2015 Spring All-Area teams

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.

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

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.

2015 All-Area Boys Track team

June 23, 2015

First Team
Quay Caison, Warren County, throws
Junior placed sixth in the shot put in the Group 3A state meet

Challenge accepted

Stonewall Jackson's LuLu Funkhouser, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2015 Girls Soccer Player of the Year, led the area with 17 goals and 12 assists as a freshman this spring.   Rich Cooley/Daily

June 22, 2015

QUICKSBURG – LuLu Funkhouser was really young when she first competed on a soccer field. So young, in fact, that she doesn’t remember how old she actually was when she began the sport, which is saying something for someone who only just finished her freshman year at Stonewall Jackson High School barely a week ago.

2015 All-Area Girls Soccer Team

June 22, 2015

First Team
LuLu Funkhouser, Stonewall Jackson
The freshman forward led the area with 17 goals and tied for the area

Winning connection

Sherando's Tommy Buono led the area with 22 goals this past season. Buono and teammate Andrew Wade have been named The Northern Virginia Daily's 2015 Boys Soccer Co-Players of the Year. Rich Cooley/Daily file

June 21, 2015

STEPHENS CITY – Tommy Buono and Andrew Wade remember the moment well, the day the two first met.

Sherando continues string of success under Anderson

Pat Anderson

June 21, 2015

STEPHENS CITY – There will always be a sense of uncertainty amongst members of Sherando’s 2015 boys soccer team, a what-if scenario that will likely burn in the back of the minds of players, coaches and parents for years to come.

2015 All-Area Boys Soccer Team

June 21, 2015

First Team
Jake Adams, Sherando
The senior midfielder was third on the Warriors with seven goals and also contributed three

Competitive fire fuels Goode to strong season

Warren County's Jayme Goode led the Wildcats to regionals this season. She also advanced individually in both singles and doubles. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 19, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Growing up just outside of Austin, Texas, Jayme Goode enjoyed playing tennis as a youth. She played a lot with her older brother and her mom, but she was always on the losing end.

2015 Girls Tennis All-Area team

June 19, 2015

First Team
Jayme Goode, Warren County
The junior led the Wildcats to a regional berth. She also advanced to regionals

Worth The Trip

Skyline's Stefano Trentini hits a forehand during a match this season. Trentini advanced to the state semifinals this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 18, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Stefano Trentini’s journey to the United States came to an end last week, but the Italian exchange student was able to take a lot of memories back home with him.