Stories By Brad Fauber

A more confident pitcher: Somers has emerged as Stonewall’s ace this season

NEW MARKET – Stonewall Jackson catcher David Moomaw can see it from his front-row seat behind home plate; senior right-hander Tyler Somers is a mentally stronger pitcher than he was a season ago. It’s a shift that’s come partly due to the confidence Somers gained during the Generals’ ...

Pet of the Week: Feline siblings come as a package deal

EDINBURG – Feline siblings Simon and Holly have resided under the same roof their entire lives, and now the two are waiting for that next home to share. The duo is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter and, due to the cats’ lifelong connection, is a bonded pair, ...

Handley sophomore Ricci scores 5 goals as Judges rout Falcons

WINCHESTER – Fifty-nine seconds. That’s all the time it took for Handley sophomore forward Emma Ricci to set the tone for the Judges’ girls soccer match against Central on Monday afternoon. It was in that first minute of action that Ricci stepped in front of a weak pass on Central’s ...

Hawk Hitmaker: Skyline’s Sirbaugh off to scorching start at the plate

FRONT ROYAL – It’s not unusual to see Rachel Sirbaugh perched atop the dugout steps during games at Skyline’s softball field, a pair of drumsticks in hand and banging out a rallying beat to spur on her teammates at the plate. When in the batter’s box, the junior catcher frequently ...

MMA postgrad basketball program to host alumni game

WOODSTOCK – Massanutten Military Academy holds a Founder’s Day Weekend and the traditional homecoming celebration, but there hasn’t been much incentive for the school’s postgraduate basketball players to return to the small boarding school after their departure. Colonels head coach Chad ...

Warriors still searching for cohesiveness after 4-4 start

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando’s girls soccer team is undergoing a bit of a youth movement in 2018. Of the 17 players listed on the team’s varsity roster, eight are freshmen and sophomores, and many of those underclassmen are regular starters for the Warriors. Youth can be an obstacle to ...

Central’s Bright signs letter of intent to play football at Glenville State

WOODSTOCK – Central High School senior Varsey Bright gave his verbal pledge to play football at Glenville State College on March 26. On Monday afternoon, the three-sport standout officially became a Pioneer. Bright signed his national letter of intent to play football at the NCAA Division ...

Lady Wildcats still working out the kinks in new playing style

FRONT ROYAL – A familiar face took over Warren County’s girls soccer program this season when former assistant Erly Moya stepped up following the departure of former head coach Mike Carpenter. Moya’s style and strategy, however, is taking some getting used to. “I’ve started a new ...

Warriors overcome rocky start to pound Kettle Run

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando had the necessary answers to Kettle Run’s offensive outburst through the early innings of Thursday’s Class 4 Northwestern District baseball matchup. The Cougars tagged Sherando starting pitcher Hunter Entsminger for four runs in the first two frames, an output ...

Wildcats rally from three-run deficit, top Eagles to win sixth straight

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County’s baseball team managed little against Clarke County starting pitcher Jack Taylor through the first three innings of the teams’ non-district contest on Wednesday evening. But when Clarke broke a scoreless tie with a three-run fourth inning, it may have been ...

Hornets run winning streak to 11 games with victory over Bridgewater

WINCHESTER – Blowout victories have become a regular occurrence for Shenandoah University’s baseball team over the last two weeks. Tuesday’s home meeting with Bridgewater College was one of the few nail-biters sprinkled into the Hornets’ current winning streak. Eagles starting ...

Warriors’ bats come alive, Dean and Tinsman limit Skyline to one hit in win

FRONT ROYAL – Sherando’s bats had yet to really come alive through the first five games of the 2018 high school baseball season. They heated up on a frigid night at Bing Crosby Stadium on Monday night. The Warriors tallied a season-high nine hits – including their first home run of the ...

Young Hawks show signs of progress in boys soccer win over Strasburg

STRASBURG – Skyline High School’s boys soccer team isn’t exactly flush with varsity experience. A quick glance at the roster breakdown for the Hawks offers proof of that. Of the 20 players on the team’s 2018 roster, over half are underclassmen, and sophomores – there are eight of ...

Wildcats ride big innings to softball doubleheader sweep of Strasburg

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County’s softball team trailed early in each game of Friday evening’s doubleheader against Strasburg, and each time the big inning swung momentum in the Wildcats’ favor. Warren County combined to score three runs or more in five of the 10 frames played in the ...

Shenandoah’s Dunn relishing chance to compete in football all-star game

Shenandoah University senior defensive back Devontae Dunn didn’t get the chance to play in his final college football game last November due to a groin injury that held him out of the Hornets’ home contest with Washington & Lee. He’s gotten the chance to return to the gridiron ...