School and sports: Another winning week at RCHS

Varsity football leads the headlines this week on the strength of their victory over Massanutten Military Academy last Friday night at Panther Stadium. On a night when seniors from band and football were honored, Rapp seniors erased several season’s worth of frustration en route to a 54-6 win over the Colonels of Massanutten. Almost every senior had a hand in the scoring, and when the final seconds had counted down, Rapp football had finally earned that W, ending the season on a positive note.

(See coach Mark Heinle’s report below.)

Congrats also go out to the Panther Marching Band, who showed why they earned a Superior rating (the highest possible) this year with their enchanting Glenn Miller halftime show.

Cross Country had a good showing at last week’s Region 1A East Championship, with Julia Wood and Gavin Jenkins taking their respective titles and the girls’ qualifying as a team for states. The boys’ team just missed team qualification but Gavin will have freshman Sam Barnes keeping him company on the course by virtue of Sam’s state qualifying finish at regionals. The state championship is this Saturday, (Nov. 14) at the Great Meadows course in Warrenton. The girls’ race is scheduled to start at 10:30 and the boys’ race at 11:15.

Varsity volleyball completed their conference playoffs last week, winning a decisive victory at home last Thursday vs. the other Rappahannock, but then falling short in the championship match against Northumberland. While disappointed to see their undefeated streak come to an end, the team held their heads high knowing they had played well against a powerful Northumberland.

By merit of their undefeated regular season, the Rapp girls own the No. 1 seeding for the Region 1A East tournament, hosting a quarterfinal game this Tuesday — again vs. Northumberland. The girls defeated Northumberland this time, 3-0, and advance to the semifinals — again, at Rapp — today (Thursday, Nov. 12).

And in other Volleyball news, Rapp placed several players on the All Bull Run District Volleyball team for the 2015 season. Hannah Bennett and Brianna Settle were named Second Team All Bull Run, Julia Estes and Kayla Robey were named First Team All Bull Run, and Julia Estes was named Bull Run District Player of the Year. Medals and the team’s Bull Run District Champion trophy were presented just before last Thursday’s semifinal playoff game.

Our defending state champ Scholastic Bowl team started their title defense with a home match this past Monday. When the final questions had been answered, Rapp had swept all three of their opponents to start off their season in winning style. Scholastic Bowl fans can have the chance to show their intellectual mettle by participating in the scholastic bowl team’s annual fundraiser – Panther Trivia Night on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at the high school. For more information and to enter your team, please contact coach David Naser at

Winter sports tryouts began this week. You can find all the winter schedules and results online at

— Jimmy Swindler

An electrifying season-ender

If you hadn’t seen a Panther varsity football game, last Friday night (Nov. 6) would have been the one to watch, as it was both electrifying and record-setting.

Though it had been a long winless season to that point, the Panthers had shown marked improvement over the preceding few weeks, especially on the defensive side, and perhaps for the first time, came out with attitude and ready for a win. Friday night was also senior night for the band and football team. Though the school decided to hold the celebration before the game instead of the normal half time, the entire team stayed excited, focused and ready to play!

It was perhaps the best all-round game this coach has seen in 18 years of coaching football. The offense was spectacular; the defense played even better; and special teams contributed greatly throughout the game.

The Panthers set some records with their 54-6 win over Massanutten Military Academy, including most points scored in a single game; most touchdowns in a single game (eight); number of interceptions returned for touchdowns by a single player (Jackson Strickler, two); number of interceptions in a single game by a single player, (Jackson Strickler, three); number of interceptions by a team in a single game (five, with Drake Lynn and Michael Cooke adding to Jackson Strickler’s three); number of touchdowns thrown in a single game (four, with Andrew Williams, Jackson Strickler, Dakota Payne and Ryan Atkins on the receiving end of Jack Massie’s quarterback play). In addition to the four touchdown passes and the two interception returns, Austin Huff and Michael Cooke each contributed with rushing touchdowns, both from the two-yard line.

Quarterback Jack Massie also had an exceptional all-around game as he had three touchbacks on kickoffs and another two inside the five while rushing for 46 yards; and completing six of nine passes for 117 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

The offensive and defensive lines also did a phenomenal job with the defense keeping the pressure up all night, including fumble recoveries by Logan Aumock, Andrew Williams and Austin Huff, while the offensive line opened running lanes and gave up only one sack on the night.

By the end of the game, four of the six seniors on the team had scored touchdowns, with Logan Aumock having scored the week before and senior Hunter Shifflett preferring to make his statement on the defensive side of the ball, which he certainly did.

While losing six key players this season, there is a good core coming back next fall, when the team should be able to put more games in the win column.

Mark Heinle, varsity head coach

WCDS athletes of the month

Wakefield Country Day School’s October Athletes of the Month, announced last week, are Tanner Perry or Rileyville, varsity soccer; and Kendall Carroll of Castleton, varsity volleyball.

Tanner had strong play in the keeper position during the month. He surrendered just 12 goals in the month with four to RMA on Oct. 19 and three to the Front Royal Flames on a windy day Oct. 14. He led the team to a 5-2 record in the month and the DAC Division II Regular Season Championship. He had a shutout of Saint Michael’s on Oct. 15. He was selected First Team ALL-DAC in Division II by the soccer coaches as well as Co-Player of the Year in the division.

“Tanner is excellent at knowing how to cut down shots and directing his defense,” said Head Soccer Coach Dr. Gustavo Tisera. “He gave up only one goal a game in conference play. Smart player and good leader.”:

Kendall helped lead her team to a win over rival Wakefield School and a conference win over Saint Michael’s that led to the girls gaining a home match in the DAC tournament with the No. 4 seed. She is a player with a high volleyball IQ who also plays travel volleyball. She is the most capable player on the team in relation to playing anywhere on the court and led the team in kill and blocks. She is also a strong server with a number of aces in the month. She was voted First Team All-DAC Division II by the volleyball coaches.

“Kendall is an invaluable asset to our success,” said Head Volleyball Coach Suzanne Zylonis. “A four-year varsity player, she is a play-anywhere-on-the-court type of player. We will miss her greatly next season.”

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