Last week Old Man Winter and his partner Jack Frost teamed up to keep our Rapp Athletes off the court and the mat, although we still managed to get in a few contests (and a few victories).
Varsity wrestling saw its Bull Run District meet at Manassas Park last week pinned by the weather, but did manage to get to Madison for a tournament last Saturday (Jan. 25). Paired up against some tough competition, our team saw wins from Dylan Hitt, Amrit Tamang and David Smoot, building momentum for the Feb. 8 Rapp River Conference Tournament, to be held in the RCHS gym. This week our grapplers took to the road, traveling to Central Woodstock Tuesday night, Manassas Park Wednesday night, and then to Warren County on Saturday for the Bull Run District Tournament.
Both varsity basketball squads also saw last week’s games cancelled or postponed by the weather. Varsity did get in a game Monday (Jan. 27) night against Warren County; both teams fell to the district leader. On Tuesday (Jan. 28), the girls traveled to George Mason while the Mustangs faced the varsity boys last night (Wednesday, Jan. 29).
Tonight (Thursday, Jan. 30) at 6:45 p.m., the girls host Madison County, which doubles as the rescheduled night for our banner dedication: Shortly before tipoff, we’ll honor our volleyball and girls’ cross country teams, along with Rapp runner Julia Wood, whose new track records will be recognized. The community is urged to attend and celebrate the accomplishments of our student athletes in what we hope will become an annual tradition.
Junior Panther basketball also had its schedule iced by the weather, but did manage to take the court this past Monday (Jan. 27) against two strong Luray Middle School teams. The girls saw their four-game win streak end with a tight eight-point loss to an undefeated Luray team, while the boys extended their win streak to nine with a decisive win over their Bulldog counterparts.
Last Saturday (Jan. 25), many members of the girls team took part in a sixth-grade-and-under tournament at Mountain View Christian Academy, coming home with the championship trophy. Both J.P. teams took the court last night (Wednesday, Jan. 29) against William Monroe, with the boys hoping to avenge their only loss of the season. Tomorrow night (Friday, Jan. 31), the J.P. girls accompany the varsity team for a doubleheader at Mountain View.
The Valley Middle School Conference Basketball Tournament is next week and both our teams, having taken the regular season championship, have earned a first-round bye and will host semifinal playoff games on Tuesday (Feb. 4); girls tip-off is 4:30, boys at 5:45. Come out and see for yourself how bright the future is for basketball in Rappahannock!
Last but not least, best of luck to our Scholastic Bowl team, who travel back to Colonial Beach High School this Saturday (Feb.1) for the Region 1A East Tournament. A first- or second-place finish advances them to states, and coaches Dave Naser and Brad Weeks have been grilling the team relentlessly to prepare them for this next level of competition. Questions start at noon, with results (and a possible states berth) in next week’s article.
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity swimming: The Wakefield Country Day School Owls traveled to a swim meet at Saint Michael the Archangel on Jan. 18. It was a highly successful meet for the Owls, as every swimmer posted at least one personal best. Josephine Burns dropped time in both the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Backstroke, while fellow Lady Owls Harmony Lindstrom and Kathryn Phillippe improved in the 200 and 100 Butterfly races, respectively. Phillippe also earned the WCDS Swimming Owl Award for her first-ever 100 Butterfly finish. The team of Lindstrom, Parker, Burns and Phillippe rounded out their day by finishing fourth in the 400 Freestyle Relay. On the boys’ side, Chris O’Heir dropped 10 seconds and finished second in the 500 Freestyle, while Lucas DuMez had firsts in both the 200 IM and 100 Backstroke.
Varsity basketball: Both varsity basketball teams had games with the Front Royal Flames, Fredericksburg Academy and Rappahannock County postponed due to last week’s snowstorm and low temperatures. The boys remain 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Delaney Athletic Conference and 5-3 overall.
The Lady Owls, meanwhile, are 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference, and were recently ranked eighth in the second VISAA State Poll of the season. They are one of five DAC schools who are ranked or are receiving votes in the poll.
Natalie Tupper of Sperryville, a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders, was one of several students recently named to James Madison University’s president’s list for the the fall 2013 semester. Students who earn president’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.9 or above.
The Culpeper Charter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its yearly ceremony for Lee-Jackson Day on Jan. 20, recognizing several students from Rappahannock and Culpeper who participated in its essay and coloring contest.
With several members, including Rappahannock’s own Arthur Candenquist, dressed in period clothing, the UDC also awarded two $1,000 scholarships to RCHS students Dylan and Evan Hitt, sons of Gary and Amy Hitt of Amissville. Both are still undecided about which college to attend.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
First grade: First place, Shannon Dodson; second place, Kamran Mashaw; third place, Ethan Frost and Sydney Gerard
Second grade: First place, Kailyn Deal, second place, Isabella Guzman; third place, David Johnson
Third/fourth grade: First place, Gautam Raut; second place, Emily Shipe; third place, Samuel Pories
Fifth/sixth grade: First place, Rachel Weghorst
Seventh grade: First place, Annsley Rider
Tenth grade: First place, Kendall Rider