School and sports news for Sept. 27

Panther cross country’s top finishers

Rappahannock County’s varsity cross country runners blazed another successful trail last Wednesday (Sept. 19) at their home meet against Bull Run District challenger Clarke County.

The Lady Panthers featured two girls among the top five finishers with rookie runner Dani Boutte winning the entire race.

“She took first place by a wide margin,” said coach James Sharpe. Everyone was really proud of what she did – leading the team in first place against Clarke. While others kids have suffered injuries or sickness, she hasn’t been hindered by those things, so she’s been able to get everything out of practices.”

Boutte declared her shock at her victory. “It was very surprising,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting to win. On the last stretch, I pictured the guy runner in front of me as a girl and told myself that if I was gonna win, I’d have to beat that ‘girl.’ When I passed him, it was the best adrenaline rush I’d ever had. Afterward, the celebration was lots of Oreos in the snack area.”

A first-time member of the cross country team, Boutte added: “I didn’t expect this sport to be such a butt-kicker, but this is a top notch sport. I feel like I’ll run forever, now.”

Boutte took the overall win, and Panther boys showed strong in the battle, as well. “Even though Clarke’s boys’ team won,” said Sharpe, “even though they have some of the fastest runners in the district, our Shane L’Amoreaux got into the top five. It was good to see him running with them.

“We are always excited to beat Clarke,” Sharpe said, “because they’re a large school in our district. They have a storied running program – a tradition of runner programming.”

Panther varsity cross country travels to Stonewall Jackson this Saturday (Sept. 29).

– Melissa Delcour

Wakefield sports update

Varsity volleyball: Wakefield Country Day School’s Lady Owls hosted a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) game against the Quantico Warriors for their “Dig Pink” cancer awareness match Sept. 14. The Owls won the first two games easily, but the Warriors put up a strong fight in the third game. The teams went back and forth before the Lady Owls pulled out the win 25-20 and won the match 3-0. Middle hitter Maeve Dale and defensive specialist Vita Vyas didn’t miss a serve, while middle hitter Julia Weir had two kills.

The Lady Owls were back in action Sept. 17, hosting Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in a non-conference game. The Owls played a close match, but dropped the first two games. The Lady Owls held a 17-7 lead in the third game, but several unforced errors allowed the Patriots to chip away at the lead before ultimately winning the game 26-24 and the match 3-0. The Lady Owls have a 3-6 record overall and are 1-0 in the DAC.

Varsity soccer: The Owls hosted rival Wakefield School in a Delaney Athletic Conference Division II game on Sept.14. The game was scoreless until senior Marc Cugnon scored on a header off a ground ball, giving the Owls a 1-0 edge at halftime. Alex Foster scored on a long shot from out of the goal to give the boys at 2-0 lead late in the game, earning the Owls a DAC victory.The Owls traveled to play Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in a non-conference game on Sept. 17. Shane O’Heir and Marc Cugnon scored for the boys but the Patriots managed to score four goals to take a 4-2 win. The Owls’ record is 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the DAC.

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