RCHS fall sports report
With the fall season winding down and winter sports practices just beginning, the accomplishments of the fall athletes and teams at Rappahannock County High School (RCHS) bear noting.
In volleyball, the Junior Panther team completed an undefeated season, being taken to three games just twice on their way to winning the Valley Middle School Conference ( VMSC) regular season and tournament championships. The Junior Varsity team completed a 16-3 season, finishing in first place in the Bull Run District’s JV standings. Varsity bounced back strongly from last year’s disappointing season, notching nine wins and coming just a few points short of a win in the district tournament and a likely spot in the Region B Division I playoffs. Additionally, varsity player Kaitlyn Jenkins was named to Bull Run District’s All-District second team.
The JP boys soccer team finished the season in third place in the VMSC and ended their season in the semifinals of the VMSC tournament. The JP cross country teams won the boys and girls regular season championships and were the VMSC boys champions and girls runners-up in the seasonending championship meet.
The varsity boys and girls cross country teams had their most successful seasons in years, with the girls team just missing qualifying for the regional competition and runner Shane L’Amoreaux just missing qualifying for the regional meet. But freshman Julia Wood won the Bull Run District Meet girls race, earning the Bull Run Trophy for Female Runner of the Year and qualifying for the regionals, where she placed second, qualifying her for the Single- A state meet this Saturday (Nov. 10).
The Rapp theater troupe placed second in the Bull Run District Theater Competition, earning the right to compete in the Region B Theater Competition to be held on Nov. 17. In addition, actors Gus Norris and Henry Mason were recognized with All District Thespian Recognition and Theater sponsor Russell Paulette was selected as the Bull Run District Director of the Year.
Cheerleaders showed new spirit and precision under new varsity coach Jena Weaver and new JP coach Natasha White, rousing the crowd with their cheers and stunts and setting the stage for an eventual return to competition cheering.
Football returned with a varsity and a JP team. Varsity competed against both VHSL schools and private schools, coming close to getting wins several times during the season and then gaining their first win in several years on Homecoming Night against St. John’s. Matt Lombardi led our senior football players, capping off his career with an RCHS-record 350-plus yards rushing.
With most of our athletes playing multiple sports, they are coming out strong for the basketball and wrestling teams, as evidenced by the strongest numbers we have seen in years for our winter sports tryouts, another piece of good news for fans. Congrats to all our athletes for their accomplishments this past fall and good luck to them as the winter season approaches.