Athletics

Athletic Director's News

Regular Sports Practice Schedules 

Varsity sports practices: Generally run from 4 pm-5:30 pm during the school year, Mon-Friday, unless they are canceled by severe weather.   Occasionally a varsity coach will give his/her  team a day off and your student-athlete will know that in advance. In the case of the gym being occupied for MS  home games(volleyball and/or basketball) there will not be a place for varsity volleyball or basketball to practice thus canceling practice and this is usually known in advance.

Middle School sports  practices: 8th period Monday-Thursday. 

Middle School projected return times from away games the next two weeks: Please keep in mind that a number of factors can impact these timees; stoppage of play, traffic, games starting on time and/or stops for dinner:  

Away games: Please provide your student with money to buy dinner on the way back from any away game. 

Sports Physicals

All student-athletes must have a current physical dated after June 1, 2016 to participate.  Physical forms are available on our website to download. 

Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Sportsmanship Code of Conduct

Philosophy-  The VISAA believes that interscholastic athletics are an integral part of the total educational program.  High standards of behavior, scholarship, and citizenship are important to a sound athletic program.  Students volunteering to participate in athletics should assume these responsibilities and will lead by example in demonstrating fairness, respect, and self-control.  Athletes, coaches, officials and fans shall at all times conduct themselves in a reasonable and sportsmanlike manner.  Each person will be responsible for his or her words and actions at all VISAA Events and shall adhere to the Code of

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Weekly Recaps 

 

WCDS Athletes of the Month of May 2017

Male:

Bobby Reid (Washington, VA.)-Middle School Lacrosse

Bobby’s solid play in the net in May led to solid victories over Sacred Heart 7-2 on 5/2/17 and Epiphany Catholic 9-4 on 5/10/17. Only once all season did he allow more than 5 goals as his team took a tough loss to Culpeper Lacrosse with a number of players out sick that day.  Playing the toughest position on the field he used his quickness and athletic ability to stop many, many shots.   Without his play in the crease area his team would not have finished 5-2 with a winning season.

WCDS Head Coach Bret Heddleston:  “Since starting his first season in Lacrosse this year, Bobby has worked hard to become more than just the default goalie. It's paid off. He makes quick saves for shots taken at every part of the goal, and he'll often move into the line of fire to block shots with his body and legs."

Female:

Gwynn Major (Manassas, VA)-Varsity Girls’ Soccer:

One of the most improved players on the team Gwynn made  her mark by becoming more of a scoring threat and pressuring defenses. This athletic freshmen tied for the team lead in goals for the season.  She scored a goal in the team’s DAC win over Saint Michael’s on 5/8/17 and scored the team’s only goal in their DAC quarterfinal loss to Chelsea Academy on 5/9/17.  Her improvement over the season was reflected in her tying for the scoring lead for the month and bodes well for her future.

WCDS Varsity Head Coach Tisera: “Gwynn has seen time at both the forward and at the holding midfield position screening the back line, her speed and endurance combined with her situational awareness have made her a crucial element of our attack. Her vision and passing ability have allowed her to contribute to building up our possession of the ball and to the beginning of attacks. ”

WCDS Athletes of the Month of April 2017

Male:

Pierce Kiser  (Sperryville, VA.)-Middle School Boys’ Lacrosse

Pierce was the team’s leading scorer in the moth with 5 goals and an assist. He helped lead his team to two victories in the month   7-5 over Fredericksburg Academy and 9-3 over Epiphany catholic.  He used his keen lacrosse IQ and good stick skills to be a force on the field and make the offense run smoothly.

WCDS Head Coach Bret Heddleston:  "As the WCDS center midfield, Pierce is indispensable for moving the ball effectively up the field. He is flexible, having both more scores and more assists than most players on the team. He even occasionally takes up a D-pole on defense or midfield. He's also a team captain, in which capacity he has exercised his leadership skills to lead the team to a winning season."

Beverly Eborn (Huntly, VA)-Middle School   Girls’ Soccer

Beverly has had an excellent performance for her MS team, serving as goalie all season. She has improved consistently with each game and is a strong team link with numerous saves to her credit including a challenging PK.

She helped lead the team to two victories in the month and improved overall play.  Her experience as a defender has allowed her to excel and led to a 12-0 shutout of Sacred Heart Academy on 4/12/17

WCDS Varsity Head Coach Lavonne AdkinsBeverly’s athleticism creates a competitive edge for her team through her versatility in playing a variety of positions on spot, and she possesses a committed get-it-done attitude.  She serves as a team captain as well.”

 

Owls' Accomplishments

 

WCDS 2017 Spring Team Award Winners

Middle School Girls’ Soccer:

Most Valuable Player:  Beverly Eborn

Most Improved Player:  Sophia Korte

Coaches’ Award:   Mari Tisera

Middle School Boys’ Lacrosse:

Most Valuable Player: Pierce Kiser

Most Improved Player: Alex Diehl

Coach’s Award:  Manoa Weber

Varsity Girls’ Soccer:

Most Valuable Player:  Shayla Nelson

Most Improved Player:  Anna Schuster

Coach’s Award:  Tatumn Vaught

Leonard Cowherd Award Winners for 2016-2017:

Female: Tatumn Vaught-attending Univarsity of Alabamma in the fall

Male: Lucas DuMez-attending Virginia Tech in the fall

WCDS' Tanner Perry selected to receive VIAAA Youngblood Scholarship

Tanner Perry of WCDS was selected by the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association(VIAAA) Scholarship Committee to receive a $1,500.00 John C. Youngblood Scholarship.  John C. Youngblood was the founding father of the VIAAA and NIAAA.   The VIAAA awards six $1,500.00 scholarships annually to deserving  high school seniors from all over the state.  Perry was selected out of a pool of independent school  applicants from Virginia.   Perry is the sixth WCDS student-athlete to be award this scholarship. He will be recognized, along with the other scholarship winners and many professionals,  at the awards luncheon at annual VIAAA conference in Roanoke, Virginia on March 31st.

Mike Costello, CAA –Athletic Director at WCDS and lifetime member of the VIAAA and NIAAA: “ Tanner is very deserving of this scholarship. The committee was impressed not only by his academic accomplishments and athletic accomplishments but also by his commitment to community service, the environment and the sciences.  He will be able to put this scholarship to good use as he pursues his passion for the sciences at Virginia Tech next fall.  We are certainly proud of Tanner for all he has accomplished and how he as wonderfully represented WCDS in the class room , on the fields and in the community.  He joins five other past winners from WCDS in this significant recognition : Christine Pankow, Rachel DuMez, Michael O’Heir, Maeve Dale and  Shane O’Heir .”

WCDS Athletes of the Month of February 2017

Male:  Lucas DuMez(Front Royal , VA) –Varsity Swimming

Lucas DuMez certainly put Wakefield Country Day School on the map during the month of February.  He started the month at the VISAA Division II Invitational Championship at the Freedom Center where he took the Gold medal in 100 Butterfly and the Silver in 100 Backstroke.  Then he was the Co-Swimmer of the Meet at our DAC Championship in Warrenton on February 11th after winning both of his events his events handily and setting a new conference record in 100 Butterfly.  For that performance, he was recognized as a 2-event All-Conference swimmer.  And finally, at the VISAA State Championship on February 17-18th at Virginia Tech, Lucas took 5th place in 100 Butterfly and 6th place in 100 Backstroke.  With those swims, Lucas single-handedly scored 27th points to earn 19th place for WCDS, beating all other DAC Schools but one in the process.  Certainly  a good month for Lucas DuMez.

Head Coach Jim Koehr: “I’ve been watching Lucas DuMez swim since he first started at Wakefield Country Day School.  There have been a number of good swimmers from WCDS, but I don’t think there is much doubt that Lucas is the best male swimmer ever produced by WCDS.  He may even be the best swimmer period, but I think he’s sister Rachel may have something to say about that. .Lucas has been a joy to watch and a joy to coach.  He was not just one of the most talented and popular swimmers on the WCDS swim team, he was also one of the most talented and popular swimmers on the Seton Swim Team.”

Female: Tatumn Vaught(Huntly , Va.) –Varsity Girls’ Basketball

Senior captain Tatumn Vaught led her team in the month. She had two double figure scoring games scoring 11 points in a big 33-11 win over Saint Michael’s on 2/2/17-effectively scoring as many points as the entire Warriors’ team!  She scored 12 points in a loss to Chelsea Academy in the DAC DII quarterfinals on 2/21/17. She earned a spot on the ALL-Delaney Athletic Conference team for the third straight year as chosen by the DAC coaches.  She finished her career like she always played it, completing hard and with a determination that is not always found in athletes. Her leadership and nose for scoring will be missed on the team next year.

WCDS Head Coach Colleen O’Bryant: “ Tatum Vaught has brought a sense of tenure and athleticism to the team in February, although the season ended up being not quite what we wanted.  Tate persevered and played her hardest all while encouraging others to do the same. “ 

2016-2017 Team Awards

Winter

Middle School Girls’   Basketball

Most Valuable Player: Anika Pruntel

Co -Coaches’ Award:  Emma O’Neill and Beverly Eborn

Middle School Boys’ Basketball:

Most Valuable Player:  John Mullins

Most Improved Player:  River Robinson

Coaches’ Award:  Owen Schuster

Varsity Girls’ Basketball:

Most Valuable Player: Tatumn Vaught

Most Improved Player:  Elizabeth Burns

Coaches’ Award:  Anna Schuster

Varsity Boys’ Basketball:

Most Valuable Player: Chris O’Heir

Most Improved Player:  Gage Landis

Co-Coaches’ Award:  Kevin He and Jeremy Kwolek

Varsity Swimming:

Most Valuable Swimmer: Lucas DuMez   

Most Improved Swimmer: Kathryn Phillippe

Coach’s Award:  Bridgette Larsen

 

2016-2017 ALL-DAC ATHLETES

Swimming

 Lucas DuMez-First Team

DAC Division II Girls' Basketball

Tatumn Vaught-First Team

Josephine Burns-First Team

DAC Division II Boys' Basektball

Connor Glennon-First Team

Chris O'Heir-First Team

Gage Landis-Second Team

Lucas DuMez broke the DAC 100 Butterfly record

WCDS' Lucas DuMez broke the DAC 100 Butterfly record at the DAC Championship meet at the WARF on 2/11/17.  He was also the champion in the 100 Backstroke.  DuMez was selected as the DAC  CO-Male Swimmer of the Year  for 2016-17 based on his performances.

Union Bank and Trust partners with WCDS to replace scoreboard in the WCDS gym

We had been trying for a few years to establish possible partners to work with us to replace the ageing scoreboard in the gym at WCDS.  Issues with the board and it’s old technology  were apparent and after some discussions with Mike Leake and Jason Brady (with the help of Nikki Brady) at Union Bank and Trust we began to more formally form a plan to replace the board.  Union Bank and Trust has partnered with the school on other projects and also is the bank of the Delaney Athletic Conference and Valley Middle School Conference.

 We were able to agree on a solid plan to replace the board with Union Bank and Trust donating $1,000.00 a year in July for five successive years to cover the cost of the board over the period of time.  This partnership will benefit the students, staff and faculty at WCDS for many years to come.  The board is not only used for three levels of volleyball, four levels of basketball, physical education classes but it is also used for special events such annual field day games.  Any event held in our gym gives the board and bank exposure. 

 Quote from Mike Costello, CAA-Athletic Director WCDS: “ This is a great partnership with Union Bank and Trust that will greatly  benefit not only our student-athletes, coaches and families but our student body as a whole.  It is truly a win-win situation for WCDS and Union Bank and Trust and were are very thankful for this  partnership. “

Department Information

For families who need more information about sports travel and location of opponents:

Log into wcdsva.org and click on the Athletics tab at the top.  At the top of the page you will see a section entitled Athletic Director’s News.  Here you will find information about expected travel times for Middle School teams.  For any athletic event click on the calendar to the right, on the specific day of interest.  The games for the day will come up.  If you click on the game in which you are interested, directions, a phone number  and map will appear. 

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