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Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Youthful Generals look to improve throughout season

QUICKSBURG - Stonewall Jackson will have a much different girls basketball team this season than last year. One year after advancing to the Class 1 state semifinals, the Generals have only two players returning who saw significant playing time a season ago. "We're really young," Stonewall ...

Dyer enjoying leading Falcons’ high-powered offense

WOODSTOCK ― For the last couple of years, Central has had a high-powered offense, and the player running the show has been quarterback Zeb Dyer. The Falcons have put up plenty of points, whether it's been through the air or on the ground and Dyer has been a consistent, steady key to the ...

Defense creates early turnovers to spark Central

WINCHESTER - Central's defense was well aware that Luray's Wing-T offense was going to provide a challenge on Friday night. But the Falcons proved right from the start they were capable of handling it. Central was dominant on defense in a convincing Region 2B semifinal victory over the ...

Stonewall wrestling hampered by injuries at start of season

QUICKSBURG ― Stonewall Jackson's wrestling team will have to go through some growing pains early on this season, but the future could look bright for the program. The Generals have only eight healthy wrestlers to start the season. However, they also have eight eighth graders in the junior ...

Generals have young, inexperienced boys’ basketball squad

QUICKSBURG ― Stonewall Jackson's boys' basketball team has a tough challenge ahead of it this season. The Generals will be looking to replace a lot of scoring from last year's team with a young and inexperienced squad. Stonewall Jackson lost Nick Dotson, Brendan Hoover and Logen Patton to ...

Special bond leads Warren County seniors to big accomplishments

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County’s Morgan Coons, Kaley Foulks, and Lauren Fox have been playing together since seventh grade. Last year, classmates Jayda Saulsbury and Nicole Sayre joined them. Together, the five have built a special bond that has left its mark on the Warren County volleyball ...

Santmier leading way for Warriors

STEPHENS CITY ― Joel Santmier has enjoyed being a leader. The Sherando senior offensive and defensive lineman said he wasn't sure if he would like being a leader this season, but it has been much more rewarding for him than he thought. "I try to lead as much as possible by example," ...

Wildcats one win away from return to state final

FRONT ROYAL - Kaley Foulks still fondly remembers when Warren County went on the road last year in the state tournament and had the whole school watching them get on the bus. It's a feeling the Warren County senior volleyball player is hoping happens again this week. Foulks and her teammates ...

Sherando trio has solid showing in state meet

THE PLAINS - Conditions at Great Meadow's cross country course weren't easy. But Sherando's trio of runners still managed to have solid performances Saturday in the Class 4 State Cross Country Championships. Sherando's James Harris finished 25th, while teammate Ty Waits was 27th in the Class ...

Communication key for Wildcats in state quarterfinal victory

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County volleyball coach Dorinda Robinson has been waiting all season to see her team communicate the way it did Friday night. The Wildcats talked and worked well together from start to finish in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-13) victory over Southampton in the Class 3 state ...

Hotek places sixth in Class 3 girls state cross country race

THE PLAINS - Skyline’s Carrie Hotek and Sabrina Wilkins couldn’t have asked for a much better way to end their season. The pair both finished inside the Top 10 at the Cross County State Championships held at Great Meadow on Friday. Hotek, a senior, was sixth while Wilkins, a junior, ...

Rams finish third in Class 2 boys state championships

THE PLAINS - Strasburg’s young squad wasn’t sure what to expect of its first trip in a few years to states. On Friday, they were pleasantly surprised when they finished third in the Cross Country State Championships. The Rams, with no seniors, finished third with 107 points in the Class ...

Generals excited to face Cavaliers in playoffs

QUICKSBURG - Stonewall Jackson is looking to make the most of its playoff opportunity. Despite a 0-10 regular season, the fifth-seeded Generals will be playing at No. 4 seed Altavista in the Region 1B football quarterfinals tonight. The game was moved from Friday to today due to the ...

On Campus Notebook: Aston making big impact at Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh’s football team is in first place in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and George Aston (Sherando ’14) has played a key role in the team’s success. His individual statistical numbers may not show it, but the redshirt senior fullback has ...

Skyline’s Hotek enjoying stellar senior season

FRONT ROYAL – In the past, Carrie Hotek liked to train and run all the time. This season the Skyline cross country senior has realized that sometimes it's OK to take a day off. The new mentality has paid big dividends for Hotek and the Hawks this season. "I've been training hard, but ...

Stonewall’s Stephens making most of return to football

QUICKSBURG – Last year was tough for Jacob Stephens. The Stonewall Jackson football player could only watch his teammates play. Stephens had knee surgery and wasn’t able to play with the team at all in what would have been his first year on the varsity squad. “It hurt me to see them out ...

Motivated Wildcats finish season with victory over rival Hawks

FRONT ROYAL ― Warren County has been searching for a football win all season and on Friday night, playing for a teammate, they were able to get the victory against their biggest rival. The Wildcats played through a steady, heavy rain on an extremely muddy field and pulled out a 14-7 ...

Wildcats earn state berth with sweep of Yellow Jackets

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County had a different opponent on Thursday night, but it ended with the same result – and another state berth. The Wildcats cruised past James Monroe 3-0 (25-11, 25-5, 25-10) in an hour in the Region 3B Volleyball Tournament semifinals. The win puts the Wildcats, ...

Football Notebook: Generals seek fresh start in playoffs

QUICKSBURG ― With the regular season over, Stonewall Jackson head football coach Pete Lampman wants his team to look at the postseason as a new start. The Generals, despite a 0-10 record, will play in the Region 1B football playoffs next week. There are only six playoff-eligible teams in ...

Hawks, Wildcats excited for cross-town showdown

FRONT ROYAL ― Skyline and Warren County are having down years on the football field. However, when the two cross-town rivals meet tonight at Warren County, the records won’t matter. Skyline coach Heath Gilbert said both teams will play their hardest, despite their records. “The passion ...