Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Second-quarter surge lifts Warriors past Trailblazers

STEPHENS CITY -- In a game of rallies, Sherando was able to build a big lead and hold on at the end on Wednesday night. The Warriors used their defense to take control of the game and held on for a 70-63 non-district boys basketball victory over Spotswood. The decisive run came in the ...

Warren County’s Garnett taking game to new heights

FRONT ROYAL -- Colby Garnett may stand out on a basketball court for his lack of size, but his play more than makes up for any height differential. The 5-foot-6 Warren County senior point guard said that he is used to typically being the smallest player on the floor and he doesn't let it ...

On Campus Notebook: Lane off to fast start at George Mason University

Davina Lane (Sherando '17) has started her collegiate track and field career at George Mason University off on the right foot. Lane has had strong showings in her first two indoor track meets this season. The freshman placed sixth in the women's 60-meter hurdles on Jan 12-13 in the 2018 Navy ...

Sharp named Shenandoah County Soccer League president

The Shenandoah County Soccer League, Inc. recently announced that Adam Sharp has been named president of the league. Sharp has been treasurer for the league for the last four years. He is taking over for Devon Pence, who was president from 2013-17. Sharp said that he's excited to be in the ...

More experienced, confident Cunningham leading way for Wildcats

FRONT ROYAL-- Cor'shauna Cunningham wasn't real confident in herself on the basketball court when she first started playing for Warren County. However, over the last few years that has changed. Cunningham played basketball for the first time in the 8th grade and she said it took her a while to ...

Versatile Estep making big impact for Falcons

WOODSTOCK -- Luke Estep can do it all on the basketball court. The Central senior forward leads the team in almost every major category. Estep said being versatile is something that he strives to do. "If you're a one-dimension player or even a two-dimension player then you become easily ...

Improved Salyers giving Hawks a spark this season

FRONT ROYAL -- Colette Salyers has improved her game steadily throughout her girls basketball career at Skyline. However, this season it's not her physical game that's improved but also her mental game. The 5-foot-7 junior forward said she's matured a lot and now has a better approach to the ...

Depth propels Falcons to 12th straight victory

WOODSTOCK --Central's bench has provided a spark all season, and Thursday night it happened again in one of the biggest games of the regular season. The Falcons used a balanced attack, including 23 points from their bench to pull out a 66-62 Bull Run District victory over George Mason. ...

Competitive Warrior: Robertson leading way for Sherando this season

STEPHENS CITY -- Kathryn Robertson is competitive. The Sherando senior girls basketball player hustles after every loose ball she can get to. Sherando girls basketball coach Mike Marsh said her competitiveness rubs off on the rest of the team. "Kathryn is probably the most fierce competitor ...

Defense ignites Falcons to victory over Hawks

WOODSTOCK -- Central's been trying to find its defensive game lately and on Wednesday night the Falcons found it. The Falcons held Skyline scoreless for the entire first period en route to a 47-25 non-district girls basketball win. "It feels great," Central senior Ayanna Strother said. "To ...

Stonewall freshman Franklin adjusts quickly to varsity level

QUICKSBURG -- Typically it takes a little time for freshmen to adjust to the varsity level. But Stonewall Jackson's Kylene Franklin isn't a typical freshman. Franklin's father Jerr, is the Stonewall Jackson wrestling coach. Since fifth grade Kylene Franklin would often come to the school while ...

On Campus Notebook: Golden having strong season for Spiders

Grant Golden is having a big impact on the University of Richmond men's basketball team this season. The former Sherando standout leads the Spiders in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game. The 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman center is also averaging 6.4 rebounds per game, and is third on the ...

Hard work paying off for Stonewall Jackson’s Dotson

QUICKSBURG -- Nick Dotson is being rewarded for his work ethic this season. The Stonewall Jackson senior boys basketball player leads the area in scoring this year, averaging 24 points per game. "I'm a little bit surprised at how much I'm scoring," Dotson said. "But at the same time as much ...

Dukes, Bison ready for FCS showdown

HARRISONBURG -- Two powerhouse programs collide today when James Madison University and North Dakota State University play for the Football Championship Subdivision title in Frisco, Texas. The two teams will face off at noon today, in a game that can be seen on ESPN2. JMU head football coach ...

Defense sparks Rams in victory over Eagles

BERRYVILLE --Strasburg boys basketball coach Larry Fox is trying to bring defense back to his program. The first-year coach is seeing big progress with the Rams' defense and it was on full display in Thursday night's 47-43 Bull Run District victory over Clarke County. "This is how we're ...

Bison bounce back strong after last year’s loss to JMU

HARRISONBURG -- North Dakota State University head football coach Chris Klieman wasn't going to let one loss change his team. After the Bison suffered a 27-17 loss to James Madison University in last year's Football Championship Subdivision semifinals, Klieman said that they simply went back ...

JMU Football Notebook: Seniors big reason for Dukes’ success

HARRISONBURG -- The seniors on James Madison University's football team have played a big part in the run the Dukes have been on. JMU head football coach Mike Houston said on Tuesday that the 23 seniors have been a very special group. "Just like with last year's (senior) group, this group ...

Young, inexperienced Wildcats show improvement in defeat

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County boys basketball coach John Kelly knows it will take time for his young squad to start winning games. That's why he wasn't too disappointed with the Wildcats' 63-58 non-district overtime loss to Clarke County on Tuesday. "Most of the time we had juniors out there ...

Houston builds JMU program in mold of North Dakota State

HARRISONBURG -- When James Madison University head football coach Mike Houston first took over the program two years ago he wanted the team to become more like North Dakota State University -- and it has. Houston said North Dakota State, which won five straight Football Championship ...

Falcons hold off Generals for girls basketball win

WOODSTOCK -- Central was patient on offense Thursday night and the patience paid off. The Falcons slowed things down against Stonewall Jackson, built a double-digit lead and held on for a 40-34 non-district girls basketball win. Central coach Bryan Scott said he wanted his team to have good ...