School & sports news for Dec. 26

Dale scores 1,000th career point

Wakefield Country Day School’s Maeve Dale reached a career milestone and set a school record by scoring her 1,000th career varsity point in a Dec. 13 victory over Emmanuel Christian School. Dale, a junior, became the first girl in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and joins three other Owls in the 1,000-point club: her brother Patrick Dale, Andrew Smith and Brian Shafran.

Dale is a three-time first team all-conference performer and a two-time Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) Division II Player of the Year. She led her team to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association State Division III basketball tournament last year (the team was ranked in every state poll last season). Last year, she was also named second team VISAA all-state in Division III.

She scored 152 points her eighth grade year, which was cut short when she broke her leg in the middle of the season. Dale scored 413 points her freshmen year and 372 her sophomore year. She has scored 68 points so far this year and has been in double figures every game.

“It is a great reflection on Maeve, her family, her coaches, her teammates and WCDS that she has achieved this career milestone,” said athletic director Mike Costello. “When your older brother has scored 2,000 points, there is a certain amount of pressure to perform and Maeve has handled that beautifully . . . Simply put, Maeve is a high-quality player, as evidenced by her many commendations, but even more importantly, a high-quality student and character. Everyone here at WCDS is proud of what she has accomplished.”

“Maeve Dale is a coach’s dream,” agreed head coach Ann Pankow. “She is an all-around athlete excelling on both offense and defense. Scoring 1,000 points in girls’ basketball is an amazing achievement, and we are so glad she plays for WCDS.”

The AD’s report

Despite weather cancellations and postponements, Rapp Athletics had a very busy and productive two weeks as the teams headed into the holiday break.

Varsity wrestlers traveled to East Rockingham two weeks ago for their first meet, taking a win over the hosts. On Dec. 14, the squad traveled to Berkeley Springs for an individual tournament where many wrestlers scored wins and advanced to the medal round, with Dylan Hitt claiming second place in his weight class. Before that, the varsity squad traveled to George Mason where they defeated both Mason and Skyline High School in team scores. This past weekend, the team was set to travel to Madison for a Duals tournament and then next Saturday (Dec. 28), they’ll be on the road to Broadway for a 12-team tourney. Coach Alex Coffroth has been very pleased with early season results and is extremely optimistic about both individual and team chances for postseason distinction.

Junior Panther wrestlers traveled to Warren County three weeks ago for an individual tournament where several of wrestlers finished fourth (in fields of 10 to 14) and Josh Bennett finished second in his weight class. J.P. then hosted a quad match, defeating both William Monroe and Harpers Ferry Middle School, dropping a close one to Charles Town Middle. The squad returns to action Jan. 9 at Warren County to face the Wildcats and Harpers Ferry and Coach Kelly says they’ll be looking to continue their winning ways.

Junior Panther boys basketball has had a slew of games, with the boys defeating Winchester Academy, Shenandoah Academy, Warren County and Luray, dropping only one close loss to William Monroe earlier this week. A well-balanced quick attack has been the key to the boys’ success, with Ryan Atkins, Colby Frye and Ethan Sumner pouring in many of the points. The boys were set to play next on Friday (Dec. 20) at home against Fresta Valley. J.P. girls have not had quite as many games due to weather cancellations, having dropped games to William Monroe and Luray but taking a strong win over Valley Middle School Conference opponent Shenandoah Valley Academy. Both boys’ and girls’ teams travel to VMSC opponent St. Joe’s in Martinsburg, W.Va. Jan. 2, with their next home game coming on Jan. 6 against Madison County.

Varsity basketball teams have both picked up early wins, with both boys and girls taking a victory over Fresta Valley two weeks ago at home. District wins have proved elusive, with the teams dropping contests to George Mason and Rapp River Conference foe Rappahannock. The girls were to face Rappahannock at home last Thursday, followed by the boys contest at home with Madison County the same night. Both teams return to action in early January, with the boys traveling to Clarke County on Jan. 2 and the girls hosting Clarke Jan. 3. Coaches Thornhill and Fisher report that while they are not happy with the losses, improvement over recent seasons has been apparent and continued movement in that direction is sure to bring Rapp a Bull Run District win soon, something our programs have not seen in several years.

The Rapp Athletic Department wishes all our players, fans and parents a very happy holiday and invites you to visit our website at to see our original holiday message (under the announcements tab) and to view the current schedule. Hope to see you all at a game soon!

— Jimmy Swindler

Two more Quiz Bowl wins

Rappahannock County High School hosted Warren County and Central-Woodstock teams Monday (Dec. 16), with the Panthers garnering two more Scholastic Bowl wins to bring the team record to 8-4. (Dec. 9 matches against Clarke and Strasburg were canceled by weather; it’s not yet certain when they’ll be rescheduled.)

Against Central, Rapp took an early 65-40 lead in round one, with three correct answers by senior R.T. Leake and four from junior captain James MacLeod. In the second round, Brittany Adams and Daniel Schlosser went in and maintained the 25-point margin. Rapp opened up in the third round, scoring 85 to Central’s 40 for a final of 200-130. MacLeod scored five correct answers, Schlosser had two and junior Jon Streu had one correct answer on British literature.

In the Warren County match, Rapp started out nervously, scoring eight correct answers but with three penalties, to lead 65-30. MacLeod had six correct answers, Henry Mason two. Jane Purnell and Gabe Hernandez came in, but not much happened in round two, with Rapp scoring 50 and Warren 30. In round three, Rapp scored 95 points to Central’s 35, with seven correct answers from MacLeod, two from Leake and one from Mason. The final score: Rapp 210, Warren County 95. For the night, MacLeod scored 170 points after six penalties, while Leake was second with 60.

The team now prepares for Conference 43 tournament against Northern Neck schools to be played at Colonial Beach Jan. 11. The top team in that group is Essex County (7-1); Rapp coach David Naser feels they are beatable. “Many of the Northern Neck matches are won by scoring 150 or less points. As has been said many times, if we can consistently score over 200, we’re going to win a lot of matches.”

WCDS sports update

Varsity girls’ basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls traveled to Tandem Friends School for a non-conference game on Dec. 11. Cold shooting plagued both teams, but the Lady Owls managed to hold a 16-6 lead at the half. A 13-point third quarter cemented the Owls’ lead, giving them a 33-12 victory. Dale outscored the Badgers with 14 points and completed a double-double with 10 rebounds. She also added four assists. Kim Pankow contributed 11 points, led the team with five assists, added six steals and blocked a shot. Emily Hennessy chipped in four points to go with five rebounds. Tatumn Vaught and Julia Weir also scored.

The Owls then hosted Emmanuel Christian School for a Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) game on Dec. 13, emerging from the Flames with 53-16 victory. Junior Maeve Dale scored her 1,000th career point during the second quarter, ending her night with another double-double: 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Kim Pankow led the team with a double-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Tatumn Vaught was also in double figures with 11 points and collected six rebounds. Emily Hennessy added eight points. Vita Vyas and Monica Marciano also scored in the game, with Marciano grabbing eight rebounds. Molly Miller had seven rebounds and a steal. The Lady Owls are 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the DAC.

Varsity boys’ basketball: The Owls traveled to the annual Life and Breath Tournament on Dec. 7 at Wakefield School, filling in for a team forced to back out of the tournament. Down two starters, the boys fell to Roanoke in Faith Christian School, 56-18. Alex Foster led the boys with 12 points. Michael Stone and Sean Brown were the only other players to score in the game.

The Owls then traveled to Tandem Friends School for their first DAC game of the season on Dec. 11. The boys got off to slow start, scoring just four points in the first quarter, and eventually lost 58-26. Foster and Stone each scored eight points; Foster also had 10 rebounds, while Stone added seven more. Tim Johns added seven points and four blocked shots. Sean Brown hit a three-point shot off an inbounds play.

The Owls also hosted Emmanuel Christian School for a DAC game on Dec. 13, winning easily 56-24 and shutting out the Flames in the third quarter. Alex Foster finished with 18 points and completed his double-double with 16 rebounds (he also led the team with six assists). Michael Stone ended up with 16 points. Fred Wang pulled down 12 rebounds to go with six points in his first game back from injury, while Sean Brown contributed six points and eight rebounds. Max Lilburn grabbed three rebounds. Their record is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the DAC.

Varsity swimming: The Owls traveled to Fredericksburg Academy for a meet against five other schools on Dec. 6. It was a good swim for the Owls with first place finishes on the boys’ side in the 200 Meter IM (Lucas DuMez), 400 Freestyle (Chris O’Heir) and 400 Meter Freestyle Relay (the team of DuMez, O’Heir, Gray Galeone and Shane O’Heir). Josephine Burns was the top female winner for the Owls, taking fifth place in the 200 IM.

The Owls traveled to the new facility at Central Park in Manassas on Dec. 14 to a meet hosted by Seton School. The tough competition included swimmers from four other schools: Fredericksburg Christian, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Saint Michael’s, Seton School and WCDS. DuMez won the 100 Butterfly and recorded a state qualifying time in that and the 100 Backstroke. The team of DuMez, Chris and Shane O’Heir, and Nile Patel also grabbed first place in the 200 Medley Relay. Burns was the again top girls’ swimmer, finishing sixth in both the 100 Butterfly and 200 Backstroke.

Gillis kicks his way to Coaches’ Award

Benjamin Gillis, a senior at Randolph-Macon Academy, recently received the Coaches’ Award in varsity soccer for the 2013 fall sports season. He was also named to the Patriot Football Conference First Team for kicking, and received honorable mentions for punting and for soccer. Gillis is the son of David Gillis of Front Royal and Gracie Gillis of Flint Hill.

Bringing Christmas to those in need

WCDS third graders used the money they earned doing Chores for Children to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need.
WCDS third graders used the money they earned doing Chores for Children to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need. Courtesy photo

WCDS third graders spent the last two months asking to do chores around the house and in their neighborhoods! These hard-working students did not take on these tasks for their own gain. Instead, Becky Ernest’s class used the money they earned to purchase Christmas gifts for children less fortunate then themselves. Ernest has been participating with her classes in the Chores for Children for the past three years, earning more than $3,100 — including this year’s total of $435. The class then went shopping for Christmas presents so that less fortunate children would have something to open on Christmas Day.

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