Tommy Keeler Jr.: Winter season showing promise

Tommy Keeler Jr.

Tommy Keeler Jr.

A season of promise.

Now that the fall all-area athletes have been revealed, and there’s a little holiday break going on, it’s the perfect to take a look at the winter season.

Winter sports are in full swing, and if the early signs mean anything I think it’s going to be a really good season.

Several teams are off to good starts in boys basketball. Strasburg is 6-2 and is definitely a contender in the Bull Run District, not to mention the conference. They have a balanced offense with lots of depth, which should lead to a strong year. Sherando is also doing well. The Warriors won their first five games before suffering a couple close losses. They also have a balanced team and could be a real factor when it really counts.

After a slow start, Skyline has won three in a row. The Hawks will play in the Ram Hardwood Classic, and it will be interesting to see if they can keep the momentum going in the tournament. Central has been a little up and down, but I think they could be dangerous by the time February rolls around. Warren County just knocked off Clarke County and the Wildcats showed they can also be a factor in the district and conference. Likewise, I see definite potential in Stonewall Jackson. If they can get a few wins, they could get on a roll.

On the girls side, Central is off to another stellar start at 6-2. The Falcons are very young, but they do have a few players back from last year’s state semifinal team. If they could put it all together, they could make another big run this season. Sherando has suffered through some losses, despite returning its starting five from last season. The Warriors have plenty of talent, and could certainly make some noise in the district and conference this year.

Strasburg is trying to build off a winning season last year, and the Rams are well on their way. The Rams are 5-4, and they are definitely improving. If they can find a little more consistent offense to go with a strong defense, they will make some noise the rest of the season. Stonewall Jackson has a very young squad, and the Generals may not see a lot of wins but they should be playing their best by the end of the season, and you never know what could happen.

Warren County lost a lot from last year, but still has the talent to be a factor in the Bull Run District. Skyline is also very young, but the Hawks showed last week with a win over Warren County that they cannot be overlooked.

The wrestling season is also off to a roaring start. Strasburg has started off well, with a 13-4 record. The Rams hung tough with some quality bigger schools in the Appalachian Duals and are primed for another big season. Strasburg knocked off Skyline in the Appalachian Duals, but the Hawks still have the firepower to do well in the postseason.

Warren County is also having a great season, and the Wildcats are off to a 12-2 start in dual matches. The Wildcats lost some talent from last year, but have reloaded with another strong team. Sherando also lost a lot from last year, but as usual coach Pepper Martin is leading his team to success. The Warriors will certainly be a factor in the district and conference battles.

Central is a little down this season, but there’s no reason to think the Falcons won’t have some individuals advance in the postseason. Stonewall Jackson has some talent back from last year’s team, and could certainly do well in the postseason once again.

As usual there will be some solid swimmers in the area as well, and I’m sure we will have some individuals go far once again in the postseason.

It may be early in the winter season, but I truly believe this will be another successful one for the area. It’s too early to tell who will emerge and make a big postseason run, but all the signs point to another exciting season and quite a few trophies to be hoisted.

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