School & sports news for May 30


Two Amissville residents from the Rappahannock County High School class of 2009 graduated from the University of Virginia on May 19. Caroline Massie received a bachelor of arts degree in English and American studies and a minor in media studies. Emily Carter graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing. Congratulations to both!

Wakefield athletes named all-conference

Several Wakefield Country Day school athletes were recently named to the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) annual end-of-year all-conference teams. Varsity girls’ soccer players Kim Pankow, Alexandra Cancio-Bello and Hannah Tufts were all named first team all-conference, along with varsity lacrosse player Sam Nolan. Conor O’Heir received an honorable mention, while Daniel Chadduck was added as an honorable addition.

WCDS Athletes of the Month

Wakefield Country Day School named Connor Poe and Sydney Penza as its athletes of the month for May.

Poe, from Marshall, is always a threat to score for the middle school boys’ lacrosse team and helped lead his team to one win and one tie this month. Poe was the second leading scorer on the team in May and had two goals in the team’s 5-3 win over the Shenandoah Valley on May 14. Poe scored in every game this season (11 total goals) and had a number of assists as well.

“Connor was a force and a consistent threat to score. Though he is a bit undersized his toughness and effort make up for any size issues. I am glad he was on our team,” said head lacrosse coach Stephen Dowell.

Penza, from Washington, was a force on defense for the varsity girls’ soccer team as she assisted her keeper and fellow defenders in finishing the season strong. The girls enjoyed their first winning season in some years in part due to their strong defense. Penza and the team gave up just three goals in the month while advancing to the DAC Division II championship game. She rarely got beat in a footrace with any offensive players to help keep the pressure off of the keeper. Her speed helped her in playing center fullback, as it allowed her to stifle many threats to the goal.

“Sydney’s strengths are her speed and defensive technique. She is a dominating player who had a big impact on our defense. Her ability to track down the soccer ball stands out on the field,” said head coach Gustavo Tisera.

WCDS spring team award winners

Middle School Girls Soccer:

Most Valuable Player: Tatumn Vaught
Most Improved Player: Sydnei Eachus
Coaches’ Award: Brighton Craig

Middle School Boys Lacrosse:

Most Valuable Player: Gage Landis
Most Improved Player: Michael Marciano
Coach’s Award: Cooper Guiffre

Varsity Girls Soccer:

Most Valuable Player: Alexandra Cancio-Bello
Most Improved Player: Megan Kelley
Coach’s  Award: Kim Pankow

Varsity Boys Lacrosse:

Most Valuable Player: Conor O’Heir
Most Improved Player: Chris Payne and Sam Mullany
Coach’s Award: Zeyang “Johnny”  Yu

Varsity Tennis:

Most Valuable Player: Alex Foster
Most Improved Player: Anna Clark
Coach’s Award:  Maeve Dale

Leonard Cowherd Award Winners: Alexandra Cancio-Bello and Hannah Tufts

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