School/Sports News for Nov. 11

School marks Veterans Day

A Veterans Day observance featuring the Rappahannock County High School Concert Band and Chorus will begin at 10:30 a.m. today (Nov. 11) in the high school gymnasium.

The program, which is open to the public, will also include remarks by retired Marine Sgt. Downing Lee Hitt, currently a deacon at Woodville Baptist Church. Refreshments will be served following the program.

The public had the opportunity to honor a veteran by ordering a flag for placement around the center oval at the school. High School Band Director David DeBoer said students will be placing about 20 flags around the oval before the assembly begins.

The 2010 RCHS Marching Panthers. Photo by Stephanie DeBoer.

Marching Panthers step it up to close the season

The RCHS Marching Panthers gave their final performance for 2010 at last Friday night’s home football game, bringing to a close a remarkable marching season.

This year’s final show title was “Magic Carpet Ride,” which included renditions of “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf, themes from “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings,” a percussion feature entitled “Hocus Pocus,” and a classical piece based on a wizard called the “Russlan and Ludmilla Overture.” The band performed on a carpet placed on the field for the show.

The 2010 Marching Panthers were under the direction of RCHS band director David DeBoer. Also on the staff were assistant director Ian Richard, percussion instructors Mike Williams and Paul Norris, color guard instructor Stephanie DeBoer and marching instructor Steven Hraback.

In leadership positions this season were drum majors Lily Nealon and Katie Hale, woodwind captain Briana Winkworth, horn and saxophone section leaders Austen Cloud and Daniel Schlosser, trumpet section leader Lauren Light, brass captain Chris King, percussion captains Michael Caporuscio and James White, color guard captain Samantha White, and equipment managers Stephanie Ellis and Nich Hipple.

In addition to performing at all the home football games, the Marching Panthers competed in the North Stafford High School Marching Invitational, the Jefferson Classic at Monticello High School, the Hanover Hawk Marching Invitational, the James Madison University Parade of Champions, and the Virginia State Marching Assessment at Millbrook High School.

Rappahannock won the following awards in competition:

• One 2nd place drum major Award
• One 3rd place percussion award
• Three 1st place percussion Awards
• One 3rd place color guard Award
• One 3rd place general effect award
• One 2nd place general effect award
• One 1st place general effect award
• Two 2nd place marching awards
• One 1st place marching award
• Two 2nd place music performance awards
• One 1st place music performance awards
• One 4th place band overall award
• Three 2nd place band overall awards

At the Virginia State Marching Band Assessment the band received ratings of superior and excellent with an overall rating of excellent.

“I am very proud of the marching band this season,” said DeBoer, in his final words to the class in the band room after Friday night’s game.

“Band dismissed,” announced drum major Katie Hale. “R-CHS!” responded the chorus of students, before breaking up to head home.

As the marching season concludes, the concert and jazz bands have already begun rehearsals in preparation for the annual winter concert on Dec. 9. ― Krista Hale

Brittani Dodson had a strong performance at the Region B cross-country tournament in Charlottesville. Photo by Christine Krapf.

Dodson has good ride at cross-country tourney

Fifteenth place in the Bull Run District tournament gave senior Brittani Dodson a ticket to ride — a ride that took her into the Region B Cross Country championships in Charlottesville on Nov. 3.

“The event as a whole was amazing,” Dodson said. “It was different than normal races because it was much more fast-paced. That made it easier to pass people in mass numbers. It was pretty incredible because I zoomed past seven people and said ‘bye bye’ right at the finish. I broke my personal record by 1:20. My time was 22 minutes 10 seconds, which earned me 23rd place out of 90.”

Dodson’s coach, James Sharpe, congratulated his team’s captain. “She led the team and kept them on the right track. She also decided that in her senior year, she’d give it everything and leave on a high note. Once she was in striking distance of making it to regionals, she put in some hard practices and improved over her district competition, shaving 40 seconds off her time.”

“Beginning of the season, I didn’t expect to even get close to going to region,” Dodson said with a smile. “I just peaked at the perfect time. It’s great to finish my senior year this way, to be one of only two seniors and to be team captain. Yeah, it feels good to ‘Rapp’ it up this way.” — Melissa Delcour

From left, Wakefield volleyball champs Isabelle Eastham, Cynthia Rodriguez, Amanda Carroll, Kimberly Pankow, Christine Pankow and Brittany Spence. Photo by Marcy Lauben.

Wakefield volleyball wins championship

The Wakefield Country Day School varsity volleyball team finished their season Friday night (Nov. 5) with a championship match as they hosted Randolph-Macon Academy in the conference finals.

After defeating Tandem Friends 3-0 at home the night before in the semifinals, the Lady Owls took an early lead against R-MA and never looked back. With very few unforced errors and an almost perfect team-serving percentage, the Owls beat the Yellow Jackets 3-0, 25-17, 25-13, 25-15.

Senior defensive specialist Brittany Spence held the back court with several rally-saving digs, while outside hitter Alexandra Cancio Bello scored five kills. Superstar eighth-grader Maeve Dale blocked several of the opponents’ offensive attempts while scoring four kills.

“It’s been a memorable season, filled with outstanding volleyball,” said coach Suzanne Zylonis. “This has been a real dream team — every member playing well together — completely committed. We’ve started a legacy program — and we’re looking forward to playing hard volleyball for years to come.”

The Owls finish their season undefeated in the conference for the first time. The Wakefield Country Day School Athletic Awards ceremony is Friday (Nov. 12) at 6:30 p.m.

Loud and clear

William Dietel of Flint Hill donated $320 to the Rappahannock County Public Schools to purchase a microphone for use by board of education members during their meetings.

The board sent a letter of thanks and noted the contribution during its meeting on Tuesday (Nov. 9).

Goals for schools

The Rappahannock school board and administration held a joint goal-setting “retreat” in the high school library on Oct. 30.
New goals were agreed upon and a mission statement was reviewed.

Five goals were set: promote rigorous academics and career preparation for all students, establish a can-do culture of learning, ensure a safe and healthy environment that stimulates learning, provide facilities that are sustainable and stimulate the learning process, and broaden community involvement.

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