School & sports news for Oct. 24

The AD’s report

Rapp completed another successful week in their fall season, again posting a strong winning percentage in all their athletic contests.

Football led the way with our Junior Panther team racking up their third win of the season on Oct. 14 against Prospect Heights in a 26-6 victory. J.P. football wraps up its season with an away game this Monday (Oct. 28) at 4:30 p.m. at Locust Grove.

Varsity football bookended the week’s events with a contest under the lights on Friday (Oct. 18) against Quantico High School. While a win eluded them, it was an exciting game which saw our team put up 35 points. Ben Montgomery recorded 260 combined yards of offense and three touchdowns — including two electrifying kickoff returns for scores. Gus Norris also scored two TDs and had almost 100 yards rushing, while Gary Jenkins added to the offensive output with yardage in both the receiving and rushing categories. Varsity wraps up its season tomorrow night, (Friday, Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. with John Paul the Great High School, a night on which we will also honor our football, cross country and band seniors.

Cross country saw our middle school teams take wins over Madison County last Wednesday (Oct. 16) and then take two more Valley Middle School Conference Championship trophies on Thursday at the Conference Championship. Led again by Sam Barnes and MacKenzie Haunold, our J.P. harriers dominated the fields as they have almost all season.

Varsity cross country hosted Madison and Page last Wednesday (Oct. 16), with our boys finishing second as a team and our girls taking the top spot. Gavin Jenkins and Julia Wood again turned in standout performances, with both finishing in first place, and had strong support from their teammates — highlighted by Emily Allen’s second place finish and Emma Endre’s sixth place finish on the girls’ side, and Amrit Tamang’s third place finish and Justin Ramey’s eighth place showing for the boys’ side. The varsity teams competed yesterday (Wednesday, Oct. 23) in the Bull Run District Championship Meet (details in next week’s article). Next week also starts the road to States with the Rappahannock River Conference Meet next Wednesday (Oct. 30) at Washington & Lee High School in Montross. The first runners take off at 3:40 p.m.

Junior Panther soccer advanced to the semifinal round of the VMSC tourney last Thursday (Oct. 17), but fell to county rivals Wakefield Country Day. Our J.P. team scored first, but could not match ensuing scores by the Owls. Despite the loss, Coach White, supported by Coach Jenkins, reported she was very pleased with the progress made by the team this season and we all look forward to their contribution to our J.V. and varsity teams in the future.

Scholastic Bowl opened its season Monday night (Oct. 22) at William Monroe, facing both Monroe and defending district champ George Mason. At the end of the night, Rapp had a split evening, taking the opening match handily over William Monroe, but dropping a contest to Mason.  Our team’s next match is Nov. 4 at Strasburg.

Volleyball had a busy week with one team ending their season on a high note and two others wrapping theirs up in similar fashion. Our Junior Panther girls took a straight set victory at home last Thursday (Oct. 17) against St. Joe’s in a VMSC semifinal game. The championship game (Oct. 21) once again featured our girls dominated the opponents, Randolph Macon Academy, en route to claiming their second straight regular season and tournament championship trophies, presented at game’s end.

Coach Wyatt’s season was not over yet, however, as he presided over a dramatic come-from-behind victory over William Monroe last Thursday (Oct. 17)  and then lead the J.V. team to Warren County on Tuesday (Oct. 22), where they dropped an equally dramatic three-game set to the Wildcats. Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 24) is JV’s last game, at Central, and a win will clinch a first-place season finish for our J.V. girls.

Varsity volleyball dropped a tough game last Thursday (Oct. 17) to William Monroe, the Bull Run District second-place team with only two losses on the season. Tuesday (Oct. 22), varsity travelled to Warren County, where they dropped another tough game, their second loss to a 3A school in as many games (Rapp is 1A). Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 24) they travel to Central, another 3A school, seeking to avenge a loss from earlier this season. With a win over Central, varsity should clinch the right to host a Bull Run District Quarterfinal game next Tuesday (Oct. 29) at 7 p.m.

Keep in touch with Rapp Spots though this paper and our athletic website to get the latest playoff updates as our teams seek to extend their seasons and gain post season honors.

Jimmy Swindler

A student’s perspective on Mountain Vista Governor’s School

Shelby Burnett, a senior at Rappahannock County High School, presented at the last school board meeting (Oct. 8) about her experiences in the regional Mountain Vista Governor’s School program.

“Mountain Vista Governor’s School is an academic year research-based, technology-enhanced, integrated program in mathematics, science and the humanities,” Burnett explained. “The course work is in most cases available as a dual-enrollment college course through Lord Fairfax Community College, and in some cases, we can take Advanced Placement exams for credit as well.”

The regional Mountain Vista Governor’s School (MVGS) offers two separate interest tracks — biology or physics — for students attending from Winchester and Frederick, Warren, Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. Acceptance is highly competitive and involves a thorough application process.

“Students must provide information about academics, extra-curricular activities, services to community, assessments in core academic areas, letters of recommendation and essays responding to particular prompts,” explained Lilo Wolfe, gifted specialist at RCHS. “The Application Review Committee then scores the profile of each student based on criteria such as rigor of studies, prerequisites met, GPA, testing data, teacher recommendations, leadership, discipline record, attendance, participation in activities and organizations and honors or recognitions.”

Students who are accepted into the program begin in their junior year, taking some courses at MVGS on the LFCC campus, and returning to RCHS to finish their course work each day. In their junior year, students take an advanced math course in either calculus or physics, a humanities course that combines English, philosophy, government and science, a science course in either biology or physics and a research course. In their senior year, students take more advanced math and sciences, such as Calculus II, Microbiology or Physics II, a government course, humanities and the second component to their research course.

The emphasis on research at MVGS is perhaps one of the most beneficial aspects of the program for high school students. The two-year culminating research project is a requirement for all students in the program, with much of the experimentation being completed during students’ summer vacation.

Burnett’s research project is called “The Effect of Deforestation on Soil Nitrogen Levels and Invertebrate Density.” MVGS includes four Rappahannock County High School students this year. “Though only few students are accepted,” Wolfe said, “the experience permeates the high school environment through the inspiration and enthusiasm for academic rigor students bring back with them.”

“I’ve loved every second of governor’s school,” Burnett said. “It’s allowed me, coming from a school as small as Rappahannock, to have incredible experiences and meet some incredible people. I have had a blast!”

Wakefield sports update

Varsity soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls hosted Emmanuel Christian School in a Delaney Athletic Conference game on Oct. 15, winning easily 8-0 and gaining sole possession of first place in the DAC division II. The team’s seniors — players Sean Brown, Alex Foster and Sam Nolan, and manager Johnny You — were honored for their contributions to championship seasons directly following the game. They will be missed. Foster, usually the team goalkeeper, played in the field and recorded his first hat trick; Johns scored once and added three assists, while Nolan notched a late-game goal and assist. Shane O’Heir, Gage Landis and Campbell Baker also scored for the Owls. Their record is 5-3-3 overall and 3-0 in the DAC.

Varsity volleyball: The Lady Owls continued conference play against Foxcroft School on Oct. 15 in a match to determine second place in the DAC. Despite early service struggles, the Lady Owls prevailed in the first game, 25-14, behind strong play from Anna Clark, Ashlyn Ramey, Julia Weir and Maeve Dale. Foxcroft took advantage of more service errors in the second game, winning 26-24. The  Owls took game three 25-19 and, despite a Foxcroft rally, took game four, 25-21. The 3-1 victory gave the girls sole possession of second place and pushed them into double digit wins for the fifth year in a row.

The Lady Owls then hosted Riverfront Christian in a non-conference match on Oct. 16, honoring seniors Emily Hennessy, Kim Pankow, Sydney Penza, Vita Vyas and manager Michael Stone after the game. All of these student athletes have contributed to the Owls’ championship streak and will be missed next season. The Owls again struggled with their serve, but built a lead behind three aces from Pankow and two kills from Dale. The girls committed a handful of unforced errors that allowed the Rams to close the gap, but eventually won 25-20. Vyas, Hennessy, Alyssa Soldo, Dale and Penza’s strong play (Penza served the Owls’ final point of the night) helped them to a 3-0 match win. Their record is 11-6 overall. The girls were ranked 17th in the most recent VISAA Division III poll.

Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to Randolph-Macon Academy for a DAC race on Oct. 15. Michael Chen was the top finisher, placing 29th overall in a time of 20:25. Lucas DuMez finished 34th with a time of 20:46. Unfortunately, Jessica Leskovec did not get to run due to some confusion with the start of the girl’s race. Seniors Jerry Li and Michael Chen were recognized for their contributions to the cross country program following the meet.

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