Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Leemen knock off Falcons in regional semifinals

WOODSTOCK -- Central's stellar, history-making football season came to an end Friday night. The Falcons started off slow and couldn't recover in a 49-21 loss to Robert E. Lee in the Region 2B semifinals. "We weren't as disciplined as we should have been," Central coach Mike Yew said. "I'm ...

Wildcats fall to Cavaliers in volleyball Class 3 state final

RICHMOND -- Warren County had a top-notch volleyball season filled with history-making moments. However, the Wildcats came up short Saturday in the Class 3 state final. "We played a very good Lord Botetourt team," Warren County coach Dorinda Robinson said. "They were very solid top to ...

JMU earns top seed in FCS playoffs

HARRISONBURG -- It was no surprise, but still a special moment for James Madison University's football program on Sunday. The Dukes were chosen as the No. 1 seed for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs by the FCS playoff selection committee. The pairings were announced Sunday ...

JMU Football Notebook: Dukes thankful for bye week

HARRISONBURG -- There are many advantages for James Madison University's football team having a bye week this week to start the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Perhaps the biggest one is being able to spend Thanksgiving with their families. JMU coach Mike Houston is among those ...

Much at stake for JMU against Elon

HARRISONBURG -- The Colonial Athletic Association outright title is on the line for James Madison University today. The Dukes play at Elon University  at noon, and a JMU win will give them back-to-back outright conference titles. Two years ago, the Dukes won a share of the title. Elon and ...

Falcons ready to face strong Leemen squad

WOODSTOCK -- When Central squares off with Robert E. Lee, the Falcons will face a different style of team than what they typically see. The second-seeded Falcons hosts Robert E. Lee at 7 p.m. tonight in the Region 2B football playoff semifinals. The Leemen use a spread offense and like to ...

Frederick County rematch: Warriors excited to face rival Pioneers again

STEPHENS CITY -- For the second time in three weeks, Frederick County rivals Sherando and Millbrook will face off -- this time the season is on the line for both teams. The fourth-seeded Warriors travel to play the top-seeded Pioneers tonight in the Region 4C football playoff semifinals at 7 ...

Hard work, dedication paying off for Sherando’s Perry

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando football coach Bill Hall said he's not surprised at all by the success that Sherando senior linebacker Michael Perry is having this season. Hall said that Perry is a product of hard work and dedication, especially in the weight room. "I could have told you very ...

Central’s Davis making most of return to football

WOODSTOCK -- Bryan Davis wasn't on the football field last year, but he learned a valuable lesson. The Central senior fullback/linebacker had to sit out the season due to ineligibility because of grades. He said it was difficult to watch his teammates play and not be out there with them. "It ...

JMU Football Notebook: Healthy Kloosterman key for Dukes’ run game

HARRISONBURG -- Jonathan Kloosterman is finally healthy again and his return to the lineup is playing a big role in James Madison University's success. The senior tight end had some key blocks on JMU's game-winning drive Saturday in a 20-13 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the ...

Wildcats top Hawks for first-round playoff win

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County won its first playoff game in several years on Friday night. And to make it sweeter they beat their cross-town rival Skyline to do it. The Wildcats used a balanced offensive attack and a solid defense to pull out a 31-14 home victory over Skyline in the Region 3B ...

Falcons finish third in Class 2 boys state championships

THE PLAINS -- Central had three all-state performers in Saturday's Class 2 boys cross country state championships. The Central trio of Mason Lucy-Speidel, Chase Rimel and Gus Wightman led the Falcons to a third-place finish at the state meet held at Great Meadow. Lucy-Speidel led the way as ...

Four area girls runners earn all-state honors

THE PLAINS -- LuLu Funkhouser capped off her high school cross country career with her second straight all-state performance. The Stonewall Jackson senior was one of four area girls runners to earn all-state honors in the cross country state championships on Saturday at the Great Meadow ...

Wildcats advance to state semifinals with sweep of Dragons

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County hasn't had many competitive matches during its winning streak this season, but on Saturday that changed -- and the Wildcats pulled out another victory to advance to the volleyball Class 3 state semifinals. Warren County beat Park View (South Hill), 3-0 (26-24, ...

On Campus Notebook: Singleton caps off volleyball career with All-ODAC honors

Ali Singleton (Stonewall Jackson '14) finished her volleyball career in style at Emory & Henry College. Singleton was recently named to the volleyball All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference third team. The senior outside hitter was second on the Wasps in kills (262) and total attacks ...

Coons key to Warren County’s offense

FRONT ROYAL -- Morgan Coons has a lot of options at her fingertips. The junior setter is at the controls of Warren County's high-powered volleyball offense. On any given play, Coons has three or four players she can go to for a hit. "I'm kind of like the middle man," Coons said. "And I have a ...

Dukes ready for clash with rival Richmond

James Madison University's football team has been faced with all types of challenges this season. Today the Dukes face another one as they try to slow down the University of Richmond's high-powered offense at 3:30 p.m. at Bridgeforth Stadium. It is also senior day for the Dukes. "They have ...

Cross-town rematch: Hawks, Wildcats ready for playoff showdown

FRONT ROYAL -- For the second time in two weeks, cross-town rivals Skyline and Warren County will meet -- this time the season is on the line. Seventh-seeded Skyline will play at second-seeded Warren County tonight in the Class 3, Region 3B football quarterfinals at 7 p.m. "First time ...

Generals looking to take advantage of playoff opportunity

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson has been given a second chance and the Generals are looking to make the most of it. The Generals will travel to Altavista for a Class 1, Region 1B football playoff quarterfinal at 7 tonight. There are only six teams in Region 1B eligible for the Virginia High ...

Athlete of the Week: Stonewall Jackson’s Funkhouser having strong senior year

QUICKSBURG -- LuLu Funkhouser is trying to finish her standout girls cross country career in style. The Stonewall Jackson senior had one of her best performances of the year last week as she finished second in the Region 1B championships held at Panorama Farms in Earlysville. "What else would ...