School and sports news for April 30

Headwaters announces unique scholarship

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Berley Jo Riley, who died in 2008, is the namesake of a new scholarship fund at Headwaters Foundation.

The Berley Jo Riley Fund has been established at Rappahannock’s Headwaters Foundation with a unique focus: to provide scholarship assistance to individuals with disabilities as well as to students who have a relationship with someone with disabilities — be it a sibling, parent or close relative, or a neighbor with with whom they have become close.

The scholarship aid can take many forms. Seniors at Rappahannock County High School can apply for the scholarship each year by responding to it on the Common Scholarship Application. If teachers or administrators know of someone who would benefit from extra activities, either during the school year or summer, they are encouraged to contact Headwaters.

Thanks to the generosity of the Riley family, this scholarship assistance is available for many years and can assist with providing unique opportunities for children in Rappahannock County. The first scholarship has been awarded to a student at Rappahannock County Elementary School to attend a camp this summer.

The fund is named in honor of Berley Jo Riley, a child with Down Syndrome and other disabilities, who died at age 4 in 2008. Her dad and twin sister are Rappahannock residents who are hopeful that the fund and monies raised to grow the fund will help kids like Berley Jo, or nondisabled kids who have a relationship with someone like Berley.

If you wish to help grow the fund, donations may be made anytime by contacting the Headwaters office at 540-987-3322 or

AD’s report

With the weather giving us clear, if cold, skies for almost a whole week, Rapp Athletics was able to get in a solid week of events with no postponements for the first time in a while! And our girls soccer teams took the most advantage of the opportunities to get wins, bringing home several for the victory column.

Junior Panther girls soccer leads the headlines this week, as coach Seth Wyatt’s team finished their regular season unbeaten in conference play and will be hosting the Conference Championship at 6 p.m. today (Thursday April 30) at Panther Stadium. Close wins over Wakefield at home last Wednesday and then over Fresta Valley on the road last Thursday — both by 2-1 scores — ensured the Junior Panthers the VMSC regular season championship by virtue of their undefeated conference record, and set them up with the No. 1 seed for the playoffs this week.

That No. 1 seed earned them early-round playoff byes and coach Wyatt has been doing the final tune-ups this week in practice to prepare for that VMSC championship game tonight. Be sure to be at Panther Stadium to watch the action on the pitch and stick around after the game to witness the trophy presentations. Congrats to the team on an outstanding season and best of luck to them tonight.

JV and varsity girls soccer also had a good week, with both teams getting back in the win column last week against Strasburg. The JV squad took a 3-1 win over the Rams with varsity closing out the night with a 2-1 victory. Both teams traveled to Monroe last Friday, taking tough losses to the very tough Dragon teams, and then varsity scratched out a 1-1 tie this past Monday at home vs. 3A Manassas Park (Manassas Park has no JV girls soccer). On Tuesday the girls were at home again, hosting Warren County (results too late for this article) and then travel to Central Friday, hoping to boost their tallies in the wins category.

Our baseball and softball teams played a slew of games in the past week, catching up on games postponed earlier in the season, but fell short on the score in each instance. Varsity baseball dropped contests against Bull Run opponents Strasburg, Monroe and Madison in the past week although it is worth noting that the team put a scare into the District-leading Dragons last Friday, maintaining a lead into the fourth inning before falling behind.

On the softball side of the diamond, the team played four games in the past week but were unable to secure a victory. The offense has begun to produce however, with more runs scored recently than in the early part of the season, highlighted by a standout performance last week by Taylor Johnson at Warren County, where she had three doubles in three plate appearances. Both teams hosted the Wildcats of Warren this past Tuesday and baseball returns to their home diamond Friday when they host Central in a doubleheader beginning at 5 (softball will be traveling to Central for a doubleheader of their own).

Our JP baseball and softball squads also continue to show marked improvement. Over the past week they have traveled to Prospect Heights and King George and then yesterday they made the trip to Locust Grove, results too late for this article. On the King George trip, doubleheaders for both teams, our JP baseball team did secure a win in the first game. The team gave a solid performance led by Ethan Sumner on the mound. The final score was 10-4 and they hit .417 as a team. They fell off their pace in the second game and could not overcome the three runs given up in the first inning, scoring two in the final inning but unable to get more. Richard Lillard did a great job behind the plate defensively for the Junior Panthers. Both the baseball and softball teams return home for their final game on Friday, May 15, when they host Buford.

Believe it or not, the end of the spring sports season is fast upon us so make plans now to attend a home event and cheer on your hometown teams. And as always, the latest Rapp sports news and schedules can be found on our athletics website at Go Rapp!

— Jimmy Swindler