School & sports news for Aug. 29

The AD’s Report: Fall sports in full swing

Two weeks into the new school year, Rappahannock’s fall sports’ season is in full swing with full rosters, scrimmages complete and game schedules about to start.

Volleyball fields three teams this year: Junior Panther, junior varsity and varsity. Our JV and varsity teams have each had two scrimmages, handily defeating both Colonial Beach and Broadway. Both had their home opener Tuesday night against George Mason.

Photo by Janet Robey
Photo by Janet Robey

Though the JV team soundly defeated a much bigger Mason squad in two straight matches, the varsity girls fell to last year’s Bull Run District runner up, losing in three straight — but only losing by four or less in each match. JP has their season opener tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 30) against Fresta Valley at 4:30, followed by JV and varsity games against Fresta as well. Coaches Atkins and Wyatt are very excited about the quality of their teams and looking forward to a successful season.

Cross country will be running with boys’ and girls’ varsity and JP teams this year, with varsity already having a strong showing at a scrimmage at Page last week. Running against teams from four other schools, our boys and girls had a heavy presence in the top finishers and were looking forward to their first regular season meet this Wednesday at Luray.

Junior Panther runners will have their first race next week as they travel to Eastern View, while varsity runs against Culpeper’s middle school harriers. The JP home season begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10; varsity’s first home meet is 5 p.m. Oct. 2. All home races take place at the Blue Rock Course.

Coach White reports that Junior Panther boys soccer has a full roster and is ready for their season opener at Shenandoah Valley on Sept. 3. Their Panther Stadium home opener is 4:30 p.m. next Friday (Sept. 6) against Fresta Valley.

Football is on back on track, with strong roster numbers for both teams. Varsity has completed two scrimmages and has its first game tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 30) at Roanoke Catholic. Coach Heinle has a very young team, but said he’s impressed with their willingness to work hard and learn, and predicts positive things for the coming season and seasons to come.

The JP team has its first game Thursday at Walker Grant Middle in Fredericksburg. Their coaches say they’ve been very pleased with the intensity of practices and are also looking forward to some positive happenings in the coming season. Varsity’s home opener is Friday, Sept. 13, against Cumberland High School, while JP opens their home season the day before — Thursday, Sept. 12, against Harper’s Ferry Middle School.

Rapp residents should check the school’s athletics website (, where they can see the current schedules for all athletic teams.  Community support is a big help to our student athletes — home court advantage is no advantage without a big crowd! We look forward to seeing our seats filled with local residents, united in their spirited backing of our Panthers.

— Jimmy Swindler

News’ reporter awarded

Matt Wingfield
Matt Wingfield

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) recently awarded Rappahannock News reporter Matt Wingfield a commendation certificate, “in recognition of [his] fair and balanced reporting on school division and education related topics.” Wingfield’s name will be included in the VSBA’s annual Media Honor Roll newsletter, while his certificate will likely be presented at the Rappahannock County School Board’s next meeting on Sept. 10.

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