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Keeler: Teams start off great


With just a little over a month left in the regular season, the spring season is in full swing. And as usual, many of the area teams are off to great starts.

One of those teams is Sherando baseball. The Warriors are putting up huge numbers so far, outscoring opponents 101-11. Sherando's Adam Whitacre hit for the cycle last week, and then the next day teammate Chase Smallwood threw a perfect game.

The Warriors still have some very tough games left, including a doubleheader with Spotswood.

One of the teams that may push them in the district is Skyline. The Hawks are off to a good start and should be a factor in the district race.

Strasburg is off to a strong start as well. It appears the district race will be between the Rams and William Monroe again this year. The Dragons won the district last year, but Strasburg has plenty of returning players who will look to turn things around. Another team that is in the mix in the Bull Run District is Central. The Falcons have only lost two games, and play at William Monroe tonight in a big district showdown.

Stonewall Jackson and Warren County have also shown that they can't be overlooked with a few quality wins. The Generals and Wildcats could make some noise as the season goes along.

In softball, we have many teams right in the mix of things in their district. Skyline and Sherando went toe-to-toe last year with the Hawks coming out on top, and it appears the two teams will do the same this season. It should come down to the wire, with James Wood very much in the district race as well.

Warren County is just starting its district season, but the Wildcats are off to a solid start and are showing that they can win even with the graduation of pitcher Nicole King.

Central and Strasburg have also had some real bright spots this season, as well. The Falcons won their Harry Combs Classic tournament last weekend, beating Group AA schools Millbrook and Skyline. The Rams have been hitting home runs left and right this season and could be a surprise in the district this year.

In boys soccer, Stonewall Jackson looks to be the cream of the crop in the area. With the return of Juan Luna, the Generals are undefeated. While they are the favorites in their district, the region will be as tough as ever.

Central is doing well, winning its last two district matches, while Warren County has shown it has potential. The Wildcats tied with James Wood and beat Clarke County earlier this season. Skyline is also off to a solid start this season, while Sherando has lost only once.

In girls soccer, Stonewall Jackson is having another strong season with its only loss coming to Wilson Memorial. Strasburg and Central, playing against tough district competition, have shown they are not to be overlooked.

Sherando has shown it will be a factor in the district race, and Warren County has also had some close games with good teams.

Some of the boys tennis squads have also looked sharp this season. Central has lost only two matches, one of them coming to Group A powerhouse George Mason. Sherando has had a strong season as well, but has to deal with perennial power Handley in its district.
In girls tennis, Warren County has looked strong, but of course they have a tough district led by Group AA power Fauquier.

Skyline has also been solid and is tied for first place in the Northwestern. The Hawks have a showdown with Handley next week.

It's still early in the track and field season, but many of the teams have already shown plenty of promise. Central's boys finished third in Strasburg's meet last weekend, while Strasburg's girls placed sixth. Sherando won its meet at Parry McCluer on the girls side, and finished second in the boys meet.

There's still time left for all of the area teams to keep improving and really make their mark on the spring season.

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com



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