No win­ter dol­drums at RCPS

Rappahannock News - - OBITUARIES • SCHOOLS - — Jimmy Swindler

The Christ­mas Break has come and gone but our Rapp Ath­letes stayed on top of their games, prac­tic­ing hard, get­ting in some games, and bring­ing home some wins to help keep the win­ter dol­drums at bay. On the WRESTLING mat, Coaches Paul Para­tore and Kreighton Long took their grap­plers to a two day tour­na­ment over break, fac­ing 16 teams rang­ing from Rapp’s 1A size to the state’s big­gest 6A clas­si­fi­ca­tion. De­spite such for­mi­da­ble com­pe­ti­tion, our team came home with some wins, with Chris­tian Pof­fen­berger

notch­ing four wins, Jake

Sisk and Johnny Beard three each, and Jae­sean Yates and

Billy Taplin two each.

This past Wed­nes­day our wrestlers had their lone home event, which also was a night to honor the se­niors; Jake Sisk, Johnny Beard, Chris­tian Burns, and Chris­tian Pof­fen­berger. Af­ter se­nior night recog­ni­tion our teams faced off against Madi­son County and Ge­orge Mason, los­ing to both in team scores but by very re­spectable 30-33 and 2640 mar­gins re­spec­tively. Jae­sean and Jake each got a win on the night with Johnny Beard rack­ing up two wins. Matthew Sisk, while win­less on the evening, got the gut check award for a tremen­dous match against an op­po­nent which, while re­sult­ing in a close loss, epit­o­mized the wrestlers credo of “leav­ing it all out there.”

The var­sity team had a Bull Run Dis­trict tri-meet this past Wed­nes­day at Stras­burg, re­sults too late for this ar­ti­cle, and then will be com­pet­ing in an in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment this week­end at Han­d­ley High School in Winch­ester. The boys will be close to home the fol­low­ing week­end, par­tic­i­pat­ing in a tour­na­ment at Culpeper County High School on Satur­day, January 20, weigh-ins be­gin­ning at 8:30 a.m., and

Rapp sports fans are en­cour­aged to make the trip and sup­port our Rapp Grap­plers.

Coach Dave Naser’s SCHOLAS­TIC BOWL

squad saw the weather can­cel their lone home event, this past Monday, Jan. 8, but A.D. Bran­don

Bur­ley re­cently an­nounced that the Bull Run Dis­trict Scholas­tic Bowl Cham­pi­onship will be hosted by Rapp on Monday, Jan. 22. The team will com­pete in a 5 team dou­ble elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment and the first ques­tions will be read at 5 p.m. Quiz Bowl fans will want to mark their calendars to be sure to be in at­ten­dance as Rapp looks to have a good warmup for the loom­ing re­gional and, hope­fully, state com­pe­ti­tion and just maybe bring home some Bull Run Dis­trict hard­ware in the process!

On the BAS­KET­BALL court the news is mixed, with some teams suf­fer­ing through a vic­tory draught, some rack­ing up some re­spectable wins, and one striv­ing for per­fec­tion as they main­tain their un­de­feated record.

Coach Mike Atkins’ boys var­sity team is still ISO that first win, hav­ing trav­eled to Cum­ber­land High School over the break for a Christ­mas tour­na­ment but com­ing home with a W. The team hosted Stonewall Jack­son this past Wed­nes­day, re­sults too late for this ar­ti­cle, and then take to the road to face Clarke County on Jan. 11 and then Colo­nial Beach on Jan. 13. The team re­turns to the home court on Tues­day Jan. 16, fac­ing the Rams of Stras­burg High School with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

On the other end of the age spec­trum, Coach Colton Ball’s

Ju­nior Pan­ther boys’ team has won their way to a six and oh record thus far, their lat­est vic­tory com­ing last week in a home con­test over Madi­son County. The team played at Peter Muh­len­berg Mid­dle School this past Tues­day, re­sults too late for this ar­ti­cle, but are at home tonight, Thurs­day Jan. 11, ver­sus Lu­ray Mid­dle, tipoff at 4:30. Mean­while the boys’ 7th grade team notched their first win back in De­cem­ber over Chelsea Academy. That team trav­els to Manas­sas Chris­tian tonight, Jan. 11, and then to Page County Mid­dle School on Jan. 19.

On the girls’ side of the court, A.D. Bran­don Bur­ley’s Var­sity girls are still look­ing for a sec­ond win but have come nail bit­ingly close in re­cent out­ings, in­clud­ing a one point loss to 4A Fauquier High School and a two point loss to 3A Manas­sas Park, both games over the hol­i­day break. The team trav­eled to Stonewall Jack­son High School last night, re­sults too late for this ar­ti­cle, and then host the Ea­gles of Clarke County this Fri­day, Jan.12, be­fore tak­ing to the road for out­ings against Stras­burg and Ge­orge Mason next week.

Coach Jeff Atkins’ girls’ J.V. team opened the year with a loss at Madi­son that fea­tured some un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally slug­gish play but the team bounced back last week in a close con­test against peren­nial pow­er­house Ge­orge Mason, los­ing by 4 in a game that was within 1 to 4 points vir­tu­ally all night long. The JV girls up­com­ing sched­ule matches Var­sity, with the JV team open­ing play this Fri­day in a 6 p.m. tipoff against Clarke County.

Coach My­lene Whor­ton’s

Ju­nior Pan­ther girls’ team tal­lied their first W of the sea­son last week in a home win over Madi­son County. Like their male coun­ter­parts, they played at Peter Muh­len­berg on Jan. 9 and then host Lu­ray tonight, Jan. 11.

As al­ways, the Rapp Schools ath­letic calendars, both prac­tices and games, can be found on the Rapp Ath­letic Web­site at www. bull­rundis­ A.D. Bur­ley and his cast of coaches and play­ers hope to see the Rapp faith­ful at up­com­ing games and will be look­ing for you at a game soon where you can join the cheer­lead­ers in urg­ing the home team to a win with a rous­ing cho­rus of “We Are RAP­PA­HAN­NOCK!!!”


In keeping with tra­di­tion, the Jon Lee Memo­rial Sil­ver Bucket Game was held at WCDS on De­cem­ber 26. This game, in which alumni play­ers chal­lenge cur­rent stu­dent-ath­letes, hon­ors the legacy of Wakefield Coun­try Day School's first bas­ket­ball coach, Jon Lee. In a close con­test, the alumni team won the Sil­ver Bucket, and play­ers and fans alike en­joyed the spir­ited event.

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