School/Sports News: Cross country’s sweat equity pays off

Sophomore Seth Wayland had the first sub-20-minute race of the season for the Panthers. Photo by Christine Krapf.

In the throes of late-summer heat on Sept. 15, the Rappahannock County High School’s varsity cross country team hosted its first meet, and Middleburg Academy fell to the Panthers.

“The Academy went out strong to start,” coach James Sharpe said. “They took the first two spots for the boys and kept up with Brittani Dodson. But Rapp’s runner knew how to keep their pace, and over the first mile, Middleburg fell behind.

“The heat, rough terrain and hills took a toll on some of Middleburg’s athletes, but Rappahannock fought through it.” Seasoned Rapp runners were used to running that hill. Middleburg indicated their course was mostly in the woods, so running in the heat and direct sunlight was a factor in their race.

Although the Lady Panther team won by default, they would have had a perfect score of 15, with Rita Clifton, Tiffany Wayland, Tessa Crews, Katie Hartman and Dodson finishing in the top five.

Panther boys’ team logged victory at 17-43. Seth Wayland, Isaac Berry, Amrit Tamang and Matt Beck finished in the top four, while Danny Collins secured Rapp’s fifth spot and came in seventh. Coach Sharpe reported that “Wayland broke 20 minutes for the first time this season, with a time of 19:53.

“This week we’re running at Clarke with some District teams, so we are looking forward to getting our first look at how we compare with the rest of the District.”

Varsity cross country was to run this meet on Wednesday (Sept. 22). Look for results in next week’s Rappahannock News.— Melissa Delcour

Wakefield athletics roundup

In Varsity Boys’ Soccer, the Wakefield Country Day School Owls visited Mountain View Christian Academy in a non-conference match on Sept. 14. The boys scored three goals in each half while the defense gave up two goals in the match. Alex Harris led us with two goals. Brian Shafran, Woody Hazel, Zeb Becker and Daniel Chadduck each scored a goal. The team’s record is 1-0 in the DAC and 2-0 overall.

In Varsity Girls’ Volleyball, the Lady Owls opened their season at home in a Delaney Athletic Conference Division 2 match against Tandem Friends. The teams played a close game at the start as both had first game struggles; but Wakefield pulled out a 25-22 win. The Country Day School team got better in the second game with a 25-14 win. Then the Owls rolled in the third game to a 25-9 score to finish the match with a 3-0 sweep. Setter Amanda Carroll led the team in points with four kills, four tips and an ace, while middle blocker Isabelle Eastham served 100 percent, had five kills and six blocks.

The Owls continued their roll with a strong 3-0 DAC Division 2 sweep over the visiting Warriors from Quantico Middle High School on Sept. 13. Wakefield tallied 18 of the first 25 points in the first game and secured a 25-9 win. The second game was tight early but the Owls played tough and won 25-11. Libero Kimberly Pankow scored five aces and one back-row kill, while outside hitter Hannah Tufts served 100 percent and scored three kills. The score of the third game was 25-6.

The Owls hosted Mountain View Christian Academy in non-conference play the next day. The result was a third consecutive sweep 3-0. The girls jumped out to a quick lead and cruised to a 25-10 first game win. Coach Suzanne Zylonis mixed players in and out as the second game was back and forth early, but the Wakefield girls cleaned up their play to take that game 25-16. The final game was 25-8.

The Owls traveled to Wakefield School for a non-conference match on Sept. 16. The result was a hard -fought 3-1 loss with all the games being close. Wakefield School won the first two games 25-19 and 25-18. Wakefield Country Day School won the third game 25-21 behind strong play from Kim Pankow and Maeve Dale. Wakefield School secured the match with a 25-19 win in the fourth game. Coach Zylonis credited Alex Cancio-Bello, Jessica Lester, Isabelle Eastham and Christine Pankow for their contributions to the various games. The team’s record is 2-0 in the DAC and 3-1 overall.

In Varsity Girls’ Tennis, the Owls opened their season at Randolph Macon Academy on Sept. 13. Newcomer Shannon Weir won her match at No. 5 singles, 8-6. Grace Albert lost a close match at No. 3 singles 8-6. Lauren Castle held a 7-4 lead in her singles match at No. 4 but lost it in a tie breaker 9-8 (7-5). Caroline Murray played a tough match at No. 1 singles before dropping the match 8-4. The final team score was a 6-1 loss. The team’s record is 0-1 on the season.— Mike Costello

WCDS festival is Oct. 2

The Wakefield Country Day School Fall Festival is Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 to 2. The event is open to the community and features food, games, a 5-K run, yard sale and an alumni soccer match with current student athletes. Money raised by the classes who contribute to the festival goes toward class trips and other activities. For more information, call the school at 540-635-8555, ex. 227.

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