Stories By Brad Fauber

Local men win gold at National Senior Games

STRASBURG – Lloyd Willis and Wesley Pence got a taste of the Olympic experience last month in Birmingham, Alabama, when the two Shenandoah County residents – Willis from Strasburg and Pence from Edinburg – prepared to take to the basketball court at the 2017 National Senior ...

Erick Green signs one-year hoops deal with Valencia

The latest stop in Erick Green’s professional basketball career will take him back to Europe. Green, who spent last season playing in Greece for Olympiacos Piraeus before both sides parted ways this offseason, has signed a one-year contract with Spain’s Valencia Basket, the team announced ...

SU catcher Cameron to extend baseball career in Australia

Dan Cameron had a backup plan – of sorts – in case his pursuit of a professional baseball career didn’t pan out upon his graduation from Shenandoah University this past May. When he was 18 years old, Cameron – SU’s starting catcher in each of the last two seasons after he ...

The 50/70 all-star team: Strasburg, Woodstock-Edinburg Little Leagues unite

There’s a longstanding rivalry that exists between the communities of Strasburg and Woodstock, bred from the competition between the athletic teams at Strasburg and Central high schools. Kevin Sine, born and raised in Strasburg, is well familiar with the rivalry. But when he realized he ...

Former Sherando QB Metheny lands assistant coaching job at VMI

Ross Metheny’s first interaction with Scott Wachenheim came nearly a decade ago, when the latter recruited the former Sherando High School quarterback while Wachenheim was an assistant coach at Liberty University. Their paths crossed again a couple years later while Metheny was playing at ...

Valley League goes 2-0 in Southern Collegiate Showcase

The Valley Baseball League didn’t have a shot to claim the championship at this past weekend’s Southern Collegiate Showcase in North Carolina due to poor weather that forced alteration of the schedule, but the league’s group of 30 all-stars still put on a strong showing. The VBL went ...

Sherando enjoying unrivaled fortune in coaching longevity

STEPHENS CITY – Multiple times during a discussion about the consistency within the coaching staff at Sherando High School on Wednesday, activities coordinator Jason Barbe paused mid sentence to knock on the wooden desk located inside one of the administrators’ offices at the school. He ...

Peek performance: Express right-hander ranks among VBL’s best this summer

STRASBURG – Zach Peek was eyeing a job as a weekend starting pitcher as he entered his freshman year with Winthrop University’s baseball team last year, but said Monday that he lacked the mental toughness required to hold down a spot as one of the Eagles’ regular starters. Instead, a ...

Pet of the Week: Felix ready for another chance at a new home

FRONT ROYAL – Seven-year-old feline Felix was initially adopted from the Humane Society of Warren County’s Julia W. Wagner Animal Shelter several months ago, but after a brief stay in his new home he was returned to the facility on May 23. Felix is now awaiting another shot. “He’s ...

Local VBL reps eager for shot at baseball showcase event

STRASBURG – Major League Baseball has for some time been pushing collegiate summer leagues to collectively form regional all-star events in order to amass college talent in centralized areas for scouting purposes, according to Butch Barnes, the director of baseball operations for the ...

SU grad finds new passion in sales job with Astros

WINCHESTER – Baseball has taken Greg Van Sickler to various parts of the world. It’s sent the Winchester native and former Shenandoah University standout to Belgium, where he played professionally for a year after graduating college in 2011. From there the sport landed him in Australia, ...

Program sends SU student on ‘unbelievable’ MLB experience

WINCHESTER – On one of the first days of class this past school year, Fritz Polite, assistant dean of student affairs at Shenandoah University, addressed his room full of Introduction to Sport Management students and asked them what their future goals were. Luke Nussman, the starting first ...

North Division race still wide open ahead of VBL all-star weekend

The Valley Baseball League’s brief all-star break is coming up this weekend to mark the unofficial midway point of the 2017 season and while clear playoff frontrunners have emerged in the South Division, the status of the North is far less certain. All six North Division teams entered ...

Lemish steps down as Valley Baseball League commissioner

Donald Lemish has stepped down from his post as president and commissioner of the Valley Baseball League, he confirmed in a phone interview Monday afternoon. Lemish, who officially took over the role as former VBL President Dave Biery’s successor following the 2012 season, made the move to ...

Alger elected as new VBL president

There was a point several years ago when Bruce Alger, the longtime president and general manager of the New Market Rebels, said he began to entertain the idea of one day becoming commissioner of the Valley Baseball League. At the time, though, he felt he wasn’t quite ready to take on the ...

2017 All-Area Baseball Team

First Team Gavin Kandrick, Skyline Catcher The senior batted .380 with a homer, four doubles, a triple, 15 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Kandrick was a first team All-Conference 28 selection and a second team All-Region 3A East pick. Pearce Bucher, Sherando Infield The junior third baseman ...