Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Yellow Jackets sweep Hornets in key ODAC baseball doubleheader

WINCHESTER - Two powerhouse Division III baseball teams played a doubleheader on Saturday at Bridgeforth Field in Winchester. At the end of the day, Randolph-Macon College showed why it’s one of the top teams in the country. The Yellow Jackets used two strong pitching performances to sweep ...

Romero-Hernandez, Generals rally past Bulldogs

QUICKSBURG - Stonewall Jackson’s Carlos Romero-Hernandez didn’t feel 100 percent healthy on Friday, but his play on the soccer field was exactly what the Generals needed. Romero-Hernandez had a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in the final minute, as the Generals rallied to ...

Sherando’s boys tennis having success despite small team

STEPHENS CITY- Sherando’s boys tennis team may be small in numbers this season, but that hasn’t kept the team from having some success. The Warriors have only seven players on the squad, with no seniors. Despite the lack of numbers the team is 5-7, including a couple Class 4, ...

Falcons knock off Eagles in boys tennis

WOODSTOCK - Central’s boys tennis team is starting to peak at the right time. The Falcons knocked off Clarke County, 6-3, on Thursday in Bull Run District action. The win is Central’s second victory in a row and solidifies the Falcons in second place in the district. The wind was a big ...

Wildcats adapting to new offensive style

FRONT ROYAL - There have been plenty of changes for Warren County’s boys soccer team this season, and so far the changes are paying off for the squad. First-year Warren County coach Thomas Hodge has installed a new possession-style offense, and the players have picked things up ...

Warren County’s Ashley will be preferred walk-on at Liberty

FRONT ROYAL –  Stuart Ashley will get a chance to live out his dream next season. The Warren County senior kicker/punter has recently committed to Liberty University, where he will be a preferred walk-on for the football program. A preferred walk-on means that Ashley is guaranteed a spot on ...

New faces helping lead Warren County boys tennis to success

FRONT ROYAL - Warren County’s boys tennis team has a mix of newcomers this season and it’s led to a much-improved squad. Most of the top six joined the team for the first time this year and have made big impacts on the squad. “We got a lot of new people,” Warren County junior Aidan ...

Strasburg sophomore Sager steady force for Rams

STRASBURG - Trevor Sager got a late start to his baseball career, but he’s come a long way in a short time. The Strasburg sophomore said he didn’t play at all until he was in fifth grade, but it didn’t take long for him to love the game. “I gave it a try, and at first I was like this ...

Stonewall’s Gibson ready for successful season at new position

QUICKSBURG - Casey Gibson has changed positions this season, and the move should benefit Stonewall Jackson. The Stonewall Jackson junior girls soccer player moved from a holding midfielder to an attacking midfielder, and she said she thinks her new spot is her best one. “I’m more in the ...

Pioneers rally past Warriors for district win

STEPHENS CITY - Sherando and Millbrook have made a habit of having dramatic baseball games over the years, and it continued Saturday. The Pioneers rallied in the seventh inning and then held on for a 2-1 Class 4, Northwestern District win by throwing a Sherando runner out at the plate to end ...

Pioneers topple Wildcats in softball

FRONT ROYAL - Millbrook had some close losses early in the season, but the Pioneers showed on Friday they may be turning things around. The Pioneers knocked off Warren County, 7-5, in Northwestern District softball action. It was Millbrook’s second win of the week, after starting the season ...

Shenandoah Adventure Weekend continues to grow

The Shenandoah Adventure Weekend is back for its eighth year. The event is being held in Bentonville this weekend and includes four different types of adventure races for four different levels of adventure racing. Adventure Enablers, run by Mark and Margo Harris, is putting on the event ...

Versatility a key for Central’s Philpott

WOODSTOCK - Ciara Philpott can play anywhere on the field for Central’s girls soccer team. The Central senior midfielder gives coach Kim Dellinger the advantage of knowing if he is missing a player that Philpott can fill the slot if needed. “You can use her any place on the field,” ...

Youth and experience providing perfect blend for Generals

QUICKSBURG - Stonewall Jackson’s girls soccer team has a strong blend of youth and experience this season and so far the combination has worked really well. The Generals are off to a solid start including a 9-0 Shenandoah District win over Buffalo Gap on Tuesday. Stonewall Jackson had ...

Six-run fifth inning lifts Rams past Generals

QUICKSBURG - It took Strasburg a little time to heat up on a cold, blustery day, but once the Rams did it was enough to pull out a victory. The Rams used a six-run fifth inning to pull out an 8-1 softball win over Shenandoah County rival Stonewall Jackson on Monday. “We had a slow start, ...

Sherando’s Laing plays soccer in France with state ODP

STEPHENS CITY - For the second straight year, Ethan Laing got to experience a taste of Europe. The Sherando freshman recently played for the state Olympic Development Program soccer team in France. Last year he was part of the team that went to Germany and the Czech Republic. Laing said he ...

Weather hampers area track teams

The weather has played havoc with the area track and field teams all season and that continued this weekend with the cancellation of Strasburg’s Ram Country Invitational. The invitational was slated to be the first big meet of the season, every local team except for Stonewall Jackson was ...

Six-run sixth lifts Eagles over Generals

NEW MARKET - East Rockingham used a six-run, sixth inning to pull out its sixth win of the season Friday night. The Eagles broke open a tie game en route to a 13-4 Shenandoah District baseball victory over Stonewall Jackson at Rebel Park in a game that lasted nearly three hours. The Generals ...

Wildcats fall to Eagles in softball

BERRYVILLE - Warren County and Clarke County’s softball teams played Thursday for the first time in 17 days. The Eagles were able to shake off the rust a little quicker than the Wildcats. Clarke County used a big third inning to pull out a 10-0 non-district victory over Warren County. The ...

Falcons learn from loss to Eagles

WOODSTOCK- Central's girls tennis team got a taste of state-caliber competition on Tuesday. The Falcons clashed with East Rockingham in a battle of two of the top teams in Class 2, Region B. Even though the Falcons came up short in a 6-3 loss, they learned a lot from the match. "I was excited ...