RCHS vol­ley­ball takes cen­ter court

Rappahannock News - - SCHOOLS & SPORTS - — Jimmy Swindler

VAR­SITY VOL­LEY­BALL broke into the win col­umn in dom­i­nat­ing fash­ion last Tues­day night, de­feat­ing their East­ern View op­po­nents in three straight sets while hold­ing the Cy­clones to less than 10 points in each set. Rid­ing on the open­ing serve strength of se­nior Am­ber Smoot, the Var­sity Pan­thers took an early first game lead and never looked back as they cruised to their first win of the sea­son.

Stats lead­ers in­cluded Sarah East with 11 kills, Am­ber with 4 and Han­nah East with 3. Vir­ginia Wy­att had sev­eral nice ser­vice run and notched 4 aces along the way, while set­ter Olivia Atkins ended the game with 18 as­sists. Coach Courtney Atkins noted that the team dis­played great con­fi­dence and ag­gres­sive­ness, not let­ting up all night de­spite the lop­sided scores and get­ting back to their cham­pi­onship cal­iber style of play.

Coach Seth Wy­att’s JU­NIOR VAR­SITY VOL­LEY­BALL team notched their third win of their thus far un­de­feated sea­son, tak­ing East­ern View in straights as they have their pre­vi­ous op­po­nents. The team recorded 15 aces in the East­ern View games, high­lighted by Car­ring­ton Way­land’s 3 aces amidst a 7 point serve run that sealed the first game. That serve run was a re­peat of an iden­ti­cal serve per­for­mance turned in by Kam­mie Brown in the pre­vi­ous game against War­ren County.

Other no­table stat lead­ers in­clude Tori Atkins, Mi­ran­dah Jenk­ins and Belle PerDieu, who have led the team in kills. And Coach Wy­att had spe­cial praise for his bench, not­ing the valu­able boost the subs have brought to the team when they take the floor, es­pe­cially in the first game at Har­rison­burg when the team had to come from be­hind in both its wins. Coach Jeff Atkins’ Ju­nior Pan­ther squad is still in search of their first W, hav­ing dropped their first two con­tests to Moun­tain View Chris­tian and Madison County. But Coach Atkins is con­fi­dent that his very young team will find their win­ning groove and in the mean­time is pleased to see their skills im­prov­ing with each prac­tice.

JV AND VAR­SITY VOL­LEY­BALL were at War­ren County this past Tues­day, re­sults too late for this ar­ti­cle, and all three teams re­turn to their home court this Fri­day, Sept. 8, in an­other vol­ley­ball triple­header, JP ac­tion be­gin­ning at 4:30 with JV and Var­sity games to fol­low.

VAR­SITY FOOT­BALL opened their home sea­son on a cloudy and cool but rain free Fri­day night in Pan­ther Sta­dium last week. The gloomy weather failed to dampen the spir­its of the team or the Pan­ther fans in at­ten­dance but at game’s end our Pan­thers came out on the short end of a 12-27 score.

The home team came out flat in the first half and put them­selves in a 0-21 hole by half­time. Costly mis­takes led to costly penal­ties which led to three called back touch­downs by the Rapp grid­iron gang by game’s end, touch­downs which would surely have re­sulted in a victory. How­ever de­spite these set­backs, the team made it an ex­cit­ing con­test in the sec­ond half, ral­ly­ing hard to get back on top and fall­ing just short.

This Satur­day the team is away, play­ing the North­ern Vir­ginia Kings, and then they re­turn to Pan­ther Sta­dium next Fri­day, Sept. 15, to host the Rams of Stras­burg in a first ever foot­ball matchup be­tween these two teams. The award win­ning Pan­ther Band will be per­form­ing their Blues Brothers half­time show and the Pan­ther Cheer Squad will fill even the most dis­in­ter­ested ob­server with a healthy help­ing of school spirit. Kick­off will be at 7 and Coach Pullin, A.D. Bur­ley, and all the stu­dent ath­letes at RCHS in­vite the com­mu­nity to join us as we en­joy Rap­pa­han­nock’s own Fri­day Night Lights.

In other ath­letic news, CROSS COUN­TRY kicks off their sea­son this week and next, with the JP har­ri­ers host­ing a meet this af­ter­noon, Thurs­day Sept. 7, at 5 at the Blue Rock Course across from the high school and var­sity trav­el­ing to Ge­orge Ma­son next Mon­day, Sept. 11, to run with the Pa­tri­ots of Ge­orge Ma­son. Ad­di­tion­ally, the RCHS Cheer Squad is hav­ing a fundraiser car­wash this Satur­day, Sept. 9, in front of the high school, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lastly, OUR BOYS AND GIRLS BAS­KET­BALL pro­grams are host­ing a clinic skills camp for stu­dents in grades 1-6 in the RCHS gym on Satur­day, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. un­til noon Con­tact A.D. Bur­ley or Coach Jeff Atkins for reg­is­tra­tion de­tails. The bas­ket­ball teams are also host­ing a fundraiser spaghetti din­ner in the RCHS Com­mons on Satur­day Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. un­til 7:30 p.m.

Remember, all ath­letic game and prac­tice schedules can be found at the Rapp Ath­letic web­site at www. bull­rundis­trictva.org. Click on Rap­pa­han­nock once in the site and you can cre­ate your own per­son­al­ized sched­ule for your spe­cific teams. Ath­letic Direc­tor Bran­don Bur­ley and all our Rapp Ath­letic coaches and stu­dent ath­letes hope to see you in the stands soon, where you can join the cheer­lead­ers in a rous­ing ver­sion of WE ARE RAP­PA­HAN­NOCK!!!

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