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Brad Fauber

Fauber_Brad_7_6_12.jpg Brad Fauber is a sports reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily.
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Playing through pain

It's a question that every athletic trainer at various levels of competition faces on a weekly basis: when can a football player safely return from or play through an injury? comments

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Hornets aim to buck trend against Cards

WINCHESTER -- Rarely do teams at any level spend too much time focusing on anything but the present, but Shenandoah University football coach Scott Yoder dug into the past a little bit this week in preparation for the Hornets' road game at the Catholic University of America this afternoon. comments

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Fauber: Good things ahead for O's

Orioles Magic seemed to be at its peak only two weeks ago, when Baltimore swept Detroit to advance to the American League Championship series for the first time in what felt like a millennium. At the snap of a finger, all of those good vibes dissipated. comments

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Warriors take on Judges in key district clash

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando's football team bounced back with a blowout win over James Wood last week. Now the Warriors turn their attention to rival Handley for Saturday's 1 p.m. contest. comments

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Hornets hope to build on recent success

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's football team got back on track last Saturday with an impressive 47-31 win over previously unbeaten Guilford College at Shentel Stadium. Now the Hornets have to figure out how to carry that success into this weekend's road game at Catholic University. comments

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Colonels too much for Warriors

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando volleyball coach James Minney was fairly pleased with how the Warriors competed against Northwestern District powerhouse James Wood in the first two sets of Tuesday's match. The third game, not so much. comments

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Ruch improves in second year

FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline football coach Heath Gilbert says there is a noticeable difference in the way that junior quarterback Corban Ruch is conducting the Hawks' offense this fall. comments

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Hornets jump on Quakers early in win

WINCHESTER -- It was just the start Shenandoah University needed. comments

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Hawks down Patriots

FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline's football team feels it's in the midst of a three-game stretch that is critical if the Hawks hope to be alive in the Northwestern District race in the second half of the season. comments

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Hornets face daunting task against high-powered Quakers

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's football team can't afford to dwell on its loss to rival Bridgewater in the Hornets' Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener last Saturday. Not with Guilford's high-powered offense looming this afternoon. comments

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Fauber: Virginia faces tough road

The University of Virginia football team is entering its bye week this weekend, so now is as good a time as any to check out just where the Cavaliers stand heading into the second half of the season. comments

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Team effort helps Sherando top Millbrook

STEPHENS CITY -- Perhaps it was for the simple fact that Sherando's volleyball team was hosting Northwestern District rival Millbrook, but the Warriors looked especially sharp on the court Thursday evening. comments

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Central aims to keep momentum rolling

WOODSTOCK -- Central's football team entered the season with plenty of question marks regarding its youth and inexperience, and head coach Mike Yew admits that the Falcons are still experiencing some of the expected growing pains. comments

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Mistakes, turnovers hurt Hornets in loss

WINCHESTER -- The special teams units were not so special for Shenandoah University's football team in last Saturday's 27-23 road loss to rival Bridgewater. comments

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Strong rebound: Cross capitalizes on second stint with Hornets

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University women's field hockey coach Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft says senior forward Ashley Cross is like a "bulldog" when she gets in around the goal. comments

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Funkhouser takes over as top runner

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson cross country coach Mary Clanahan had her eye on the Generals' current crop of talented freshmen runners for quite some time -- years, in fact, before that group arrived at the high school this fall. comments

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Polk's late heroics help Falcons past Cougars

WOODSTOCK -- Cody Polk's heart was probably racing 100 miles per hour during the last few minutes of Central's Homecoming football game against Manassas Park. comments

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Fauber: Hornets' ground game rolling

With nine returning offensive starters coming back for the 2014 college football season, Shenandoah was excited about the possibilities this season. comments

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Hornets take on rival Eagles in ODAC opener

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's football team has plenty of reasons to be anxious to hit the field for tonight's game against Bridgewater. comments

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Warriors expect physical test against Liberty

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando and Liberty match-ups on the football field always include one prevailing theme -- physicality. comments

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Hornets eager to start 'new season' in ODAC play

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University is three games into its 2014 season, but the most important games are just beginning for the Hornets. comments

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Troxell continues to shine for Wildcats

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County volleyball coach Sarah Putnam knows what to expect from senior Autumn Troxell by now. comments

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Rams sharp in sweep of rival Falcons

WOODSTOCK -- Strasburg's volleyball team focused on getting the small things right in the practices leading up to Tuesday's match against Central. That emphasis seemed to pay off. comments

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Longtime Sherando mentor dies at 77

Adam "Tater" Myers, Jr., one of the original varsity coaches at Sherando High School, passed away Sunday morning. He was 77. comments

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Generals' Smith fights past pain to career night

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson senior Derrick Smith was pretty banged up by the end of the Generals' Shenandoah District football game against visiting Stuarts Draft last Friday night. comments

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Fauber: Redskins already in big trouble

It's only Week 4 of the NFL season, but the Washington Redskins are already in trouble. comments

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Applecross to kick off Super 8 for second straight year

The Super 8 Cyclocross Series once again returns to Winchester's Jim Barnett Park, and for the second year in a row the Applecross CX will serve as the series' opening event. comments

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Fauber: 'Hoos, Hokies need to make statements

The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech were sitting at the opposite ends of the proverbial spectrum following their respective football games last Saturday. comments

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Fauber: Latest blow will test Orioles

You have to wonder just how much more the Baltimore Orioles can take. comments

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Fauber: Opener critical for SU

All throughout fall camp, one common theme has been repeatedly addressed by players and coaches in Shenandoah University's football program -- the need to develop the collective confidence and consistency that the Hornets severely lacked last season. SU can now stop talking about that goal and prove that things will be different in 2014. comments

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Fauber: Answers to come for Hokies

The 2014 college football season is finally upon us and teams across the country are hitting the gridiron this week for their respective season openers. comments

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Haymore excited about Pioneers' positive vibe

WINCHESTER -- For Millbrook head football coach Josh Haymore, there's just something about this year's group of Pioneers. comments

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Gray provides long-range threat for Millbrook

WINCHESTER -- Tyler Gray's journey as a kicker began during his eighth-grade year at Admiral Byrd Middle School back in 2010. comments

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Skyline intent on avoiding breakdown this season

FRONT ROYAL -- Members of Skyline's football team admit that the team fell apart down the stretch last season, as a combination of factors led to the Hawks losing six of their final seven games. comments

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Baltimore's unique talents a perfect fit for Hawks

FRONT ROYAL -- Jerrius Baltimore is a unique kind of football player for Skyline High School. comments

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Strasburg aiming to erase disappointing memories

STRASBURG -- The 2013 season turned into a grind for Strasburg as injuries took their toll and the Rams lost six of their final seven games, limping to a 3-7 record and falling short of the Group 2A playoffs. comments

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Rams' Funk makes second home in weight room

STRASBURG -- Colton Funk is your prototypical gym rat, the type of player that every high school football coach wants and the type of player that every high school football coach seems to never have enough of. comments

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New Warren County coach Crist faces tall task

FRONT ROYAL -- Steve Crist faces quite a challenge in his first year as the head football coach at Warren County High School. comments

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Moon the man in the middle for Wildcats

FRONT ROYAL -- When Zach Moon looks around the football field at his Warren County teammates this season, things will look a little bit different. comments

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Shenandoah working to strengthen program's foundation

The foundation for Shenandoah University's football program was planted last fall. Now the Hornets have to continue to build on the progress that was made in 2013. comments

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Fiery Payne determined to lift Hornets to new heights

WINCHESTER -- Jake Payne doesn't need to be reminded about Shenandoah University's defensive numbers from a season ago. They're ingrained in the defensive lineman's brain. comments

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Fauber: SU aims for greater consistency

Shenandoah University's football program learned the hard way of the importance of remaining consistent week in and week out. comments

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Fauber: Hornets face QB quandary

Shenandoah University's quarterback situation has already been solved this season, but the answer didn't come the way Hornets head coach Scott Yoder would've liked. comments

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Fauber: Fight over Redskins' name heats up

The Washington Redskins went about business as usual on Thursday night, as they opened up their preseason slate with a 23-6 win over New England at FedEx Field. comments

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Fauber: Generals breathe sigh of relief

All who are involved with Stonewall Jackson High School's football program are breathing a little easier today. comments

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Fauber: Lots of storylines in ACC football

You wouldn't know it with the heat wave that has rolled through the area this week, but football is right around the corner. comments

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Fauber: Nats, O's in prime position

We're now officially into the second half of the Major League Baseball season, as teams got back on the field Friday night for the first time since the All-Star break. comments

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Fauber: Will big changes help HR Derby?

Baseball has always been a sport filled with tradition, and any attempts to make changes to the game that seems to grind against that tradition is generally met with plenty of criticism. comments

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Fauber: Charlottesville a great addition to Valley League

Wednesday's announcement that a new Valley Baseball League team would be coming to Charlottesville next summer has stirred up quite a bit of excitement throughout the league. comments

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Fauber: O's returning to form

Now these are the Orioles that we've become accustomed to seeing over the past few years. comments

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Fauber: Cards are a hit in VBL

First-year Front Royal manager Brad Neffendorf had a plan in the months leading up to the start of the 2014 Valley Baseball League season. comments

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Almy: 'Dap' nails tough trout

Novice fly fishermen often think the farther they cast, the more trout they'll catch. Actually, more often than not carefully stalking and wading and then a short, accurate cast is a better approach. In fact, sometimes even no cast at all is the most effective fishing technique. comments

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Fauber: 'Hoos face tough road in CWS

The University of Virginia's baseball team did what it had to do in the super regional round of the NCAA tournament last weekend. comments

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Fauber: Powers deserves support in fan vote

Dan Powers was a gift for the Shenandoah University baseball program when he first arrived on campus as a freshman four years ago, and Hornets head coach Kevin Anderson feels lucky to have had the opportunity to coach a player like Powers for the past four seasons. comments

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Fauber: Wizards need to build on success

I was on my way to a high school football game at Madison County on Nov. 1 of this past fall and, while sifting through the radio stations in my car, I came across a pregame talk show prior to a Washington Wizards game. comments

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Fauber: Hornets likely in line for NCAA bid

It was hard to envision that Shenandoah University's baseball team would be sitting on the bubble come time for this weekend's selection process for the NCAA Division III tournament. comments

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Fauber: Redskins explore draft options

The NFL draft is less than a week away and the Washington Redskins have plenty of holes to fill after last season's miserable 3-13 season. comments

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Fauber: O's, Nats look to get healthy

The Nationals and the Orioles are getting very close to returning some key pieces to their ball clubs in the coming weeks, as Washington starting pitcher Doug Fister and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado work their way back from injuries. comments

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Fauber: Hornets impressive in ODAC title run

Shenandoah University's baseball team captured its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship when the Hornets beat visiting Bridgewater to claim the regular-season crown on Thursday evening. comments

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Fauber: Cavs living up to the hype

The last several months have been a pretty special period for University of Virginia fans. comments

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Fauber: Risk a wise one for 'Skins

The Washington Redskins already had some young, talented offensive weapons surrounding quarterback Robert Griffin III before they went out and signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson earlier this week. comments

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Fauber: HS staffs deal with weather, rest rules

Prior to the start of the spring season last year, the Virginia High School League implemented a new rule that placed stricter limitations on the number of innings that high school pitchers could throw in a given time period. comments

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Fauber: Va. Tech AD faces major decision

Virginia Tech's men's basketball team wrapped up another dreadful season on Wednesday, as the Hokies fell to Miami, 57-53, in the first round of the ACC tournament. comments

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Fauber: Hornets' pitchers starting strong

Shenandoah University's baseball season hasn't had much fluidity so far thanks to the weather, but it hasn't taken long for the Hornets' pitching staff to find a rhythm on the mound. comments

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Fauber: SU hoops moves in positive direction

Shenandoah's men's basketball team ended its season in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday in the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament. comments

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Fauber: Hornets baseball to get workout

At this point, Shenandoah University's baseball team would probably happily travel as far as Florida if it meant the Hornets could play a real baseball game on a real baseball field. That is how severely the string of bad weather that has hit the area this winter is affecting the start of SU's 2014 season. comments

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Fauber: O's should stick with what they've got

A few short months ago, I was desperate to see any kind of offseason move or addition made by the Baltimore Orioles. I wanted to see one or two high profile moves that showed me that the Orioles' front office was devoted to improving upon the success that's been had in Baltimore over the last two seasons. comments

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Hornets preparing to open 2014 season

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's baseball team is just a few days from the start of its 2014 season, but there is one small problem. The Hornets haven't stepped foot on a baseball diamond in over a month. comments

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Fauber: Mason is reason to watch Jayhawks

I haven't been watching as much college basketball as I usually do, which isn't all that surprising considering the fact that the only team I really care about -- Virginia Tech -- is having yet another bad season. It's really hard to watch a team that simply isn't very good. comments

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Fauber: PED cloud hangs over baseball Hall of Fame

The newest class of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame was announced on Wednesday, and three very worthy players in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball's most prestigious club. Another very worthy player, Craig Biggio, fell a crushing two votes short of the required 75-percent approval. comments

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Fauber: Central to honor first HOF class

Central High School is finally getting a Hall of Fame for the school's athletic program. comments

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Fauber: ACC can reverse bowl trends

The Christmas holiday has come and gone, which means the college football bowl season is officially in full swing. For the next week and a half, college football games will dominate the ESPN family of networks, with the occasional FOX and CBS broadcast thrown in, before things begin to slow down with the buildup to the BCS National Championship game. comments

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Fauber: Trash talk adds a bit of fun to rivalry

It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means one thing for college football fans -- rivalry week is finally upon us. comments

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Fauber: Gallaudet provides great story

There are feel-good stories everywhere in the sporting world, and there has been one story that has somewhat flown under the radar in college football up until the last week or so. comments

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Fauber: Hornets led by seniors

The impact and importance of senior leadership in sports cannot be overstated. Teams need that veteran presence. Oftentimes, seniors are the glue that holds the entire team together. comments

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Fauber: Shenandoah men embrace status as underdogs

Those within the Shenandoah University men's basketball program realize the uphill climb that they face when it comes to being more competitive in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. They experienced that challenge last season. comments

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Fauber: Local coach returns game ball to Redskins' Orakpo

Anyone can go to a Major League Baseball game and catch a baseball that soars into the stands. It happens hundreds of times each and every day during baseball season. But catching a game ball during an NFL game? That's not so common. comments










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