Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

MMA postgrad standout Mason selected by Kings in NBA Draft

It's been quite a year for Frank Mason III and it became even better Thursday night. The former Massanutten Military Academy post-graduate basketball standout was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the fourth pick of the second round (34th overall) in Thursday night's NBA Draft. MMA ...

Kelly hired as Warren County boys basketball coach

When the Warren County boys basketball head coach position opened up it was an opportunity that John Kelly couldn't pass up. Kelly, who has been the Warren County girls basketball coach for the last 10 years, was hired as the boys basketball coach recently. "I've coached 20 years as a varsity ...

Barnes resigns as Skyline baseball coach

Jay Barnes had a tough decision to make at the end of the baseball season. The four-year Skyline head baseball coach was having a hard time juggling his family time and his duties as coach. So on June 2 he resigned as the Skyline baseball coach. Barnes' second child Hank was born last month ...

2017 Girls Tennis Player of the Year: Venable makes mark with Skyline tennis

FRONT ROYAL -- Kaylee Venable made history during her time on Skyline's girls tennis team. The senior won the most matches in school history in the No. 1 singles spot and was also the only player to play at that position for four years. "I'm definitely happy with what I accomplished," Venable ...

Girls Tennis Coach of the Year: Johnson leads Warriors to another banner year

STEPHENS CITY -- Last year Sherando's girls tennis team finally earned a banner on the school wall in the gym. This year the Warriors have filled that banner up with accomplishments. Sherando won the Northwestern District regular season title, the Conference 21 West tournament title and the ...

2017 Girls Tennis All-Area team

First team Emily Ball, Stonewall Jackson The senior helped lead Stonewall Jackson to a Region 1A East berth for the second straight year. She also advanced to the Region 1A East tourney in singles and in doubles with Katherine Good. Lander Barbour, Central The sophomore played at No. 1 ...

2017 Boys Tennis Coach of the Year: Robinson pleased with Falcons’ finish

WOODSTOCK -- The start of the season wasn't what Central boys tennis coach Luke Robinson was hoping for, but the finish couldn't have been much better. Central started the season 2-9 in part due to having several top players out with injuries and vacation. The Falcons bounced back strong in ...

New approach leading to success for Rebels

NEW MARKET -- New Market Rebels head coach Zac Cole decided to take a different approach to his offense this season and so far it's working out well. Last year Cole said he tried to get players who could hit for power, but this season he wanted some more speed. "We tried to find some guys ...

Four former Rebels headed to VBL Hall of Fame

NEW MARKET -- Four former New Market Rebels will be inducted into the Valley Baseball League's Hall of Fame this season. They are among a group of seven new inductees. The 2017 former Rebel inductees are John Kruk, Sam Perlozzo, Marion 'Bo' Trumbo and Maynard 'Mo' Weber. The rest of the 2017 ...

Thompson excited to be back with River Bandits

WOODSTOCK -- Will Thompson had plenty of success as a player for the Woodstock River Bandits. This year he hopes to have success as the head coach of the Valley Baseball League team. Thompson, who played for the River Bandits in 2014, is in his first year coaching the team. Greg Keaton was ...

Strasburg has high expectations for Valley League season

STRASBURG -- It's a new season, many new faces, but expectations are still high for the Strasburg Express. The two-time defending Valley Baseball League champions are off to a slow start, but still optimistic about the season. "It's early. We gotta finish getting some players up in to town ...

Cardinals off to strong start in VBL

FRONT ROYAL -- The Front Royal Cardinals have good reason for high expectations this season. The Cardinals fell just short of making the Valley Baseball League Championship series last year, losing to Strasburg in the North Division finals. This year the Cardinals have a lot of depth and ...

Warriors fall short in girls tennis state final

Sherando's record-breaking season came to an end Saturday in the Group 4A girls tennis state final. The Warriors pushed the match to doubles, but fell, 5-1, to undefeated Hanover on the courts at Roanoke College in Salem. "I could not have been more proud of the way the girls battled," ...

Warriors ready to face Hanover in state finals

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando faces its biggest challenge of the season Saturday. The Warriors will square off with Hanover in the Group 4A girls tennis state championship at 10 a.m. at Roanoke College. Both teams were in the state semifinals last year. Sherando lost in the state semifinals to ...

Blaney delivers in clutch moments for Warriors

STEPHENS CITY -- When Sherando's girls tennis team needs a point, there's usually one player they can count on when the match is on the line -- Sarah-Beth Blaney. The junior plays at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Warriors, and throughout her career she has delivered time and again in ...