Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

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 ...

Aleywine is ‘Mr. Clutch’ for Rebels this season

NEW MARKET -- Whenever the New Market Rebels have needed a big hit this season, there's one player they've been able to count on -- Alec Aleywine. The Rebel, who has batted either fourth or fifth in the lineup all season, has come up big in big situations to help put New Market in second ...

Zipp resigns as SU director of Intercollegiate athletics

Doug Zipp had an opportunity that was too good to pass up. Zipp resigned on Thursday as Shenandoah University's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics to  become Director of Athletics at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. "My decision was based on family and there comes a time when ...

Versatile Canzone leads way for Cardinals

FRONT ROYAL -- Dominic Canzone had a strong season in his first year of college, and now he's continuing that in the Valley Baseball League. The Front Royal Cardinal outfielder can do a little bit of everything on the field. "Offensively, he's about the closest thing to a five-tool player ...

Strasburg grad Richards joins JMU baseball squad

Garrett Richards found the ideal place to play baseball next season -- James Madison University. The 2015 Strasburg graduate just finished up his two years at Danville Community College, and recently decided to transfer to JMU and play baseball next year for the Dukes. Richards said he was ...

Steele pursuing career as NASCAR pit crew member

Gage Steele is moving on from football, but looking toward a possible new career in the world of sports. The Warren County High School graduate recently went to a NASCAR Pit Crew Combine in Concord, North Carolina. Steele said that he found out a few days ago that he advanced to the next ...

2017 Male Athlete of the Year: Warren’s Ford makes most of senior year

FRONT ROYAL -- Cam Ford had plenty of success at Warren County in his first three years, but he made sure his last one was his best one. The three-sport standout put together three very strong seasons for the Wildcats. "I'm happy with it and I liked it," Ford said. "It's definitely ...

Golden verbally commits to play basketball at Pittsburgh

Bryce Golden had plenty of options when choosing a college to play basketball, but he recently found the perfect fit. The Middletown resident, who is a rising senior at St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland, recently verbally committed to play for the University of Pittsburgh. He will be ...

Admission will be free to races at Shenandoah Downs

The second season of pari-mutuel harness racing at Shenandoah Downs, the harness racing track located at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, starts on Sept. 16, and there will be one big change this year. Admission to the racing will be free. Last year there was a charge to get onto the grounds ...

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 ...