Au­tumn sports segue to win­ter

Rappahannock News - - SCHOOLS & SPORTS -

While win­ter sports try­outs and prac­tices be­gan this past week, Rapp’s Fall Sports Ath­letes are still mak­ing head­lines and win­ning games, with sev­eral of our teams vy­ing for deep runs in the post­sea­son play­offs.

FOOT­BALL leads the head­lines this week, on the strength of their sea­son end­ing home win that left them with a sec­ond straight and best ever win­ning record of six and four. Start­ing this sea­son as they did last year, in a 1 and 3 hole, the Pan­thers got it to­gether and roared back to win five of their last six games, end­ing the sea­son with four straight wins and outscor­ing those last four op­po­nents by a com­bined score of 204-55!

Earn­ing that last vic­tory at home this past Fri­day night, the Pan­thers jumped out to an early two touch­down lead over the Gover­nors of Nel­son County High School and never looked back on their way to a 27-18 vic­tory. On of­fense Coach

Kemp Pullin’s team scored early and of­ten, with Michael

Reid run­ning back the open­ing kick­off al­most the length of the field and then punch­ing it in with a 5 yard TD on the next play.

On the next pos­ses­sion Michael re­turned a punt 40 yards for the sec­ond Rapp touch­down, and later in the game he ran in a two point con­ver­sion and kicked a PAT, ac­count­ing for 21 of Rapp’s 27 to­tal points. Quar­ter­back Richard Lil­lard tal­lied the other TD on the strength of a beau­ti­ful 44 yard run that left more than a few of the Gover­nor de­fen­sive play­ers grab­bing at air or trip­ping over their own an­kles as they tried to keep up with Lil­lard’s dart­ing moves through the back­field.

Coach Kenny Burt’s Coach Scott Stephens’

de­fen­sive unit turned in an­other fine per­for­mance, hold­ing the Gover­nors to three touch­downs on the night, the last one com­ing with lit­tle time left and the game’s out­come as­sured.

Johnny Beard recorded 9 tack­les and 1 as­sist, Ryan

Grigsby notched 6 tack­les (in­clud­ing a stun­ning take­down of a Nel­son County run­ner while Ryan was fall­ing back­wards!) and 2 as­sists, and Dal­ton Hitt got 5 tack­les and 3 as­sists in the stats book. Drake Lynn and Michael Reid each had 1 in­ter­cep­tion, snuff­ing promis­ing drives by the Nel­son County squad and help­ing to en­sure the Rapp vic­tory.

With the strong fin­ish by both the Var­sity and the Ju­nior Pan­ther teams, hopes are high that the foot­ball pro­gram has turned the cor­ner at RCHS and will be a force to be reck­oned with in years to come. Con­grats to the play­ers and the coaches for an­other out­stand­ing sea­son and a big THANK YOU to our se­niors, hon­ored last Fri­day night, for their con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­gram’s suc­cess.

CROSS COUN­TRY teams ran in the 1A Re­gional Cham­pi­onship last Tues­day, re­turn­ing to the Panorama Farms course out­side of Char­lottesville. Hav­ing grit­ted through a sea­son of in­jury and ill­ness, the girls’ team was fi­nally healthy and it showed, as they fin­ished the day as the Re­gion Run­ner-Up and qual­i­fied as a team for the State Cham­pi­onship, to be held this com­ing Satur­day, Novem­ber 11, at the Great Mead­ows Course out­side of War­ren­ton. This will be the FIFTH con­sec­u­tive year our girls’ team has run at states, and given the rel­a­tive youth of the team odds are that num­bers six and seven will be forth­com­ing.

Rapp’s #1 run­ner Rachel

Weghorst took the lead in the race at the 1 mile mark and never re­lin­quished it, hold­ing her pace for the next 2-plus miles as the com­pe­ti­tion fell far­ther and far­ther be­hind. Rachel crossed the fin­ish line a full minute and ten sec­onds ahead of the run­ner up, claim­ing first place hon­ors and the Re­gional Fe­male Run­ner of the Year tro­phy that came with them. Team­mate

Jack­lyn Humphries fin­ished in 4th place, earn­ing first team all-re­gion hon­ors while Sky­lar Cul­bert­son fin­ished

16th, Brooke Athelli 18th, Danielle Fryant 23rd and

Sa­van­nah Hens­ley 33rd. The com­bined scores as­sured the girls sec­ond place sta­tus as a team, and en­sured that they all will be run­ning at Great Mead­ows.

The boys’ team for Rapp ran hard but fell short of qual­i­fy­ing as a team or in­di­vid­u­ally for state place­ment. Coach Burt re­ports that solid progress has been made on the boys’ side this year how­ever and he is con­fi­dent it will not be long be­fore a male Rapp Run­ner will be cruis­ing the course again at Great Mead­ows.

VAR­SITY VOLLEYBALL

con­tin­ued their quest for a re­turn to States, mak­ing it to the semi-fi­nals of the District Tour­ney and then win­ning a quar­ter­fi­nal game of the Re­gional Tour­ney and set­ting them­selves up for a ticket to Rich­mond and a shot at a Re-Peat.

Trav­el­ing to Madi­son last Tues­day, Rapp took the even­tual District Champs to five games, los­ing the last set to the 2A Moun­taineers by only two points. While the District Tour­ney is es­sen­tially for brag­ging rights only, Rapp got some brag­ging op­por­tu­ni­ties as

Sarah East and Am­ber Smoot were named to the first team All Bull Run District and Han­nah East to the sec­ond team, awards that were an­nounced dur­ing the cham­pi­onship game.

Stat lead­ers from the game with Madi­son in­cluded Sarah East with 22 kills,

Han­nah East with 11, Am­ber Smoot with 10, and Deanna

Ab­dul­lah and Vir­ginia Wy­att with 3 and 2 re­spec­tively. Vir­ginia also added 7 blocks while Olivia Atkins recorded 2 blocks to go with her 47 as­sists.

This past Satur­day the var­sity team hosted Cen­tral Lunen­berg in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the Re­gional Tour­na­ment. The Pan­ther dis­posed of their op­po­nents in three sets, a con­test that lasted only 64 min­utes to­tal. Sarah

East again led the kill tally with 9, fol­lowed by Han­nah with 8, Am­ber with 4 and

Vir­ginia with 1. Vir­ginia and Olivia recorded 2 blocks each, while Han­nah, Sarah,

Deana, and Ali­cia Whor­ton all recorded 1 block. Olivia had 20 as­sists with Court­ney

Dod­son con­tribut­ing 2, and the ser­vice game was rock­ing with a to­tal of 21 aces; 7

Hearth­stone School re­cently hosted its an­nual out­door Fairy Tale Walk, when fairy tales like Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood came alive.

There was a good turnout for Hearth­stone’s Hal­loween-cos­tumed Tween Mixer.

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