School & sports news for Nov. 7

Volleyball wins fifth straight championship

The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls hosted Saint Michael the Archangel High School in a DAC quarterfinal match on Oct. 29, quickly dispatching the Warriors in a 3-0 sweep. Anna Clark served the last eight points of the game, including four aces, while Ashlyn Ramey held her serve for 19 straight points (with 10 aces) in the second game. Game three was briefly tied at eight before a Kendall Carroll kill gave the girls the lead for good. Kim Pankow served three straight aces and Vita Vyas held her serve for the last nine points of the game; the Owls won 25-10.

The Lady Owls then hosted Foxcroft School in a semifinal match on Oct. 31. Foxcroft grabbed an early 9-6 in the first game before Ramey laced six straight aces to give the girls a 14-10 lead. Unforced errors gave Foxcroft the first match win, however, 25-20. The girls evened the game at 1-1 after Ramey again blew open a close game, with the girls up 8-5, by holding her serve for 10 straight points (five aces). Foxcroft lead the third game 19-15; three kills by Julia Weir and one each from Carroll, Clark and Pankow narrowed the gap to 22-20. Carroll served the game-winning ace, giving the girls a 27-25 win and 2-1 lead. Maeve Dale began the third game with an ace, and the Owls never looked back, winning 25-14 and advancing to the DAC finals (against Quantico Middle/High School) for the fifth straight year.

In the DAC finals on Nov. 1, the Owls took the home crowd out of it with two early set wins. The Warriors battled back, however, evening the match at 2-2 and leading to a deciding fifth game. Dale had back-to-back kills in the fifth game, while Clark’s ace gave the girls an 8-4 lead. Consecutive Warriors’ hitting errors pushed the lead to 11-7; Carroll’s game-winning kill gave the Owls a 15-8 win and their fifth consecutive DAC championship. Their record is 16-7 overall. The girls were again ranked 17th in the most recent VISAA Division III poll.

Meanwhile, the Owls’ varsity soccer team hosted Fredericksburg Academy for the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) championship game on Oct. 29. After a first half highlighting each team’s defensive strengths, conference Player of the Year Tim Johns netted a long shot to give the Owls a 1-0 halftime lead. Brad Castle scored off a pass from Daiki Doi to seal the deal for Owls, giving them their fifth straight DAC championship, 2-0. Several players on the team — Johns, Alex Foster, Sam Mullany, Sam Nolan and Shane O’Heir — were named first team All-DAC; Gage Landis received an Honorable Mention. Their Owls finished the season at 7-3-3 overall.

The AD’s report

With fall’s regular season now in the books, Rapp sports enters relatively uncharted waters as four teams advance into postseason play.

Our varsity cross county teams traveled to Washington and Lee (of Montross) last Wednesday and our girls brought home the Rappahannock River Conference championship trophy with a first-place team finish. Led by Julia Wood’s first-place finish, highlights included top-10 finishes for Emily Allen, Emma Endre and Kayla McGhee, with Lily Endre finishing 11th.

The boys team finished just two points shy of bringing home the runner-up trophy. Gavin Jenkins again turned in a first-place finish, with Amrit Tamang and Evan Hitt placing in the top 10 and Shane L’Amoreaux adding a 14th-place finish. All of those runners earned all-district medals by virtue of their top 15 finishes, and Jake Demory earned a certificate with his third-place finish in the developmental race. Finishing off the successful day, coach James Sharpe came home with the conference Coach of the Year award for girls cross country.

Both teams qualified for regionals and traveled to Williamsburg Wednesday night to prepare for the regional meet today (Thursday, Nov. 7). Girls race at 2:15, boys at 3.

Senior Kaitlyn Jenkins, joined by her coach, Courtney Atkins, was recently named to the Bull Run District First Team Volleyball Squad.
Senior Kaitlyn Jenkins, joined by her coach, Courtney Atkins, was recently named to the Bull Run District First Team Volleyball Squad. Courtesy photo

Varsity volleyball won their quarterfinal game last Tuesday against George Mason and advanced to the semifinal game last Thursday, falling to eventual Bull Run District champion Madison County. The team took solace from the loss knowing that they had advanced to the second round of the Bull Run tournament for the first time in three years and from the knowledge that one of their own, senior player Kaitlyn Jenkins, was named to the Bull Run District First Team Volleyball Squad. Kaitlyn, accompanied by coach Courtney Atkins, received her medal and certificate at the championship game this past Saturday night.

This week, varsity also started on the road to the state playoffs, hosting a Rappahannock River Conference quarterfinal on Tuesday (Nov. 5). Rapp won that match, dominating Colonial Beach in three straight games and advancing to the Rappahannock River Conference semifinal and final this Saturday (starting at 3:30 p.m. at Northumberland High School). If Rapp wins the RRC tournament, they will host a Region 1A-East quarterfinal playoff at 7 p.m. next Tuesday. Check for scores and game plans.

Theater travels to West Point High School this Saturday to participate in the Region 1A-East theater festival. Competing against seven other schools from the region, performances begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day, with the winning team and runner up advancing to the state championship festival. Good luck to our theater troupe, led by last year’s Bull Run Director of the Year, Russell Paulette!

Keep in touch with Rapp Spots though this paper and our athletic website to follow our fall teams as they continue their quest for postseason honors and our winter teams as their seasons get underway.

Jimmy Swindler

RCES elects new SCA officers

Earlier this month, Rappahannock County Elementary School students voted for SCA officers for the 2013-2014 school year. Students in grades four through seven gathered for an assembly where candidates running for office had the opportunity to give speeches in an effort to garner votes. The students then returned to homerooms to cast their votes for president, vice-president, secretary and historian.

RCES’ new SCA representatives are (from left) historian Skylar Culbertson, secretary Sophia Hernandez, president Sam Barnes and vice-president Savannah Hensley.
RCES’ new SCA representatives are (from left) historian Skylar Culbertson, secretary Sophia Hernandez, president Sam Barnes and vice-president Savannah Hensley. Courtesy photo

In order to have their name on the ballot, all candidates had to be in good academic standing, obtain two teacher recommendations and get 50 student signatures. Each candidate also created personalized posters and delivered a speech in front of the student body.

Seventh-grader Sam Barnes was elected president. His duties include leading the meetings and coordinating the actions of the SCA; he’ll also bring ideas and questions to the principal. Victorious in her run for vice-president was fellow seventh-grader Savannah Hensley, whose duties include assisting the president and leading committees. Sixth-grader Sophia Hernandez was voted in as secretary. Her duties include taking neat and legible notes at all meetings, as well as publicizing events. Another sixth grader, Skylar Culbertson, was elected as historian.

Each homeroom in grades four through seven chose a representative to attend all meetings and report back to their respective homerooms. We wish our officers and representatives the best and we are proud of all those who ran for office.

Karen Ellis

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