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Gerald Almy: Prime time for Brassicas

w/ Gerald Almy column

July 6, 2015

Every type of plant used for food plots has an optimum season for growing. In the case of brassicas, that season is now. From July through September is the time to get these plants in the ground. Brassicas include plants such as kale, turnips, rape, radishes and others. They have become extremely popular among food plot managers because they are easy to grow, provide tremendous amounts of protein and are fed on well by deer. Protein levels can exceed 30 percent in many cases.

Stepping Up

Strasburg's  Ryan Smoot penetrates the lane for an easy layup during a home game this past season in Strasburg. Smoot, a three-sport star for the Rams, is the Northern Virginia Daily's 2014-15 Male Athlete of the Year. Rich Cooley/Daily file

June 30, 2015

STRASBURG – Strasburg’s football, basketball and baseball teams all had one thing in common this season – they were young. They also had strong senior leadership, and Ryan Smoot had a lot to do with that.

Strasburg spikes Cannons in shortened game

June 30, 2015

STRASBURG — Strasburg ace Brock Hunter has pitched a ton of innings for the Valley Baseball League Express this season, but Tuesday figured to be only his second decision of the campaign.

Missed chances costly to Cardinals

June 30, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Cardinals struggled to find the key hit against visiting Aldie Tuesday night at Bing Crosby Stadium.

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.