Rappahannock County Public Schools
With the completion of the State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend in Salem, Rapp Winter Sports have put another season in the books.
Our Varsity Wrestlers followed up their Conference and Regional Championships with a State Runner Up trophy earned this past weekend. More details are featured in a separate article, but congrats go out here to Coach Coffroth and his staff and his wrestlers for completing the best season in Rapp Wrestling history and setting the stage for even greater accomplishments in the seasons to come.
• Full coverage of the state wrestling tournament in this week’s Rappahannock News, on newsstands Thursday and in our e-edition.
On the hardwood, all our basketball teams have completed play and when the final basket had been scored the teams produced multiple playoff wins, two championship trophies, and one momentous individual scoring accomplishment.
Our Junior Panther teams wrapped up their seasons several weeks ago with the Valley Middle School Conference tournament. The JP boys earned a win in the first round of the VMSC playoffs but then saw their successful season come to a close with a second round loss to eventual champion Mt. View. Junior Panther girls earned a bye for the first round of playoffs and made the most of the extra practice time by defeating Mt. View in the semifinal playoff game and then earning the Tournament Champion Trophy with a win over St. Joe’s at home on Feb. 11. The JP girls added two trophies to their burgeoning collection, having already claimed the Regular Season Championship by virtue of their first place finish.
On the varsity level, both boys and girls teams hosted a Rappahannock River Conference Quarterfinal playoff game last week. Hosting the Raiders of the other Rappahannock High School in weather delayed contests, both teams played incredibly competitive games last Wednesday night with the final scores decided by only a bucket.
In the playoff nightcap the boys team earned an exciting win, the first playoff win for an RCHS varsity boys basketball team in well over a decade, and advanced to the semifinal playoff game last Thursday at Lancaster. They played well at Lancaster, being within single digits well into the third quarter, but could not hold the momentum and ended the game on the short end of the score, bringing a close to their season. Coach Mike Atkins was pleased with the way the team came together by the end of the season, noting that the scores indicated how much more competitive the team had become as the season progressed, and was also pleased to announce that senior Jackson Strickler was recognized with 2nd team All Rapp River Conference Honors.
In the opening playoff game the girls were in the game until the last seconds, the lead seesawing between the two teams throughout the night, but fell just short when the clock ran down, ending their playoff run and their season. Despite the loss the crowd was electrified by the performance of the team and especially pleased to be on hand to witness Junior Kayla Robey break the hallowed 1,000-point mark. Kayla finished the season with 1,004 points, with another season to go and the points total record (currently held by Karen Jordan) in her sights. And in post season honors, Coach Brandon Burley was pleased to announce that Kayla Robey had earned 1st team recognition in the Bull Run District and the Rapp River Conference, joined on the latter by teammate Julia Estes who earned 2nd team all-conference honors.
While winter sports have concluded, many of our athletes are back at work with their spring sports teams. Tryouts began this past Monday and, despite the dreary February weather, it won’t be long before our Rapp athletes will be doing their best on the softball and baseball fields, the soccer pitch and the track. Be sure to log on to the Rapp Athletic website at www.rappahannockathletics.org where A.D. Burley posts all the latest scores and current schedules. And for detailed schedule information posted in real time and available in a variety of digital formats, go to www.bullrundistrictva.org and click on Rappahannock County. GO RAPP!!!
— Jimmy Swindler
Wakefield Country Day School
WCDS is on winter break, but AD Mike Costello sent the following report last week:
The Owls traveled to Saint Michael the Archangel for the DAC Championship meet on 2/13/16. Lucas DuMez was the DAC Champion in the 100 Yard Butterfly earning him ALL-DAC Honors and finished second in the 100 Yard Backstroke to also earning ALL-DAC Honors. Bridgette Larsen earned ALL-DAC Honors with a third place finish in the 100 Yard Butterfly. The boys’ team finished 8th with 49 points and the girls’ team also finished 8th with 40 points. Congratulations to Coach Boelter and the swim team on a fine season.
Top 16 finishes:
Boys’ 50 Yard Freestyle – Keith Lai- 15th– 27.53
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle – Harmony Lindstrom – 16th – 1:17.28
Boys’ 100 Yard Backstroke – Lucas DuMez – 2nd – 57:42*^
Girls’ 100 Yard Backstroke – Bridgette Larsen – 5th – 1:16.84
Boys’ 100 Yard Butterfly – Lucas DuMez – 1st – 56.29*&^
Girls’ 100 Yard Butterfly – Bridgette Larsen -3rd – 1.11.50^
Boys’ 100 Yard Breaststroke: Keith Lai -14th – 1:23.56 and Ben Zhou-16th. 1:42.15
Boys’ 200 Freestyle Relay – Keith Lai, Ben Zhou, – Gary Galeone and Lucas DuMez – 8th -2:02:83
Girls’ 400 Freestyle Relay – Harmony Lindstrom, Katheryn Phillippe, Amelie Bever and Bridgette Larsen -6th – 5:08.85
Boys’ 500 Yard Freestyle – Gary Galeone – 14th – 7:26.82
*= VISAA state qualifying time
&= DAC Champion
Varsity Boys’ Basketball
The Owls hosted Tandem Friends for final regular season DAC game on 2/17/16. The Badgers jumped out o tan 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The boys outscored the Badgers in the middle two quarter and the game was tied 19-19 entering the final quarter. The Badgers outscored the boys 11 to 6 to finish the game with a 30-25 win. The boys shot just 42.8 % from the foul line in the game. The boys will share the DAC Division II Regular Season Championship with Tandem and possibly Quantico. Chris O’Heir led the boys with 11 points. Connor Glennon added eight points and Gage Landis scored four points. Spencer Bryan scored basket before leaving with an injury. Our record is 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the DAC.
Varsity Girls’ Basketball
The Lady Owls hosted tandem Friends School for their final DAC game on 2/17/16. Monica Marciano hit a buzzer beater 3 point shot, the first of her career, at the end of the first quarter but the Badger led nine to three entering the second quarter. And 20-10 at the half. The girls played hard and were faced with a pressure defense for half of the game. The Badgers outscored the girls 16 to 12 in the second half to go on to win 36-22. The girls got balanced scoring with Monica Marciano leading the way with six points. Jill Chiu scored five points and Merriam Abboud and Tatumn Vaught each scored four points. Lucy Clark, and Anna Schuster also scored. Congratulations to the team and Coach O’Bryant for a season of improvement. Our final record was 4-9 overall and 4 -6 in the DAC
Upcoming athletic events
TH 2/25: VAR Boys’ Basketball home vs. Tandem Friends in the DA CDII Semifinal – 4:30 p.m.
SAT 2/27: VAR Boys’ Basketball at the DAC finals-Highland School vs. TBD (based on advancing on 2/25/16) – 3:30 p.m.
M 2/29: VAR Boys’ Basketball home vs. Massanutten Military Academy – 4:30 p.m.