Schools & Sports for Jan. 21

THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TEAMS Front row: Rachel Weghorst, Bryce Fryant, Alec Petty, Matthew Paratore. Back row: Aaron Cianchetta, Skyler Culbertson, Lauren Petty, Alivia Tuel, Morgan McKinney and teacher Natalie Hathaway (not pictured: Kayla Compton).
THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TEAMS Front row: Rachel Weghorst, Bryce Fryant, Alec Petty, Matthew Paratore. Back row: Aaron Cianchetta, Skyler Culbertson, Lauren Petty, Alivia Tuel, Morgan McKinney and teacher Natalie Hathaway (not pictured: Kayla Compton).

With winter break behind us our Rapp Sports teams are back in action, with most teams approaching or passing the midpoint of their regular seasons.

On the basketball courts our Panther teams are clawing their way to wins and striving to overcome early season losses. The Junior Panther boys and girls teams defeated Madison County just before the winter break, rebounding from losses endured in their first matchups, and both teams traveled to Valley Middle School Conference opponent St. Joe’s on Jan. 4, coming home with victories. The teams hosted Randolph Macon Academy and then traveled to Luray last week, with the girls getting a win over RMA. They returned to their home gym on Tuesday (Jan. 19) against Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, results too late for this article.

The JP boys’ team travel to Wakefield Country Day School this afternoon, Thursday, Jan. 21, and both JP girls and boys teams host William Monroe next Tuesday, travel to Peter Muhlenberg next Thursday, and then host their final home game of the season Tuesday, Feb. 2, against Mt. View Academy. The VMSC tourney begins Feb 9. Monitor the Rapp Athletic Website for game times and locations.

Junior Varsity boys started the new year with their second win of the season with a victory over Colonial Beach, erasing the pain of a close loss to the Drifters earlier in the season at home, and then notched two more wins last week over 3A Warren County and 4A James Wood. Our Varsity boys are still in search of their first win but came close at Colonial Beach, falling short by just three points.   Both teams are on the road this week, visiting Madison and the other Rappahannock (in Warsaw, Va.), returning to the home court on Wednesday, Jan. 27 when they host William Monroe.

JV girls got a couple wins early in the season and have added two more in the new year, on the road at Lancaster and at home vs. Clarke County. Varsity Girls are looking to post their first W but again have come close – especially close last Friday at Warren when they had the lead late in the game but could not overcome foul trouble. Both girls’ teams will host Madison tonight (Thursday, Jan. 21) and it promises to be an exciting night with our Panthers seeking to reverse earlier single-digit losses to the Mountaineers.

On the mats, our wrestlers stayed busy over winter break as our varsity team traveled to several tournaments. Travels included stops at Skyline, Eastern View and James Wood High Schools and the team brought home the David Brown Memorial Pool B championship to add to their growing trophy collection. They also participated in an invitational at Louisa County High School and then last weekend made the trek to Northumberland High School. At Northumberland our grapplers won their third invitational tourney championship of the year AND saw ten Rapp Wrestlers go 5-and-0 on the day, quite likely a first for Rapp Wrestling! Our wrestlers hosted their only District event last night, Wednesday, Jan. 20, in one of their last tune-ups before the Bull Run Tournament on Jan. 30 at Warren County High School.

Varsity Wrestling Head Coach Alex Coffroth reports that team victories have been far more frequent this season, the result of being deeper at each weight class than ever before.  Ten or more wrestlers have scored over a dozen victories this season, with Hunter Nicodemus, Dakota Payne, Ethan Foley, and David Smoot all breaking the twenty win mark and Smoot eclipsing 30 wins thus far.  Hopes are high for standout individual AND team performances in the coming post season tournaments.

Scholastic Bowlers wrap up district season

Rapp’s defending 1A State Champion Scholastic Bowl team wrapped up their Bull Run District season with a 9 and 4 record. Coach Dave Naser was pleased with the team’s performances, especially considering that ALL of our district opponents are either 2A or 3A schools, with Rapp being the only 1A (smallest size designation) school in the Bull Run.

The team traveled to an invitational tournament in Blacksburg last weekend as a final tune-up for the Rapp River Conference Tournament, which will be held this Saturday (Jan. 23) at Colonial Beach High School. The top two teams from the Conference Tournament will advance to the Region 1A East Tournament which will be held on Feb. 6 at Luray High School. Best of luck to our Scholastic Bowlers as they need to defend their Conference, Region and State titles!

Battle of the Books teams compete

Lastly, while our Scholastic Bowl team has no JV or JP counterpart, Rapp does have the next best thing in the form of two Battle of the Books teams, one comprised of seventh graders and one of eighth graders.  Coached by 7th grade teacher Natalie Hathaway and ably assisted by parent volunteer Linda Petty, the teams competed in the Piedmont Battle of the Books tournament earlier this month.

Competing against 44 teams from six counties, the Rapp participants were tested on their knowledge of twenty preselected books. When the final answers had been given, our Rapp 7th grade team finished fourth and our 8th grade team finished third, bringing home the smiles and satisfaction that come from a successful competition.

Be sure to log on to the Rapp Athletic website at where A.D. Burley posts all the latest scores and current schedules. And for detailed schedule information posted in real time and available in a variety of digital formats, go to and click on Rappahannock County.