Brad Fauber

Express sputters in loss to Turks

June 29, 2015

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Express couldn’t keep pace with visiting Harrisonburg on Monday night at First Bank Park.

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.

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.

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.

Rams fall short in playoff run

Members of Strasburg's baseball team watch from the dugout during the bottom of the seventh inning of the Rams' Group 2A state semifinal game against Lebanon on Friday in Radford.   Brad Fauber/Daily

June 12, 2015

RADFORD – Pitching and defense carried Strasburg’s baseball team back to the state tournament for a second straight season. The Rams struggled in both aspects early in the Group 2A state semifinal game against Lebanon as their season came to an end Friday afternoon at Radford University.

Familiar Spot

Strasburg head coach Jeff Smoot has a meeting with his team during their May 14 game with George Mason at First Bank Field in Strasburg.  The Rams face Lebanon today in the Group 2A state tournament semifinals in Radford. Rich Cooley/Daily file

June 11, 2015

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School’s baseball team is back in Radford.

Up to Speed

Strasburg's Garrett Richards throws a pitch during the Conference 35 baseball tournament championship game May 28 against George Mason at First Bank Park in Strasburg. Richards has played a key role for the Rams' pitching staff, which has combined for 10 shutouts this season.   Rich Cooley/Daily file

June 10, 2015

STRASBURG – The symptoms didn’t bode well for Strasburg High School senior Garrett Richards a couple weeks ago.

Express rally past Cardinals

June 9, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Strasburg Express first-year manager Stephanos Stroop says one trait of this year’s squad is the players’ ability to keep a level head no matter the score. The Express showed that on the road Tuesday night against Front Royal at Bing Crosby Stadium.

Warriors’ McCarty wins state title in discus

Sherando senior Trent McCarty throws his final attempt in the boys discus at the Group 4A track and field championships Saturday morning in Harrisonburg. McCarty won the state title with a throw of 151 feet, 4 inches.   Brad Fauber/Daily

June 7, 2015

HARRISONBURG – Trent McCarty failed to advance past the regional track and field meet in each of the past two seasons. At the Group 4A meet at Harrisonburg High School on Saturday, the Sherando senior became a state champion.

Strasburg advances with win

June 5, 2015

KING WILLIAM – While on the road to Friday’s Region 2A East baseball tournament semifinal game at King William, Strasburg’s bus broke down, extending an already lengthy trip across the state for the Rams. But when Strasburg finally did hit the field an hour behind schedule, it didn’t take long for the offense to heat up.