Last week was a scorcher and Rapp’s athletic teams kept pace with the weather, earning a red hot 12 wins out of 14 contests!
Volleyball led the way, with our three teams posting a perfect 9-0 combined record. The Junior Panther team cruised to three strong wins in as many days, including a victory Monday night (Sept. 15) over Randolph-Macon Academy, which further solidified the Panthers’ first-place standing in the Valley Middle School Conference.
Stellar serving is the hallmark of this young squad, with potent passing and huge hits awaiting those who manage a return. The team’s dominance allowed Coach Mylene Whorton to play her entire bench all three nights.
The J.V. and varsity teams bounced back from tough losses to Northumberland by dominating local rivals Wakefield Country Day and Fresta Valley in straight sets on Wednesday (Sept. 10) and Friday (Sept. 12) — and that was after defeating Bull Run District foe Strasburg on Tuesday night (Sept. 9).
Coaches Courtney Atkins and Seth Wyatt were thrilled with their teams’ performances and optimistic about their chances when district leader William Monroe visited Tuesday (Sept. 16; results in next week’s paper). Both squads travel to Warren County tonight (Sept. 18) and then to Central Woodstock Tuesday (Sept. 23), while J.P. has a home match tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 19) against King George and then again Monday (Sept. 22) against Front Royal Christian.
Cross country kept pace, with our J.P. squad taking first place in last Tuesday’s VMSC Invitational at the Blue Rock Course. Rapp runners Sam Barnes and Mackenzie Haunold once again took first place in both races; strong support by the rest of the team led to first-place team finishes as well. This week our teams travel to St. Joe’s for a race (results in next week’s paper) before hosting another VMSC Invitational Tuesday (Sept. 23).
Our varsity squad had last week off but took to the road Wednesday, traveling to Manassas Park for a Bull Run District meet against the hosts and Madison. Results on that race and a report on their performance at this Saturday’s Oatlands Race will be in next week’s article.
J.P. boys soccer won their home opener last week and, due to VMSC cancellations, don’t play again until Sept. 29, when they host RM-A. Coach Paul Paratore is working hard on keeping their edge in practice and looks forward to his team’s return to the pitch.
Our football teams fell short in their quest for victory, but both squads put some offensive stats on the scoreboard. Last week, our J.P. squad traveled to King George and though they ended up on the losing side of the score, coach Dave Whorton was pleased to report some positive signs.
Quarterback Michael Reid had 85 yards with one touchdown and tail back Hunter Nottingham, in his first game at that position, ran for more than 40 yards and completed a two-point conversion. Kent White was doing much of the blocking for those two, but also managed to run for some positive yardage himself. Tonight, J.P. travels to Prospect Heights Middle School and to Locust Grove next Thursday (Sept. 25). October brings four home games, so mark your calendars now to be in attendance.
Varsity traveled to Cumberland last Friday and also came up short on the scoreboard. Positive notes included Ben Montgomery’s 67-yard TD pass to Jackson Strickler (who topped 100 yards receiving) and an interception by Austin Huff. Gary Jenkins recorded some positive yardage running on offense and Dakota Woodward played a notable game in the secondary. Varsity returns to Panther Stadium this Saturday (Sept. 20), hosting Grace Christian of Roanoke. Kickoff is 3 p.m., and coach Mark Heinle and staff look forward to seeing the Rapp faithful cheering on our gridiron warriors.
Next week is Homecoming Week and we have home events for all our fall sports teams, culminating with the Homecoming football game next Friday against Victory Christian of Richmond; kickoff is 7 p.m. All the latest athletic news and schedules can be found on rappahannockathletics.org, so be sure to log on and make a date to come out and support Rapp athletics!
— Jimmy Swindler
Varsity volleyball: The Wakefield Country Day School Lady Owls hosted Massanutten Military Academy in the Owls’ home opener on Sept. 8. The Owls dominated the first game, 25-8, and took the second one 25-13. Five straight points from Anna Clark and two aces from Carolina Leonard gave the Owls a third-set 25-8 victory.
The Lady Owls then traveled to Rappahannock County High School on Sept. 9. The Panthers brought a strong service and cross court kill game into the match, taking the first set 25-7. Tatumn Vaught took over the serve in the second set, with the Owls trailing 10-6. Despite two aces (and four straight points) from Vaught and Brier Clough, the Panthers took the set 25-15. Hitting and serving errors undid the Owls in the third set, as the Panthers took the final set — and the match — 25-13.
The Owls bounced back the next day on the road at Quantico Middle/High School, taking the highly contested first set 25-21. The Warriors bounced back and took the second set, but the girls rebounded and took a 25-21 third set victory. The fourth and final set was equally tough, but the Owls eked out a 27-25 win. Their record is 3-1 overall.
Varsity soccer: The Owls opened their regular season with a tough Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) match against state-ranked Highland School. The boys held their own early and kept the Hawks at bay for the first 28 minutes. The Hawks scored twice late, however, and took a 2-0 halftime lead. Connor Glennon scored the Owls’ lone goal midway through the second half, cutting Highland’s lead to 3-1. The boys wore down on a hot and humid day, surrendering three goals in the last three minutes, and dropping the game 6-1.
The Owls traveled to play Seton School in a DAC game on Sept. 9, where they fell 4-0 to their strong conference opponent. Two days later, the Owls hosted Fredericksburg Christian School, and earned their first conference win 5-1. Gage Landis scored twice goals in the first half, including once off an assist from Glennon. Tim Johns scored twice, including once off a penalty kick; Glennon also scored (assisted by Bernie Cieplak) and finished with two assists. The Owls are 1-2 in the DAC and overall.
Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to the Quantico Marine Corps Base for a big invitational meet on Sept. 9, where Lucas DuMez posted a top-ten finishing time of 21:41, good for eighth overall (of 135 male runners). Tyler Johnson finished 104th in 31:32, with Zachary Li close behind at 31:38 (106th). Jessica Leskovec was the Owls’ lone girl; she finished 35th (of 91 runners) with a time of 29:03.