School & sports news for Oct. 10

The AD’s report

Rapp Athletic’s winning ways continued last week, with our fall teams once again having a positive winning percentage in their contests for the week.

Junior Panther soccer had two games this week, returning to winning form while on the road Tuesday at St. Joe’s, where they dominated the game en route to a 10-0 victory. Regular season play is now complete and our boys will take the home pitch Tuesday (Oct. 15) as they host St. Joe’s in a Valley Middle School Conference playoff game at 5 p.m. at Panther Stadium. The community is urged to come out and support our team as they begin the quest for another VMSC trophy!

Varsity cross country hosted a Bull Run District Tri-meet last week; both boys and girls fell as a team to Strasburg, but both defeated Clarke County. Individual efforts were led by Julia Wood, who took another first place finish, and Gavin Jenkins, who finished second in the boys race. Other notable performances were Emily Allen’s second place finish in the girls’ race.

Yesterday (Wednesday, Oct. 9), our varsity runners traveled to Central of Woodstock where they also faced runners from Warren County. Results were too late for this article but will be featured next week. On Saturday (Oct. 12), our varsity runners will compete in the Glory Days Invitational at Manassas Park, as they continue to run against top notch competition to prepare themselves for the upcoming tournaments leading to the state finale in November.

Our Junior Panther runners have been busy preparing for the VMSC Championship meet, taking place today later today (Thursday Oct. 10), at Randolph-Macon Academy. Hopes are high for two more trophies to join the regular season cups already won by our J.P. runners. Fans will get a chance to see both our squads, boys and girls J.P. and varsity, next week at home as we host a middle school meet next Wednesday (Oct. 16) at 4 and then varsity at 5, all on the magnificent Blue Rock course across from the high school.

Our volleyball teams had a hugely successful week, taking five of their six matches. Junior Panther dropped another close one to William Monroe last Tuesday (Oct. 1), only their second loss of the season (both have come at the hands of the Dragons), but bounced back with a win Monday (Oct. 7) over Buford Middle in our Dig Pink kick-off. They’re set to play another tough one tonight (Thursday, Oct. 10) against United Christian at home in our Dig Pink finale; the first serve is 4:30 p.m. JP also played VMSC foe St. Joe’s on the road yesterday (Oct. 9); those results will be in next week’s column.

J.V. and varsity volleyball were undefeated in Bull Run action last week, taking two district games over Clarke and Manassas Park. On Tuesday night (Oct. 8), Bull Run District leader Madison County came to our gym to play in our second Dig Pink game of the week. In J.V. action, our team avenged an early season loss with a straight set 2-0 win over the Mountaineers.

On the varsity side, Rapp played a great game against the district leader but fell short in a 3-1 loss. Tonight (Oct. 10), all three of our volleyball teams have their final Dig Pink games: J.P. takes on United Christian, while the J.V. and varsity squads do battle against Strasburg.

Don’t forget, tonight’s games will feature the athletic director kissing a pig in the gym before the varsity game, keeping a pledge to do so if our teams raised over $2,000 dollars for the Dig Pink cause. A big thank you to all the members of our community who have supported our Dig Pink raffles and fundraisers!

Our football teams had games last week but fell short of a win in both contests. Last Thursday (Oct. 3), our Junior Panthers fell to another large Buford team, making some positive plays but unable to find the end zone. The story was much the same for our varsity gridiron gang at Friday’s Homecoming game (Oct. 4), as varsity fell to the visiting Ponies of Chincoteague. This week our J.P. team returned to home action last night against Harper’s Ferry, hoping for a repeat of our earlier victory over the Tigers. Varsity travels to Hancock Maryland tomorrow night (Friday, Oct. 11), and results of both games will be in next week’s article.

Fall seasons are coming close to their ends, hard as that is to believe, and Rapp is looking forward to hosting some playoff games in mid to late October and even into November. Be sure to check out the athletic website for all the latest schedules and game times.

Go Rapp!

Jimmy Swindler

Wakefield sports update

Varsity soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls tied Chelsea Academy in a non-conference game on Sept. 30. Goalkeeper Alex Foster netted a penalty kick; Campbell Baker also scored for the Owls, but the Knights scored twice, ending the game in 2-2 tie — the Owls’ second tie in two games.

The Owls then hosted Fredericksburg Academy for a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) game on Oct. 2, dispatching the Falcon 6-1. Sam Nolan scored in the first two minutes, kicking off the barrage of goals. Shane O’Heir, Gage Landis and Brad Castle scored for the Owls (Castle finished with two goals), with Foster scoring on another penalty kick. The boys’ victory gave them sole possession of first place in the division. Their record is 4-3-2 overall, and 2-0 in the DAC.

Varsity volleyball: The Lady Owls also hosted the Knights from Chelsea Academy in a non-conference match Sept. 30, sweeping the match 3-0. Kim Pankow served five aces in a row (and eight points overall) to begin the first set. Ashlyn Ramey, Pankow and Julia Weir helped put the first set away, 25-12. Those three continued their strong play in the second game, which the Owls took 25-13. Weir’s serving took center stage in game three, as she held it for 11 points and four aces in the 25-9 win. Their record is 8-5 overall and 2-0 in the DAC.

The Lady Owls then hosted Randolph-Macon Academy for a DAC match of two VISAA-ranked teams (R-MA is ranked 15th) on Oct. 1. (In the VISAA Division III poll released that day, the Lady Owls were ranked 18th in the state.) The Lady Owls easily took the first game, 25-8, behind strong serving from Pankow, Anna Clark and Maeve Dale, who singlehandedly served the last 12 points. Despite an early Yellow Jackets lead, the girls took the second game 25-12. Dale and Weir came up big for the Owls with good service and several kills; Vita Vyas served an ace to put the game away. The Lady Owls never trailed in the third game, eventually winning 25-12 and completing their first win over a state-ranked opponent this season.

Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to Fredericksburg Christian School for a DAC race on Oct. 1, joining 156 other runners in the packed meet. Michael Chen placed 29th overall with a time of 20:05; Jerry Li placed 108th in 28:07. Jessica Leskovec was the top finisher for the girl’s team in 50th place with a time of 27:57; Peyton Wei finished 61st in a time of 28:56.

Cleaning up the Trail

WCDS students spent a day working along the Appalachian Trail to learn about and help eradicate invasive plant species. Led by volunteer James Akerson, seven international students in Brad Boelter’s science class pulled Japanese stilt grass along the Trumbo Hollow portion of the AT, near Linden. Several hikers passed the group along the way, including one man bound all the way to Georgia, and two women who preferred the name “strollers” as opposed to “day hikers.”

The grass was originally introduced as a packing/protective material used by shippers to shield china and other fragile pieces imported from Asia. Students were able to easily pull the knee high grass and pile it along the trail, clearing the way for the native nodding trillium that is a natural part of this portion of the Trail. The class plans on working next month to help rid the same area of the invasive autumn olive plant.

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