Three Rapp wrestlers are States-bound

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA DEL­COUR

In the fight of the sea­son, Pan­ther wrestlers proved them­selves when they brought home three Re­gion B awards from the 2013 re­gional wrestling com­pe­ti­tion in Strasburg last Fri­day and Satur­day (Feb. 8-9) and earned their places in the up­com­ing state tour­na­ment.

While Rap­pa­han­nock County High School’s var­sity team placed 14th over­all (out of the 20 teams), ju­nior Dy­lan Hitt cel­e­brated a hard-earned first place Re­gion B award in the 152-pound class and David Smoot – a fresh­man – won Re­gion B sec­ond-place recog­ni­tion at 182. Se­nior Pa­trick Fo­ley took fifth place in the 195 class and will travel as a state al­ter­nate with Hitt and Smoot to the state cham­pi­onships in Salem this Fri­day and Satur­day (Feb. 15-16).

Hitt won an emo­tional match over 2013 Bull Run District cham­pion Tyler Drum­mond in the fi­nal sec­onds of the 152 fi­nals match Satur­day. “This de­ter­mi­na­tion ex­hib­ited by Hitt in this match sets the tone for his quest for the state crown,” said coach Alex Cof­froth, “and David Smoot looks to cause up­sets and make his­tory as a fresh­man this week­end."

“I came in the true sixth seed be­cause I had sec­ond in the district,” Hitt said af­ter the two-day tour­na­ment. “I wres­tled my first match and pinned the kid from Stu­art’s Draft. The sec­ond match was Wil­son Me­mo­rial, and I tech falled him. That ended the day for me.

“On the sec­ond day, I went to the semi­fi­nal matches in the morn­ing,” Hitt said. “That was a con­tro­versy. A woman I’ve never seen in my life walked onto the mat and de­manded a con­cus­sion test for me. Then, rules were bro­ken and we had to chal­lenge ev­ery­thing that was hap­pen­ing. I didn’t have a con­cus­sion. Fi­nally, I was able to wres­tle.”

“They were really try­ing to block him,” Cof­froth said.

“Against River­heads, the score was 6-4 for the semi­fi­nal match,” Hitt said. “Af­ter that, I faced Bull Run’s No. 1 – Tyler Drum­mond. I got the first take-down, and it was 2-0. He got a quick re­ver­sal to make it 2-2. Then I got a stand-up and it was 3-2. Next, he got a take-down on me. Then we were 4-3 go­ing into the sec­ond pe­riod.

“In third pe­riod, he chose down po­si­tion,” Hitt said. “I rode him out for the full two min­utes. I knew I couldn’t let him score or the match would be out of reach for me. And . . . I didn’t let him move. In the third, I chose bot­tom. We started with the score still be­ing 4-3. But I got a re­ver­sal, and the score went to 54. They called stalling on me, even though I wasn’t mov­ing and the other kid wasn’t. They re­set. That’s when he got a stand-up and the score was 5-5. He took a shot, and we went out of bounds. There were 9.7 sec­onds left. I knew we were go­ing into over­time. He took a shot, and I spun and got my two points. The clock buzzed right when I got my two. I heard

the buzz, looked up, saw the two. I got up off him so fast and just went crazy cel­e­brat­ing.”

Rap­pa­han­nock wrestlers start their state com­pe­ti­tion jour­ney when they de­part RCHS on Thurs­day morn­ing ( Feb 14).

JP bas­ket­ball: VMSC cham­pi­ons

To go along with their un­de­feated con­fer­ence record, Rap­pa­han­nock’s Ju­nior Pan­ther boys’ bas­ket­ball joined its coaches, Rob­bie Thorn­hill and Wayne Sum­ner, in a his­tory- mak­ing sea­son fi­nale cel­e­bra­tion last Thurs­day ( Feb. 7) when they took home the Val­ley Mid­dle School Con­fer­ence ( VMSC) cham­pi­onship tro­phy.

“In ad­di­tion to be­ing un­de­feated in VMSC play,” said ath­letic di­rec­tor Jim Swindler, “this team only had one loss against pub­lic schools – beat­ing Madi­son and Wil­liam Mon­roe twice and split­ting with War­ren County, los­ing the one by only one point. This is the first boys’ bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship Rapp has had in VMSC play.”

Of­fi­cially, the team com­pleted a 17- 1 sea­son with a 54- 21 vic­tory over Shenan­doah Val­ley Chris­tian Academy in the cham­pi­onship game. The Pan­thers took home the tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship tro­phy along with the reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pion tro­phy.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the team and to Coaches Thorn­hill and Sum­ner for their cham­pi­onship,” said Swindler.

Wake­field col­lege ac­cep­tances

Wake­field Coun­try Day School is pleased to an­nounce that the mem­bers of its se­nior class have been ac­cepted at more than 55 col­leges and univer­si­ties and have earned al­most $ 2 mil­lion in schol­ar­ship of­fers.

The mem­bers of the Class of 2013, their ac­cep­tances and schol­ar­ship of­fers are as fol­lows:

Grace Al­bert- Eck­erd Col­lege ( James Madi­son Univer­sity, Christo­pher New­port Univer­sity and Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity); Katie Brown ( Loy­ola Univer­sity, Tu­lane Univer­sity and Univer­sity of North Carolina Chapel Hill); Alexan­dra Can­cio- Bello ( Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity, Col­lege of Charleston, Univer­sity of Vir­ginia and Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity); Daniel Chad­duck ( Xavier Univer­sity, Roanoke Col­lege, Guild­ford Col­lege, Ham­p­den- Syd­ney Col­lege, Lynch­burg Col­lege and Ran­dolph- Ma­con Col­lege); Marc Cugnon ( Yale Univer­sity and Univer­sity of Vir­ginia – Echols Scholar); Rachel DuMez ( Cen­tral Col­lege, Hope Col­lege, Calvin Col­lege and Ran­dolph- Ma­con Col­lege); Brittany Kwolek ( James Madi­son Univer­sity, Christo­pher New­port Univer­sity and Mar­quette Univer­sity); Mary Leskovec ( Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity, Old Do­min­ion Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Mary­land, Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity and James Madi­son Univer­sity); Sam Lil­burn ( Xavier Univer­sity, Ran­dolph- Ma­con Col­lege and Ham­p­den- Syd­ney Col­lege); Carl Liles ( Auburn Univer­sity, Ford­ham Univer­sity and Cor­nell Col­lege); Maken­zie Ma­garo ( Univer­sity of Vir­ginia and James Madi­son Univer­sity); Caro­line Mur­ray ( Sweet Briar Col­lege, Lynch­burg Col­lege, Ran­dolph- Ma­con Col­lege, Roanoke Col­lege, St. Joseph’s Univer­sity, Catholic Univer­sity, Scran­ton Univer­sity and Col­lege of Charleston); Conor O’Heir ( Ham­p­den- Syd­ney Col­lege and Wabash Col­lege); Will Scar­ing ( Ran­dolph Col­lege and Ran­dolph- Ma­con Col­lege); Han­nah Tufts ( Ran­dolph- Ma­con Col­lege); and Shan­non Weir ( Vir­ginia Wes­leyan Col­lege, Roanoke Col­lege, Ran­dolph- Ma­con Col­lege and Christo­pher New­port Univer­sity).

Cur­rently, the merit schol­ar­ship of­fers to Wake­field’s 22 se­niors to­tal $ 1,780,200.

Courtesy photo

Rap­pa­han­nock’s JP bas­ket­ball champs are (front row, from left) Caleb Ramey, Sam Barnes, Chance Graves, Henry Wood, Richard Lil­lard and (sec­ond row) Ryan Atkins, Zion Han­berry, Ethan Sum­ner, Grayson Thorn­hill, Alan Eisen­mann and (third row) coach Wayne...

Courtesy photo

RCHS wrestler Dy­lan Hitt (in blue) won an emo­tional, hard-fought match with 2013 Bull Run District cham­pion Tyler Drum­mond (on his right) to be­come Re­gion B cham­pion in the 152-pound weight class.

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