Spring sports scene opens: a wrap-up of wins, losses

Rappahannock News - - OPINION • SCHOOLS -

Spring has def­i­nitely come to the sports scene at Rap­pa­han­nock County High School with all of our spring teams hav­ing com­pleted their first con­tests. mage win over Ran­dolph Ma­con Academy, dropped a close one (8-13) to Lu­ray and then were shut out in the District opener against Clarke. Var­sity soft­ball had a close loss (710) in their opener against Stonewall-Jack­son, with sub­se­quent losses posted against Lu­ray and Clarke County. Re­turn­ing Coach Mike Atkins (base­ball) and new Coach Mike Bow­man (soft­ball) are both still in search of a solid pitch­ing ro­ta­tion but are hope­ful that their teams’ de­fense and bats can get them some wins in the com­ing sea­son. Both teams re­turn to the home field on Wed­nes­day, March 30 when Stonewall-Jack­son of Quicks­burg comes to Rapp, first pitches at 5:30 p.m. Jenn Rosen, and var­sity headed by Coach Rich Ho­gan. Both var­sity squads opened their sea­sons with wins; boys tak­ing a 6-0 tri­umph over Lu­ray and girls scor­ing a 7-1 vic­tory over Page. The var­sity boys lost a 0-1 nail­biter to con­fer­ence foe Northum­ber­land and then dropped their district sea­son opener to Clarke County by a score of 0-3. Var­sity girls also lost their district opener to the Ea­gles but the JV squad did fight to a 1-1 tie against their JV coun­ter­parts from Clarke County. JP girls’ soc­cer open their sea­son Tues­day, March 29 in Pan­ther Sta­dium against Val­ley Middle School Con­fer­ence op­po­nent Wake­field Coun­try Day School, game be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. last high school ath­letic sea­son be­fore tak­ing her tal­ents to the run­ning pro­gram of Wil­liam and Mary. Hopes are high that both old and new names will be added to the state champ ban­ner when the sea­son ends. The var­sity squad had their first scrim­mage last week at Page County and have their first qual­i­fy­ing meet at Stras­burg on April 2 when they travel to the Ram In­vi­ta­tional. The first home meet will be on Wed­nes­day, April 27 with the field events be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. JP track will have their first event at Lu­ray on April 14.

And in a fi­nal wrap-up of win­ter sports, the Rapp ath­letic depart­ment hosted the win­ter sports awards pro­gram last week with teams and par­ents on hand ap­plaud­ing those who were rec­og­nized with post­sea­son hon­ors. A com­plete list of the win­ter sports awards win­ners along with com­plete spring sports sched­ules can be found on the Rapp ath­letic web­site at www.rap­pa­han­nockath­let­ics.org Go Rapp!

— Jimmy Swindler

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