2014 Fall All-Area Teams

Workhorse Warrior

Sherando running back LeeQuan Johnson Jr. bulked up for his final year with the Warriors, and it paid off as he rushed for 1,524 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 265 yards and two TDs.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 19, 2014

STEPHENS CITY — Following the end of each high school football season, Sherando head coach Bill Hall presents his returning players with a sheet of paper on which they list their goals for the next season and how they plan to put themselves in position to reach those goals.

Making up for lost time

Sherando senior Brogan McPartland led the Warriors to the playoffs, and had an impressive 19.5 sacks and 40 tackles for loss this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 18, 2014

STEPHENS CITY — Last year Brogan McPartland had to sit back and watch most of the season from the sidelines due to a broken leg. This year, the Sherando senior did his best to make up for lost time.

2014 All-Area Football Defensive team

December 18, 2014

First team
Defensive line, Gerren Butler, Skyline
Senior was a first-team All-Conference 28 selection. Butler was a first-team All-Northwestern selection.

Lowering the boom

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

December 17, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — It’s a sound that Warren County volleyball coach Sarah Putnam has grown quite fond of over the last few years.

Putnam leads Wildcats to success

Sarah Putnam

December 17, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County volleyball coach Sarah Putnam noticed a certain closeness amongst her team on and off the court this past season.

2014 All-Area Volleyball Team

December 17, 2014

First Team
Michelle Baker, Sherando

The senior was a first team all-Northwestern District selection and was named a first

Stellar second act

Strasburg's Max Middleton  runs during the Shenandoah County meet earlier this year. Middleton had a solid season, including an 11th-place finish in the Group 2A state meet.

December 16, 2014

STRASBURG – It’s difficult in any sport to follow up a strong season with another one, but Max Middleton was able to do that with ease.

Rudy leads young Rams to success

Jeff Rudy

December 16, 2014

STRASBURG – Strasburg cross country coach Jeff Rudy has had an established top-notch girls program for years, but over the last few seasons the boys program has become stronger as well. This season the boys had their best finish in many years.

Finishing with style

Strasburg High School senior Rachel Tischler, who finished her high school cross country career with an all-state performance at the Group 2A state meet, is the Northern Virginia Daily's 2014 Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.   Rich Cooley/Daily

December 15, 2014

STRASBURG – Rachel Tischler had to change her pre-season goals.

Rudy, Rams continue solid tradition

Jeff Rudy

December 15, 2014

STRASBURG — Strasburg coach Jeff Rudy knew it would be a challenge for his girls cross country team to achieve things to which the program has grown accustomed.

Relentless preparation

Sherando sophomore Brett Loy, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2014 Golfer of the Year, became the first golfer in school history to win an individual state title this past season.    Brad Fauber/Daily file

December 14, 2014

STEPHENS CITY — Brett Loy doesn’t quite remember the first time he picked up a golf club.

Strasburg thrives under Hardy

Jordan Hardy

December 14, 2014

STRASBURG — Jordan Hardy was set up quite nicely for his first season as Strasburg High School’s head golf coach.

2014 All-Area Golf Team

December 14, 2014

Jonathan Koontz, Stonewall Jackson
The senior finished tied for third place with a 76 at the Conference 35 tournament. Koontz,