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
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
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
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.”
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.”