Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Football Camp Notebook: Generals picking up triple option quickly

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson has switched its offense to the triple option this season, and so far the move is paying off. Stonewall Jackson head football coach Pete Lampman said he feels like the players have picked it up quickly and are doing well. He said the Generals scored four ...

Youthful Warriors, Hawks have learning experience in Bryan Gunter tourney

WINCHESTER --Sherando and Skyline had a good learning experience in this year's Bryan Gunter Memorial Golf Invitational. Neither team finished in the top half, but both young squads saw plenty of positives. It was a two-day tournament. The first round was played at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club ...

Seven transfers add to JMU’s depth

HARRISONBURG -- There are many perks that come with winning a national championship and in the offseason James Madison University took advantage of one of those. The Dukes, the reigning Football Championship Subdivision national champions, added seven Football Bowl Subdivision transfers to ...

Dukes pleased with first week of football practice

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University's football team is not looking back. The reigning Football Championship Subdivision national champions have completed the first week of practice, but the mindset for the team has been no different than it has been in the past. "We forgot about it," JMU ...

Warriors grow closer through team bonding

STEPHENS CITY -- While some football teams practiced last Thursday, the very first day teams were allowed to, Sherando took a different approach. Sherando football coach Bill Hall had his team do some team bonding activities on Thursday and Friday, including a boot camp. Hall said he was ...

Wildcats, Bush excited for season

FRONT ROYAL -- Brian Bush had trouble sleeping on Sunday night. The night before his first practice as Warren County head coach, Bush said he was pretty excited about getting the season started. "I didn't really sleep (Sunday) night, because I was too excited," Bush said Monday after the ...

Enthusiasm high for Falcons this season

The Central High School Falcons have a lot of returners from last year’s team, which went 9-3 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. “I think we're all ready to play some football,” Central rising junior Kyle Clanton said on Thursday. “I think knowing that we’re going to ...

Rebels, Express set for playoff showdown

New Market and Strasburg are ready for the Valley Baseball League playoffs and a match-up with each other. The Rebels will host the Express tonight in the start of a best-of-3 series in the opening round of the North Division playoffs. New Market has won four of five meetings this season with ...

Winchester falls to Albemarle in American Legion state championship final

After winning a game Friday morning, Winchester Post 21 fell in the American Legion state championship game to Post 74 Albemarle, 12-2, on Friday afternoon. The game was halted after eight innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. “We kind of maybe hit a wall,” Post 21 manager Anthony ...

Post 21 program continues to make strides

WINCHESTER — When Winchester Post 21 manager Anthony Hargrove took over the program over three years ago he envisioned days like Friday — playing for an American Legion state championship. Now he just wants to take his program a step further. “When (assistant coach Jimmy Swiggett) and ...

Winchester Post 21 stays alive in state tourney

WINCHESTER -- Winchester Post 21 stayed alive on Thursday morning. The American Legion baseball squad defeated Post 217 Big Island, 13-4, to stave off elimination in the American Legion state baseball tournament at James Wood High School. It was the second-straight win facing elimination for ...

Rams excited about first football practice

STRASBURG – Strasburg held its first football practice of the season on Thursday, which was the first day Virginia High School League schools were allowed to practice. Strasburg head coach Mark Roller said he was very happy with the turnout as the Rams had 43 players participate on ...

Winchester Post 21 advances in state tourney

WINCHESTER -- Winchester Post 21 took the first step Wednesday toward its goal of winning a state title. Post 21 beat Post 2001 Ashburn, 4-3, in the American Legion state tournament held at James Wood High School. Post 21 lost 7-6 on the first day of the double-elimination tournament on ...

Post 21 excited to host American Legion state tournament

WINCHESTER -- Winchester Post 21 will be hosting the American Legion baseball state tournament all this week. Post 21 manager Anthony Hargrove said the team is excited for the chance to win a state title. "The kids are excited to be on their home field," Hargrove said Monday afternoon ...

Host family excited to host Rebel

NEW MARKET -- Chase Sudduth doesn't have any siblings, but when he came to New Market to play for the Rebels in the Valley Baseball League he gained three. Sudduth is hosted by Will and Keisha Gangwer, of New Market, and their three children, Reice, 12, Harper, 4, and Finleigh, 1. "They ...

Versatile Sudduth making impact with New Market

NEW MARKET -- When Zac Cole was in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association meeting this past spring, Gordon State College baseball coach Travis McClanahan gave a speech about why Chase Sudduth should be the Player of the Year. He was so convincing that Cole decided he needed to have him on ...

Post 53, Post 21 ready for district tourney

WINCHESTER -- The American Legion District 16 baseball tournament will be held next week and there will be a lot on the line for Front Royal Post 53, while Winchester Post 21 will be playing mostly for pride. The eight-team tournament starts Wednesday at higher seeds, with the semifinals and ...

VBL Notebook: Offensive depth keys Rebels success this season

NEW MARKET -- New Market sits in second place in the Valley Baseball League standings, and a big part of the reason is the depth the Rebels have offensively. New Market is fourth in the league in batting average (.278) and the Rebels lead the league with 19 home runs. "Our lineup is really ...

Woodstock’s Hyman stands out on and off the field

WOODSTOCK -- There are plenty of things that make Danton Hyman stand out on and off the field. The Woodstock River Bandit's energy and enthusiasm is noticeable to his teammates and coaches and anyone who meets him. His ability to run down balls and make plays in centerfield are followed by ...