School & Sports News for Nov. 6

The AD’s report

Postseason competition and awards dominate the sports news in Rappahannock public schools this week as some of our fall teams progress through the postseason and our fall athletes are awarded for their accomplishments.

On the postseason front, Rapp has three programs still alive and looking to extend their run a little longer. First up is varsity theater, which took first place in the Rappahannock River Conference Theater Festival on Oct. 25 and will compete in the Region 1A East Competition next Saturday (Nov. 15). In a performance of director Russell Paulette’s original script, “The Blue and the Gray,” Rapp’s troupe took first by a huge margin and cast member Jane Purnell was also honored with an All Conference medal.

RCHS’ cross country girls pose with their RRC trophies, including (back row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Elizabeth Fisher, Emma Endre, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly and Katelyn Fisher, and (front) Emily Allen, Savannah Stephens, Kelsie Strobel, Brooke Athelli and Julia Wood.
RCHS’ cross country girls pose with their RRC trophies, including (back row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Elizabeth Fisher, Emma Endre, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly and Katelyn Fisher, and (front) Emily Allen, Savannah Stephens, Kelsie Strobel, Brooke Athelli and Julia Wood. angela wood

The Rapp cross country team traveled to Montross last Wednesday for the RRC Championship and come home with two individual champions — Julia Wood and Gavin Jenkins — and one team championship as the girls teams successfully defended their RRC title. RRC girls’ coach of the year James Sharpe was proud of his girls and noted that, although the boys team did not finish high enough to qualify as a team for regionals, six of our boys finished well enough to qualify individually. Rapp’s runners traveled to Chesterfield this week for the Region 1A East Championship (results in next week’s update).

Rapp’s varsity volleyball hosted a Rapp River Conference quarterfinal game Tuesday night (Nov. 4) and defeated a scrappy Colonial Beach team 3-0. With the victory, Rapp advances to the RRC semifinal this Saturday (Nov. 8) at Northumberland High against Essex High School. If Rapp wins the semifinal, they will play in the championship the same night at about 7 and will advance to the regional playoffs. Good luck to our varsity volleyball team!

Honor Roll

Rappahannock County Public Schools honor rolls are here.

The Rappahannock Athletics Department held their Fall Athletic Awards Celebration Monday night (Nov. 3) to a packed house. In addition to the award winners listed below, the department is pleased to announce the following all-district and all-conference award winners:

Julia Estes (First Team Bull Run District Volleyball); Kayla Robey (Second Team Bull Run District Volleyball); Julia Wood (First team Bull Run District and Rapp River Conference XC); Gavin Jenkins  (First Team Bull Run District and Rapp River Conference XC); Emily Allen and Emma Endre (First Team Rapp River Conference XC); Kayla McGhee and Katelyn Fisher (Second Team Rapp River Conference XC); and Jane Purnell (First Team Rapp River Conference Theater).

The following students received Rappahannock’s fall athletic awards:

Varsity Boys Cross Country: MVP, Gavin Jenkins; Coaches Award, Andrew Kopjanski

Varsity Girls Cross Country: MVP, Julia Wood; Coaches Award, Emma Endre

JP Girls Cross Country:MVP, Mackenzie Haunold; Coaches Award, Savannah Hensley

JP Boys Cross Country: MVP, Sam Barnes; Coaches Award, Luke Ellis

JP Cheer: Coaches Award, Jordan Welch and Janie Nicholson

JP Boys Soccer: Coaches Award, Ethan Sumner

Varsity Volleyball: MVP Offense, Julia Estes; MVP Defense, Hannah Bennett; Coaches Award, Kayla Robey

Junior Varsity Volleyball: Co-MVPs, Sarah East and Brianna Settle; Coaches Award, Kayla Brown

Junior Panther Volleyball: MVPs, Megan Dodson and  Olivia Atkins

Junior Panther Football: MVP, Michael Reid; Coaches Award, Brandon Wood and Jeffrey Grove

Varsity Football: Coaches Award, Andrew William, Jack Massie and Walter Burke

—Jimmy Swindler

CCLC again earns NAEYC reaccreditation

On Friday, Oct. 24, the Child Care & Learning Center earned reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for meeting the highest professional standards. Only 8 percent of all child care programs in the U.S. achieve NAEYC accreditation. CCLC remains the only one in 11 surrounding counties.

To be reaccredited, CCLC’s staff performed an extensive self-study of its program and services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. In September NAEYC assessors visited CCLC to confirm full compliance.

CCLC’s maintaining NAEYC accreditation for 26 consecutive years is a testament to Rose Ann Smythe, the center’s executive director for 25 years, to Lisa Pendleton, interim director, and to CCLC’s dedicated, hard-working staff. Average staff turnover in early childhood programs is 42 percent nationally — turnover at CCLC is less than 5 percent.

“CCLC’s staff are committed to providing an exciting and challenging program that is developmentally appropriate and based on the latest research,” said Pendleton. “We want to help all children become independent, socially competent and inquisitive learners who succeed in school and in life.”

CCLC is now in its 38th year of providing services to children 3 weeks to 12 years old. More than half now receive at least a partial scholarship from either the local social services department or from CCLC’s fundraising. To maintain the highest-quality program and serve a diversity of children, CCLC increasingly relies on the continued generosity of the Rappahannock community.

— Diane Trister Dodge

Panther Pride: The Career Fair

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at Rappahannock County High School is hosting its second annual career fair on Friday, Nov. 21, in the high school gymnasium.

The fair is part of the Career and Technical Education Local Plan submitted to the Virginia Department of Education. The primary objective of the fair is to provide a hands-on exploration of local career options by giving students the opportunity to meet and speak with local successful professionals from various fields. This experience helps inform student academic and career plans, which high school guidance departments are required to facilitate and report to the state department.

Much work and preparation has already taken place for the fair. The CTE Department has created a schedule for all high school students, and activities for the students focusing on careers for the future. Each CTE teacher also volunteers time during the day for facilitation, and setup and cleanup afterwards.

“I am extremely proud of the CTE Department for all of their hard work on this project,” said Shannon Grimsley, director of academic services. “The collaboration of this team is a wonderful thing to watch — Scott Schlosser leading the group in coming up with set time frames and goals; the band teacher, Jason Guira, counting all students to come up with an equitable schedule; Lisa Jones, our business teacher, making connections to help with event planning and decorating; welding teacher Rich Hogan, and economics and finance teacher Brad Weeks designing a scavenger hunt related to each CTE Career Cluster in order to enhance student participation with presenters; culinary teacher Kurt Streu working on refreshments and tables — it’s just all coming together so seamlessly.” Participating in this effort is Next Step coordinator Kathryn Habib, who has spent many hours on the phone scheduling presenters from last year’s very successful career fair, as well as finding new presenters in the surrounding community to participate.

“The Career Fair brings to light the opportunities that are available to our students,” said RCHS principal Michael Tupper. “They begin to truly and seriously look at what interesting things they may be able to accomplish after high school.”

Tupper, a former career and technical education director, understands the impact of first-hand experiences: “My vision is that every student will have information about their individual aptitudes, a firm idea of what they’re interested in, and will graduate prepared for the world that awaits them.”

— Donna Matthews, superintendent

WCDS sports update

Varsity volleyball: The Lady Owls hosted Tandem Friends School for a quarterfinal Delaney Athletic Conference tournament match on Oct. 27. The first set was tied six times until the girls earned a side out to take a 18-17 lead. A Maeve Dale ace and two hitting errors by Tandem’s Badgers gave the girls a 20-17 lead, but the Badgers got a kill to get the serve back. A Kendall Carroll kill gave the serve back to the girls, now up 22-19. Tatumn Vaught served out the set to include two aces for a 25-19 win. Dale, Vaught and Alyssa Soldo also contributed kills in the set while Carroll also served an ace. The second set was back and forth, with the girls coming from behind. A Dale kill tied the set at 23-23 and she also got a kill on the next point to give the girls set point. Kendall Carroll served an ace to win the second set 25-23, but the Badgers had fought their way back and gained some momentum. Anna Clark, Carroll and Soldo all had kills in the set. Carolina Leonard and Dale also contributed aces in the set.

The Badgers took control of the third set early with their backs against the wall and down two sets. The score was tied 2-2, but the girls had eight hitting errors and a net violation, while the Badgers got an ace and four kills to take a 17-3 lead. The Badgers had gained momentum on what would be an improbable comeback. The girls fought back, but a hitting error gave the Badgers a 21-7 lead. Josephine Burns got three service points on Badgers’ hitting errors, to cut the lead to 22-11, but the Badgers scored the final three points of the set for a 25-13 win. The Badgers fed off of numerous hitting errors by the Lady Owls, scoring 14 points in the third set off of 13 hitting errors and a net violation.

The Badgers took an early lead in the fourth set, but back-to-back kills by Burns and Soldo tied the set at 4-4. A kill by Clark and three service points by Vaught gave the girls a 10-5 lead. Kills by Carroll and two by Dale pushed the girls’ lead to 15-12. The Badgers got an ace and two kills, cutting the girls’ lead to 17-15 before Coach Zylonis called a timeout. The Lady Owls followed the timeout with three straight hitting errors, and the Badgers took the lead. The The match was tied 21-21 until the Badgers got a kill and an ace to take a 23-21 lead. Monica Marciano got a kill, but the Badgers earned the win with back-to-back kills for a 25-23 victory, tying the match at two sets all. The girls had again committed 10 hitting or service errors in the set, fueling the Badgers comeback.

The Badgers had the momentum and energy level going into the final set. A block kill and an ace by Dale tied the final set 3-3. The Badgers took the lead but a kill by Clark tied it 5-5. That was followed by a service error by the Lady Owls and a Badgers’ ace to give the latter a 7-5 lead that they would not relinquish.

A second timeout by Coach Zylonis would not stop the Badgers’ energy as the Lady Owls committed a net violation, a service error and two hitting errors, giving the Badgers’ their final four points of the set and match. The Badgers earned a 15-11 fifth-set victory for a 3-2 comeback win in the match to advance to the semifinals. Because of inconsistent play and too many errors, the girls failed to advance to the semifinals for the first time in six years. Our final record was 11-8 overall. The Lady Owls were ranked in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division III state poll each week except the last two, when they received the most votes of any team outside of the top 15! Congratulations to the team and Coach Zylonis for a winning season.

Varsity cross country: The Owls traveled to Randolph Macon Academy for the DAC championship race on Oct. 30. Both boys had strong runs in the field of 105 male runners. With a time of 19:53, Lucas DuMez finished 16th, earning the final spot on the all-DAC team! Tyler Johnson also had a good finish, placing 66th, with a time of 23:15. These two runners will compete in the VISAA state championship at Woodbury Forest next Friday.

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