Weather once again played a role in Rapp Athletics last week, as an early monsoon washed away many of our scheduled events. Despite the torrential downpours, our Rapp Athletic teams did manage to get in some games and bring home some victories.
Soccer leads the way again this week in the good news department, with our Junior Panther girls’ team taking the lead story. They avenged their only loss of the season in a rescheduled Thursday (May 1) game against Shenandoah Valley Christian, earning a hard-fought 3-1 win. The next day, J.P. took the field for the last time this season and came away winners again, cruising to a 4-1 victory over Fresta Valley.
Although they will earn no official trophy this year, with only two Valley Middle School Conference schools having tournament eligible teams, our girls and their coach, Seth Wyatt, certainly deserve accolades for a successful 8-1 season. Coach Wyatt had a very large squad this year, almost 30 girls, and yet all managed to improve their skills and see game action on the field throughout the season. Anyone who saw any of their games can attest that the future of girls’ soccer here at Rapp is solid.
Varsity girls’ soccer had a brief setback Monday night (April 28), dropping a 3-0 decision to district rival William Monroe on the road, but returned to their winning ways with a score reversal last Thursday (May 1), winning 3-0 over Central. Balanced scoring was once again the key to success, with Lily Endre, Lily Elsner and Cammy Clarke all contributing to the score and all-state player Michelle White keeping the ball out of Rapp’s end of the field. Jane Purnell was outstanding once again, stopping the few shots that came her way, and Emily Massie, Julia Estes and many others helped to keep up the constant pressure on the Falcons.
Tuesday night (May 6), varsity traveled to Clarke County, looking to even their record with the Eagles, and then enjoy a well-deserved respite. Mark your calendars now for 7 p.m. on Memorial Day Monday as it looks like our girls will be hosting a conference playoff game at Panther Stadium. And be sure to come out next Thursday (May 15) to celebrate our seniors in the last regular season home game against Manassas Park.
On the boys’ side of the pitch, both J.V. and varsity squads dropped district contests to William Monroe and Central. Tuesday night (May 6), both teams hosted Clarke County and take a brief break. Next week, they host George Mason on Tuesday (May 13) and then celebrate their Senior Night next Friday (May 16) when they host Warren County in the regular season finale. The boys will likely be hitting the road when conference play begins but look for some positive news to come out of those playoffs, as the benefits of playing a tough regular season schedule hopefully pay off once Rapp faces schools more our size.
All of our baseball and softball teams saw their schedules washed out by driving rains early in the week and resultant muddy fields. Tuesday night (May 6), our varsity squads travel to Clarke County and Wednesday (May 7) our J.P. squads hit the road for Walker Grant Middle, looking to come home with a positive mark in the win columns. This Saturday (May 10), varsity takes a serious road trip as they travel to the Other Rappahannock, in Warsaw, Va., for a noon doubleheader. Next Thursday (May 15), both varsity teams host Manassas Park in district doubleheaders, beginning at 5 p.m. Baseball and softball seniors will be honored in between those games.
Even track could not escape the dire weather, seeing their Bull Run District at Manassas Park get cancelled by thunderstorms last Wednesday. They hit the road again this past Wednesday, traveling to local rival Madison County for the final regular season meet. Don’t forget, our track seniors will be honored next Thursday (May 15) at the varsity soccer game. Hopefully, we’ll also be able to disclose good results from the Bull Run District Track Championship next Wednesday (May 14) at Strasburg High School (at 3 p.m.).
As always, our most current schedules and results can be found at rappahannockathletics.org, so be sure to log on and catch a game before the spring season slips away!
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity girls soccer: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls’ game at Foxcroft was initially rained out before being rescheduled to May 1. The girls needed a win to move up in the standings but the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Emily Hennessy scored off an assist from Carolina Leonard; Alyssa Soldo scored two unassisted goals (one on a penalty kick). Their record is 1-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC).
Varsity lacrosse: The Owls traveled to Warrenton to play Highland School in a rescheduled DAC game on April 28, surrendering an early lead to the Hawks and eventually losing 13-1. Gage Landis scored the Owls’ lone goal off an Abe Nolan assist. Their record is 1-5 overall and 0-5 in the DAC.
The Panthers Quiz Bowl team competed in the first-ever National Academic Quiz Tournament’s (NAQT) Small Schools Tournament in Bloomington, Minn., on May 3-4. Out of the 50 teams, Rappahannock was the only small school from Virginia and ended up in an eight-way tie for 17th place.
The format was different from regular season play in that players answered up to 24 toss-up questions in 18 minutes and earned the chance to answer unrelated bonus questions in all categories, including math and science, history, geography, literature and just about anything else.
In Saturday’s play, teams were divided into five 10-team divisions and played round robin matches, with any team winning more than half its matches making it to the playoffs. Rapp won six of its nine matches, making the Panthers the 15th seed in the double elimination playoffs.
Rapp won against Miami Charter School (330-15), Fairhaven B (465-5), Westmont (210-170), Southern Fulton (290-130), Van Buren (250-175) and Handley (325-45). The Panthers also had a good showing (450-215) against eventual champion Hallsville, a 295-175 loss to Macomb and a heartbreaker to Danville, 185-190.
The playoffs Sunday morning resulted in a 310-85 win over Mound City, another loss to Hallsville (415-110) and a 270-155 loss to Pilot Grove. After elimination, the starters played consolation matches while alternates Daniel Schlosser, Gabe Hernandez and Jacob Sheffield played scrimmages to gain experience on the buzzers. While Schlosser graduates this year, Hernandez and Sheffield will return next year.
The tournament also ranked individual players on overall performance. Junior captain James MacLeod, who made all-conference first team and all-regional first team in VHSL play, placed 23rd out of 261 players, while senior R.T. Leake, an all-conference and all-regional second teamer in VHSL, was 40th. Schlosser placed 81st, while juniors Jon Streu and Henry Mason placed 103rd and 174th, respectively.
The Panthers reflected positively on the experience, which capped off a winning season, including fourth-place in VHSL play and impressive showings at NAQT Tournaments, including UVA/VCU Collaborative last fall, the Cavalier Classic at UVA in March and NCIS at Cave Spring, Va., in April.
“We performed very well with tough competition under marathon conditions for two days,” said MacLeod, adding that, “it was interesting and exciting to play against teams from all over the country and to show that Virginia has a strong scholastic bowl presence.” While schools were from all over the nation, including Florida, Texas, Vermont and Massachusetts, most were from the Midwest states.
While Coach Dave Naser is relieved that this year’s play is finally over, he is confident about the return of MacLeod, Mason and Streu for next year, as well as Hernandez, Sheffield and other up and coming players. “In 14 years of coaching this activity, I’ve rarely seen a team like this. They just love to play quiz bowl,” Naser concluded.
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The Rappahannock Lions Club will partner with the Child Care Learning Center (CCLC) and Head Start from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 22 to conduct free vision screenings for all county children 6-months to 6-years-old at CCLC (12763 Lee Hwy., Washington).
The free screenings will introduce PediaVision, a state-of-the-art infrared digital camera that effectively flags vision problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and amblyopia, or lazy eye. The noninvasive technology is made available in Rappahannock County via the Lions’ Zone 2 of District 24A.
Lion Yogi Bear says PediaVision is “pretty impressive.” Its retina scan, done from a meter away from the children, is easier and safer to use and provides better results. But parents need to act soon: Permission forms must be turned in by Thursday (May 15); forms are available at CCLC and at Union First Market Bank.
Don’t miss this chance to discover possible vision problems early at no cost to you. For more information, contact Bear (540-675-3495) or Lion secretary Jim Manwaring (540-987-8433).
Randolph-Macon Academy has announced the students named to the honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. Sophomore Evan Scott Lester, the son of Cynthia Lester of Winchester and Scott Lester of Huntly, has been named to the dean’s list. Sophomore Brendan Martyn, the son of Elizabeth Kauffmann of Huntly, and Anthony Martyn of Fayetteville, N.C., was also named to the dean’s list.
Ryan Latham, the son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville, was named to president’s list (students must earn a 4.0 or above to qualify). Latham is an eighth grade student at R-MA.