RCHS fall sports re­port

Rappahannock News - - SCHOOL & SPORTS NEWS - – JIMMY SWINDLER

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.

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