School & Sports News for Dec. 2

CJ Sidrow is in control against his opponent. He wrestled in a heavier weight class in the Nov. 23 scrimmage.

Rappahannock’s wrestlers tune up

Bodies hit the mats on Nov. 23 when the Rappahannock County High School wrestling team traveled to Warren County for its first scrimmage of the season.

“Veterans looked good while younger guys showed lots of promise,” Coach Jamie Harris reported. The Panthers faced opponents they will see again in regular district contests.

“I’m staying the same weight class [103], but in the scrimmage they put me in the 119 class,” said team member CJ Sidrow. “It was pretty good for me, because wrestling a heavier guy means I have to work harder — use my abilities, my stamina, my strength. I got beat, but it’s O.K. At least I got to work on the bottom moves. That’s my main goal because coach Harris says, ‘You’d rather make a mistake than be on your back.'”

Looking ahead to the season, Harris said, “We return state sixth- place winner CJ Sidrow along with fourth-year starter Cody Casey to go with a cast of second and first year wrestlers. And our freshmen will make huge strides. We should have another great year if everyone stays healthy.”

Sidrow said, “Of course, I want to get first place in states. Before I do that, I’m going to work on my shots and pretend it’s like practice until districts. I do feel more confident this year. I can tell that I get more respect from my opponents now. For now, I got to get back to memorizing my moves. It’s a little dry for me right now. For the team, I think we’ll have more guys going to states this year. But they gotta want it!”

Rapp wrestlers have much on tap for this season. They will host two large tournaments before ushering in 2011. The first is the Rappahannock Rampage on Saturday (Dec. 4) beginning at 10 a.m. Their encore is the Panther Christmas Brawl starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 28 and 29. — Melissa Delcour

Autumn recital is a lesson to all

Moms, dads and friends and relations were treated to the first autumn recital by musicians in the Rappahannock Music Lesson Program on Nov. 17.

Flutists from Rappahannock County’s elementary and high schools were joined by guitarists from the elementary school and Belle Meade School, and piano players ranging in age from 6 to over 50 for the recital on the stage at Rappahannock County High School.

Musical numbers covered the musical spectrum from Shumann to Lynyrd Skynyrd and from “Jingle Bells” to the Beatles’ “Let it Be” and the Theme from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9.

Performers included Melanie Flores, Kayla Brown, Emily Way, Victoria Campbell and Lily Nealon taught by Larissa West; Jenna Robey and Kayla Robey taught by Krista Hale; and Caitlin Campbell, Zach Winkworth, Owen Smith and Jacob Hendren taught by Anders Drew. Monira Rifaat, an alumna of the lesson program, concluded the program with Pescetti’s Sonata in C Minor.

Forty percent of the music students in the program are assisted by the Lesson Scholarship Program, administered through the RCHS Band Boosters. Last year more than $2,600 was paid for lessons for students whose families couldn’t afford the full $16 per weekly lesson fee. Tax deductible donations to the Scholarship Program can be made to the RCHS Band Boosters at RCHS, 12576 Lee Highway, Washington, VA 22747. — Kathryn Treanor

Light joins Tech marching band

Taylor Light, a freshman at Virginia Tech majoring in biological sciences, has gained membership to the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech. Light, who is from Woodville, plays the piccolo.

To qualify for the marching band students must audition one week before the beginning of classes each fall. Light attended Rappahannock County High School.

Commonly known as The Spirit of Tech, the Marching Virginians have performed for hundreds of nationally televised football games and parades. They also performed at Virginia Tech’s recent bowl games, including 2009 Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta as well as the 2008 and 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl games in South Florida.

Fall athletes receive honors

The following awards were presented at the fall sports banquet Monday at Rappahannock County High School:

Cross Country:
JP Most Outstanding Runner: Gavin Jenkins
JP Most Outstanding Runner: Julia Wood
JP Coaches Award: Gus Norris
JP Most Improved: Emily Allen
Varsity Most Outstanding Runner: Seth Wayland
Varsity Most Outstanding Runner: Brittani Dodson
Most Dedicated: Josh Jones
Most Improved: Matthew Beck

JV Volleyball:
Most Outstanding Player: Lyndie Paul
Most Improved: Josie Kritter

JP Volleyball:
Most Outstanding Player: Kathleen Forrest
Most Improved: Paige Pilkington

Varsity Volleyball:
Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Danika Kritter
Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Megan Early
Most Improved: Joslyn Smith

Varsity Football:
Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Bill Hogan
Most Outstanding Defensive Player: D’Angelo Robinson
Most Improved: David Williams
Dylan Corbin Award: Michael Fogle

JP Football:
Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Nathan Hale
Most Improved: Aaron Dodson

JP Boy’s Soccer:
Most Outstanding Player: Nivardo Loya
Most Improved: Will Ubben

2010 Bigger Faster Stronger Award Winners:
Male: Matt Lombardi
Female: Shelby Thornhill
(Award is made by the Athletic Department to those athletes who were at strength and conditioning training over the summer break and had outstanding attendance, and showed positive results and all-around good leadership in the weight room.)

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