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Wildcats blast Hawks for first win of season

Warren County shortstop Cameron Ford attempts to turn a double play ball as he forces out Skyline's Bailey Smeltzer during the third inning Monday night at Bing Crosby Stadium. Ford couldn't connect to complete the double play.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 27, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County High School’s baseball team had nearly a week to sit on its loss to Riverside in last week’s season opener before returning the diamond Monday evening against Skyline. The Wildcats got back on track by beating up on their cross-town rivals.

Local rivalries abound in this week’s sports matchups

Central's Jared Rice throws out Stonewall's Brett Jones on an infield ground ball during the second inning of a doubleheader Friday evening at Rebel Park in New Market. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 27, 2017

The high school sports season kicked into full gear last week after a delay to the new campaign. This week area baseball and softball teams dive headlong into competition against local rivals, beginning today with a pair of Front Royal foes.

Falcons, Generals split doubleheader

Stonewall's Duncan Schroeder, left, and Brett Jones, right, celebrate after Schroeder scored during the fourth inning of Stonewall's first game against Central during their doubleheader Friday evening at Rebel Park in New Market.  Stonewall scored seven runs in the fourth inning to win the first game 7-2. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 24, 2017

NEW MARKET – When Sean Semones made his coaching debut with Central High School’s junior varsity baseball team in 2015, Sam Shifflett was on the mound for Semones’ first career victory. Two years later, Shifflett gave his head coach his first varsity win as well.

Patriots, Warriors fight to a draw

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's Sarah Max splits between Sherando's Catherine Price, left, and Lauren Heskett, right, during first half soccer Thursday night at Sherando High School. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 23, 2017

STEPHENS CITY – Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy’s girls soccer team had a chance Thursday to go two-for-two against public high schools this week when the Patriots made the short trip across town to take on Sherando. The final result, SVCA sophomore Sarah Max said afterward, was almost as good as a win.

Ritter’s walk-off single lifts Skyline over William Monroe

March 22, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Skyline High School’s baseball team had a chance Wednesday to see how it matched up early in the season against one of the traditional powers in Conference 28 when the Hawks hosted William Monroe, last season’s Group 3A state runner-up. Quite well, as it turns out.

Wildcats stumble in softball opener against Riverside

March 21, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County High School’s softball team opened up its season against visiting Riverside Tuesday night. The Wildcats likely left their home field wishing they could have a restart to the 2017 campaign.

Knapp scores twice as Rams hold off Hawks

March 21, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Jacob Knapp scored just five goals for Strasburg High School’s boys soccer team last season while missing a large chunk of the campaign with a broken foot. After just one game in 2017, the Rams junior is on pace to shatter that mark.

Local schools to take second shot at start of spring sports season

March 20, 2017

The storm that dropped several inches of snow across the area last Monday and Tuesday wiped out the first week of spring sports for local high schools, leaving athletic directors scrambling to reschedule games before the season even got underway and spoiling the debut of several new head coaches. Teams will try again this week with a slate loaded with action.

Nine local athletes to compete in Shenandoah Valley All-Star Game

March 16, 2017

Harrisonburg High School varsity boys basketball coach Don Burgess created an all-star game for area high school seniors last year and, at the time, expressed his desire to make the event an annual occurrence while growing the game each year. In only its second year the event has already expanded.

Hot bats power Hornets to best start since 2011

March 16, 2017

Shenandoah University’s baseball team has vaulted into the top 10 in a pair of Division III national polls since the start of the 2017 season, a rise powered by an offense that ranks as one of the best in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference through the season’s first month.

Loew providing the pop for Hornets’ offense

Shenandoah University senior Jake Loew has reprised his role as the Hornets' top power threat and run producer this spring.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 15, 2017

There’s a certain level of expectation on the baseball diamond that comes with the All-American label, a status Shenandoah University designated hitter Jake Loew earned last season when he emerged as the Hornets’ primary run producer.