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Morse takes over as ace of Hornets’ staff

Shenandoah University's Colin Morse throws a pitch during the Hornets' season opener against Misericordia last Saturday at Bridgeforth Field. Morse, a junior, will lead SU's starting rotation this season.   Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University

February 23, 2017

WINCHESTER – Colin Morse stepped into a great learning opportunity when he took the field for Shenandoah University’s baseball team as a freshman in 2015.

Patriots blast Blazers in MDCC quarterfinal

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's Eric Truong splits Cumberland Valley Christian School's David Bolich, top and Grant Carter, bottom, during first quarter basketball action Tuesday night in Stephens City.   Rich Cooley/Daily

February 21, 2017

STEPHENS CITY – Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy’s boys basketball team dominated every aspect of Tuesday evening’s Mason-Dixon Christian Conference tournament quarterfinal game against Cumberland Valley Christian School.

Wildcats, Hawks combine to place 12 wrestlers in tourney

February 19, 2017

SALEM – Skyline and Warren County weren’t represented in the championship finals of the Virginia High School League Group 3A state wrestling tournament Saturday afternoon but the two Front Royal schools did bring home some hardware.

Strasburg’s Swink captures first 2A state wrestling crown

Strasburg's Brandon Swink looks at the clock as he keeps a firm hold on Graham's Tracy Hagerman during the 120 pound Group 2A state finals Saturday in Salem. Swing won his first state title in a 2-1 match. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 19, 2017

SALEM – Strasburg High School wrestling coach Mike Wood has been saying since the beginning of the 2016-17 season that he considered Brandon Swink to be the favorite to win the 120-pound Virginia High School League state title among Group 2A competitors. The junior made his head coach look like a smart man on Saturday afternoon.

Generals’ Bush wrestles to runner-up finish in 1A state tournament

Stonewall's Dakota Bush, right,  is tangled with Rural Retreat's Ben Sowers in the Group 1A 285 pound state title in Salem on Saturday.  Bush fell in the state championship match. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 19, 2017

SALEM – Stonewall Jackson High School junior Dakota Bush’s official start to the wrestling season didn’t come until the midway point of the campaign in early January, as he worked to cut the weight he’d built up during football season in order to compete in the 285-pound class. On Saturday Bush nearly topped the Virginia High School League Group 1A heavyweight field.

Hornets set to open 2017 baseball season

Jake Loew, a preseason All-American, returns to lead Shenandoah University's baseball team in 2017 after batting .373 with six home runs and 55 RBIs as a junior last season.    Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University

February 18, 2017

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University baseball coach Kevin Anderson considers senior Jake Loew to be one of the most improved hitters he’s had in his 14 seasons with the Hornets.

Athlete of the Week: Tyrelle Robinson soaring in final wrestling season with Hawks

Tyrelle Robinson

February 16, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Skyline High School wrestling coach Matt Keel tells his team often that improvement in the sport doesn’t occur in small increments. Those who devote the necessary work to wrestling, he says, experience growth on the mat in “bumps.” Hawks senior Tyrelle Robinson can attest to that school of thought.

Area schools to send 37 wrestlers to state tournament

February 16, 2017

The Strasburg and Warren County high school wrestling teams each claimed regional championships in their respective classifications last week, and now both have a chance to leave Salem with Virginia High School League state tournament trophies this weekend. But each will have to get past two of the state’s traditional powerhouses to do it.

Poor start buries Warriors in conference championship loss

Sherando's Michael Perry floats in for a layup while Handley's D'andre James tries to catch up during the first quarter of the Conference 21 West finals Wednesday night in Winchester.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 15, 2017

WINCHESTER – It was a start Sherando High School’s boys basketball team couldn’t afford. Not against a team that entered Wednesday’s Conference 21 West tournament championship game with one loss. Not against a team that had beaten the Warriors by double figures twice during the regular season.

Generals fire blanks in first half, end season with loss to Gladiators

Stonewall's Nick Dotson is fouled while he goes up under the basket against Riverheads' Braeson Fulton during third quarter action of the Conference 44 semifinals held Tuesday night in Quicksburg. The Generals lost 59-41 ending their season. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 14, 2017

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson High School’s boys basketball team entered Tuesday’s Conference 44 tournament semifinal matchup against Riverheads riding a three-game win streak – a spurt that included a win over the Gladiators 11 days earlier – during which the Generals had scored at least 70 points in each of those victories. That momentum didn’t carry over with Stonewall’s regional tournament hopes on the line.

Strasburg gym hosts fundraiser

Caleb Warren performs a bench press at Tight'n Up Gym in Strasburg recently. Warren, along with a group of fellow Strasburg High School students, has helped organize a weightlifting competition to raise funds for the nonprofit gym.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 14, 2017

STRASBURG – Tight’n Up, a gym located in Strasburg, began in August 2015 with a mission to provide local youth with a friendly workout environment, a place where teens and young adults can exercise while being free of outside distractions and free of membership fees. The gym’s owner, Rob Wescoat, is now pushing to secure the facility’s existence for the foreseeable future.

Rams rumble to regional wrestling championship

February 12, 2017

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School’s wrestling team had to watch rival Clarke County take home consecutive Region 2A East tournament trophies over the last two seasons. Prior to the annual event this past weekend, Rams head coach Mike Wood told his wrestlers they shouldn’t be satisfied if they didn’t win back the team title by at least 50 points.

Wildcats win first regional wrestling title since 2003

February 12, 2017

Warren County High School’s wrestling team didn’t have a single wrestler win an individual title during day two of the Region 3A East tournament at New Kent High School on Saturday, but that didn’t hinder the Wildcats’ quest for the team championship.

Rams, Wildcats aiming for team success in regional wrestling tournaments

Warren County's Wyatt Gill takes control of Strasburg's Javian Moore during the 160-pound  match on Jan. 11 in Strasburg.   Rich Cooley/Daily

February 10, 2017

Strasburg High School’s wrestling team welcomed head coach Mike Wood with a Region 2A East tournament championship during his first season with the Rams back in 2014. In the two seasons since, the Rams have watched rival Clarke County stake its claim atop the regional podium.

Strasburg’s season ends with tournament loss to Eagles

Clarke County's Brett McDonald wraps up Strasburg's Matthew Hoover during second quarter basketball action Thursday night in Berryville. McDonald was charged with a foul on the play.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 9, 2017

BERRYVILLE – Inside the visitor’s locker room at Clarke County High School, Strasburg boys basketball coach Hamilton Doyle wrote down a list goals he wanted to see his team accomplish during Thursday night’s Conference 35 tournament quarterfinal game against the Eagles. Doyle said after the contest he felt the Rams accomplished those goals – but only after a lopsided first period buried Strasburg in what proved to be an insurmountable deficit.