Tommy Keeler Jr.

One win away

Strasburg's Ryan Smoot makes a move to the basket during a Jan. 30 home game against George Mason. The Rams face Prince Edward County tonight in the Group 2A East semifinals with a trip to next week's state tournament on the line. Game time is 7 p.m. at Orange County High School in Orange..  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 4th, 2015

RASBURG — With Strasburg’s players awake on their bus ride home Tuesday night, Rams boys basketball coach Matt Hiserman took the time to give his players a little something to talk about.

Strasburg thrives on 3-point shooting

March 3rd, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — One of Strasburg’s biggest strengths all season has been 3-point shooting, and on Tuesday night it helped the Rams move within a game of the state tournament.

Schaefer hired to manage Rebels

George Schaefer. Photo by Melissa T. Dodge

March 2nd, 2015

When George Schaefer was looking for an opportunity to coach a summer league team the New Market Rebels caught his eye for several reasons.


Strasburg's Tyler Brill chats with coach Matt Hiserman during the Region 2A East basketball game Tuesday night at Strasburg. Brill leads the area shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 27th, 2015

STRASBURG — Strasburg has a real weapon at its disposal this postseason — junior forward Tyler Brill.

Shut ‘em down

Strasburg's Noah St. Clair drives against Clarke County on Feb. 6.  St. Clair has given the Rams a huge lift with his defensive play this season. Rich Cooley/Daily file

February 20th, 2015

STRASBURG — For Noah St. Clair it’s all about the belly button.

Third-period surge lifts Rams to win

February 19th, 2015

STRASBURG — Strasburg was struggling on both sides of the ball early in the third period as the Rams fell behind Stonewall Jackson on Thursday night.

Strasburg girls fall short

Strasburg's Rachel Harriman drives the lane with a hook shot over Luray's Maggie Chu during fourth quarter girls Conference 35 tournament quarterfinals action Thursday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 19th, 2015

STRASBURG — Rebounding has hurt Strasburg all season, and on Thursday night it proved costly again.

Area swimmers well represented at states

Strasburg's Cassie Cooper competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the Shenandoah County swim meet held Wednesday night at the Strasburg Recreation Center.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 19th, 2015

The Virginia High School League state swimming championships will be held in Christiansburg over the next few days, and the area will be well represented.

Metheny hired by Kansas State


February 18th, 2015

Coaching in college football is all about networking, and Ross Metheny is on his way to building an impressive resume early in his career.

Truong twins making impact for Flames

Twins Michael, left,  and Eric Truong, right, are members of the the Front Royal Flames. The freshman pair lead the team in scoring. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 15th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Brad Foster didn’t expect much when he first heard that twins Eric and Michael Truong wanted to play for the Front Royal Flames last year. Once the Front Royal Flames boys basketball coach saw them on the court, though, his opinion quickly changed.

Loving the game

Ronnie Jett, 68, dribbles the ball down the floor as he is guarded by Wes Pence, 49, of Edinburg.  Jett has been playing in the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation basketball league for 51 years. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 13th, 2015

There have been times when Ronnie Jett considered retiring from the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation men’s basketball league, but something always keeps him coming back for more.

Veteran players continue to thrive in league

Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation basketball player  Wes Pence, 49, of Edinburg, drives around Davis Rosen, 51, of Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 13th, 2015

Every weekend during the winter and even part of the spring, you can find basketball games at the local high school. While it may not be the high school athletes playing, a lot of former local legends still go out and have fun to play the game they love in the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation basketball leagues.