School & sports news for Nov. 21

The AD’s report

Fall seasons came to a spectacular close this past Saturday, with Rapp athletes and teams taking titles and awards as they have all season long.

After placing second in the state, the RCHS girls cross-country team poses on the podium at Great Meadows: From left, Lily Eisner, Kayla McGhee, first-place runner Julia Wood, Emily Allen (seventh place), Lily Endre, Emma Dee Endre, Kathryn Fisher, Rita Cliffton, Taylor Ordile, Kelsie Strobel and Katelyn Fisher.Donna McGrath
After placing second in the state, the RCHS girls cross-country team poses on the podium at Great Meadows: From left, Lily Eisner, Kayla McGhee, first-place runner Julia Wood, Emily Allen (seventh place), Lily Endre, Emma Dee Endre, Kathryn Fisher, Rita Cliffton, Taylor Ordile, Kelsie Strobel and Katelyn Fisher.

Cross country dominated the sports news with a fantastic season finale at last Saturday’s state meet at Great Meadows. The girls’ team led the way, led themselves by Rapp’s newest State Champ Julia Wood, who won the Group 1A XC title. The girls took second overall, bringing home a state runner-up trophy to add to the awards case, made possible by a strong team showing — including Emily Allen’s seventh-place finish and four others in the top 40 — combined with Julia’s first-place finish. This is a fitting capstone to a season that included conference and regional championships, and many runners on the all-conference, all-region and all-state teams.

Boys cross country was led by freshman Gavin Jenkins, who finished seventh and led the team to an eighth-place finish in the state meet. Three other runners finished in the top 50, with all runners posting personal bests, promising more good things to come for the boys. Many Rapp Sports fans were on hand Saturday to witness our teams’ accomplishments and all look forward to reserving  that date on next year’s November calendar.

Varsity volleyball finished their season last week with a regional playoff loss to defending state champ Alta Vista. Despite the end to their season, the varsity team has much to be proud of, having brought home a Rappahannock River Conference runner-up trophy and having earned all-Bull Run District and All-Rapp River Conference accolades. Kaitlyn Jenkins was named first-team for both district and conference, while Maddie Kopjanski, Amber Dodson and Kayla Robey all earned second-team all-conference honors. Coach Atkins is already looking forward to next season, with plans in progress for a travel volleyball team in the offseason.

Last Wednesday (Nov. 13), the Fall Athletic Awards Celebration was held in the high school auditorium. A packed house was on hand to see players awarded with MVP and Coaches Trophies and to view Rapp’s newest team trophies. A complete listing of the award winners is below.

With fall sports over, winter spots began in earnest as our wrestlers, scholastic bowlers and basketball players all saw action. Stay in touch with Rapp Sports through our athletic website to get all the latest schedules and scores.

Go Rapp sports!

Jimmy Swindler

Quiz Bowl drops a close one

The Panthers Scholastic Bowl team dropped to 7-3 in Bull Run play Monday night (Nov. 18). Madison County forfeited their game for a Rapp win, and the team lost in a nail-biter to Manassas Park by a score of 185-195. Despite a slim lead in the first round, the score was very close during the entire match; the Panthers failed to correctly answer a European geography question at the last second to tie the game and force a sudden-death tiebreaker.

Since Madison did not show, the home crowd was entertained by a Rapp vs. Rapp scrimmage and a scrimmage of Rapp and Manassas Park second-stringers, which resulted in a lopsided Rappahannock win of 190-95, featuring new senior player R.T. Leake as top scorer. Scholastic Bowl has now played every Bull Run team once and will be on hiatus until Dec. 2.

The newest Marching Virginians

Three Rappahannock residents are the newest members of the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech: Castleton’s Katie Hale, and Woodville residents Taylor Light and Lauren Light.

Hale, a sophomore and music major, was selected as a clarinet player. Senior Taylor Light is also a music major, and was selected as a piccolo musician. Meanwhile, freshman Lauren Light was selected as a trumpet player; she’s majoring in psychology.

Commonly known as the Spirit of Tech, the Marching Virginians celebrate their 40th season with entertaining performances and lively music to support the Hokies during the 2013-2014 football season. Under the direction of David McKee and Polly Middleton, the band will feature great American music throughout the season.

Founded in 1974, the Marching Virginians have performed for hundreds of football games and parades. The band has also received numerous compliments for outstanding performances at Virginia Tech’s recent bowl games.

RCHS fall sports awards

Varsity boys cross country:

MVP — Gavin Jenkins
Coaches Award — Amrit Tamang

Varsity girls cross country:

MVP — Julia Wood
Coaches Award — Emily Allen

J.P. girls cross country:

MVP — Mackenzie Haunold
Coaches Award — Skylar Culbertson

J.P. boys cross country:

MVP — Sam Barnes
Coaches Award — Connor Culbertson

Varsity cheer:

Coaches Awards — Mikayla Zook and Autumn King

J.P. cheer:

Coaches Awards — Tatyana Yates and Megan Dodson

J.P. boys soccer:

MVP — Mark Hensley
Coaches Award — Trey Jenkins

Varsity volleyball:

MVP — Kaitlyn Jenkins
Coaches Award — Shelby Burnett
Defensive Specialist — Amber Dodson

J.V. volleyball:

MVP — Amber Smoot
Coaches Award — Kayla Brown

J.P. volleyball:

MVP — Sarah East
Coaches Award — Carrington Wayland

J.P. football:

MVP — Johnny Beard
Coaches Award — Michael Reid

Varsity football:

MVP — Aaron Dodson
Coaches Awards — Ben Montgomery and Gus Norris

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