School & sports news for April 24

The AD’s report

We had some interesting “spring” weather last week, but our Rapp Athletes got most of their games in and once again brought home some victories.

Varsity track lead the way this week, fresh off their first Bull Run District Meet at Clarke County where they came home with a plethora of top three finishes. Taking first place was Julia Wood in the girls’ 3200 and Julia Estes in the 100 meter hurdles — which featured a Rapp sweep with Sara Garcia and Jessica Thorne taking second and third. Estes also took first in the long jump, while Garcia took first in the 300 Hurdles, just three seconds ahead of second place finisher Jessica Thorne.  

Second place event finishers also included Hannah Bennett in the discus, Jacob Devine in the Boys 100, and Evan Hitt in the Boys 200 and 3200. Emma Endre took third in the 200 and 400, Emily Allen third in the 1600, Alisha Stanley third in the girls’ shot put, Dylan Stewart third in the boys’ high jump, Gavin Jenkins third in the 800 and A.J. Palmer third in both shot put and discus.

Varsity girls’ soccer pulled off a Bull Run District sweep last week, taking victories at Manassas Park and then at home against Madison. Against Manassas, described by the center ref as the worst game conditions he has seen since 1979, Keelee Armor scored twice before the game was called due to sleet. In the Madison game, Julia Estes, the team’s leading scorer, struck first, followed by a goal by Armor off of a beautiful assist from Shelby Burnett. Lily Endre wrapped up the scoring for Rapp with a third goal in the second half.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this girls’ team is the number of multisport athletes who fill the roster — standouts from volleyball and basketball and some even participating (and winning) in track events this spring! As the team heads into an away week, with games at Strasburg and then at William Monroe, hopes are high for more victories to cement their position in the top half of the Bull Run District and a higher seeding in the conference playoffs.

Junior Panther girls’ soccer had the week off, but resumed play yesterday (Wednesday, April 23) at Wakefield. They return to Panther Stadium on Monday (April 28) at 6 p.m. hoping to avenge what has so far been their only loss of the season.

On the boys soccer side of the pitch, our J.V. boys are still looking for that first win, but varsity broke the ice — literally — with a 3-2 overtime thriller over perennial Bull Run contender Manassas Park last week. In a game with driving rain and wind, sleet and finally snow, our boys played their utmost and came away with an uplifting victory. As the seven or so fans who were there will tell you, conditions were abysmal but spirits were high as our Panthers scored their first victory of the season. Strasburg came to town on Tuesday (April 22) and William Monroe visits tomorrow (Friday, April 25) as the team looks to add to their victory total.

Varsity baseball and softball continue to improve but are still without that first win of the season. The girls fell short against Strasburg in a makeup game on Monday night (April 21) and lost to Madison last Thursday (April 17), although they played the Mountaineers much stronger than just a week ago. A game with Manassas Park on Tuesday was rained out and will be made up as a doubleheader when they come to our diamond on May 15. The story was much the same for varsity baseball, who dropped a game to Madison last Thursday and lost Tuesday’s game against Manassas to weather (which will also be made up via a doubleheader on May 15).

Our Junior Panther squads traveled to Prospect Heights last Thursday, where they dropped games to Orange County Middle School. Baseball was a heartbreaker, losing 6-5 in the seventh inning, but both teams look to reverse their fortunes when they host Prospect Heights today (Thursday, April 24) at 5 p.m. J.P. teams have another home game on Monday (April 28), when they host King George Middle School for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.

The athletic department hopes to see the Rapp News readers at a home event soon. Schedules can be found at  Come on out and support your home team and cheer our student athletes on to success!

Jimmy Swindler

Griffin is top 5 in State Geo Bee

Wakefield Country Day School eighth-grader Douglas Griffin attended the State Geography Bee at Longwood University on April 4. The State Bee determines which student will represent Virginia at the National Geography Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Of the thousands of Virginia geography students who won their school bees, only the top 100 were invited to the state competition. This was Griffin’s third state geography bee; he’s a four-time winner of the school bee at WCDS.

The state bee started with eight rounds where students were asked individual questions on a wide range of geographic topics. Twenty-three students, including Griffin, earned perfect scores in these preliminaries and advanced to grueling, single elimination rounds to determine the 10 finalists. Griffin made it to the final five before being eliminated on a question about the districts of Romania.

The winner of the state bee competes in the National Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.

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