Sports

One To Remember

Warren County senior Autumn Troxell, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2014-15 Female Athlete of the Year, ended a stellar career as a three-sport standout for the Wildcats. She'll play volleyball and basketball next season at Randolph College.   Rich Cooley/Daily file

June 29, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Autumn Troxell made sure her senior year was one to remember.

Express sputters in loss to Turks

June 29, 2015

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Express couldn’t keep pace with visiting Harrisonburg on Monday night at First Bank Park.

Gerald Almy: Float fishing a balm for senses

w/ Gerald Almy column

June 29, 2015

Daybreak slips in softly when you’re camped at river’s edge in the shadows of a tree-cloaked mountain. By the time sunlight sneaks in and illuminates the scene, eggs will be frying, coffee brewing and toast browning in a skillet laced with sweet country butter.

Taking The Lead

Strasburg pitcher Mark Smoot, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2015 Baseball Player of the Year, finished his senior season with an 11-1 record, a 1.27 ERA and 66 strikeouts. He was the VHSCA and VHSL Group 2A State Player of the Year.   Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2015

STRASBURG – It was a role that Mark Smoot wanted in his final baseball season at Strasburg High School. He wanted to be the man, the ace of the Rams’ pitching staff.

Smoot, Rams continue building on winning culture

June 26, 2015

STRASBURG – Year in and year out, Strasburg High School’s baseball team has been a consistent presence in the postseason. But perhaps even longtime head coach Jeff Smoot was a little surprised just how successful the Rams were in 2015.

2015 All-Area Baseball Team

June 26, 2015

First Team
Ryan Smoot, Strasburg
Catcher
The senior batted .439 with 23 RBIs and 34 runs scored. Smoot was named

The Right Spin

Central pitcher Bekah Ansbro, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2015 Softball Player of the Year, finished her junior season with an 18-4 record, a 0.53 ERA and 263 strikeouts.   Rich Cooley/Daily

June 25, 2015

WOODSTOCK – The numbers don’t lie. There’s no denying the statistical impact junior Bekah Ansbro had on Central High School’s softball team this past spring.

Smith helps Warriors take advantage of experience

Clarence Smith

June 25, 2015

Clarence Smith knew Sherando’s softball team was set up for success in 2015. A roster filled with eight seniors, a handful of which had previously earned postseason accolades, will certainly instill a bit of confidence in any head coach.

2015 All-Area Softball Team

June 25, 2015

First Team
Katie Manson, Sherando
Catcher
The senior batted .342 with three home runs and an area-leading 35 RBIs. Manson

Staying Focused

Strasburg's Rachel Tischler was all-state in both the 1,600 and the 3,200 this year. She placed third in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200 at the Group 2A state meet.   Rich Cooley/Daily

June 24, 2015

STRASBURG — Rachel Tischler took the momentum she had in cross country and ran with it — literally.

2015 All-Area Girls Track Team

June 24, 2015

First team
Brooklyn Amrich, Strasburg, Sprints
The junior placed fifth in the 400-meter run at the Group 2A state meet

Hayes enjoys time working with Express

Former Major League Baseball player Charlie Hayes helps Chase Padot, 14,  of Stephens City get his head positioned while working inside the batting cage during a Strasburg Express baseball camp in Strasburg on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 24, 2015

STRASBURG — Charlie Hayes has always been a believer in giving back, that’s why it’s no surprise that the former Major Leaguer is in Strasburg for a few days to help out the Strasburg Express.

Craig Murto: Activate your local sponsors

CRAIG MURTO

June 24, 2015

I always hear local racers talk about how tough it is to get sponsors. And I hear local sponsors talk about how tough it is to get anything out of the sponsorship.

Best at the finish

Strasburg's  Cody Darr won the Group 2A state 200-meter race and led the Rams in two relay events. He broke the school record with a 21.66 in the 200 state final.   Rich Cooley/Daily

June 23, 2015

STRASBURG — Cody Darr couldn’t have picked a better time to run his best race.

Grim had Warriors boys peaking at right time

Tom Grim

June 23, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — Every coach wants to see their athletes peak at the right time. Things don’t always work out that way, but for Sherando boys track coach Tom Grim that’s exactly the way things happened for his team this season.