School/Sports News for March 24

Road wins for RCHS women’s soccer

The Lady Panthers brought double trouble onto the soccer fields last week in back-to-back road trip victories.

Last Wednesday (March 16), the JV and varsity Skyline Lady Hawks fell to Rappahannock’s energized teams. First, Panther JV brought out their impressive defense led by Shelby Burnett, Kate Mareno, and Brittany Adams. “The offense was sparked by Emilie Massie and Keelee Armor,” coach Rich Hogan said. “Maddie Heneghan showed some strong play at midfield. Jane Purnell held down the goalkeeping and had a spectacular save against a fat and experienced attack from Skyline.” JV dominated, 2-0.

Subsequently, Panther varsity prevailed, 4-2, against the Hawks. “We gave a long shoot from midfield early in the match,” coach Hogan explained, “but got on the board shortly thereafter with a penalty kick from Bryn Sonnet. We were without Danika Kritter at midfield, so we changed our line-up. It actually worked out. Haley Hogan scored the next two goals for us, and Michelle White added the fourth.” Katie Hale, Lauren Light and Tiffany Wayland aided as solid defenders. Paula Accioly stood out as the goalkeeper for the entire match. “Even with a two-goal lead,” coach Hogan said, “things got serious when Skyline was awarded a penalty kick. Paula, new to the keeper position, blocked that kick by laying out and batting the ball away! Brittany Stephens was also stellar; she played three different positions. It was an exciting win against a double AA school.”

The following night (March 17), Panthers took on Wakefield Country Day School for a 3-0 triumph. Coach Hogan replayed the game. “The score was nil-nil (as they say in the soccer world) at the halfway mark. The girls were a bit worn out from the night before, so the fresh legs of Danika Kritter and Joslyn Smith played key roles, especially with Joslyn scoring the first goal.”

With the score at 2-0, Accioly came out of the goal to play in the field. She held great field position and drew a foul in the box to give Panthers a penalty kick. Once again, Sonnet hit the back of the net to preserve the team’s 3-0 win. “Two wins in a row,” coach Hogan bragged. “The defensive back line of Hale, Light, Sonnet and Wayland exhibited speed and solid, patient defense.”
Lady Panthers take their home field for this weekend’s Panther Spring Bash. Games begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (March 25) and continue through Saturday morning. — Melissa Delcour

Hitt wrestles into MAWA regionals

Though the regular season has ended, one Panther wrestler continues to take his talents to the mats. On Sunday (March 20), Rappahannock County High School freshman Dylan Hitt competed in the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association’s (MAWA) district tournament at Fauquier County High School. His tenacity earned him a spot in MAWA’s upcoming regional showdown.

“I got the No. 2 seed, and that sounds great,” Hitt explained. “But that wasn’t the best seed for me to get because the first kid I wrestled was the best I’ve ever wrestled. We wrestled at 125, and he tech-fell me with only 10 seconds left in the period. That’s actually pretty good. I stayed with him. Coaches said this was my best match. The kid was so good; he really gave me a challenge. He was the best wrestler I’ve ever wrestled — ever.”

The loss dropped Hitt down to the consolation match.

“I won my first consolation match — got a take-down right at the start. I ran a bar and wing on him. The second match, I won with a pin. I got taken down fairly simply, which I didn’t like, but I hit a switch on the way down. Then the kid chose bottom for the second period of the match. I ran a bar and a wing again, and got that pin.”

Hitt’s third match was the semi-finals. “I remember walking onto the mat. I took my ankle band, and put it on my ankle. Then I saw Hodge Miller and said to myself, ‘Ooh, I gotta win now.’

“I won,” he said, “but there were no take-downs. On the bottom, we kept hitting re-switches. We were pretty much even. I had a take-down in the second period when the score was 3-4. I chose bottom to start the third period and got a switch on him, which made the match 4-3. He stood up and the match was 4-4. I took him down for a 6-4 and pretty much rode him out for the rest of the match.”

Hitt’s final win allowed him, as one of the top three contenders, to move on to the MAWA regional competition. “This week, I can eat whatever I want,” he laughed. “But two weeks out, I have to go back on my diet. I’m just gonna keep working out and keep my weight down.” The Panther wrestler will be on the mats again on April 9-10 in Salisbury, Md. — M.D.

TSA members at Woodson competition are (front row, from left) Malcolm Perry, Adam Carter, Case Kramer and Matt Lombardi and (back row, from left) Lyndie Paul, Peyton Bailey, Amber Dodson, Tiffany Wayland and Trey Swindler. Brittani Dodson (not pictured) is also a member of the group.

Technology students win place in state competition

On March 5, an enthusiastic group of Rappahannock County High School (RCHS) students traveled to Woodson High School in Fairfax County to compete with other students from the Northern Region. Upon arrival they were greeted by excited students and teachers eager to start up the competitions.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a ongoing Career Technical Education (CTE) club at RCHS. Students take classes and refine their skills and knowledge by competing with other students on a regional, state and national level.

Case Kramer, Matt Lombardi, and Trey Swindler created a small robot from Lego bricks and parts which can perform simple to complex tasks.

The students’ invention placed third in the Systems Control Technology contest — which earned them a seat at Technosphere 2011, a statewide competition April 29 through May 1 in Chantilly. — Layne Vickers