Rapp sports up­date

Rappahannock News - - SCHOOLS & SPORTS - — Jimmy Swindler

Match­ing the hot tem­per­a­tures that blan­keted the county last week, RCPS teams set a tor­rid pace of their own, with some rack­ing up mul­ti­ple wins and oth­ers ex­hibit­ing fiery com­pet­i­tive­ness even in a loss. VAR­SITY VOL­LEY­BALL

is our head­line team this week on the strength of three straight wins, two on the road sand­wiched around one at home. Trav­el­ing to Stras­burg on Sept. 27, Coach Court­ney

Atkins’ girls pre­vailed by a 3-1 score, fol­lowed by a close 3-2 win over the Ea­gles of Clarke County Sept. 29 and then wrapped up their week with a solid 3-0 win over Northum­ber­land on the road last Fri­day.

Stats lead­ers over the three-game span in­cluded sis­ters Sarah and Han­nah

East with 40 kills each and se­niors Am­ber Smoot with 29, Deanna Ab­dul­lah with 9 and Vir­ginia Wy­att with 4. On the de­fen­sive side of the net Sarah and Han­nah added 11 and 8 blocks each, re­spec­tively, with Vir­ginia adding 10 and set­ter Olivia

Atkins notch­ing two of her own. Coach Seth Wy­att’s JV squad suf­fered two rare losses last week, be­gin­ning the week with a win at Stras­burg but then los­ing a nail biter to Clarke at home and go­ing down to de­feat again the next evening on the road at Northum­blerand. Both teams trav­eled to Cen­tral High School in Wood­stock this past Tues­day (re­sults too late for this ar­ti­cle) and are in their home con­fines tonight (Thurs­day Oct. 5) against Ge­orge Ma­son. Coach Jeff Atkins’ Ju­nior Pan­ther vol­ley­ball team notched an­other win last Mon­day, Sept. 26, over Front

Royal Chris­tian. The Ju­nior Pan­thers hosted King Ge­orge Mid­dle School last night (Wed­nes­day, Oct. 5). JU­NIOR PAN­THER BOYS

SOC­CER got into the W col­umn twice last week, first with a 4-0 win over Fresta Val­ley at home Sept. 26 and a solid 10-3 win over Wake­field Coun­try Day School on the road Sept. 28. Coach Paul

Para­tore lauded the team ef­fort that led to the wins, es­pe­cially on de­fense, with par­tic­u­lar praise for Nick

Barnes. Of­fen­sively the team was led in vic­tory by Ian Cordero with five goals,

Nick Para­tore with four (and three as­sists), Luke

Jung and Isaac Scheulen with two goals apiece, and

Kyle Hensley with one. JP soc­cer hosts King Ge­orge Mid­dle next Mon­day, October 9, on the pitch at Pan­ther Sta­dium, open­ing kick at 430 PM. CROSS COUN­TRY

com­peti­tors have been run­ning through their

paces as well, trav­el­ing to Clarke County for a district meet Sept. 27 and to New Mar­ket for the Stonewall Jack­son In­vi­ta­tional Sept. 30. The first meet fell on the hottest day of the afore­men­tioned heat wave and slower times re­flected the bru­tal con­di­tions. Chase

Whor­ton was the first Rapp boys’ fin­isher, fol­lowed by Dal­ton Ren­ner, Dave Wang, Daniel Dale Lucca, Matthew Para­tore, Con­nor Cul­bert­son, Grant PerDieu, and Bryce Fryant.

While the Rapp girls suf­fered in the heat as well Rachel Weghorst led the way as she ran to her first district win of the sea­son. Team­mate Skyler Cul­bert­son fin­ished fourth, Danielle Fryant eighth, Cam­ryn Clark ninth, Brooke Athelli 10th, Galen San­born 15th and Me­lanie Flores

18th.

Satur­day the tem­per­a­tures pre­sented far bet­ter run­ning con­di­tions,

with four boys set­ting new per­sonal records on the New Mar­ket course. Dal­ton was the Rapp leader this time, fol­lowed by Chase, Daniel, Matthew, Jor­dan Rec­tor, Este­ban Arel­lano, Grant, Hunter Ni­code­mus, Juan

Arel­lano, Nick Grigsby and Bryce Jones. On the girls side Rachel Weghorst placed sixth over­all in a race that fea­tured run­ners from 1A through 4A schools (Rapp is the small­est, a 1A; she placed third among 1A and 2A com­peti­tors). Brooke Athelli im­proved her time over last year by more than two min­utes and Galen, run­ning in just her sec­ond cross county race, im­proved her time by more than four min­utes.

The var­sity squad hosted a home district meet ver­sus Stras­burg this Wed­nes­day (re­sults too late for this ar­ti­cle), and the JP har­ri­ers have a meet this af­ter­noon (Thurs­day Oct. 5) with Lu­ray. Both events are the last home events for run­ners as the var­sity squad looks to make their fi­nal tune-ups be­fore be­gin­ning the race to states.

Last but not least,

VAR­SITY FOOT­BALL trav­eled to Madi­son County Fri­day night, look­ing to spoil the Moun­taineers Home­com­ing. While our Pan­thers did put up 27 points, it wasn’t enough to over­come the 49 put up by the Moun­taineers and this one got marked in the L col­umn.

De­spite the loss, there were some im­pres­sive stats recorded by Pan­ther foot­ballers, and fans are sure to be treated to an en­joy­able per­for­mance when var­sity re­turns to their home turf to­mor­row night (Fri­day Oct. 6) host­ing Mas­sanut­ten Mil­i­tary Academy. Kick­off is at 7 and the award-win­ning Pan­ther March­ing Band en­ter­tains the crowd at half­time. Coach Rich Ho­gan’s

Ju­nior Pan­ther Foot­ball team had their first home game this past Mon­day, host­ing Prospect Heights Mid­dle School. Along with their first game, they also notched their first win, cruis­ing to vic­tory in front of the home crowd. High­lights in­cluded quar­ter­back

Ma­son Ramey pass­ing for 2 touch­downs, both to re­ceiver Jason Kid­well. An­drew Hitt

racked up a touch­down on the game’s long­est run — 45 yards from scrim­mage — and Elisha Set­tle had a drive-stop­ping third-down in­ter­cep­tion and a 40-yard-plus re­turn. All in all, a great team ef­fort for the first home game.

The JP squad hosts the Mary­land School for the Deaf on Oct. 18 with their fi­nal home game on Oct. 23 ver­sus Lo­cust Grove. Both start at 6.

Lastly, and in other sports news, our boys and girls bas­ket­ball pro­grams are host­ing a clinic skills camp for stu­dents in grade 1-6 from 9 to noon in the RCHS gym this Satur­day (Oct. 7). Con­tact AD

Bran­don Bur­ley or Coach Mike Atkins for reg­is­tra­tion de­tails. The bas­ket­ball teams are also host­ing a fundraiser spaghetti din­ner in the RCHS Com­mons from 5 to 7:30 this Satur­day (Oct. 7), with the AD, bas­ket­ball coaches and team mem­bers your point of con­tact for tick­ets.

All ath­letic game and prac­tice schedules can be found at the Rapp Ath­letic web­site at bull­rundis­trictva.org. Click on Rap­pa­han­nock once in the site and you can cre­ate your own per­son­al­ized schedule for your spe­cific teams. AD Bur­ley and all the coaches and stu­dent ath­letes hope to see you in the stands soon, where you can join the cheer­lead­ers as we proudly pro­claim: We Are Rap­pa­han­nock!

COUR­TESY PHOTO

With the help of kills like this one, RCHS' Pan­thers pre­vailed in three straight vol­ley­ball wins last week, de­feat­ing Stras­burg and Clarke County at home, and Northum­ber­land on the road last Fri­day.

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