School & sports news for Feb. 13

The AD’s report

Although spring sports are just two weeks away, winter continues to exact its toll on Rapp Athletics. Despite the continued reschedules and cancellations however, our Rapp Athletes showed their mettle when given the chance, bringing home victories and even championships last week.

Varsity wrestling, fresh off a strong showing at the Bull Run District Tourney two weeks ago (which featured Dylan Hitt, David Smoot and Christian McCracken taking first, second and third in their respective weight classes) was eagerly anticipating hosting the first ever Rapp River Conference Tournament this past Saturday. Unfortunately weather, or the threat of it, led to a cancellation of the event due to some of our more distant opponents being unwilling to travel so far.

This weekend, Rapp grapplers travel to Parry McClure High School for the Region 1A East Wrestling Championship. Those who qualify go on to the state tourney the following weekend. The regional tourney starts at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 14) and wraps up on Saturday (Feb. 15). If predicted weather materializes and affects the tournament, the hope is that at most we will be looking at a one day delay, with the tournament shifting into just one day (Saturday) or going over Saturday and Sunday (allowed by VHSL in extreme circumstances). Stay tuned to the athletic website for current news about the tournament and good luck to our Rapp wrestlers as they start the road to states.

Junior Panther basketball wrapped up its regular season with a championship — two, in fact. Both teams hosted the Valley Middle School Conference Tournament last week and were awarded the regular season and tournament championship trophies. This was a thrilling finish to a thrilling season, made all the more special by victories over local public schools such as Madison, William Monroe and Luray, as well as future Rapp River Conference opponent Colonial Beach.

The boys’ team ended with an undefeated conference record and only one loss overall, avenged in a rematch at home with William Monroe. The team was a coach’s dream with four players — Ryan Atkins, Ethan Sumner, Colby Frye and Zion Hanberry — all averaging between 8 and 9.8 points a game. On average the team scored 48 points per game, remarkable when you consider that the coaches would call off the press whenever they got up by 15 points!

The girls’ team was also undefeated in the conference. They got some wins in their games against local public schools and played tight games in the losses. And the girls too featured a balanced attack, with Brooklyn Phillips, Olivia Atkins and the East Sisters (Hannah and Sarah) scoring many of the points.   Clearly the future is bright for Rapp basketball, as these players will be fun to watch for years to come.

In varsity basketball our teams wrapped up their regular seasons and are preparing for the first round games in the Rapp River Conference on Tuesday (Feb. 18), with times and locations still undecided. Two of their best games of the season were played on Senior Night last Friday, and while the boys fell in a close game to Manassas Park, the girls achieved their first Bull Run District win in at least four years and their second win in a row, having scored a victory the previous evening at United Christian.  

And in other good news for varsity basketball, freshman Kayla Robey was selected to the All Bull Run District Team, earning second team status — the first time a Rapp player has earned such postseason honors in many years.

Last but most certainly not least, our Scholastic Bowl team, fresh off their Region 1A East Championship, has spent the past week preparing for the State Tournament on Feb. 22 at William & Mary College. Good luck to our Scholastic Bowlers as they seek to bring another state champion trophy to our school.

Stay tuned to the Rapp Athletic Website ( for the latest news on schedules and upcoming events.

Go Rapp!

— Jimmy Swindler

WCDS sports update

Varsity girls basketball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls kicked off a week of non-conference play by hosting Quantico Middle/High School on Feb. 3. Despite slipping a few spots to 11th in the most recent VISAA State Poll, the Lady Owls held strong against the Warriors, surviving a second-half comeback to secure a 45-40 win. Maeve Dale and Emily Hennessy both recorded double-doubles; Dale had 14 points and 18 rebounds to complement four steals and assists, while Hennessy had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Julia Weir grabbed 12 rebounds and scored nine points. Kim Pankow led the team with six steals and also scored five points. Tatumn Vaught contributed four rebounds and two assists. Vita Vyas scored and pulled down two rebounds.

The Lady Owls then traveled to St. Michael the Archangel High School on Feb. 5, jumping out to a 12-0 lead before cruising to a 46-20 victory. Dale again led all scorers with a double-double: 16 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, four assists and six blocked shots. Pankow found her rhythm and scored 14 points while dishing out five assists and nabbing five steals. Hennessey scored 10 points and secured five rebounds. Weir had another good game with 10 rebounds and two steals; Vaught scored five points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals. Anna Clark hit a nice 3-point shot and pulled down three rebounds. Their record 8-4 overall (3-2 in the Delaney Athletic Conference).

Varsity boys basketball: The Owls hosted Quantico Middle/High School for a battle for third place in the DAC standings on Feb. 3. After a close first quarter, the boys hit their stride, scoring 15 in the second quarter to take a 27-16 halftime lead. Three Warriors’ three-pointers shortened the Owls’ lead to just eight with one to play. Despite being down two starters (both of whom fouled out), Alex Foster hit nine foul shots in the fourth quarter (the Owls shot 71 percent from the line) and scored 15 to put the game away, 58-50. Foster ended up with an incredible night: 40 points (19 of 26 from the line) and 12 rebounds. Michael Stone had 10 rebounds, six points and three assists. Tim Johns scored seven points, while Harrison Wells contributed five defensive rebounds.

The Owls then traveled to St. Michael the Archangel on Feb. 5. The boys were down two starters due to inclement weather, and held a slim 24-22 halftime lead. The Warriors’ 18 fourth-quarter points (and 10 missed free throws from the Owls) were the difference in the game, as the Owls lost a close DAC contest, 46-41. Johns and Stone each scored 13 points, while Max Lilburn had four. Foster scored eight and Gage Landis hit a three-pointer. Their record is 7-6 overall (4-4 in the DAC).

Varsity swimming: The Owls traveled to a 17-team VISAA Division II Swimming Invitational held at the Freedom Center on Feb. 1. Lucas DuMez led the boy’s team with two Top 6 finishes, including a state-qualifying time in the 200 IM. Josephine Burns had two top 15 finishes in the 200 IM and the 100 Backstroke.

Local students make dean’s lists

Two Rappahannockers were among those recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary for the fall 2013 semester: Cecilia Galvin from Amissville and Sarah Henry from Washington. In order to achieve dean’s list status, a student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 GPA.

Sperryville’s Bret Heddleston, an interdisciplinary studies major at Wheaton College, was named to the dean’s list last semester. At Wheaton, dean’s list honors are earned by students who carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve at least a 3.5 GPA.

Another Sperryville student, Krista M. Riggleson, a senior at the University of Mary Washington was one of 775 named to UMW’s dean’s list, which recognizes full-time students who achieve at least a 3.5 GPA.

Kenner Grayson Love of Washington was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Radford University. The son of Mr. Kenner Phipps Love of Washington, Love is a freshman exercise, sport and health education major. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a GPA of 3.4 or above, with no grade below a C.

Winter sports, spring events at Belle Meade

This report just in from eighth-grader Emily Woodward at Belle Meade School:

Belle Meade is completing a season of skiing and snowboarding. For the past six Thursdays, we have been traveling to Massanutten ski resort. We have taken lessons for the past four weeks and for the last two we get free skiing and snow tubing. Being able to get to snowboard has been amazing! I have improved dramatically and so have many other Belle Meade students. Every Thursday has been a great physical education experience for everyone.

The school has also been preparing for the musical “Oklahoma.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 14 ($10) and 6 p.m. March 15 (which is also the dinner theater and requires reservations, as it sells out; tickets for the dinner theater show cost $85). Our music teacher Dontez Harris has been hard at work helping us with our lines, songs and choreography. Every rehearsal, things have been coming together easier and smoother. Everybody is excited and we are hoping you will attend.

Belle Meade’s schoolhouse, we are happy to announce, will be having it 100th birthday (it was built in 1914), and there will be a birthday party from 1 to 3 p.m. April 27. Please come to celebrate with us. Thank you!

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