Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

King’s two touchdowns propel Hawks past Dragons

FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline senior wide receiver Trenton King wasn't sure if he'd be able to play again this season. On Friday night, he not only played, he made two of the biggest plays of the game. King caught two key touchdown passes in the second half to help the Hawks top William Monroe ...

Washington, Warriors cruise past Judges

WINCHESTER -- T.J. Washington took a chance and it paid off in a big way. The Sherando junior fielded a wobbly punt early in the Warriors' Northwestern District football game with Handley on Saturday. Washington took it all the way for the touchdown to begin a 59-14 rout of the Judges. "I ...

Warriors ready to face district foe Judges

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando is playing the first of three straight road games today when it travels to Handley. Sherando coach Bill Hall said he thinks his team is ready for the challenge of playing the last three regular-season games on the road. "As much as you enjoy playing at home, I enjoy ...

Dukes facing another strong defensive CAA team

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University will be going up against yet another strong Colonial Athletic Association defense today. The Dukes will play at William & Mary College today at 3:30 p.m. The Tribe have lost some close games this season, but they are fourth in the CAA in total ...

Much at stake for Hawks, Dragons in Northwestern District showdown

FRONT ROYAL -- A lot is at stake for Skyline when it hosts William Monroe tonight. The Hawks and the Dragons will both be battling for a playoff berth  in the Northwestern District contest at 7 p.m. "Everyone in our district has to feel the same way," head coach Heath Gilbert said. "Culpeper ...

Rams looking to bounce against Governors

STRASBURG -- Strasburg will look to bounce back from a tough loss when it hosts Nelson County in non-district football action today. The Rams are coming off a disappointing 49-20 loss to Clarke County last week. Strasburg coach Mark Roller said the Rams will have their hands full against ...

Passing keys Wildcats to ninth straight victory

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County passed the ball very well on Tuesday night and Skyline did not. Passing was a big key in the Wildcats 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-18) road victory over the Hawks in Northwestern District volleyball action. "We've been working on passing a lot, because you can't get a ...

Athlete of the Week: Versatile Garcia steps up for Hawks

FRONT ROYAL -- With a few wide receivers out due to injury, Luis Garcia knew the team needed him last week and he came through in a big way. The Skyline senior had three big catches to help key a Hawks' victory over Manassas Park. "We have a few boys, we lost them for a couple games, and ...

Central runners reach perfection

NEW MARKET -- Perfection. That's what Central's boys cross country team achieved Wednesday in the Shenandoah County meet held at the New Market battlefield course. Central won the boys meet with 15 points, recording the top five runners in the race. "That's been something we've been wanting ...

JMU Football Notebook: Alls making impact for Dukes since return

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University redshirt senior Terrence Alls has made a big impact at wide receiver since he returned three weeks ago from a suspension. JMU coach Mike Houston said his biggest impact has been his leadership by example to his teammates. "He does the things that good ...

Eagles run past Rams in district battle

STRASBURG -- Strasburg hung with Clarke County for a half, but the Eagles pulled away in the second half Friday night. The Eagles single wing offense ran for 435 yards en route to a 49-20 victory. "It was a story of two halves," Strasburg coach Mark Roller said. "We played well the first ...

Defense propels Dukes past Wildcats

HARRISONBURG -- For the second straight year it was James Madison University's defense that came up with some big plays to secure a victory over Villanova. The Dukes used a stellar defense and a few timely offensive plays to pull out a 30-8 Colonial Athletic Association football victory on ...

JMU has great turnout for ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’

HARRISONBURG --James Madison University had another great turnout for ESPN"s "College GameDay." The three-hour pre-game show was held at the Quad at JMU a7 9 a.m. Saturday. It was the second time in three years that JMU hosted the show. It was only the ninth time "College GameDay" did a ...

‘College GameDay’ analysts excited to be back at JMU

HARRISONBURG -- ESPN's "College GameDay" has returned to James Madison University and they are happy to be back. The three-hour college football pre-game show starts today at 9 a.m. from The Quad at JMU. The show was there for the first time two years ago, and ESPN "College GameDay" analyst ...

Dukes ready for showdown with Wildcats

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University head football coach Mike Houston is expecting today's Villanova game to be much like the one last year. The Dukes defeated the Wildcats 20-7 last season. It was a game where the Dukes overcame some adversity, quarterback Bryan Schor was injured in the ...

Wildcats won’t take 1-5 Blue Devils lightly

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County coach Brian Bush is well aware of how dangerous a team Culpeper can be. The first-year football coach said he's made sure his players understand that Culpeper, which has one win this season, cannot be taken lightly when the teams meet tonight at 7 p.m. in Front ...

Generals ready to face another tough district opponent

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson played competitive football for a half last week; today they hope to put together two halves when they travel to face Stuarts Draft. The Generals trailed Page County last week, 20-13, at halftime before eventually falling 48-19. Stonewall Jackson running back ...

Athlete of the Week: Strasburg’s Hart shows poise in victory

STRASBURG -- With the game on the line, Strasburg sophomore quarterback Chase Hart needed to stay calm, cool and collected -- and he did. Hart helped guide the Rams on a game-winning drive in the final minutes of the game to help give the Rams a 22-21 victory over George Mason. Hart said it ...

Rams looking to keep momentum going against Eagles

STRASBURG -- After rallying for a big win last week, Strasburg is hoping to use the momentum to its advantage on Friday. The Rams host Bull Run District rival Clarke County at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles are coming off a loss to Central. The Rams (3-3, 1-0 Bull Run) beat previously undefeated George ...