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Hornets set to open 2017 baseball season

Jake Loew, a preseason All-American, returns to lead Shenandoah University's baseball team in 2017 after batting .373 with six home runs and 55 RBIs as a junior last season.    Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University

February 18, 2017

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University baseball coach Kevin Anderson considers senior Jake Loew to be one of the most improved hitters he’s had in his 14 seasons with the Hornets.

Athlete of the Week: Tyrelle Robinson soaring in final wrestling season with Hawks

Tyrelle Robinson

February 16, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – Skyline High School wrestling coach Matt Keel tells his team often that improvement in the sport doesn’t occur in small increments. Those who devote the necessary work to wrestling, he says, experience growth on the mat in “bumps.” Hawks senior Tyrelle Robinson can attest to that school of thought.

Area schools to send 37 wrestlers to state tournament

February 16, 2017

The Strasburg and Warren County high school wrestling teams each claimed regional championships in their respective classifications last week, and now both have a chance to leave Salem with Virginia High School League state tournament trophies this weekend. But each will have to get past two of the state’s traditional powerhouses to do it.

Poor start buries Warriors in conference championship loss

Sherando's Michael Perry floats in for a layup while Handley's D'andre James tries to catch up during the first quarter of the Conference 21 West finals Wednesday night in Winchester.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 15, 2017

WINCHESTER – It was a start Sherando High School’s boys basketball team couldn’t afford. Not against a team that entered Wednesday’s Conference 21 West tournament championship game with one loss. Not against a team that had beaten the Warriors by double figures twice during the regular season.

Generals fire blanks in first half, end season with loss to Gladiators

Stonewall's Nick Dotson is fouled while he goes up under the basket against Riverheads' Braeson Fulton during third quarter action of the Conference 44 semifinals held Tuesday night in Quicksburg. The Generals lost 59-41 ending their season. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 14, 2017

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson High School’s boys basketball team entered Tuesday’s Conference 44 tournament semifinal matchup against Riverheads riding a three-game win streak – a spurt that included a win over the Gladiators 11 days earlier – during which the Generals had scored at least 70 points in each of those victories. That momentum didn’t carry over with Stonewall’s regional tournament hopes on the line.

Strasburg gym hosts fundraiser

Caleb Warren performs a bench press at Tight'n Up Gym in Strasburg recently. Warren, along with a group of fellow Strasburg High School students, has helped organize a weightlifting competition to raise funds for the nonprofit gym.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 14, 2017

STRASBURG – Tight’n Up, a gym located in Strasburg, began in August 2015 with a mission to provide local youth with a friendly workout environment, a place where teens and young adults can exercise while being free of outside distractions and free of membership fees. The gym’s owner, Rob Wescoat, is now pushing to secure the facility’s existence for the foreseeable future.

Rams rumble to regional wrestling championship

February 12, 2017

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School’s wrestling team had to watch rival Clarke County take home consecutive Region 2A East tournament trophies over the last two seasons. Prior to the annual event this past weekend, Rams head coach Mike Wood told his wrestlers they shouldn’t be satisfied if they didn’t win back the team title by at least 50 points.

Wildcats win first regional wrestling title since 2003

February 12, 2017

Warren County High School’s wrestling team didn’t have a single wrestler win an individual title during day two of the Region 3A East tournament at New Kent High School on Saturday, but that didn’t hinder the Wildcats’ quest for the team championship.

Rams, Wildcats aiming for team success in regional wrestling tournaments

Warren County's Wyatt Gill takes control of Strasburg's Javian Moore during the 160-pound  match on Jan. 11 in Strasburg.   Rich Cooley/Daily

February 10, 2017

Strasburg High School’s wrestling team welcomed head coach Mike Wood with a Region 2A East tournament championship during his first season with the Rams back in 2014. In the two seasons since, the Rams have watched rival Clarke County stake its claim atop the regional podium.

Strasburg’s season ends with tournament loss to Eagles

Clarke County's Brett McDonald wraps up Strasburg's Matthew Hoover during second quarter basketball action Thursday night in Berryville. McDonald was charged with a foul on the play.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 9, 2017

BERRYVILLE – Inside the visitor’s locker room at Clarke County High School, Strasburg boys basketball coach Hamilton Doyle wrote down a list goals he wanted to see his team accomplish during Thursday night’s Conference 35 tournament quarterfinal game against the Eagles. Doyle said after the contest he felt the Rams accomplished those goals – but only after a lopsided first period buried Strasburg in what proved to be an insurmountable deficit.

Generals outlast Bulldogs, end regular season with a win

February 7, 2017

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson High School’s girls basketball game against Luray Tuesday night wasn’t a pretty one. They rarely are when the Generals hit the court, but that’s exactly how they prefer their basketball games.

Rams claim fourth straight Conference 35 wrestling title

February 5, 2017

MADISON – Strasburg High School’s wrestling seniors have accomplished plenty on the mat over the last four seasons. On Saturday they added another Conference 35 tournament championship to the trophy case.

Rams pull off upset of rival Falcons

Central's Luke Estep gets a hand on the ball as Strasburg's Sameul Hopkins  goes up for a shot during second quarter basketball action Friday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 3, 2017

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School boys basketball coach Hamilton Doyle said he could sense it during practice on Thursday evening. The competitiveness, the focus from his players, all of it left the first-year coach feeling the Rams were primed for an upset when they hosted county rival Central on Friday night. Doyle’s players delivered.

Express, Cardinals announce new coaches for upcoming VBL season

February 3, 2017

The Strasburg Express thought they had found their 2017 head coach when they announced the hiring of Gary McClure on Jan. 13, but Strasburg was soon back on the hunt for a new manager when McClure recently informed the team he had accepted a head coaching job in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The Express needed only a week to find a replacement.

Falcons hold off Rams for fourth straight win

Central's Ayanna Strother penetrates inside between Strasburg's Christyan Reid, left, and Madison Smallwood, right, during second quarter action Thursday night in Woodstock. Reid was called for a foul on the play.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 2, 2017

WOODSTOCK – It wasn’t the 28-point victory Central High School picked up over its rival last month, but Falcons head coach Bryan Scott gladly took his team’s Conference 35 win over Strasburg at home Thursday evening.