School & sports news for July 18

The athletic director’s report

With summer at the halfway mark, Rappahannock County Public Schools student athletes and coaches have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming seasons.

The volleyball program hosted a two-day volleyball camp in June, led by a Division 1 JMU volleyball coach and two of her players. Attendance was strong, with more than 15 girls here for both eight-hour days. Volleyball coaches are also hosting two-hour open gyms at the high school every Friday night.

Off-season workouts started in the first week of June and continue from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the high school. Turnout has been consistently strong, with 20-plus student athletes participating every night; total attendance so far exceeds 40.

Middle-school boys basketball conducts open gyms every Monday and Wednesday and all levels of girls basketball started open gyms every Tuesday and Thursday at the end of June. A week-long basketball camp for boys and girls of all levels is scheduled for the last week of July at the auxiliary gym – details and registration forms are on the athletics website. (While you’re there, be sure to sign up for email alerts and keep up with all the Rapp sports events.)

Wrestling coach Alex Coffroth sponsored a one-week wrestling open gym in June and recently returned from a five-day wrestling camp in Pennsylvania, in which 11 of our wrestlers participated.

RCSSA, the sports boosters club, is sponsoring a Challenger soccer camp the week of July 15 at the soccer practice field behind the softball fields, for boys and girls of all age levels.

Coach Mark Heinle has been hired as the new varsity football coach, and a football mini-camp is planned for Aug. 1-2 for varsity and Junior Panther players.

All fall sports practices (football, volleyball, cheer and cross country) begin Monday, Aug. 5, with times and locations to be posted online at

– Jimmy Swindler

Humbles makes dean’s list

Caitlin Humbles of Washington has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Radford University. Humbles is a sophomore pre-nursing major. To make the dean’s list, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above, with no grade below a C.

O’Heir accepted at Hampden-Sydney

Among the students accepted by Hampden-Sydney College for the 2013-2014 school year was Conor Anthony O’Heir, who enters with a President’s Award. O’Heir is a graduate of Wakefield Country Day School and is the son of Neil and Bernadette O’Heir of Huntly. “This year’s freshman class is among the most selective ever enrolled,” said Dean of Admissions Anita Garland. “The academic and extracurricular talents of these young men are outstanding. All of us at Hampden-Sydney College are looking forward to the matriculation of the Class of 2017.”

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