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Sara E. Collette's Wahoo, ridden by Jacob Roberts, trained by Neil Morris, takes the lead from Celtic Venture Stable's Prima Facie, Jeff Murphy doing the honors, to prevail by 1/2-length in the Leeds Manor flat race for Virginia-breds.

School and sports news for April 9

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April 9
Fourth graders pause on the steps following their tour of Scrabble School last month with teacher Kelly Estes and SSPF President Bob Lander in back row.

Rapp AD's update, fourth-graders visit Scrabble School, Old Dominion University honors for RCHS grad Trey Swindler.
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Swindler: A tough choice for his next team  

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April 2
Outgoing athletic director Jimmy Swindler pauses for a photo before a soccer match at Panther Stadium Monday afternoon.

Jimmy Swindler, RCPS athletics (and facilities) director for the past four years, says his most recent roster decision — on his own position with the team — was his most difficult.
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School and sports news for April 2

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April 2
RCHS’ concert band, shown here on last week’s spring trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington, brought back a “Superior” rating from March’s VBODA competition.

Rapp spring sports get going (or is it late winter?), the RCHS band is "Superior" again, and honors for Rappahannock County college students.
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School and sports news for March 26

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March 26
From left, Shannon Kelly, Eva Parios and Elizabeth Burns enjoy a brief snack with Ethan Frost at WCDS’ Medieval Faire.

The latest from Rapp athletics, plus a Medieval Faire at WCDS, a strong showing by Rapp middle-schoolers at the regional science fair and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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School and sports news for March 19

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March 19

The latest on Rappahannock athletics, plus winter sports awards.
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School and sports news for March 12

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March 12
In the center of this photo taken March 3 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, Kat Carter, recipient of Wakefield Country Day School’s Leonard Cowherd Scholarship, and Anna and Lucy Clark, whose grandfather served in the honor guard at the Tomb memorial, present arms during the playing of  “Taps.”

Rapp's athletic director update — including on his own move to facilities director — plus sports awards at Chelsea Academy and memorable trips by students at Wakefield Country Day School and members of the 4H Livestock Club in Rappahannock.
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School and sports news for March 5

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March 5
RCHS’s state-champ Scholastic Bowl team poses in Williamsburg, including (standing, from left) John Riedel, Jacob Sheffield, Savannah Stevens, Joe Gold, Gabe Hernandez, Jacob Love, Virginia Wyatt and (seated, from left) seniors Jane Purnell, Henry Mason, James MacLeod (captain), Nick Riedel and Jon Streu.

Rappahannock County High School's Scholastic Bowl team are state champions!
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School and sports news for Feb. 26

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The AD’s report In a week bookended by blizzards, our Rapp athletes still managed to get in some postseason performances and produce some record-breaking performances along the way. Varsity wrestling traveled to the state tourney in Salem last Friday (Feb. 20), arriving in town just ahead of some dire weather that shortened the season...
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School and sports news for Feb. 19

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Feb. 19
Members and coaches of RCHS’s varsity wrestling team gather for the traditional grapplers’ version of a group hug, celebrating their runner-up trophy at last week’s regionals tournament. More important: All six medalists are headed to the state wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday in Salem.

RCHS wrestlers and quiz bowl teams head for state championship tourneys, WCDS students tackle history and break a basketball scoring record and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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Twin championships again for Rapp’s J.P. basketball teams 

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Feb. 12
The three-time conference champs Rappahannock Boys Junior Panther Basketball Team poses with coach Wayne Sumner (left ) and assistant coach Judd Hanberry (right).

Dreams are made of the accomplishments of Rappahannock County's middle-school boys and girls basketball teams in their recently concluded 2014-15 seasons.
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School and sports news for Feb. 12

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Feb. 12
Good Answerers: Rappahannock County High School’s Scholastic Bowl team (front row, Tatyana Yates and Jacob Sheffield; back row, Coach Naser, Virginia Wyatt, Coach Weeks; middle row, from left, Joe Gold, Gabe Hernandez, James MacLeod, Jon Streu, Henry Mason, Savannah Stevens and Jane Purnell) last week won the regional trophy as well — and are headed to the state tournament in Williamsburg Feb. 28.

The RCHS Scholastic Bowl team is headed for States, and more winter-sports successes in this week's School and Sports News.
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School and sports news for Feb. 5

Belle Meade science teacher John Glass, right, works with students on the school’s Kilby Run stream quality assessment project.

STEAM and stream at Belle Meade, and more late-season wins for Rapp’s winter athletes.
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School and sports news for Jan. 29

RCHS’ Scholastic Bowl team and coaches pose with their Rapp River Conference trophy after the Panthers defeated the other Rappahannock (Richmond County’s Rappahannock High School) to win the tournament last week. The team heads to Colonial Beach for the region 1A East tournament Feb. 7.

Snow, ice and dire forecasts continued to challenge our Rapp athletic schedules the past week, but our Panthers continue to make the most of the opportunities they had to bring home more wins.
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School and sports news for Jan. 22

Winter weather continued to rearrange Rapp’s sports schedules, but even last-minute game changes couldn’t prevent the Panthers from bringing home some wins in the past week.
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School and sports news for Jan. 15

WCDS history finalists (from left) Abe Nolan, Joe Dowell, Aaron Corbett, Shane O’Heir, Rahmet Rahimi, Max Lilburn and Monica Marciano.

Scholastic Bowl leads the way through Old Man Winter at Rappahannock County High School, history finalists at WCDS and more.
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School and sports news for Jan. 1

Rappahannock’s winter sports teams took a winning percentage into the holiday break, looking to resume their seasons with more victories as the new year unfolds.
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School and sports news for Dec. 18

The AD’s report As our schools prepare for the holidays, our Rappahannock student athletes have been working at a frenetic pace, getting in games and bringing home some wins before taking a well-deserved, albeit short-lived, break. Basketball leads the news this week, headlined by the varsity boys team, which notched two wins in a row in...
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Football praised, cell tower decried, board delays deciding

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Rappahannock County Public Schools got an excellent turnout for football Tuesday night — which delayed an excellent turnout for (or actually, against) cell towers on school property.
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School and sports news for Dec. 11

Winter sports are in full swing, and several Rappahannock sports teams have already begun to rack up the wins.
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Letter: Sponsors, thanks; see you all on court Friday

The Rappahannock County Public Schools Parent Teacher Organization (RCPS PTO) would like to sincerely thank the following local team sponsors for their generous support of our upcoming Alumni Basketball Tournament: A&E Excavating, Andy Berry, B&B Signal, Griffin Tavern, Miller & Smith Home Builders, TC Robey Construction, Union First Market Bank and Williams Tree Service...
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Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches

RCHS cross-country, with the girls’ 1A runner-up trophy at states, are (front row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Katelyn Fisher, Emma Endre and (back row) Rapp boys’ top finisher Gavin Jenkins, Elizabeth Fisher, Brooke Athelli, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly, Kelsie Strobel, Emily Allen, Julia Wood and coach James Sharpe.

Julia Wood takes her second state cross country championship, and Rapp girls comes within two points of bringing home the Virginia High School League team runner-up trophy in the 1A state tournament.
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School and sports news for Nov. 20

Col. John Lesinski, USMC (retired), and Del. Michael Webert attend a Veterans’ Day presentation hosted by Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters.

In this week’s school and sports news, RCHS varsity girls cross country team brings home the state runner-up trophy, the varsity theater troupe is crowned Region 1A East champions, Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters honor our veterans, and more.
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School & Sports News for Nov. 13

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In in this week’s school and sports news, Rapp’s girls cross country and volleyball teams bring home trophies, the Scholastic Bowl gets underway and RCPS’s Farm-to-Table program is highlighted in Virginia Living magazine’s “Top High Schools” feature.
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Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

This week I had the rewarding and entertaining experience of watching the Rappahannock County Panthers defeat three other regional schools — Strasburg, William Monroe and Warren County — at the Scholastic Bowl held at Rappahannock County High School. I enjoy and respect most sporting events, but nothing has made me more proud to be a...
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School & Sports News for Nov. 6

RCHS’ cross country girls pose with their RRC trophies, including (back row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Elizabeth Fisher, Emma Endre, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly and Katelyn Fisher, and (front) Emily Allen, Savannah Stephens, Kelsie Strobel, Brooke Athelli and Julia Wood.

Rappahannock and Wakefield sports updates (including athletics awards plus volleyball, theater and cross country successes); CCLC wins accreditation; RCHS works hard on upcoming career fair.
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School & Sports News for Oct. 30

After School students wait for the chance to check out the rocks at Patricia Lessard’s geology presentation last month.

The Panthers late-season successes, and an after-school geology lesson with Patricia Lessard at RCES.
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School & sports news for Oct. 23

Photo: Middle school, top slot | By Susanna McNear Members of Rappahannock County’s Junior Panther cross-country team — first in the Valley Middle School Conference regular-season point total and VMSC tournament champs — pose with trophies and coaches James Sharpe (left) and Mark Ramey (right), including (seated, from left): Luke Ellis, Nick Barnes, Savannah Hensley and Skylar Culbertson, and (standing between the coaches) Sam Barnes, Cassia Gainer, Mackensie Haunold, Danielle Frye and Lillian Jenkins. More school and sports news on page 9.

Rappahannock and WCDS sports teams head for the postseason, a close volleyball win, a RCES trip to Big Meadows and an important accreditation at Belle Meade School in this week’s School & Sports News column.
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School & sports news for Oct. 16

Winners from the eighth annual WCDS 5K Fun Run pose at the finish line Oct. 4 with their respective medals.

A complete Panthers sports update; Wakefield athletes of the month, 5K finishers and sports recaps; Chelsea Academy news; and a new grant helps the Owls "Keep Virginia Beautiful" in this week's school and sports news.
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School & sports news for Oct. 9

High school CTE teacher Scott Schlosser uses a lathe while students (from left) Blake Haunold, Nick Hitt and Davyn Hitt wait their turn.

CTE teacher Scott Schlosser becomes an RCHS celebrity, Champlain College welcomes the class of 2018, and the Panthers and Owls continue their march to the postseason in this week’s school and sports news.
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School & sports news for Oct. 2

Panthers’ Quiz Bowl team members (from left) Henry Mason, James MacLeod and Jane Purnell came up just short in the recent trivia tournament.

A (complete) Rappahannock and WCDS sports’ update, the Democrats’ team wins the RCHS trivia tournament, Belle Meade is fully accredited and more in this week’s school and sports news.
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School & sports news for Sept. 25

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Sept. 25, 2014
More than 70 Rappahannock eighth-graders recently journeyed to Verdun Adventure Bound for an out-of-classroom day of learning.

The Panthers continue racking up wins, the Owls' Ashlyn Ramey holds her serve for an unprecedented 24 straight points and 70 RCES students find themselves "Adventure Bound" in this week's school and sports news column.
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School & sports news for Sept. 18

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Sept. 18, 2014

Rappahannock and Wakefield Country Day School sports updates in this week's school and sports news column.
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School & sports news for Sept. 11

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Sept. 11, 2014

With summer giving us a (hopefully) final blast of heat last week, Rapp athletics matched the weather, turning in some red hot performances and bringing home some wins.
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School & sports news for Sept. 4

Shannon Kelley’s photo, “Rising Up,” took first place in the youth wildlife category.

Rapp sports notches a few wins to open the season, RCES spotlights a new reading program and Amissville’s Shannon Kelley wins big in the Audobon Nature Photography Contest in this week’s school and sports news.
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The Rapp for Aug. 28

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Panther football kicks off tomorrow night, the Democrats host their annual Dog Days Yard Sale, RCHS and the RCSO plan fall fundraisers, RAAC screens “American Hustle,” local Richard Viguerie speaks on the future of the Republican party and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Aug. 28

Varsity football kicks off its season tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Panther football season kicks off tomorrow night, JMU welcomes the Class of 2018 to campus and RCHS offers more college credit courses in this week’s school and sports news.
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