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We still didn’t get a full week of events in due to weather, but four out of five days was enough for Rapp Ath­let­ics to bring home some more wins in spring sports.

Soc­cer news takes the lead this week, with our var­sity girls team rid­ing a four-game win streak. The girls im­proved their Bull Run District record to 6-4 with vic­to­ries last Thurs­day over Madi­son at home and then on the road at Stras­burg. Fri­day’s game with Mon­roe was rained out and re­played Mon­day, where the win streak ended with a 3-0 loss. Tues­day night (April 29), the girls trav­elled to War­ren County and then tonight (Thurs­day, May 1) they host Cen­tral of Wood­stock at 6.

Our Ju­nior Pan­ther girls trav­eled to Wake­field last Wed­nes­day (April 23) where they scored a 4-2 vic­tory to im­prove their record to 6 -1. Their game against Shenan­doah Val­ley Chris­tian — their only loss of the year — is 4 p.m. to­day (Thurs­day, May 1) in Pan­ther Sta­dium. To­mor­row (Fri­day, May 2) at 6, the girls host Fresta Val­ley in what will likely be their last game of the sea­son. Coach Wy­att hopes that all our Rapp Soc­cer fans will fill the seats for this tal­ented team.

On the boys’ side of the pitch, our var­sity squad had a brief let­down af­ter their “sleet bowl” vic­tory over Manas­sas Park two weeks ago, trav­el­ing to Madi­son and los­ing to the Moun­taineers last Thurs­day. But the boys re­turned to the win col­umn with a thrilling 2-0 vic­tory (with goals by Shane L’Amore­aux and Amrit Ta­mang) over the vis­it­ing Stras­burg Rams last Tues­day night. The boys played Wil­liam Mon­roe this past Mon­day and dropped a dis­ap­point­ing 4-1 de­ci­sion — a game that fea­tured a beau­ti­ful goal by Josh Racer off an as­sist by Amrit Ta­mang and was much closer than the score in­di­cates. Tues­day night (April 29) they hosted the Wild­cats of War­ren County and to­day they travel to Wood­stock to face the Cen­tral Fal­cons.

The Ju­nior Var­sity boys broke into the win col­umn last week, tak­ing a 6-1 vic­tory over the Rams of Stras­burg. In one of those ever-pop­u­lar sports trivia mo­ments, #1 Ryan Athelli scored one goal, #2 Alec Gomer scored two goals, and #3 To­bias Har­ris scored a hat trick, with keeper Chris McCullough keep­ing the Rams out of his net. Like var­sity, J.V. dropped a de­ci­sion to the vis­it­ing Wil­liam Mon­roe Drag­ons. Tues­day night they faced War­ren County and travel to Cen­tral Wood­stock later to­day.

Base­ball and soft­ball had a dif­fi­cult week, with all of our teams play­ing tough but com­ing up short in the win col­umn. Our J.P. squads hosted Prospect Heights last week, with the girls putting up a few runs but fall­ing short to a much big­ger Or­ange County squad; our boys found them­selves in a slugfest and hung in be­fore fall­ing just short 16-14. Their next game is later to­day against Lo­cust Grove.

Var­sity fell to Bull Run District foe War­ren County at home last Mon­day and then Stras­burg on the road last Tues­day. Their Fri­day games with Wil­liam Mon­roe were rained out and post­poned to Mon­day but then rained out again. They were sched­uled to play War­ren County on Tues­day, but weather looks to in­ter­vene again. Both teams re­take their home di­a­monds to­day (Thurs­day, May 1) when they host the Fal­cons of Cen­tral, still look­ing for that first district win.

Our track ath­letes hosted a Bull Run Meet last Wed­nes­day and once again showed win­ning form. On the girls’ side, hur­dlers Ju­lia Estes and Jes­sica Thorne took the top two places in both the 300 and 100 hur­dles, Han­nah Ben­net took third in the shot put and first in the dis­cus, Paige Pilk­ing­ton leaped to third place in the high jump, Emma En­dre and Kayla McGhee were third in the 200 and 800, re­spec­tively, de­fend­ing state champ Ju­lia Wood won both the 1600 and the 800 races. The boys’ side was led by Gavin Jenk­ins, who took first in the 800 and 1600; Evan Hitt was fourth in the 200 and third in the 800 and A.J. Palmer fin­ished fourth in the dis­cus. The teams trav­eled to Manas­sas Park yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day, April 30) and con­clude their reg­u­lar sea­son next Wed­nes­day (May 7) in a meet at Madi­son County High School. It’s only 30 min­utes away and Coaches Stephens, Puskar and Maf­fei in­vite all our Rapp fans to come down to Madi­son to watch your Rapp ath­letes ex­cel.

J.P. track wraps up their sea­son to­day when they travel to Or­ange County High School for a meet with mul­ti­ple mid­dle schools from the Or­ange and Albe­marle ar­eas. The coaches are proud of the progress made by our Ju­nior Pan­ther track­sters and look for­ward to see­ing the join the ranks of var­sity in the years to come.

As al­ways, ath­letic sched­ules can be found on rap­pa­han­nockath­let­ics.org, where you will want to stay in touch to keep up with all the changes foisted on us by Mother Na­ture. But whether it be a reg­u­larly sched­uled event or a rain date that has been post­poned mul­ti­ple times, we in the ath­letic depart­ment hope to see you sup­port­ing our Pan­thers soon! — Jimmy Swindler

WCDS sports up­date

Var­sity girls’ soc­cer: The Wake­field Coun­try Day School Lady Owls trav­eled to Ran­dolph-Ma­con Academy for a De­laney Ath­letic Con­fer­ence game on April 11, and were forced to play short­handed due to in­juries. The teams were evenly matched at first, and tied at 0-0 at the half. Bri­anna Ro­driguez took a pass from Alyssa Soldo and scored for the Owls, but the Jack­ets came back and took the game 2-1.

The Lady Owls trav­eled to the Quan­tico Ma­rine Corps Base to play sec­ond-place Quan­tico Mid­dle/High School War­riors in Gen­eral But­ler Sta­dium. The Owls struck first with 22 min­utes in, as Alyssa Soldo scored on an in­di­rect kick. The War­riors tied the game, but Soldo took a nice pass from Alice Ma­ley to give the girls a lead for good. The 2-1 vic­tory was the girls’ first of the sea­son.

The Lady Owls then trav­eled to ri­val Wake­field School for a phys­i­cal non-con­fer­ence game on April 24. There were a num­ber of cards is­sued dur­ing the game, in­clud­ing a red card on a Wake­field School player and the Wake­field School coach. The girls’ lone goal, off an in­di­rect kick, was dis­al­lowed be­cause of a pro­ce­dural vi­o­la­tion, and the Owls fell 1-0. Their record is 1-5 over­all and 1-2 in the DAC.

Var­sity lacrosse: The Owls trav­eled to Manas­sas to play Se­ton School in a resched­uled DAC game on April 11, and fell be­hind early af­ter sur­ren­der­ing six goals in the first quar­ter. The Owls scored twice in the first: Gage Lan­dis scored off a Sam Nolan as­sist, and Nolan scored once unas­sisted. Se­ton was too much, how­ever, and the Owls fell 10-2.

The Owls next trav­eled to DAC-leading Trin­ity Chris­tian School on April 21. The new­est mem­ber of the DAC, the Gryphons proved to be too strong and showed why they’re leading the standings. The Gryphons scored four goals in the first quar­ter and three goals in the sec­ond en route to a 17-1 win. Har­ri­son Wells scored the Owls’ lone goal (his first of the sea­son), as­sisted by Abe Nolan. The Owls’ record is 1-4 over­all and 0-4 in the DAC.

WCDS team fin­ishes 2nd

On Satur­day (April 26), four eighth-grade stu­dents from Wake­field Coun­try Day School com­peted in the statewide cer­ta­men fi­nals at the Flint Hill School in Oak­ton, fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all. The team — Har­mony Lind­strom, Dou­glas Grif­fin, Tony Elar and Zoe Porter­field — also com­peted in­di­vid­u­ally in the aca­demic de­cathlon, which tested their knowl­edge of clas­si­cal lan­guage and cul­ture. Grif­fin was the top fin­isher, while Porter­field fin­ished in sec­ond, com­plet­ing a WCDS sweep of the de­cathlon.

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