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Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

New Market Notebook: Rebels still searching for consistency

NEW MARKET - All season long New Market Rebels head coach Zac Cole has been looking for consistency for his team and with the playoffs just around the corner that hasn't changed. The fourth-place Rebels are 16-16 on the season, four games behind first-place Front Royal and Purcellville in the ...

Community tennis program in Woodstock picking up steam

WOODSTOCK - Central girls tennis coach Matt Smith wanted to find a way to keep his players active and playing in the offseason. So last year he came up with the idea to have Tuesday Tennis, one night a week where the players could get together, play tennis and have fun at Woodstock's W.O. ...

Cardinals facing tough schedule to end season

FRONT ROYAL - The Front Royal Cardinals have a long and tough road ahead of them. Counting this week's games, the Valley Baseball League squad has to play 20 games in 19 days. The Cardinals played a doubleheader on Monday, the day after the league's All-Star game, and then played another one ...

Added power helps Front Royal’s Burden win Home Run Derby

FRONT ROYAL - Before the season started Front Royal Cardinals head coach Zeke Mitchem wanted each of his players to tell him what they wanted to improve on during the Valley Baseball League this summer. For first baseman Andrew Burden it was to become more powerful at the plate - mission ...

Sherando hires Stonewall Jackson grad Roberts as cross country coach

Sherando didn't have to look very far when looking for a new boys and girls cross country coach. The school announced on Wednesday that Megan Roberts was the new head coach of the two programs. The 2006 Stonewall Jackson graduate has been the Sherando cross country assistant coach for the last ...

Area Little League teams having plenty of success

It's been a successful Little League season for the area and the local teams have had plenty of community support. Woodstock/Edinburg Little League had three different softball teams advance to the state tournament last week, and Front Royal's 10-12-year-old Little League team will be playing ...

Front Royal Post 53 excited about baseball squad this season

FRONT ROYAL - The weather has taken a toll on Front Royal Post 53's American Legion team this season, but it hasn't dampened the team's expectations and potential. Post 53 played only its second game of the season on Thursday, a 3-1 loss to Ashburn Post 2001, but the players were still ...

Central’s 7-on-7 football league a big hit with local teams

WOODSTOCK - High school football season may not officially start until July 26, but most of the local teams have been coming together at Central this month to get a head start. Central has been hosting a 7-on-7 football league each Tuesday night in June. It is a six-team league, featuring ...

Central High returns to the Northwestern District

Central is headed back to the Northwestern District. The Virginia High School League announced its recommended district alignment plan for 2019-20 through 2022-23 on Wednesday and one of the changes is Central moving from the Bull Run District to the Northwestern District. Central will also be ...

Former Georgetown standout Tillmon visits Millbrook basketball camp

WINCHESTER – When Millbrook High School boys basketball coach Rob Harris was trying to find someone to talk to kids at his youth basketball camp all he had to do was call on an old friend – former Georgetown University standout Mark Tillmon. The two grew up in the same neighborhood in ...

Stonewall Jackson hosting semi-pro football championship game

QUICKSBURG - When the Atlantic Football Association needed a neutral site to hold its championship game, Pete Lampman knew of the perfect spot - Stonewall Jackson High School. Lampman is not only Stonewall Jackson’s football coach but he is also the commissioner of the AFA, a semi-pro ...

New Market Notebook: Rebels struggling to find consistency

Things haven’t gone quite the way New Market head coach Zac Cole thought they would early in the Valley Baseball League season. The Rebels have struggled and are off to a 6-7 start. They are in third place in the VBL’s North Division and four games behind first-place Front ...

Former MMA postgrad players returning for alumni game

WOODSTOCK - Chad Myers is finally seeing one of his dreams come to fruition. The Massanutten Military Academy postgrad basketball coach will get to have most of his former players back in town at the same time this weekend for an MMA postgrad basketball alumni game. The game will be held ...

2018 Girls Soccer All-Area team

2018 All-Area Girls Soccer team Eli Dellinger, Stonewall Jackson The freshman defender was a first team All-Shenandoah District and first team All-Region 1B selection. Dellinger had four goals and six assists for the Generals. She helped lead the team to a Region 2B berth. J.J. ...

Kibler named Sherando head wrestling coach

Brian Kibler has always wanted to be a head wrestling coach again, and on Wednesday he got his wish. The 2002 Strasburg graduate was named the new Sherando head wrestling coach, replacing Pepper Martin who stepped down a few weeks ago after 25 years at the helm. Kibler was the head wrestling ...