School & Sports News for May 9

Wood takes first in Dogwood 3200

Rappahannock County High School took four varsity track athletes to the annual Dogwood Track Classic at Lannigan Field at the University of Virginia last Saturday (May 4): seniors Trey Swindler and Case Kramer, junior Davis Sheffield and freshman Julia Wood.

Julia Wood, RCHS’ freshman representative to the Dogwood Classic, wins the 3200-meter (left) and heads to practice for the May 15 Bull Run District championships. Left, courtesy photo. Right, photo by Emily Pearcy.
Julia Wood, RCHS’ freshman representative to the Dogwood Classic, wins the 3200-meter (left) and heads to practice for the May 15 Bull Run District championships. Left, courtesy photo. Right, photo by Emily Pearcy.

The men competed in the long jump, 100-meter dash, discus and shot put with results ranging from 34th to 43rd place. But Wood once again left her competition with mouths agape – earning first place as the only Single-A runner in the girls 3200-meter race, beating 30 other girls from AA and AAA schools.

Wood entered two races for the day: the 3200 and the 1600. “I won the 3200,” she said, “but then the 1600 . . . well, not so much.” In the 1600, she placed 10th among 49.

The long race starter pistol fired at 8:30 a.m. “It was a really cold morning, and a really early morning,” Wood said. “We started driving at 6 o’clock.

“As the only Single A runner, I was really nervous,” she said. “It was a really big meet. There were no other small schools there, and I wasn’t sure how I’d measure up. It was really nerve wracking. My strategy was to try and keep my laps even and hit a certain target time for each lap. I actually stayed pretty close to my pace. I was hoping for an 11:20 and got an 11:22 – that’s pretty close.”

Of the 1600, Wood had less to say. “That race was a complete other story. I’m gonna say . . . it was a practice run. I know it was a race, but let’s call it a practice run. There was so much time between the two races, and I wasn’t sure when to go warm up. Even so, the day was a lot of fun.”

The track team was to close out its regular track season Wednesday (May 8) with a Bull Run District meet at George Mason High School, after which the race for the postseason begins in earnest on May 15 in Strasburg at the Bull Run District track championship.

– Melissa Delcour

Panthers pounce on Strasburg

On the heels of a disappointing, late-April loss to William Monroe, Rappahannock County High School’s Lady Panthers revived to beat Strasburg in Rappahannock (April 30) and to hold Central Woodstock to a scoreless tie on the road last Thursday (May 2).

The Strasburg Rams arrived at a cold, wet, Panther Stadium on the last day of April, but the game-energy heated up the evening for the hometown (3-2) win.

“Because of the rain, everyone was falling,” said junior Lily Endre. “We stepped our game up, knowing it was going to be challenging conditions, and we pulled together as a team. In the first quarter, we came out 2-0; then they came back and scored two. We scored again in the second half and held them. It’s always nice to beat Strasburg!”

The Panther momentum served as energy for the girls’ road game against Central. The ladies held the Falcons to a tie match in a brutally physical confrontation.

“The ladies played really, really hard,” said captain and junior Mimi White. “Last time we played Central, we lost to them at home 2-0 in overtime, so we had to fight back. Taylor Ordile and Emma Fisher played well in the back. Emily Massie had some amazing crosses from the right side. Keelee Armor played her heart out and almost scored several times. Lauren Light did a really good job distributing the ball and took some bruising. Lily Endre played really hard on the outside, defending against one of their best players – contained her and kept her from scoring.”

“It was a very intense game,” said junior Keelee Armor. “There was a lot of physicality on both teams. Definitely a tough game, but it was an even match. We were hurting without our midfielder, Amber [Dodson], but we held our own.

“We played hard,” Armor continued, “but their defense held all the way back to their goalie. My secret weapon is the breakaways, but their strategy ruined that this time.”

The next chance to witness the Lady Panther soccer prowess is this Friday (May 10) at Panther Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.

– M.D.

Athletics physicals

Sports physicals ($10) will be offered June 13 and June 27 at the Rappahannock Medical Center on Gay Street in Washington. Prospective athletes are reminded that they must have a new physical each school year.

Excelling in National Spanish Exam

Upper school students at Wakefield Country Day School scored extremely well in the recently administered 2013 National Spanish Examinations. In Spanish I, the six eighth graders in the elective class all scored at least 60 points over the national average among the nearly 160,000 students who were tested.

Nicholas Leskovec, Tanner Perry and Brianna Rodriguez all earned gold medals with placements in the 97th percentile – and above – on the exam. Tatumn Vaught earned a silver medal, Gage Landis got a bronze medal and Campbell Baker gained an honorable mention. The Spanish I teacher is Dr. Gustavo Tisera.

In Spanish II, the nine students in the class earned eight awards. Freshman Rebecca Paulisch led the way with a gold medal. Classmates Gabriel Cancio-Bello, Joseph Dowell, Carolina Leonard and Monica Marciano earned silver medals. Abe Nolan was awarded a bronze medal, while Brendan Martyn and Rahmet Rahimi earned honorable mention recognition.

In Spanish IV, senior Grace Albert earned a bronze medal. Angeline Cancio-Bello teaches all of these students at the school.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examination is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national director of the exam, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States.”

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades six through 12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Wakefield’s mythology awards

Wakefield Country Day School students earned awards in the recent National Mythology Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League primarily for students in grades 3 through 9 (although older students may take it as well). The Wakefield award winners were as follows: In fifth grade, Casey Poe earned a gold medal, Michael Marciano won a silver and Jefferson Day got a bronze medal. In grade six, Brooke Miller earned a silver, while Tatiana Calderon, Rachel Cieplak, Lucy Clark, Anna Schuster and Lily Shahida all won bronze medals. Finally, in grade nine, Carolina Leonard received a silver medal, while Mollie Miller, Abe Nolan and Rebecca Paulisch won bronze.

The medal criteria are very strict, as gold medals require a perfect score. Silver medals are earned from 95 to 99 percent, and bronze medals are won with scores of 90 to 94 percent.

Wakefield sports update

Varsity Girls’ Soccer: The Lady Owls hosted Foxcroft in Delaney Athletic Conference game on April 30. The combination of Kim Pankow and Tatumn Vaught in the goal led to a shutout of Foxcroft. They got strong defensive help from Sydney Penza, Hannah Tufts, Megan Kelley and Katie Brown. Julia Weir took a nice pass from Alex Cancio-Bello and netted the girls’ first goal four and a half minutes into the game. Cancio-Bello scored a second time with less then two minutes remaining in the half. Alyssa Soldo lifted a picture perfect pass in the air to Weir, who promptly headed it in to give the girls a 3-0 lead. Cancio-Bello completed her hat trick when another shot rebounded off the keeper, then scored her fourth goal with 2:22 left in the game, earning the girls a 5-0 DAC victory. The girls host a DAC quarter-final game on May 7 at 4:15 p.m. Their record is 3-2 in the DAC and 5-4 overall.

Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls hosted Seton School in a DAC game on April 29. The two teams battled, scoreless for the first four minutes of the quarter until Seton scored their first goal with 8:06 left. Seton scored five more times, taking a 6-0 lead into the second half. Sam Nolan scored the boys’ first goal with 9:42 left in the third quarter, assisted by Shane Glennon. Nolan responded with another goal several minutes later, this time assisted by Conor O’Heir. Nolan completed a hat trick with his third goal, unassisted, with 1:33 left in the game, but Seton won the game 9-3.

The Owls then traveled to Wakefield School in the Plains for a DAC game on May 1. The game got off to a good start with Nolan scoring a goal in the first quarter. However, Wakefield School responded with five goals in the quarter. Nolan scored another goal in the second, but Wakefield held a commanding 7-2 lead at the half. Glennon scored a goal in the third, with Shane O’Heir assisting him. Wakefield School took the DAC victory 13-3. The Owls’ record is 1-4 in the DAC and 1-8 overall.