Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Strasburg sophomore Stickles finishes as state runner-up in Class 2 tourney

SALEM -- Peyton Stickles advanced to the Class 2 wrestling state finals for the second straight year, but came up short of his goal once again. The Strasburg sophomore lost Saturday in the Class 2, 120-pound final to Poquoson's Patrick McCormick by pin at the 1:07 mark. "He out-muscled me," ...

Stonewall’s Bush finishes second in Class 1 state tournament

SALEM -- Dakota Bush's dream of winning a state title fell short on Saturday, but he left the Salem Civic Center feeling good about his wrestling career. The Stonewall Jackson senior lost in the Class 1 285-pound final for the second straight season, this time to Grundy's Michael McCowan. ...

On Campus Notebook: Beckner has strong showing for Ferrum

Zach Beckner (Warren County '16) is putting together another solid wrestling season for Ferrum College. The sophomore finished second in the 125-pound weight class on Feb. 10 in the Southeast Wrestling Conference Tournament held in Greensboro, North Carolina. Beckner went 2-1 in the meet with ...

Scoring drought costly as Warriors fall to Pioneers

WINCHESTER -- Sherando went over eight minutes without a basket in the second half Thursday night, and it proved costly. MIllbrook used a big second-half run to pull out a 61-48 victory over Sherando in the Northwestern District boys basketball tournament semifinals on Thursday. The win ...

Rateb’s free throws give Hawks win over Wildcats

FRONT ROYAL -- As the basketball bounced around in the middle of the floor, Zaryn Rateb knew what her team needed her to do. The Skyline junior picked up a loose ball in the final seconds, and eventually made the game-winning free throws to give the Hawks a 47-44 home win over cross-town rival ...

Sophomore Hogan peaking at right time for Wildcats

FRONT ROYAL -- As her first season on the varsity squad is nearing the end, Bri Hogan is hitting her stride. The Warren County sophomore forward has been playing some of her best basketball at the right time for the Wildcats. Hogan said she's surprised by how well she's done in her first ...

Strasburg trio wins titles in Region 2B wrestling tournament

STUARTS DRAFT -- Strasburg only had 10 wrestlers in the Region 2B Wrestling Championships on Saturday, but showed its quality, not quantity that counts. The Rams had six wrestlers make the finals and finished second as a team. "We're going to be regional runner-ups with 10 guys, so I can't ...

More experienced, confident Smallwood making impact for Rams

STRASBURG -- One year has made quite a difference for Strasburg's Maddie Smallwood. The sophomore point guard for the girls basketball team started last year as a freshman and said the year was a big learning experience for her. "It was really nerve-wracking being on varsity as a freshman, ...

Wildcats’ rally falls short in loss to undefeated Dragons

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County had undefeated William Monroe on the ropes Tuesday night. The Wildcats put together a fourth-quarter rally, but came up short in a 44-42 loss to William Monroe in Class 3 Northwestern District basketball action. "We played hard," Warren County senior center ...

Sherando’s Perry signs to play football at University of Charleston

Michael Perry had plenty of options for college, but after taking a visit to the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia, the Sherando senior knew it was the one and signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play football at the Division II school  next year. "I visited ...

Strasburg’s Guthrie signs letter of intent to play soccer at VCU

Soccer has taken Aileen "Beanie" Guthrie all around the world and now it is taking her to Virginia Commonwealth University. The Strasburg senior signed her letter of intent Wednesday to play women's soccer at Virginia Commonwealth University. Guthrie declined to comment to The Northern ...

Sharp-shooter Garrett giving Warriors a big lift this season

STEPHENS CITY -- Amber Garrett loves to shoot 3-pointers. The Sherando senior shooting guard has been a standout 3-point shooter for the Warriors for the last three years. Garrett said shooting from the outside has always come naturally for her. "I've always been good at that," Garrett said. ...

Strasburg wins Bull Run District wrestling title

STRASBURG -- Strasburg had five individual champions in Saturday's Bull Run District Wrestling Championships as the Rams also took the team title and trophy. The Bull Run District Championships were dual matches instead of a bracket format. The Rams went 4-1 as a team on their way to the ...

Stonewall’s Bush wins first Shenandoah District title

QUICKSBURG -- Two-lap dumbbells paid off for Dakota Bush. The Stonewall Jackson senior won his first Shenandoah District wrestling title on Saturday in the 285 weight class. Bush said the Generals do a drill called two-lap dumbbells, which really helped him in Saturday's final. "You have a ...

Stonewall’s Dellinger making most of senior season

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson girls basketball coach Jeff Burner has been waiting for three years to see J.J. Dellinger play like she has this season. The Stonewall Jackson senior is having a banner year, and Burner said he's not surprised by how she's playing. "I think she's finally ...

Shenandoah women pick up first win in new gym

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's women's basketball team christened the opening of the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center on Wednesday night with the first-ever Shenandoah win. Shenandoah used a key run late in the third quarter to pull out a 67-62 Old Dominion ...

Rams hold off Mountaineers for key district win

STRASBURG -- It was a tale of two halves for Strasburg on Tuesday night. The Rams saw a double-digit lead start to slip away in the second half, but held on for a 44-36 Bull Run District girls basketball victory over Madison County. The win moves the Rams into sole possession of third place ...