Brad Fauber

Rams overcome messy first half to top Generals

Stonewall's Sara Streett, left, and Madison Long put pressure on Strasburg's Christyan Reid during second quarter action Thursday night in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 8, 2016

QUICKSBURG – Strasburg High School’s girls basketball team probably can’t expect to win too many games in which they go nearly 14 minutes without a field goal and muster only 8 points in a half. Thursday night’s game at Stonewall Jackson was one of the exceptions.

Flat first period buries Hawks in loss to Riverside

December 7, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Skyline High School’s boys basketball team found itself trailing visiting Riverside by 15 points after one period of play in its home opener Wednesday night. The Hawks spent the rest of the game trying to erase the deficit.

Eagles overpower Falcons in rout

Central's Mason Marston shoots a one-handed shot over East Rockingham's Trenton Breeden during first quarter boys basketball action action Tuesday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 6, 2016

WOODSTOCK – With just two players returning from last season’s regional qualifying squad, and only one who played significant minutes, Central’s varsity boys basketball is bound to hit some rough patches this season. The Falcons suffered their second straight beating from East Rockingham Tuesday night in their home opener.

Generals hold off Rams in road win

Strasburg's Samuel Hopkins blocks a shot by Stonewall's Brenden Hoover during Friday night's game in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 2, 2016

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School first-year boys basketball coach Hamilton Doyle wants his team to play at a fast pace, similar to the style that marked Shaka Smart’s tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University. Stonewall Jackson head coach Mike Lenox, after watching his team play a frenetic first half against the Rams on Friday night, implored the Generals at intermission to slow down.

McMackin, Wildcats rally past Cougars to win opener

Warren County's Cameron Ford goes up for a reverse layup during first quarter action Wednesday night against the Manassas Park Cougars in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 30, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County High School senior Brendan McMackin said Manassas Park failed to box him out for most of Wednesday night’s Conference 28 boys basketball matchup. The 6-foot-5 forward made the Cougars pay.

Hershey rises to leadership role for Rams’ swim team

Nathan Hershey

November 28, 2016

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School swimming coach InaRae Crisman says many boys in the school are held back from joining the swim program because they are uncomfortable with the thought of wearing the appropriate racing swimsuits. Nathan Hershey was one of those kids.

Clark settling into comfort zone with Hornets

Shenandoah University senior guard Malcolm Clark drives toward the basket during the championship game of the Body Renew Tip-Off Classic against Hood College in Winchester on Saturday.   Courtesy photo by Shenandoah University

November 23, 2016

WINCHESTER – Basketball has long been a part of Malcolm Clark’s life, a passion that he credits for helping him get through a childhood growing up Washington, D.C.’s Southeast quadrant.

Missed chances, big plays doom Rams

November 18, 2016

GOOCHLAND – Strasburg High School’s football team showed it could move the football against a stout Goochland defense when the two teams squared off in the second round of the Group 2A East Region playoffs Friday night.

Rams hoping to keep momentum rolling against unbeaten Bulldogs

Strasburg's Austin Miller tries to run wide against King Wiliam's Austin McCray during last week's playoff game in Strasburg. The Rams travel to Goochland tonight for the second round of the Region 2A East playoffs.  Rich Cooley/Daily

November 18, 2016

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School football coach Mark Roller says confidence is the “first battle” necessary to achieving any victory. After picking up their first playoff win since 2012 last week, the Rams should be feeling a bit of self-assuredness.

MMA’s Mack signs to play basketball at Manhattan College

Nehemiah "Bud" Mack

November 16, 2016

WOODSTOCK – As Nehemiah “Bud” Mack was just beginning his senior season of high school basketball at Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore around this time last season, the 6-foot-1 guard gave his verbal commitment to NCAA Division I Manhattan College. By the beginning of May, Mack had backed off his prior commitment simply to explore his other options and ensure he was making the right decision.

Duckworth’s presence on field a valuable asset for Rams

Strasburg's Ethan Duckworth scrambles as he looks for a receiver during last Friday night's game against King William.  Rich Cooley/Daily

November 16, 2016

STRASBURG – Ethan Duckworth was engaged in a block from William Monroe High School fullback Gregory Sizemore when Strasburg’s senior defensive end saw opposing quarterback Malique Shackelford, with the ball in his hands, sweep to the outside before making a cut back inside as he searched for running room.

Sherando track standout Lane signs with GMU

Davina Lane

November 15, 2016

STEPHENS CITY – Davina Lane first came in contact with George Mason University associate head track and field coach Randy Bungard during the summer before her junior year at Sherando High School last year.

Pet of the Week: Frannie seeks new home that will give her special care

Frannie, a domestic medium-haired cat, is available for adoption at the Winchester SPCA's Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center. Frannie  has feline immunodeficiency virus.   Brad Fauber/Daily

November 15, 2016

WINCHESTER – Frannie, a domestic medium-haired cat, first arrived at the Winchester SPCA’s Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center at the age of 2 weeks about a year and a half ago. Frannie was returned to the center last month, now a carrier of the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), the result of an altercation with an infected cat during her stint with her previous family.

SU women to rely on captain trio, youth on court this winter

Shenandoah University's Erin French returns as one of three team captains, alongside fellow senior Olivia Callan and junior Kirstyn Arcata, who will lead SU this season. The Hornets open their 2016-17 campaign with a home game tonight against Goucher.    Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University

November 15, 2016

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University’s women’s basketball team welcomed 10 freshmen to their squad of 17 players for the upcoming 2016-17 season, injecting plenty of youth into a program searching for its first winning season since 2010. But what’s more important for third-year head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft and the Hornets is what lies within the core that SU’s youth encompasses.