School & sports news for June 6 

RCPS Spring 2013 Athletic Awards

Awards were handed out to student athletes and others at Rappahannock County Public Schools’ spring sports award ceremonies last Tuesday (May 28). Congratulations to:

Junior Panther Baseball:

MVP – John Norris

Coaches Award – Justin Ramey

Varsity Baseball:

MVP Award –  Garfield Burke

Coaches Award – Evan Hitt

Most Improved Award – Andrew Williams

Junior Panther Softball:

MVP –  Cydney Chambers

Coaches Award –  Olivia Atkins

Junior Varsity Softball:

MVP – Samantha Keys

Coaches Award – Stephanie Baldwin

Varsity Softball:

MVP – Maddie Kopjanski

Coaches Award – Lyndie Paul

Junior Panther Girls Track:

MVP – Jessica Thorne

Coaches Award – Skylar Culbertson

Junior Panther Boys Track:

MVP – Gavin Jenkins

Varsity Girls Track:

MVP – Julia Wood

Varsity Boys Track:

MVP –  Trey Swindler

Coaches Award – Britton Hipple

Junior Varsity Boys Soccer:

MVP – Austin Huff

Coaches Award – JoJo McKinney

Varsity Boys Soccer:

MVP Award – Amrit Tamang

Coaches Award – Matt Lombardi

Uli Maeyer Award – Case Kramer

Junior Panther Girls Soccer:

MVP –  Sarah East

MVP –  Hannah East

Junior Varsity Girls Soccer:

MVP – Alisha Stanley

Coaches Award – Kate Moreno

Varsity Girls Soccer:

MVP – Michelle White

Coaches Award –  Emma Fisher

Male Athlete of the Year: Matt Lombardi

Female Athlete of the Year: Lauren Light

Rappahannock News Scholar Athlete of the Year: Britton Hipple

Neil Burke Memorial Trophy: Case Kramer

Sportsmanship Award: Trey Swindler

Rappahannock County Impact Coach of the Year: Alex Coffroth

Wakefield seniors win Cowherd awards

At the spring athletic awards ceremony at Wakefield Country Day School last week, senior student-athletes Alexandra Cancio-Bello and Hannah Tufts were given the school’s prestigious Leonard Cowherd awards, annual honors named for an alumnus who lost his life serving in Iraq.

“Tonight our winners are recognized as they reflect Leonard’s commitment and dedication in and out of the classroom,” said athletic director Mike Costello. “It is fitting that the two recipients for the award named in his honor have given so much to their school community, have been decorated student-athletes and have been successful leaders on and off the court and field.”

Leonard Cowherd Award winners Alexandra Cancio-Bello (left) and Hannah Tufts hold their awards next to a portrait honoring the fallen Cowherd. Courtesy photo.
Leonard Cowherd Award winners Alexandra Cancio-Bello (left) and Hannah Tufts hold their awards next to a portrait honoring the fallen Cowherd. Courtesy photo.

Cancio-Bello is a decorated volleyball and soccer player. She also played varsity basketball and was on the swim team one season. She was rewarded this fall with a four-peat team volleyball championship sweep of the conference regular season and tournament championships. She earned a spot on the all-conference first team in volleyball and was her team’s co-most valuable player.

Cancio-Bello is also a three-time all-conference selection and a three-time team MVP in soccer. She has been her team’s leading scorer for three straight seasons and was named athlete of the month in April after scoring 16 goals. Her community service includes charity coffee houses, Soup for Supper, volunteer Spanish interpreter, Renew New Orleans and a service trip to Puerto Rico.

Scholastically, Cancio-Bello is an AP scholar and Virginia Aerospace Science Technology scholar. This spring, she won a prestigious Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship Initiative Award that is bestowed on only 50 Virginia residents. She has taken cultural immersion trips to Canada, France, Germany and Portugal.

Tufts had a busy career playing on multiple teams in the fall in all but her senior year. As a team captain this fall, she helped lead the volleyball team to their fourth straight sweep of the regular season and tournament championships. She earned the Coach’s Award for her efforts. Tufts also was named first team all-Delaney Athletic Conference by the conference coaches.

She also won the Coach’s Award in JV volleyball during her career, as well as the MVP award in girls’ tennis twice and in boys’ tennis once. A multiple-year soccer player, she was named first team all-conference this spring as a defender.

Tufts had held a number of offices in the Key Club. She was a fixture at the Virginia Junior Classical League State Latin Convention, was elected as State Second Vice President and won many awards in the competitions. She attended several NJCL National conventions.

Tufts’ other leadership conferences have taken her to Stanford and Johns Hopkins University. She was involved in community service with the Key Club, several 5k and 10k fundraisers, Special Olympics, Relay for Life and Renew New Orleans. Scholastically, she won the Molly Fraser French Award, several certificates from the National Latin Exam and she placed in the Jostens and Wolfe National Photography Competition.

“These two student-athletes have won many championships, led their teams as captains, were multi-year team award winners, and were all-DAC performers.” Costello said. “This required them to prioritize their time, work hard and to sacrifice for their teams while serving others . . . in the same spirit as the man for which these awards are given.”

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