shape!

— Jimmy Swindler

RCPS Spring 2015 Athletic Awards

Junior Panther Baseball: MVP, Brett Midkiff; Coaches Award, Sam Marcus

Varsity Baseball: MVP Offense Award, Dylan Midkiff; MVP Defense Award, Gary Jenkins

J.P. Softball: Coaches Awards, Kammie Brown and Allie Phillips

Varsity Softball: MVP, Kayla Robey; Coaches, Emily Way

J.P. Girls Track: MVP, Hailey Whorton; Coaches, Rachel Weghorst

J.P. Boys Track: MVP, Luke Ellis

Varsity Girls Track: Highest Team Points, Julia Estes; Coaches, Jessica Thorne

Varsity Boys Track: Highest Team Points, Gavin Jenkins; Coaches, Jake Demory

JV Boys Soccer: MVP, Jonathan Jenkins, Coaches, Esteban Arellano

Varsity Boys Soccer: MVPs, Jack Massie and Nick Riedel; Uli Maeyer Award, Christian Grimsley

J.P. Girls Soccer: MVP, Hannah East; Coaches, Lauren Petty

JV Girls Soccer: MVP, Sarah East; Coaches, Abbygail Taylor

Varsity Girls Soccer: Co-Coaches, Emma Endre and Jane Purnell

CCLC’s ‘Habitat as Home’ summer camp

CCLC summer campers create a monarch waystation in the form of a raised-bed garden to serve as a resting point for the migratory butterfly. | Rappahannock News
CCLC summer campers create a monarch waystation in the form of a raised-bed garden to serve as a resting point for the migratory butterfly.

The Child Care & Learning Center teamed up with the Rappahannock County Extension Office’s 4-H program to provide a unique educational opportunity for children attending CCLC’s “Habitat as Home” summer camp program.

One of Rappahannock’s own Master Gardeners joined the campers at CCLC on June 1 to give a presentation on the endangered monarch butterfly to about 20 students in CCLC’s summer camp program. (CCLC’s summer camp program continues on a weekly basis for school-age children up to age 12 through August.) Afterwards, the children worked to create a monarch waystation in the form of a raised-bed garden to serve as a resting point for this amazing migratory butterfly.

The children planted a variety of milkweeds, the only host plant for monarch larvae, and a selection of native pollinator and nectar plants to provide food for our insect population and the monarch in migration should they pass our way. Later in the week, the children made a bird bath to place in the center of the garden. The children also visited Bruce and Susan Jones’ nature preserve and the town of Washington’s pollinator trail.

The monarch waystation is a joint project of Jenny Kapsa, the 4-H coordinator at the Rappahannock Extension Office, and Christina Loock, the director of CCLC’s Children in Nature Program. The funding for the project comes from a Fauquier Health Foundation “Make It Happen” grant awarded to 4-H. Williams Tree Service donated the time to deliver the topsoil and the CFC Farm and Home Center discounted their plants to help make the program possible.

WCDS’ commencement

WCDS' Class of 2015 members are (front, from left): Peyton Wei, Jessica Leskovec, Ashlyn Ramey, Anna Clark, Freya Rodriguez, Yilia Yangchun and (back row, from left) Madison Romine, Chris Payne, Tim Johns, Sam Mullany and Maeve Dale. | Rappahannock News
WCDS’ Class of 2015 members are (front, from left): Peyton Wei, Jessica Leskovec, Ashlyn Ramey, Anna Clark, Freya Rodriguez, Yilia Yangchun and (back row, from left) Madison Romine, Chris Payne, Tim Johns, Sam Mullany and Maeve Dale.

Wakefield Country Day School seniors graduated last Saturday in the Leonard Cowherd III Auditorium. G. Shawn Hunter, class of 1987 and executive producer and vice president for leadership solutions at Skillsoft, delivered the address to the graduates. Hunter, author of two books (“Out Think” and “Flipped Leadership”) and son of Hal and Beverly Hunter of Amissville, encouraged the graduates to do “what is necessary along the way . . . to make the greatest impact,” and not to think about “What is in it for me?” Jessica Leskovec, the Class of 2015’s valedictorian, told her classmates that they should “be the best versions of yourselves you can be. Never settle for what you have because, and I say this with the utmost sincerity and belief, each and every one of you possesses the makings of greatness that will take you wherever you want to go in life.”

This year’s graduates have earned $1.2 million in scholarship offers. The WCDS class of 2015 continues an unbroken tradition of 100 percent college acceptance.

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