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Stories By Brad Fauber

Front Royal Notebook: Cardinals lose grip on division lead during recent slide

FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal ruled the Valley Baseball League’s North Division for most of the summer season, but the Cardinals have lost their grip on the top spot in the standings with the end of the regular season fast approaching. Entering Tuesday, Front Royal had lost four straight games ...

Valley League hunting wins in Southern Collegiate Showcase

At its core, the Southern Collegiate Showcase is an opportunity for participating summer collegiate baseball leagues to show off some of their top professional prospects and get those players some added exposure. That’s not to say that those competing aren’t doing so to win, however. For ...

Strasburg’s Hayes applying the pressure to opposing VBL teams this summer

STRASBURG – Strasburg Express manager Anthony Goncalves recently referred to center fielder Justin Hayes as the “Ichiro of the Valley Baseball League.” Such a comparison to a Major League Baseball star – and one destined for a spot in baseball’s Hall of Fame, no less – is a lofty ...

Eyster bringing pop to Rebels during latest stop on path to pro career

NEW MARKET – For Andrew Eyster, the 2018 college baseball season was an opportunity to make a statement. Eyster, a native of Ocala, Florida, had enjoyed a stellar senior season at Forest High School in 2017 – during which he hit .530 with six homers and 35 RBIs – and yet had, to that ...

Bandits’ Jeffries reaping rewards of hard work during VBL season

WOODSTOCK – Members of the Woodstock River Bandits frequent the local Sheetz in the downtime between batting practice and the start of each Valley Baseball League home game,  using that period for a chance to grab some grub and cool off in the air conditioning. Clayton Jeffries, however, is ...

Former SU standout Mitchell joins Hornets’ football coaching staff

Nearly five years ago, Byron Mitchell was roaming the field at Shentel Stadium as a player for Shenandoah University’s football team. The former Hornets standout safety is returning to the turf as a member of the team’s full-time coaching staff. The school announced on Monday that head ...

The bats have come alive, yet Rebels still hunting consistency

WOODSTOCK – After a sluggish start to the 2018 Valley Baseball League season, New Market appears to be coming alive at the plate now that teams are in the heart of their summer schedules. Little more than two weeks ago the Rebels were 6-7 and had one of the worst team batting averages in the ...

Players set to take part in ‘showcase of our league’ at VBL All-Star Game

Players will get the chance to showcase their talents, hall of fame inductees will be recognized and fans will be treated to a day full of baseball at the Valley Baseball League All-Star Game held on Sunday in Harrisonburg. The main event – the game itself – is scheduled to begin at 7:30 ...

Departing Keel reflects on time as Skyline wrestling coach after 11 years

FRONT ROYAL – The reality started to sink in for Matt Keel as the days ticked away during the Disney Duals last week. He would later recall that he didn’t go into the annual AAU scholastic wrestling tournament in Orlando, Florida as any kind of emotional wreck. Yet when he guided his ...

Strasburg Notebook: Express getting back on track after slow start to 2018

STRASBURG – Strasburg had become accustomed to being one of the best teams in the Valley Baseball League, winning back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 and playing in a third straight championship series last summer. After an uncharacteristically poor start to the 2018 season, the Express ...

Cardinals erupt for 22 hits in blowout win over Braves

FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal hosted Staunton in a rare afternoon Valley Baseball League contest on Monday, and the Cardinals’ bats were nearly as hot as the temperature that approached triple digits at Bing Crosby Stadium. Front Royal, returning from an off day on Sunday, battered the ...

Avant’s aggressive approach generating success for Cardinals’ catcher

FRONT ROYAL – When Christian Avant takes his aggressive hacks with the bat each time he steps into the batter’s box, the Front Royal Cardinals catcher is also swinging a metaphorical double-edged sword. There’s a downside to Avant’s aggressiveness, primarily in that he’s sometimes ...

Local VBL teams coping with weather through season’s soggy first month

FRONT ROYAL – College players from across the country converged on the Shenandoah Valley a month ago preparing to take part in the Valley Baseball League. Thanks to Mother Nature, the 2018 summer ball experience hasn’t quite been what those players signed up for. What was supposed to be ...

Pet of the Week: ‘Very affectionate’ Alexa awaiting a home

EDINBURG – Alexa, a 2-year-old domestic short hair cat, was scooped up as a stray two weeks ago, and she’s now awaiting her next home while biding her time at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Holly Helsley, an animal caretaker at the facility, recently described Alexa as a “very, ...

Skyline announces new coaches for wrestling, golf programs

Skyline High School has found its newest leaders for its wrestling and golf programs. School athletic director Bill Cupp announced last week the appointments of Kyle Symons as head wrestling coach and Monty Goff as as the golf team coach, adding that both hires were approved by the Warren ...

2018 All-Area Baseball Team

First Team Hunter Entsminger, Sherando Catcher The junior posted nine RBIs, 10 runs scored and 13 steals, and on the mound was 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA. Entsminger was first team All-Northwestern District and second team All-Region 4C. Chase Hart, Strasburg Infield The sophomore first ...

2018 All-Area Softball Team

First Team Rachel Sirbaugh, Skyline Catcher The junior led the area in batting average (.646) and doubles (16) and ranked second in RBIs (30). Sirbaugh was a second team All-Northwestern District (Class 3) and All-Region 3B pick. Emma Benson, Skyline Infield The sophomore shortstop ...