Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Davis’ buzzer-beater lifts Falcons to Class 2 state berth

WOODSTOCK -- Bryan Davis was nervous. The Central senior had the weight of the entire game, the boisterous Falcons' crowd and a Class 2 boys basketball state berth all on his shoulders -- and he delivered. Davis' buzzer-beating shot gave Central a 45-43 victory over George Mason in the ...

Central set for third meeting with George Mason

WOODSTOCK -- Central is peaking at just the right time. Central's boys basketball team hosts Bull Run District rival George Mason in the Region 2B semifinals at 7 p.m. tonight. The winner advances to the Class 2 state tournament next week. Central (22-3) won 15 games in a row after starting ...

Generals excited for regional final against Dragons

QUICKSBURG -- Three years ago, Stonewall Jackson's girls basketball team struggled to win games. Now they are in the Class 1 state tournament. Many of Stonewall Jackson's seniors who were freshmen on the team three years ago said it's been an amazing journey. "It's unreal," Stonewall Jackson ...

Falcons advance to region semifinals with victory over Green Hornets

WOODSTOCK -- Central used a run late in the second period to pull away for a big win on Tuesday night. The Falcons moved within one victory of a Class 2 state berth with an 84-65 win over Wilson Memorial in the Region 2B quarterfinals. "We played Central basketball," Central senior Bryan ...

Generals ready to face rival Gladiators in regional semifinal

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson's girls' basketball team is one win away from a Class 1 state berth and standing in the way is a familiar opponent. The second-seeded Generals host Shenandoah District rival and third-seeded Riverheads tonight in the Region 1B tournament semifinals and the ...

Generals advance to state tournament with victory over Gladiators

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson saved its best for the biggest moment. The second-seeded Generals girls basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit and knocked off third-seeded Riverheads, 55-50, in the Region 1B semifinals on Wednesday. The win gives the Generals a berth in the ...

Falcons fall to Bison in girls regional quarterfinals

WOODSTOCK -- Central picked a bad time to have its worst free-throw shooting performance of the season. The Falcons struggled mightily at the free-throw line in a 46-33 loss to Buffalo Gap in the Region 2B girls basketball tournament quarterfinals. "We had our chances," Central coach Bryan ...

Generals defeat Panthers to advance to regional semifinals

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson overcame a poor free-throw shooting performance and moved within one victory of a state tournament berth Monday night. The second-seeded Generals knocked off No. 7 seed Rappahannock County, 47-37, in the Region 1B girls basketball tournament quarterfinals on ...

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 ...