While spring slowly brings warmer temps, our Rapp athletes continue to produce positive results regardless of the weather.
Soccer takes the headlines this week, with most teams turning in some significant wins. Boys varsity soccer got that long awaited win last Thursday at home with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Eagles of Clarke County. Strong play in the goal by Dylan Stewart, dominant defense by Jack Massie and constant offensive pressure by forward Logan Aumock all came together to produce the win. Austin Huff scored the first goal (on his birthday no less!) to put Rapp in the lead and then Chris McCullough sealed the win with his first varsity goal ever.
JV boys are still looking for a win, dropping matches last week to Central and Clarke, but improvement is evident and Coach Ramey is confident the W (perhaps several) is forthcoming. Both teams had byes early this week and then return to Panther Stadium this Friday (April 10) to meet George Mason.
Varsity girls continue to look to get back in the win column, dropping games last week to Central at home and then Clarke on the road. Our JV girls notched their second win of the season last week at home against Central, taking a 4-2 win over the Falcons. Both teams had a bye earlier this week and visiting the Mustangs of George Mason this Friday.
Coach Wyatt’s Junior Panther girls team continued their unbeaten streak, taking a win at Wakefield Country Day School last Wednesday to find itself in the No. 1 position in the Valley Middle School Conference standings, setting themselves up to host a playoff game at season’s end. Our JP girls will be practicing hard all this week to prepare for the Grizzly Invitational at Grymes Memorial School in Orange this Saturday (April 11), where they hope to claim the championship trophy.
Varsity baseball and softball are showing steady improvement but still looking for their first wins of the season. Baseball dropped a Bull Run District game at Clarke last Thursday while softball had to postpone due to an injury-decimated roster. Both teams have byes early this week and return to play Friday, traveling to George Mason. The teams return to their home diamonds next Tuesday (April 14) against Manassas Park. Coaches Atkins and Burley are confident that their squads will be in a much better place by next Tuesday and are looking for some home town support as our Panthers look for that ice breaking win.
On the J.P. side of the diamonds, the baseball and softball teams opened their seasons last week at home vs. King George and when the infield dust had cleared, we had two fine games to remember. In baseball action, Brett Midkiff and Chad Ellis combined on the mound for five scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, three walks and striking out eleven batters. Henry Wood and Grant Lillard both played sound defense in the field with Sam Barnes turning in a solid performance behind the plate. Offensively the team was led by Sam Barnes who reached base on all four plate appearances, including a double, and scored three runs. Other notable offensive performances were J.B. Leidenheimer going two for three, Brett Midkiff with three RBIs and both Chad Ellis and Brandon Smith with two RBIs each. The final score was 10-0 in five innings.
J.P. softball didn’t get the win but provided plenty of excitement in a 19-23 loss to the King George team. Coach Atkins reported that literally everyone contributed to the effort and that the team is working hard to improve their defensive performance. Both teams return to play Monday (April 13) when they host Locust Grove in a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader.
As always, the rappahannockathletics.org website is the place to go for the latest sports news and scheduling information. And, of course, nothing beats being there in person when the games are on.
— Jimmy Swindler
Two groups of fourth-graders from Rappahannock County Elementary School visited the historic Scrabble School last month. Touring the exhibits — including the interactive children’s exhibit installed last October — and just “being” in the restored Rosenwald school brings history to life, said teacher Kelly Estes. A highlight of the tour for the students was the opportunity to ask alumni about what it was like to go there. Graciously answering their many questions were Nan Roberts, who attended Scrabble, as well as Lillian Aylor and James Allsberry, who attended the Rosenwald schools in Washington and Flint Hill, respectively.
The tour is the culmination of five classroom lessons created by the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation that use the school to teach Virginia and U.S. history related to segregation. It’s the second year the lessons have been taught at RCES. This spring, Culpeper County elementary schools will begin teaching them as well.
James E. “Trey” Swindler III, second-year student at Old Dominion University, was selected as Midshipman of the Month last month in ODU’s Naval ROTC Hampton Roads Unit. Midshipman 3/C Swindler, of Foxtrot Company, was cited for his dedication to physical fitness, his overall 3.2 GPA, his activity in the SpecWar Club, and his many volunteer duties for the company and the battalion. Currently Swindler is Foxtrot Company’s physical training instructor.
Swindler has previously been named to the ODU Dean’s List for a 3.9 semester average and been awarded the Professor of Naval Science Silver and Gold Achievement Awards based on his status as an elite performer in the NROTC Unit of Hampton Roads. Swindler plans to graduate from ODU and pursue a career in the Navy. A 2013 graduate of RCHS and Mountain Vista Governor’s School, Swindler is the son of Jimmy and Beth Swindler of Laurel Mills, grandson of Bill and Mary Frances Fannon of Laurel Mills, and namesake grandson of James E. (1931-2010) and Phyllis Swindler of Sperryville.
March 28 at Mary Baldwin College, Lauren Guiffre of Flint Hill became a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, international honor society in education, which is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education.