School & sports news for Jan. 24

Panthers take third in Quiz tourney

Panther scholars last Saturday (Jan. 19) hosted seven teams in the Bull Run District Quiz Bowl Tournament, which ended with a third-place finish for the Rappahannock County High School team.

After handily defeating Central Woodstock in the first round, the Panthers went up against an always-strong Manassas Park team and lost, heading to the losers’ bracket to take on William Monroe, and “soundly beating them, 260-155,” as coach David Naser said.

Team members’ devotion to the team was obvious before a victorious round four against Clarke, which was when senior Trevor Achilles had to leave the event to attend his father’s funeral. “He came dressed in his best and competed until he had to go,” Naser said.

Rappahannock’s close neighbor, the Madison Mountaineers, lost to George Mason in their first round, then immediately left and forfeited the rest of their games. “No one is quite sure why they did that,” Naser said. “I’ve never seen a team just pull out and forfeit after only one game.”

In the end, George Mason was not only the regular season champion but also the big winners on Saturday. After their victory, there was just one slot open for a team to advance. Manassas Park moved into second place by defeating Rappahannock a second time, and by a rather large margin, leaving the Panthers in third for the day.

After the tournament, Naser had good things to say about his team. “I want to give Case Kramer all the props because he’s done a great job captaining the team this year. He may not know all the answers, but he’s really good at encouraging his team. His strengths are science, sports and some mathematics. Zach Huff’s talents lie mostly in literature and the arts, while James MacLeod is fast on the draw, and that helps with the structure of games.”

Naser also said he was proud of his team’s sportmanship. “Other teams can be rather arrogant. One competitor’s technique is to talk the entire time to disrupt the other teams,” he said. “And we’ve witnessed another team’s captain treat teammates quite disrespectfully. Our players hold it together and play with respect.”

Naser also noted that each Quiz Bowl match Rappahannock hosts requires a battalion of volunteers. “The event ran smoothly,” Naser said, “and the volunteers were the reason.” The unique aspect of the Panther helpers is how they connect to the school division as well as other areas of the community. Volunteers for the tournament were:  Layne Vickers, RCES teacher;  Bob Chappell, retired division superintendent; Susan Fox, retired RCHS teacher; Kathleen Grove, retired Wakefield Head of Schools; Kim Nelson, owner of the Hair Cuttery; Cynthia Volk, RCHS nurse; Jim West, retired RCHS teacher; Janet Jenkins, RCHS teacher; James Sharpe, RCHS teacher; Steve Hrabek, RCHS teacher; Sandy Gillingham, RCHS librarian; Paula Howland, RCHS Next Step program leader, Amy Hitt, school board member; Kurt Streu, RCHS culinary teacher;  Liz Blubaugh, retired RCHS teacher; Russell Paulette, RCHS teacher; and Brad Weeks, RCHS teacher and Quiz Bowl assistant coach.

Next, the Panthers host – but do not compete – in the Feb. 2 Region B tournament. George Mason and Manassas Park will be the top seeds.

In addition, Rappahannock scholars are again invited to participate in the April 20 taping of “It’s Academic” in Washington, D.C. “There are some invitational tournaments available to get us ready for this event,” Naser said. “It’s a different style of tournament, and it gives our seniors the honor of being on the televised competition.”

– Melissa Delcour

Hogan siblings make dean’s lists

Siblings Dean and Haley Hogan, both Rappahannock County High School alumni, earned their places on the fall semester dean’s list at their respective colleges.

Siblings Dean and Haley Hogan pose after one of Dean's football games. Courtesy photo.
Siblings Dean and Haley Hogan pose after one of Dean’s football games. Courtesy photo.

At the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Dean’s efforts to keep at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) met the requirements for his academic honor. Beyond the classroom, Dean found time to represent his school as a key player – their record-breaking punter – on the Wise football team. He will graduate in May with a B.A. in health and physical education, and plans to pursue graduate school in the fall of 2013.

“The past four years at Wise have been life-changing and memorable to say the least,” Dean said. “Professors, coaches and friends have put me in position to succeed in the next chapter of my journey. Being a student athlete has taught me time management skills, planning and how to discipline myself in all phases of life which ultimately led to classroom achievement.”

Dean’s younger sister Haley, a 2012 RCHS graduate, is a freshman at Radford University. To qualify for the dean’s list, Haley held a semester minimum GPA of 3.4 and maintained a minimum of 12 credit hours. In addition her academic pursuits, Haley carved out time to become a genuine member of her collegiate community.

“Radford is the perfect size for me,” Haley said. “It’s not too big and not too small, so adjusting wasn’t a problem. I’ve learned how to manage my time wisely, which is probably one of the most important factors for college because all you ever have is time – you just cannot waste it. I started out undecided for my major, but Radford really helped me figure out what would truly go well with my personality and skills. I’ve decided I really want to work with children, and I would like to major in elementary education. This spring I will be rushing for a sorority. Now, I am a part of Catholic campus ministry church group, so we do a lot of community service like help in soup kitchens, attending conferences and holding food drives for the community. I am very excited to get back to school!”

– M.D.

Wakefield offers mega-train

Wakefield Country Day School is offering children the opportunity to play on a mega-train layout at the school this Sunday (Jan. 27) from 1 to 3 p.m. The wooden train layout covers more than 300 square feet; it’s 25 times bigger than the average train table and is packed with lines to many destinations, including one that goes to a large snowy mountain.

The mega-train layout is available during the school’s open house and children can play on it for free. Some train-themed treats are available for purchase, and voluntary donations to a future school trip are welcome. The school is located at 1059 Zachary Taylor Hwy. in Huntly. For more information, call 540-635-8555 (ext. 227).

Wakefield announces college acceptances

Wakefield Country Day School (WCDS) is pleased to announce the following college acceptances and scholarship offers through Jan. 16:

Grace Albert (Eckerd College and James Madison University); Katie Brown (Loyola University and Tulane University); Alexandra Cancio-Bello (George Mason University, College of Charleston and University of Virginia); Daniel Chadduck (Xavier University and Roanoke College); Marc Cugnon (Yale University and University of Virginia); Rachel DuMez (Central College, Hope College, Calvin College and Randolph Macon College); Brittany Kwolek (James Madison University, Christopher Newport University and Marquette University); Mary Leskovec (George Mason University, James Madison University and Old Dominion University) Sam Lilburn (Xavier University); Carl Liles (Auburn University and Fordham University); Caroline Murray (Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg College, Randolph Macon College, Roanoke College, St. Joseph’s University, Catholic University, Scranton University and College of Charleston); Shannon Weir (Virginia Wesleyan College, Roanoke College, Randolph Macon College and Christopher Newport University).

Currently, the merit scholarship offers to Wakefield’s 20 seniors total $1,236,600.

Wakefield sports update

Varsity Girls Basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled to play Chelsea Academy for a non-conference game on Jan. 11. The girls had 35-10 lead heading into the final quarter, allowing Coach Pankow to mix up the line-ups in the fourth and rest some starters. The girls cruised to a 39-12 victory. Maeve Dale scored 25 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had seven steals, while Kim Pankow had 10 points and three steals. Sydney Penza added four points and four steals, and Mary Leskovec had three rebounds and three steals.

The Lady Owls then hosted Fredericksburg Academy on Jan. 14 in a showdown of two state-ranked teams for first place in the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC). The girls played a strong game but turned the ball over early against the Falcons’ pressure defense and trailed 17-11 at halftime. Down seven points early in the fourth quarter, the girls stormed back and were down just one point with two minutes remaining. The Falcons hit a basket with just over a minute remaining, winning 29-26. Dale led the team with 15 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double. Makenzie Magaro scored six points. Pankow scored five points, Penza pulled down 10 rebounds, and Emily Hennessey scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Lady Owls traveled to Front Royal to play Saint John’s in a non-conference game on Jan. 15. The girls won the tight contest 34-31 in less-than-ideal conditions at Rivendell Club. Magaro tallied eight points and two steals. Julia Weir scored five points, while Pankow added two points and two steals. Hennessey contributed six rebounds. Dale led all scorers with 19 points and nine rebounds. Their record is 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the DAC.

The girls were ranked eighth in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III Girls Basketball Poll released Jan. 15. Congratulations to the girls for remaining in the rankings.

Varsity Boys Basketball: The Owls traveled to Christendom College for a game with Chelsea Academy on Jan. 11. The boys played man-to-man defense the entire game, winning 40-27, despite a strong late-game surge from Chelsea.

The Owls hosted Fredericksburg Academy in an important DAC game on Jan. 14. The Owls played tremendous defense, holding the Falcons to a season-low 11 points in the first half. The boys led 27-23 with 10 seconds to go when a Falcon player hit a three-pointer a point going into the final quarter. The Falcons then made six consecutive foul shots in the final minute to secure a 38-29 win in the hard-fought game. Sam Lilburn led the team with 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double. Daniel Chadduck added 10 points and six rebounds. Sean Brown scored a basket but fouled out of the game early in the fourth quarter. Alex Foster added four points.

The Owls traveled to Rivendell Club in Front Royal to play Saint John’s on Jan. 15, losing the non-conference game 45-36. Chadduck led the team with 12 points, five rebounds and three steals. Foster was also in double figures with 10 points. Brown tallied eight points and dished out three assists. Lilburn blocked six shots, grabbed seven rebounds and scored five points. Tim Johns also scored in the game. Their record is 5-7 overall and 1-3 in the DAC.

Varsity Swimming: WCDS Swimming competed in a meet at Saint Michael the Archangel School on Jan. 12, where Rachel DuMez took two first place in the 100 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke. Anne Katherine Burns finished third in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle, and Conor O’Heir finished third in the male 100 Butterfly.

At the St. Gennaro Invitational at St. Michael the Archangel High School on Jan. 19, the Owls continued to excel, with seven top-three finishes.

Two swimmers took first-place prizes. O’Heir won the 200-yard freestyle (2:09.69) and Burns was victorious in the 100-yard butterfly (1:08.12). Eighth grader Lucas DuMez was just behind O’Heir in the 200 freestyle, taking second in 2:16.47. Burns also had a second place finish in the meet, in the 200-yard individual medley (2:43.28).

“Anne Katherine earned her first-ever state meet qualifying time in the 100 fly,” said varsity swimming coach Brad Boelter. “And Michael Chen dropped tons of time and was awarded the Swimmer of the Meet prize.” Chen swam the 100-yard breaststroke 3.44 seconds faster than before, for 9th place, and dropped a remarkable 8.65 seconds off of his best previous 50-yard freestyle time.