Finishing what they started way back in February, our varsity boys soccer and track teams wrapped up their postseasons with some thrilling accomplishments last week.
Boys’ soccer advanced to the 1A East Regional Tournament and traveled to Alta Vista High School last Monday night (June 2) for a quarterfinal playoff game. They took that game in overpowering fashion, winning 4-0 on the strength of Amrit Tamang’s hat trick and Ben Estes’ outstanding goalkeeping.
Last Wednesday (June 4), the team traveled to West Point High School for a semifinal game and a chance to qualify for the state tournament. The Rapp faithful again made the trip in great numbers, supporting their team throughout the game. It was a tight game, with Rapp surrendering an early one-goal lead before Tamang drilled a shot into the upper right corner to knot the score at 2-2.
West Point cranked up the pressure, using their advantage in speed to get the ball down ahead of our defenders, but Estes continued his superhuman performance, as he had all through the playoffs. Unfortunately with about five minutes to go, the Pointers had a throw-in deep in our end of the field and scored a goal off of a header with a shot that was just impossible to stop.
With time winding down Rapp did their best to tie the score again, but, as the clock hit zero, West Point had won the game and the trip to states. Although the Panthers’ season is over, our team has much to be proud of, as their coach told them in postgame remarks, and much to look forward to next year.
Congrats go out to seniors Shane L’Amoreaux, Estes and Tamang, all of whom were selected to the All-Rapp River Conference Team. Kudos also to Steven Hensley, Jack Massie, Tamang, Nivardo Loya, Austin Huff, L’Amoreaux, Daniel Schlosser, Josh Racer and Estes, all of whom earned RRC All-Academic honors by virtue of their 3.4 (or better) GPAs.
Varsity track wrapped up its season last Saturday (June 7) in Radford at the VHSL 1A/2A track championship. It was a banner day for the girls’ team, with two state championships earned by standout runner Julia Wood and a fourth-place finish by the team overall — the highest a Panther track team has finished at states in decades.
In addition to Wood’s record-setting day, Emily Allen finished eighth in the 1600 (1-mile), garnering valuable points for the Panther team. In the 300 Meter Hurdles, three of the girls — our fantastic freshmen — finished in the top eight (point-scoring) positions. Sara Garcia took third (possibly breaking a school record, verification to come), Julia Estes took seventh and Jessica Thorne eighth, leading coaches Stephens, Puskar and Maffei to dream big about the prospects of the future.
In the 400 Meter Dash, Rapp’s lone qualifier, Emma Endre, finished sixth, adding to the team’s point totals, and in the 100 Meter Hurdles Jessica Thorne finished fifth. Runner Kayla McGhee finished out the day for Rapp, competing in the 800 Meter run, running a good race but finishing out of points contention.
Those two teams accomplishments concluded the spring sports season, but Rapp athletics is still plenty busy, with open weight rooms (for all athletes, with former male and female Panthers mentoring) scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Monday (June 16), followed by football open weights and conditioning from 7 to 9 p.m. These opportunities will be offered every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through the summer, with a full summer schedule released soon.
Don’t forget that our next (and final) $10 sports physicals will be offered from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday (June 19) at the Rappahannock Medical Center in Washington. Remember, find all the most current athletic news at rappahannockathletics.org.
— Jimmy Swindler
Each year the Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District awards educational scholarships to students who plan to pursue a career in a conservation-related field. This year, the district chose to recognize Rappahannock County resident Charles “Ben” Estes with the John H. Boldridge Academic Scholarship.
Estes graduated from RCHS with a 3.76 GPA. He will attend Virginia Military Institute in the fall, where he plans to major in environmental engineering. While attending RCHS, Estes was active in RappFLOW and 4-H.
A second scholarship went to Kimberly Pankow, who graduated from WCDS with a 3.7 GPA. She plans to major in natural resources at Virginia Tech in the fall. While attending Wakefield, she was active in Envirothon, volleyball and Key Club. The CSWCD is honored to recognize these students and wishes them well in their future endeavors.
Financial assistance is available for eligible students living in the five-county area — Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock — the CSWCD serves. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in or who have applied to a college undergraduate or graduate program related to soil and water conservation, natural resource management, animal science, environmental science or other related programs.
Recent RCHS graduate Daniel Schlosser received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award from the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the organization, at the high school’s awards program on May 22.
The award is given to a student who demonstrates the qualities of a good citizen — dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
The Castleton Festival, conductor Lorin Maazel’s summer residency program for young professionals and four-week festival of music and opera based in Rappahannock County, has been awarded two grants to support its 2014 programs.
A $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Arts Works program will support the 2014 Castleton Festival season. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 were recommended for grants, for a total of $25.8 million.
The Festival was also awarded a $3,000 grant from the Claudia Mitchell Fund of the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) to support the “Castleton Alive!” arts education program. The program provides school-aged students with interactive experiences in the performing arts, including live opera performed at the Castleton Festival.
The program comprises both in-school workshops and half-day or full-day programs on site at Castleton; this year’s dates are June 24-26, July 2-3 and July 8. Castleton Alive! also offers in-school opportunities for students to experience mentoring and education from world-class opera singers, actors and musicians including Nancy Gustafson and Dietlinde Turban Maazel.
To reserve a space or schedule a group event, contact Kyle Masson at Kylem@castletonfestival.org. For a full list of events and activities, visit castletonfestival.org/ipage/education.
Among the 317 cadets who graduated from the Virginia Military Institute on May 16 was Carly M. Day of Woodville, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with a mathematics minor. Graduating honors included a Navy commission. Day’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Kevin D. Day.
Among the students who qualified for the dean’s list at James Madison University during the spring 2014 semester was Natalie Tupper of Sperryville. Tupper, the daughter of Raye and Michael Tupper, was also among the university’s recent honor graduates; she graduated cum laude with a degree in communication sciences and disorders. Francesca Gasteazoro, of Amissville, also graduated from JMU on May 10, magna cum laude with a degree in health sciences.
Three Rappahannockers were among those named to the University of Mary Washington dean’s list for the spring semester: Senior Isabelle F.G. Eastham, from Flint Hill; fellow senior Krista M. Riggleson, from Sperryville; and sophomore Jessica C. Shaw, from Boston. The dean’s list recognizes outstanding academic achievement by full-time students who attain a minimum GPA of 3.5.
James E. “Trey” Swindler III earned dean’s list distinction for the spring 2014 semester at Old Dominion University with a 3.85 GPA. A rising sophomore at ODU, Swindler is a midshipman in the Hampton Roads U.S. Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Battalion and plans to major in exercise science and pursue a career in the U.S. Navy.