Tommy Keeler Jr.

Stepping Up

Strasburg's  Ryan Smoot penetrates the lane for an easy layup during a home game this past season in Strasburg. Smoot, a three-sport star for the Rams, is the Northern Virginia Daily's 2014-15 Male Athlete of the Year. Rich Cooley/Daily file

June 30, 2015

STRASBURG – Strasburg’s football, basketball and baseball teams all had one thing in common this season – they were young. They also had strong senior leadership, and Ryan Smoot had a lot to do with that.

One To Remember

Warren County senior Autumn Troxell, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2014-15 Female Athlete of the Year, ended a stellar career as a three-sport standout for the Wildcats. She'll play volleyball and basketball next season at Randolph College.   Rich Cooley/Daily file

June 29, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – Autumn Troxell made sure her senior year was one to remember.

Staying Focused

Strasburg's Rachel Tischler was all-state in both the 1,600 and the 3,200 this year. She placed third in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200 at the Group 2A state meet.   Rich Cooley/Daily

June 24, 2015

STRASBURG — Rachel Tischler took the momentum she had in cross country and ran with it — literally.

Hayes enjoys time working with Express

Former Major League Baseball player Charlie Hayes helps Chase Padot, 14,  of Stephens City get his head positioned while working inside the batting cage during a Strasburg Express baseball camp in Strasburg on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 24, 2015

STRASBURG — Charlie Hayes has always been a believer in giving back, that’s why it’s no surprise that the former Major Leaguer is in Strasburg for a few days to help out the Strasburg Express.

Best at the finish

Strasburg's  Cody Darr won the Group 2A state 200-meter race and led the Rams in two relay events. He broke the school record with a 21.66 in the 200 state final.   Rich Cooley/Daily

June 23, 2015

STRASBURG — Cody Darr couldn’t have picked a better time to run his best race.

Grim had Warriors boys peaking at right time

Tom Grim

June 23, 2015

STEPHENS CITY — Every coach wants to see their athletes peak at the right time. Things don’t always work out that way, but for Sherando boys track coach Tom Grim that’s exactly the way things happened for his team this season.

Staunton gets timely hits to pull out win

June 22, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Front Royal and Staunton both had solid pitching performances on Monday night, but it was the Braves who had a few more timely hits.

Competitive fire fuels Goode to strong season

Warren County's Jayme Goode led the Wildcats to regionals this season. She also advanced individually in both singles and doubles. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 19, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Growing up just outside of Austin, Texas, Jayme Goode enjoyed playing tennis as a youth. She played a lot with her older brother and her mom, but she was always on the losing end.

Worth The Trip

Skyline's Stefano Trentini hits a forehand during a match this season. Trentini advanced to the state semifinals this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

June 18, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Stefano Trentini’s journey to the United States came to an end last week, but the Italian exchange student was able to take a lot of memories back home with him.

Edwards, Waite spark Rebels

June 17, 2015

NEW MARKET — The rain and storms mostly missed New Market on Wednesday, but the Woodstock River Bandits saw plenty of another Storm against the New Market Rebels.

Senior quartet finishes strong

Strasburg's Garrett Richards (9) congratulates teammate Ryan Smoot after Smoot scored the Rams' first run in the fifth inning of the Group 2A baseball state semifinal game against Lebanon on Friday in Radford.   Brad Fauber/Daily

June 12, 2015

RADFORD — Four years ago on Strasburg’s JV baseball team, the Rams had a double-digit number of eighth graders. By the time that group were seniors there were only four that remained on Strasburg’s varsity squad, but Garrett Richards, Mark Smoot, Ryan Smoot and Noah St. Clair have been a special group for the Strasburg baseball program.