School & sports news for Jan. 23

The AD’s report

With the winter holidays over, Rapp Sports have returned to action on the court, mat and podium.

Scholastic Bowl captured the Rapp River Conference Tournament on Jan. 11 with four straight wins at Colonial Beach. Individual honors included first team and Player of the Conference honors for James MacLeod, second team honors for R.T. Leake and Coach of the Year for Dave Naser. The squad returns to Colonial Beach on Feb. 1 for the Region 1A East Tourney, with the top two team finishers headed to states. Congrats to our Scholastic Bowlers and good luck to the as they continue through the postseason.

Varsity wrestling has suffered from the weather, losing two events in the past week. They did manage to squeeze in one match with Warren County last week and despite a team loss, there were impressive showings by Dylan Hitt (who won his 155th match), Amrit Tamang, David Smoot (his 65th victory) and others. Varsity travels to Madison this Saturday for a tournament as they gear up for the Bull Run Tournament on Feb. 1, and then prepare to host the Rapp River Tourney on Feb. 8. Mark your calendar now for this first ever Rapp River Conference event and be on hand as our varsity wrestlers take those first steps on the road to states.

Junior Panther wrestling has gotten in their final two events, hosting their last event, a quad meet last week, and traveling to Locust Grove the week before. Coaches Kelly and Coffroth are very pleased with the individual victories posted by their wrestlers and are excited about these future varsity grapplers.

Coach Robbie Thornhill confers with Panther varsity basketball players during a timeout in last week’s close game against Strasburg.
Coach Robbie Thornhill confers with Panther varsity basketball players during a timeout in last week’s close game against Strasburg. Amy Hitt

Varsity basketball has had their schedule battered by the weather but has managed to get in some games as they pass the midpoint of their season. Victories have been elusive, although the level of competition is clearly up over recent years. The boys team came close to wins in tight contests with both Colonial Beach and Manassas Park, while the girls have been working though a shooting slump but still managing to be competitive in contests with district and non-district foes. Both teams have a home game tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 24) against in-county rival Wakefield Country Day School; tipoff is 6 p.m.

Rapp’s Junior Panther basketball teams have been on a tear, with the boys posting a 12-1 record and currently in the midst of an eight-game winning streak. The girls have posted a 5-5 record and are in the midst of their own four-game win streak. In addition to being undefeated and holding first place in the Valley Middle School Conference, both teams have fared very well against local public school competition, a very good sign for the future. Weather has impacted their schedules, with games against William Monroe this past Tuesday being postponed. Today (Thursday, Jan. 23), both J.P. teams host WCDS, beginning with a 3:30 p.m. boys B-team game. Girls tip off at 4:30, followed by the boys’ A-team at 5:45. Make plans now to attend the VMSC playoff games, which both teams will be hosting beginning Feb. 2 at the high school gym.

One final note: Be sure to attend the varsity basketball games tomorrow to see the dedication of Rapp’s new Conference, Regional and State Championship banners from fall sports and the unveiling of State Champion Julia Wood’s records on our Track Wall in the gym. The dedications happen just before tipoff of the boys’ game. Go Rapp!

Jimmy Swindler

WCDS sports update

Varsity girls basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls hosted Mountain View Christian for a non-conference game on Jan. 13, losing a tough match-up 37-35. The teams were evenly matched throughout the first half, and were tied at 17 at halftime. Three three-pointers from Mountain View in the fourth quarter were enough to give them the hard-fought win. Maeve Dale led the girls with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Emily Hennessy hit three big three-pointers and added five rebounds. Kim Pankow scored eight points and had three assists. Tatumn Vaught scored a basket but pulled down six rebounds and had three steals.

The Lady Owls traveled to Quantico Middle/High School for a Delaney Athletic Conference game on Jan. 16, and were dropped into another hard-fought contest. Despite a one-point halftime lead, the Owls eventually fell 38-37, mostly due to turnovers. Individual stats were not available for this game. The girls, who moved up one spot to number seven in the Jan. 14 VISAA state poll, are 4-3 overall.

Varsity boys basketball: The Owls also traveled to Quantico Middle /High School for an important DAC game on Jan. 16 and emerged victorious, 44-41. Thanks to three Sean Brown three-pointers, the Owls held a 26-19 halftime lead. The Warriors battled back, however, and outscored the Owls in the third. Good fourth-quarter free throw shooting eventually gave the boys the DAC win. Alex Foster led all scorers with 22 points. Sean Brown tallied 11 points; Michael Stone added six points and Tim Johns hit five foul shots. Their record is 2-1 in the DAC and 5-3 overall.

Varsity swimming: The Owls traveled to two swim meets over the weekend — a six-team meet at Fredericksburg Academy on Jan. 10 (where the boys beat Highland School in a head-to-head competition), and another seven-team meet at Saint Michael the Archangel. Over the weekend, of particular interest, every swimmer new to the sport swam the 200m free and the 400m free. These are the “big boy” events that most high schools swimmers never even attempt. Clearly, WCDS Swimming is striving for excellence! Josephine Burns earned the WCDS Swimming Owl Award for her efforts at both meets.

WCDS students visit story time

WCDS students and Owl mascot recently visited Samuels Library to help young students learn about winter (and owls, naturally).
WCDS students and Owl mascot recently visited Samuels Library to help young students learn about winter (and owls, naturally). Courtesy photo

Samuels Library in Front Royal had a few special visitors recently, as students, teachers and the Owl mascot from WCDS were on hand to help the library’s youngest readers learn about winter, do a little math and investigate interesting facts about owls. Led by Kathy Jacobs, the students and Owl read and danced with the toddlers and preschool children; meanwhile, science teacher Jeff Perry gave a brief presentation about owls in our area.

Later, the WCDS visitors helped the children make snowmen as part of the craft time during the youngsters story time visit. Parents of these little ones even had their pictures taken with the Owl. The story time was part of the library’s efforts to build on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as part of their children’s programming. WCDS will be participating in the story time again, so watch for more programming details.

Dodson makes SU dean’s list

Sperryville’s Brittani Dodson made the dean’s list at Shenandoah University this semester. In order to be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete at least 12 credit hours, have no grade lower than a C- and earn an overall GPA of at least 3.25. Dodson is a nursing major.

RCES students are Smokey contenders

Smokey the Bear poster contest winners (from left) Ava Sheridan and Heather Williams pose with their winning entries.
Smokey the Bear poster contest winners (from left) Ava Sheridan and Heather Williams pose with their winning entries. Courtesy photo

There are two Rappahannock County Elementary School finalists in the U.S. Forest Service and National Garden Clubs’ annual Smokey the Bear poster contest, sponsored locally by the Rappahannock County Garden Club.

Ava Sheridan and Heather Williams’ posters will now be sent to the Shenandoah District competition, and (potentially) to the state for judging. State winners are finally judged at the National level. The National Garden Club will announce the winners at their National convention in the spring.

Winning entries in each of five grades receive a cash prize; the grand prize national winner wins a trip to Washington, D.C. for the awards ceremony. Both Sheridan and Williams received a gift certificate to Sweet Frog in recognition of their talents.

4-H camp registration starts soon

The 2014 4-H summer camp programs include:

4-H Day Camp: Campers participate in workshops (rocketry, fishing, drama, cooking, make-up and more), daily swimming and afternoon activities that include a talent show and carnival. Bus transportation is provided, as well as all camp supplies, daily snacks, and a t-shirt. (June 9-13; ages 6 to 13; $65)

4-H Outdoor Adventure Travel Day Camp: Campers spend a week travelling to various nearby locations to participate in outdoor activities: Hiking, swimming, a ropes’ course, fishing, climbing walls, canoeing and more. Bus transportation is provided to/from RCES, where this camp will be based. (June 23-27; ages 9 to 13; $210)

4-H Splish Splash Water Travel Camp: Campers spend a week staying wet by swimming, canoeing, kayaking or tubing in lakes, pools and rivers, and will visit Splash Down Water Park. Bus transportation is provided to/from RCES, where this camp will be based. (July 21-25; ages 9 to 13; $210)

Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock Overnight 4-H Camp: Campers spend five days and four nights at the Northern Virginia 4-H Ed Center where they will participate in morning workshops, daily swimming, and evening programs like a talent show and a dance. Each day ends with a campfire, songs and skits. (Aug. 3-7; ages 9 to 13; $260)

Registration for the 4-H Summer Camps is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Extension office (311-J Gay St., Washington, just above Tula’s off Main). If you are unable to register your child for camp in person, complete the registration form and give it to a friend to bring to the office, along with the $50 non-refundable deposit. Scholarships are available.

Registration is first-come, first-serve, with in-person registrations prioritized over those in the mail. Registration forms are available beginning Tuesday (Jan. 28). For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.

— Jenny Kapsa

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