The AD’s report
The postseason is in full swing for Rapp Athletics and while some of our teams have seen their seasons conclude, we have others who have racked up championships or are in the running for one.
Varsity track takes the headlines this week, varsity girls track in particular, on the strength of their powerful performance last Thursday and Friday at Northumberland High School; a performance that gained them their first-ever Rapp River Conference Championship trophy!
While the team championship was a true group effort, kudos go out to sophomore Julia Estes who contributed 50.5 points to the winning team effort. With first-place finishes in the long jump, high jump and 100 and 300 hurdles, a second-place finish in the triple jump and running as a member of the first-place 4×400 relay team (with Sara Garcia, Emma Endre and Jessica Thorne), Julia had a huge day in Heathsville and possibly also set a school record (definitely a conference record) with her 300 hurdles time of 51:08.
The rest of the girls’ team were no slackers, racking up 80.5 points as follows: Emily Allen took first in the 3200 and second in the 1600 — by less than three seconds. The 4×400 team took first as mentioned above and the 4×100 team of Savannah Stevens, Jessica Thorne, Bridget Daly and Sara Garcia placed third. From that relay team Savannah Stevens also took sixth in the 200 and third in the high jump, and Jessica Thorne placed second in the 100 hurdles and in the high jump. Julia Wood took first in the 800 with teammate Kayla McGhee taking sixth. Emma Endre finished third in the 400 while Kayleigh Flanagan took third in the 100 hurdles. On the throwers’ side, Hannah Bennett scored fifth in the shotput and the discus while Brittany Adams placed sixth in the shotput.
The girls scored a total of 131 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Lancaster with 119 points.
Boys track finished fifth as a team, with some outstanding personal results. Gavin Jenkins took first in the 3200, setting a conference record in the process, and finished second in the high jump. A.J. Palmer placed fifth in the shotput and sixth in the discus while Bobby Nordin rounded out the scoring with a sixth-place finish in the 800.
Varsity track athletes are taking it to the next level today at the Region 1A East Championship at Sussex Central High School down near Waverly. The state championship is next week, Friday and Saturday at Radford University, and hopes are high for medal- and trophy-winning performances at both events.
Girls and boys soccer wrapped up their seasons last week, with the girls dropping a game to Conference 35 stronghold George Mason and the boys falling to Lancaster at home in the Rapp River Conference semifinal. Girls did see two players earn postseason honors however, with Emily Massie being named first-team All Bull Run District and Julia Estes second-team — particularly significant when you consider that Rapp is the only 1A team in a nine-team conference populated by four each 2A and 3A schools. Congrats to our players and their coaches, Rich Hogan and Jenn Rosen, for those accomplishments.
Baseball and softball were competing in conference quarterfinal play as of deadline time for this article, with our baseball team traveling to Lancaster and our softball team hosting Northumberland, results to be reported next week. However, softball coach (and soon-to-be A.D.) Brandon Burley was pleased to report that Emily Way was named to the All Bull Run District second team as an outfielder.
And while summer break is right around the corner, our Rapp Athletes are continuing to work hard to improve their skills. Coaches are planning camps and open gyms throughout the summer to keep our athletes in top shape and ready for next season. First up is the JMU Volleyball Camp, open to rising eighth- through 12th-graders at the RCHS gym on Wednesday and Thursday, June 3-4. Details for that camp and others can be found atrappahannockathletics.org. Go Rapp!