5/10/13 Randolph-Macon Academy hosted the DAC II Girls' Soccer Tournament Championship. The Lady Jackets earned a bid to the semi-finals when they clinched the regular season championship. On Thursday, 5/9, R-MA secured a 4-1 win over Quantico School to advance to the finals. On Friday, The Yellow Jackets kicked off against the Owls from Wakefield Country Day School; the winner would be crowned the tournament champion.
The game proved to be equally competitive as neither team took a demanding lead. R-MA put points on the score board first when McKenzie Marshall '13 scored unassisted. However, the Owls later answered back to tie the score 1-1. The score remained equal until Marshall dished out a great pass to Misse Odoom '13 who shot and beat the opponent's keeper. Leading into the half, the Jackets were up 2-1.
The teams split possession and each squad had several opportunities to score. Unfortunately, WCDS sent a shot soaring high from about 25 yards out and over the R-MA goalkeeper. The scoreboard read 2-2.
The two teams finished regulation time with a 2-2 tie. The game was sent into two 10 minute overtime periods, and neither team scored. This only meant one thing: penalty kicks would decide who would be crowned champion.
Each team chose 5 kickers that would alternate taking penalty kicks (PKs). It was a thrilling round of PKs as each team had a couple misses, however, Anastasia Voellm '13 not only saved three PKs as the R-MA goalie, but she also took the final shot that could possibly decide the game. Voellm found the back of the net on her PK which turned out to be the game-winning goal. R-MA Lady Jackets soccer team had captured the DAC II Tournament Championship for the third time in four years!
5/2/13 The R-MA boys' tennis team traveled to Manassas on Thursday for a conference match with Seton School. The Yellow Jackets secured a 5-2 win over Seton. Below are the results of the match.#1 Cole Pawlak '17 (R) d. Rowzie 8-1 #2 Van Nguyen '13 (R) d. Duran 8-5 #3 Herman Mangueira '14 (R) d. Shaw 8-5 #4 Stein (S) d. Paul Miller '16 8-4 #5 Vanderwoude (S) d. Rico Figaroore '14 8-6 #1 Nguyen/Mangueira (R) d. Duran/Rowzie 8-2 #2 Pawlak/Miller (R) d. Stein/Bartolozzi 8-5
4/30/13 The girls' soccer team traveled to Saint Michael's in Fredericksburg for their final regular conference game of the season. Going into the contest, both teams were undefeated. Tuesday's game would decide who would capture the regular season title.
The start of the game proved to be evenly balanced as most of the action took place in the middle of the field. However, later in the first half the Lady Yellow Jackets found the back of the net. R-MA led at halftime 4-0 and continued to hold on to the lead during the second half. The Yellow Jackets shut down their opponent's attack and controlled the game. R-MA played with confidence and composure. The final score was R-MA 5, Saint Michael's 0.
With this win, the Lady Yellow Jackets are the DAC Regular Season champions with a conference record of 5-0. The team will host a semi final game in the DAC tournament on May 9 at 4pm.
4/24/13 The girls' varsity soccer team hosted Fredericksburg Academy, last year's defending tournament champion. R-MA wasted no time putting points on the board. Grace Alexander '14 netted a pass from McKenzie Marshall '13 in the first five minutes of the game. Within the next ten minutes Marshall tallied two goals of her own. Ashley McManus '13 migrated to the forward position duirng the first half and slipped the ball past the opponent's keeper. The first half ended with a 4-1 score.
The Lady Jackets maintained their composure and continued their scoring run in the second half. Both Robin Penn '14 and Marshall added two goals. Allyson Mcmanus '13 and Cozette Boakye '13 had one goal each. R-MA secured the victory with a 10-1 win.
4/23/13 Despite the tough season the R-MA Yellow Jackets' softball team has endured as the girls continued to persevere. R-MA hosted Quantico High School, who they previously lost to in March. During this game pitcher Kelli Hutcheson '14 had a standout performance and helped her team earn their first win of the season. The Lady Jackets walked of the field with an 8-4 victory.
4/16/13 The R-MA varsity boys' tennis team beat Seton School 5-2. Earning wins for the Jackets were:
David Pawlak '15 #1 singles, Van Nguyen '13 #2 singles, Herman Mangueira '14 #3 singles, Nguyen/Mangueira #1 doubles and Pawlak/Paul Miller '16 #2 doubles.
The Jackets current record is 2-2 in the DAC and 4-2 overall. The team will hit the courts today with Wakefield School at R-MA, match begins at 4pm.
4/18/13 The R-MA Yellow Jackets Lacrosse team is about halfway through their season and has earned a 4-1 record. The team lost their only match to conference opponent Wakefield School with a final score of 6-9. R-MA netted victories against Tandem Friends (2), Seton School, and Wakefield Country Day School. Fahad Alsuhaibani '13 and Jon Moore '14 have shared time in the goal, pocketing many of their opponents' shots. Brook Blair '14 has had many standout performances on offense for the Jackets while talling several goals.
R-MA will host Fishburne today at 4:30.
4/16/13 The Yellow Jackets baseball team has earned 5 consecutive victories over the past week. The team started their winning streak against Highland on April 9, continued through the week beating Quantico High School in a double header, flawlessly topping Massanutten Military Academy and ran past Fredericksburg Christian on Monday for their fifth straight win.
The Yellow Jackets is now hosting Seton School in a conference match-up. Go Jackets!
4/11/13 On Thursday the R-MA golf team hosted a tri-match against Fredericksburg Christian School and St. Michael's, both from Fredericksburg. The match took place at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. The afternoon was beautiful and the playing conditions were excellent for this time of the year. R-MA defeated St. Michael's squad by the score of 197-262, but were defeated by a very experienced and talented team from FCS 173-197. With this split the young Jackets are 1-2 this season.
Leading the way for R-MA were Bill Choi '14 (46), Tommy Yu '16 (48), Thomas Minchew '17 (50), and Jake Ko '14 (53). An exhibition match was played, teaming R-MA's Joseph Silek '17 (51) and Christopher Rowe '14 (63) against a FCS twosome. Joseph and Christopher were victorious in this match 114-129. The Jackets play on the road next week against Tandem Friends and St. Michael's at Spring Creek Country Club near Charlottesville, Virginia. Anyone interested in making the trip to watch the Jackets can contact Coach Bill Curl at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions to this 4:00 tri-match.
4/11-12/13 The R-MA varsity girls' soccer team traveled to Wakefield Country Day School on Thursday in a conference match-up. McKenzie Marshall '13 netted two goals for the Jackets and helped her team to earn a 2-0 victory.
However, the Lady Jackets hosted Highland School on Friday and walked away with a respectable 0-2 loss. The game was tied at the half, but unfortunately, R-MA couldn't muster up the offense to beat Highland.
3/28/13 The girls' varsity soccer team hosted Quantico High School in their first conference contest this season. R-MA was off to a very slow start and gave up an early goal to the Warriors. Amongst various mistakes and degressive plays the Jackets managed to put 4 shots past the opponent's defense and goalie.
Helping R-MA to a 4-1 victory were Mckenzie Marshall '13 who earned a hat trick and Amy Gray '15 who knocked in the fourth goal. Magda McNeil '13 and Ixel Ochoa '15 each had an assist.
3/28/13 The R-MA varsity lacrosse team hosted Wakefield School in their first home game of the season. The teams had equal opportunities on goal and were forced to play strong defense. Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets gave up three more goals than their opponents. The final score was R-MA 6, Wakefield 9.
Scoring for R-MA was Brook Blair '16 who finished with 3 goals, Anik Alamgir '16 who tallied 2 goals and adding the final goal with Slayton Speer '15.
3/22-23/13 R-MA hosted the Yellow Jacket Kick-off Classic Girls' Soccer Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Including R-MA, six schools from around the state participated. All visiting teams are ranked in the state and provided some very competitive competition.
Traveling from the southeastern coast of Virgina were Norfolk Academy and Norfolk Collegiate. Eastern Mennonite in Harrisonburg joined in on the fun, along with Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School, which traveled from Dumfries. Wakefield School in the Plains was the only "local" school in the area who participated.
Games began on Friday afternoon at 3pm and the tournament ended Saturday afternoon following the 3pm games. A total of nine games were played, and the champion and runner-up both received trophies. As well, an All-Tournament team of nine players was selected and one Player of the Tournament was named.
Despite the extremely competitive teams, the Lady Yellow Jackets never gave up and always gave 100% efforts throughout the tournament. Even after going winless in three games within the two days, the R-MA team had a positive attitude and felt very good about the tournament. The team looks forward to hosting the event again next year.
The tournament staff of Frank Sullivan, Kerry Hurst and Brandy Hudson would like to thank all of the participants, fans, and guests who showed up to support the teams.
2/16/13 The R-MA Wrestling team traveled to Richmond this weekend for the VISAA State tournament. The Jackets entered eight wrestlers into the tournament and four made it through the Friday bracket to wrestle in the quarter final round on Saturday. The four were Mirvalino Baba '16, Imran Doraney '13, Duane Doku '13 and Nick Anderson '13. Brett Johnson '13 was ahead on points in his third match on Friday and well on his way to making it to the Saturday bracket but was sidelined due to injury.
Imran was entered in the 152 pound class which was deemed by all of the pundits to be the toughest bracket at the tournament. Imran had a great plan, wrestled intelligently and went undefeated into the Finals. In the finals, Imran faced off against the second ranked, prep wrestler in the United States and was defeated via fall in the second period. Imran is R-MA's highest place winner since Kent Patton won the State Championship in 2004. Due to his second-place finish Imran has qualified and will be participating in the National Prep Wrestling Championships at Lehigh University on February 21 - 23.
Duane entered the the tournament as the eighth seed and left with an impressive fifth place medal! Participating in the Heavyweight class, Duane had a strong start and finish. Along the way he was able to shock the fourth seed by pinning him in 21 seconds. This ended up being one of the fastest pins in the tournament. Duane finished the tournament with a 4 - 2 record.
Nick finished in sixth place after losing the 5th/6th match in double overtime. For the tournament, Nick had a 3 - 3 record.
On behalf of the wrestling team we would like to thank all of the many people at R-MA who have helped make our season a success.
2/9/13 The R-MA swim team traveled to St. Michael the Archangel High School for the Delaney Athletic Conference Finals. Highlighted performances and meet details are noted below:
200-Yard Individual Medley, Tanner Blankenship '13, 1st place with a time of 2:09.78.
*100-Yard Butterfly, Tanner Blankenship, 1st place with a *personal best time of 0:54.69.
50-Yard Freestyle, Cheng Qian '15, 1st place with a time of 0: 23.43.
*100-Yard Backstroke, Cheng Qian, 2nd place with personal best time of 0:57.11.
*200-Yard Medley Relay of Cheng Qian (backstroke), Peter Jin '13 (breast stroke), Tanner Blankenship (butterfly) and Cole Johnston '15 (freestyle), 2nd place with a time of 1:53.16 (*Team Best to Date).
400-Yard Freestyle Relay of Tanner Blankenship, Peter Jin, Cole Johnston and Cheng Qian came in 2nd place with a time of 3:51.17
*200 Yard Individual Medley, Quinn Blankenship '16, 3rd place with a *personal best time of 2:30.21.
*500 Yard Freestyle, Quinn Blankenship, 1st place, with a *personal best time of 5:48.57.
R-MA Boys finished in 4th place overall in the 8-team DAC. Last year, we finished 5th.
R-MA Girls finished in 6th place overall in the 8-team DAC. Last year, we finished 7th.
R-MA finished the meet with 16 personal and/or relay best times at this meet.
R-MA Boys finished the regular season with an overall record of 19 wins and 8 losses.
R-MA Girls finished the regular season with a record of 9 wins and 18 losses.
Selected team members have been invited to compete in the state swim meet which will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 14-16 February, 2013 at The Collegiate Aquatic Facility in Richmond, VA.
Events entered and team members that will travel to the state meet are:
200-Yard Medley Relay Team of Cheng Qian (backstroke), Peter Jin (breast stroke), Tanner Blankenship (butterfly) and Cole Johnston (freestyle)
400-Yard Relay Team of Tanner Blankenship, Peter Jin, Cole Johnston and Cheng Qian
200-Yard Individual Medley, Tanner Blankenship
100-Yard Butterfly, Tanner Blankenship
50-Yard Freestyle, Cheng Qian
100-Yard Backstroke, Cheng Qian
200-Yard Individual Medley, Quinn Blankenship
500-Yard Freestyle, Quinn Blankenship
2/4/13 The Lady Jackets Middle School basketball team hosted the Panthers of Rappahannock County in the Valley Middle School Conference quarterfinals. The game was evenly matched in the first half and the score was very close at halftime. However, R-MA managed to pull away in the 2nd half and gained a comfortable lead. Strong offensive efforts came from Kimberly Pitts '18 and Jasmine Johnson '17. Securing the court on the defensive end was Angelique Murphy '17 and Jasmine Bowers '17. Amy Go '17 came off the bench for R-MA in the final minutes and played a spunky game while adding 2 points to the scoreboard for her team.
2/2/13 The swim team traveled to the Freedom Aquatic Center at George Mason University to compete with many other DAC schools. The boys team finished in 6th place out of 15 teams and the girls team finished 10th overall.
The following were standout performances:
Tanner Blankenship ’13 2nd-200 yard Individual Medley
Cheng Qian ’15 1st-50 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Backstroke
Quinn Blankenship ’16 2nd-500 Yard Freestyle and 3rd-200 Yard Individual Medley
T. Blankenship, Peter Jin ’13, C. Qian, Cole Johnston ’15 4th 400 Yard Free Relay
The team is now preparing for the Delaney Athletic Conference Finals which will be held on Saturday February 9 at St. Michael the Archangel High School.