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Tommy Keeler Jr.

tommy-keeler.jpg Tommy Keeler Jr. is assistant sports editor for the Northern Virginia Daily.
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Withers hard at work while Dukes rest

HARRISONBURG -- The bye week may have been a relaxing one for many of the James Madison University football team, but the coaching staff was still hard at work. JMU coach Everett Withers found a way to mix business and pleasure. comments

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Keller leads Falcons to a title

WOODSTOCK -- When Central's Lexi Keller started her freshman year, she was a basketball player. comments

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Warriors rally past Judges

WINCHESTER-Earlier last week, Sherando head coach Bill Hall told his team it was unlikely it would put away Handley quickly, but if they persevered, a victory would belong to the Warriors by game's end. comments

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Eagles trounce Falcons

WOODSTOCK -- Central had a few opportunities to keep within striking distance of Clarke County on Friday night, but the Falcons couldn't make the plays when they needed them. comments

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Keeler: Dukes headed in right direction

For the first part of the season I wasn't really sure what to make of James Madison University's football team. comments

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Price wins three golds in powerlifting competition

Kim Price had plenty of reasons to beam with pride on Sept. 27 as she stood on the podium and heard the National Anthem play with three gold medals wrapped around her neck. comments

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Falcons fall short against Eagles

BERRYVILLE -- Central played some of its best volleyball of the season in the first set Tuesday night. comments

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Dukes excited for coming bye week

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University football players Brandon Lee, Vad Lee, Brandon Ravenel and DeAndre Smith looked at each other and let out a collective sigh of relief. That was their reaction in the post-game press conference Saturday when asked about the Dukes' upcoming bye week. comments

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Baker learns game quickly

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando volleyball coach James Minney was at a basketball game three years ago and noticed one of his tall art students was doing cheerleading and decided to ask her to give volleyball a try. Three years later both Minney and Michelle Baker are glad she did. comments

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Dukes dominant in win over Tigers

HARRISONBURG --James Madison University put together an impressive performance on Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Stadium. comments

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Trio ready for state golf tourneys

Three local golfers will be playing in their first state golf tournament starting Monday. comments

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Warriors dominate Colonels

STEPHENS CITY -- After suffering a loss last week, Sherando wanted to bounce back on Friday night against James Wood -- mission accomplished in an emphatic way. comments

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JMU, Towson meet in battle of young squads

HARRISONBURG -- When James Madison University and Towson University face off today at Bridgeforth Stadium at 12:30 p.m., it will be another big game for two young teams. comments

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Keeler: No reason to panic for Nats

For the second time in three years, the Washington Nationals had the best record in the National League and lost in the Divisional Series. comments

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Skyline captures district title

WINCHESTER -- Skyline senior Luke Cline can still remember what it was like running against the Northwestern District teams two years ago. That's what made things even sweeter on Wednesday, when the Hawks won the boys district cross country title. comments

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Generals fall to Page County

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson fought hard for three sets, but came up short in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-23) loss to Page County in Shenandoah District volleyball action on Tuesday night. comments

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Rams' Colten Smith wins region golf title

HARRISONBURG -- Sometimes familiarity breeds success. comments

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Dukes poised in road victory

HARRISONBURG -- Tie game, 55 seconds left -- no problem for James Madison University's football team. comments

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Late touchdown lifts Hawks past Pioneers

FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline struggled with its passing game most of the night, but with the rain pouring down and the pressure mounting, the Hawks make the biggest play when it counted the most. comments

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Dukes travel to face undefeated Albany

HARRISONBURG -- After suffering a tough overtime loss last week, things won't get any easier for James Madison University this weekend. comments

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GOLFtoberfest event tol feature 15-inch holes

Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club professional Mike Ahrnsbrak wanted to do something different when he was putting together the upcoming inaugural GOLFtoberfest. comments

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Warriors battle hard in sweep by Colonels

WINCHESTER -- Sherando volleyball coach James Minney couldn't have been much happier with his team's performance on Thursday night, even though they were swept by James Wood. comments

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Keeler: Will changes help Capitals?

The Washington Capitals made many changes in the offseason, now the question is: will they pay off? comments

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Rams' Smalls leads sweep

STRASBURG --Logan Smalls was in pain, but he wasn't going to let it stop him. comments

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SVA boys battle to draw with Fresta Valley

NEW MARKET -- Shenandoah Valley Academy played in a four-day tournament over the weekend, and it showed on Tuesday night. comments

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Smith, Taylor lead Rams to league title

HARRISONBURG -- Jacob Smith and Reese Taylor didn't play well on their first nine holes, but the two Strasburg golfers knew that had to change. comments

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Withers sees response to loss as a positive

HARRISONBURG -- Many things went wrong for James Madison University on Saturday in its 30-23 overtime loss to Delaware. In most cases the Dukes simply beat themselves, but JMU coach Everett Withers said he was happy with how his players responded after the loss. comments

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Dukes fall short to Blue Hens in OT

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University came up short in trying to get its first Colonial Athletic Association college football win of the season on Saturday. comments

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Clarke County edges Strasburg

BERRYVILLE - Strasburg head coach Mark Roller didn't get a win on Friday night, but he got the kind of effort he's been looking for all season from his team. comments

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Consistency a goal for Dukes

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University's football team is looking for consistency as it hosts Delaware today in a Colonial Athletic Association game at 4 p.m. comments

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Eagles sweep struggling Strasburg

STRASBURG -- Clarke County and Strasburg were both searching for consistency entering Thursday's volleyball match in what has been an up and down season for both teams. Clarke County found it, while Strasburg's season-long struggles continued. comments

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Keeler: O's, Nats learning from past experience

Next week the D.C. area will be buzzing with baseball talk, and with good reason. comments

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On Campus: Local athletes shine for Bridgewater football

Bridgewater's football team is 2-0 this season, and several local athletes have played a big part in the success. comments

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Loy, Warriors win district mini-tournament

WINCHESTER - Brett Loy felt right at home at Rock Harbor golf course on Tuesday afternoon. comments

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Withers to help out with Dukes defense

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University football coach Everett Withers has plenty of experience coaching defense, and he's hoping that experience can help get the Dukes on track this season. comments

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Singhas becoming complete player for Warriors

STEPHENS CITY -- Kelsey Singhas is known for her ability to attack and hit the ball hard for a kill, but this season the Sherando junior is doing a little bit of everything for the Warriors volleyball team. comments

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Keeler: Future bright for Dukes

Patience will be key for all James Madison University football fans this season. comments

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Keeler: New year, same Redskins

As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I don't enjoy writing this. OK, maybe just a little. I know it's only been one game, but do the Washington Redskins under new head coach Jay Gruden look a little like the Redskins of last year? comments

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Goal-line stand: Generals muster numbers

QUICKSBURG -- Derrick Smith went into Stonewall Jackson's weight room just two weeks before the start of the season and was surprised by what he found -- a virtually empty room. comments

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Optimistic Falcons loaded with new starters

WOODSTOCK -- Central may have lost 21 seniors to graduation, but there's still good reason for optimism at the school this year. comments

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Barbour's time has come to lead Central's offense

WOODSTOCK -- Sam Barbour has waited patiently for his time, and this season he will lead a young Central squad onto the field. comments

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Speedy Judges out to regain top spot in Northwestern

WINCHESTER -- Handley has had some explosive teams over the years. That's why it says a lot about this year's team when head coach Tony Rayburn says this squad will be on par with some of the speedy teams from the past. comments

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Healthy Washington hoping to make impact for Handley

WINCHESTER -- Last season was a heart-breaking one for Justin Washington. comments

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James Wood hopes to show growth under McHale

WINCHESTER -- Mark McHale knew it wouldn't be easy turning things around at James wood when he took over the head coaching job last year. With a year under his belt, he and the entire team are in a better position as a new season gets started. comments

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Colonels' Hepner lands prized role as quarterback

WINCHESTER -- Brady Hepner is finally where he's always wanted to be. comments

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Short-handed Generals' primary goal to stay healthy

QUICKSBURG -- It will certainly be a different kind of season for Stonewall Jackson this year. This year won't be about wins and losses so much as simply staying healthy and finishing the season. comments

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Withers brings changes to JMU football program

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University's football team had many changes in the offseason, but all the changes may lead to plenty of success this season. comments

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Dukes' Steele not satisfied despite sterling season

HARRISONBURG -- Gage Steele had a sterling season for James Madison University's football team last year. However, don't expect the Warren County graduate and current JMU redshirt sophomore to get caught basking in the glory of his success. comments

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Keeler: Citi Open has long ways to go

I've always had high hopes that someday the Citi Open in Washington D.C. could be elevated to a bigger professional tennis tournament. The idea of seeing players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova dancing around in my head. However, after actually attending and seeing most of those players last week in Cincinnati I realize that D.C. has a long ways to go to become a big-time tennis tournament. comments

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Keeler: JMU players increase bonds

You hear it all the time from players and coaches, "We have a lot of team chemistry," but after being around JMU's football team earlier this week I truly believe they have some real chemistry going. comments

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Keeler: Plenty of talent in Citi Open

It's a bit of a dead period in sports right now. Soon football will take center stage and baseball will get to what really matters - the playoffs. However, if you need your fix of some great professional athletes playing in the D.C. area, next week's Citi Open combined men's and women's professional tennis tournament could be the place for you. comments

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Keeler: Ravens could have big year

This is the time of year that I dislike the most in sports. With basketball season over, only baseball is going on, of the big three sports. I do love baseball, but the season is just way too long to keep my attention for the whole season. However, football is just around the corner. comments

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Keeler: Kastles remain WTT power

The Washington Kastles have a new home this season, but not much else has changed for the powerhouse World Team Tennis franchise. comments

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Keeler: Area HS teams had much to be proud of

This high school season is officially over, but there's no question that it was a very successful one for all of the area schools. comments

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Keeler: New classes working out well

I'm just going to admit it. comments

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Keeler: Injuries have slowed Nationals

I have to admit, I haven't been paying much attention to the Major League Baseball lately. This is one of the periods where my love for baseball takes a backseat to the NBA and NHL playoffs, and of course, the French Open. However, when I looked at the MLB standings a few days ago I realized the Washington Nationals were ...exactly where I thought they'd be considering they look more like a MASH unit than a team this season. comments

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Keeler: Changes could help VBL

The Valley Baseball League season begins tonight and there are some definite changes. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. comments

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Keeler: Strong spring for Cavs

With the exception of football, U.Va. was already having a pretty decent season but this spring the Cavaliers have the potential to reach incredible heights. comments

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Keeler: Cavaliers set for deep run

Could this be the year? comments

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Keeler: High school playoffs are near

Both the NBA and NHL are in full swing, but the best playoffs are just around the corner -- high school spring playoffs. comments

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Keeler: Silver made the right call

Like many die-hard sports fans I generally don't pay much attention to owners in sports. I watch the games for the players. They're the ones that are out there giving their all game after game. comments

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Keeler: Wizards primed for big run in playoffs

The Washington Wizards host their first playoff game tonight, and it certainly won't be their last. comments

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Keeler: Another strong field for Boyd Tinsley Classic

The Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic returns to Charlottesville next week with yet another strong women's tennis field. comments

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Keeler: Capitals face some difficult choices

This should be a very interesting offseason for the Washington Capitals. If I were a Capitals' fan, which I am not, I would be very upset at a franchise that seems to do nothing but underachieve. comments

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Keeler: Future bright for Cavs

The Final Four should be a good one this weekend (I'm hoping to see Florida come out on top), but it won't have the Virginia Cavaliers in it -- this year. comments

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Keeler: JMU women show promise

James Madison University women's basketball coach Kenny Brooks patted Kirby Burkholder on the head as the tears rolled down the senior's face on Tuesday night. The Dukes' season was about to come to an end, and Brooks was trying to keep his players upbeat as the final seconds ticked away. comments

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Keeler: Can Nats put talent to good use?

It was just a year ago that I was writing about how good the Nationals were going to be. Of course, things didn't go quite the way Nationals' fans were hoping. However, I think this year Nats fans may get their wish. comments

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Keeler: Cavs in position for run in NCAAs

Virginia's men's basketball team did something this past weekend that it hadn't done in 33 years -- win the ACC regular season title outright. comments

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Keeler: Falcons playing to full potential

I can remember watching Central's girls basketball team two years ago and thinking this team has a chance to do special things in the next few years. comments

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Keeler: Nothing shocking about the Shockers

Now that football season is gone, I've found myself paying a lot more attention to college basketball. comments

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Keeler: Jeter will be greatly missed

I have many mixed emotions as I start to write this column. There's sadness, joy, thankfulness and maybe most importantly gratitude. comments

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Keeler: Postseason excitement draws near

It's that time of the season. comments

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Keeler: Super Bowl has plenty for viewers

I'm not going to lie, my excitement for this weekend's Super Bowl is close to an all-time low. I'm not a fan of either team, but I also don't dislike either team. However, I still think there are plenty of reasons that this matchup is an interesting one, and one worth watching. comments

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Keeler: Wizards becoming respectable

Over the last few years, I've heard people talk about the Washington Wizards being a team with promise. They've said the Wizards were ready to turn things around, and become winners. Whenever I've heard those comments I've always laughed. comments

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Keeler: Patience should pay off for Dukes fans

James Madison University men's basketball fans need to be patient. comments

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Keeler: Dukes get their man

James Madison University may have found themselves a keeper. comments

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Keeler: Time for Shanahan to step down

As a Dallas Cowboys fan I guess I should be happy about the mess that is the Washington Redskins, but I have to admit I almost feel sorry for the Redskins' fans out there. comments

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Keeler: Defeat does not diminish season

LYNCHBURG -- The scoreboard read 56-14, Dinwiddie. The tears on the Sherando players' faces on the field after the game said how much it hurt to lose in Saturday's Class 4A state final, but there's no question the loss doesn't take away from a great year for the football team. comments

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Keeler: NBA's East is least

In the NFL this season the NFC East was more like the NFC Least, and now it appears the NBA has the Leastern Conference. comments

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Keeler: Duke football on the rise

I'm sure that most people who know me are aware that I'm a die-hard Duke fan. I've never been shy about my love for Duke men's and women's basketball. However, when anyone would mention Duke's football team I would usually just laugh. This year, that's no longer the case. comments

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Keeler: Parity balances out NFL

It's the week before Thanksgiving, and as usual the NFL's parity makes it very tough to figure out which teams are playoff teams, let alone trying to figure out who is the best team overall. comments

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Keeler: NCAA rule changes are frustrating

If you're a college basketball fan like I am, these are frustrating times. I love the game, and I love watching it played at a high level and a quick pace. comments

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Keeler: JMU hoops programs in good shape

James Madison University kicks off its men's and women's basketball seasons tonight, and both programs have reason to feel good about where they are at. comments

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SVCA wins NACA soccer title

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's boys soccer team came up a little short in its quest for the state title last weekend, but the Patriots made up for it on Friday. comments

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Keeler: Playoff picture sharpens

Next week is the last week of the football regular season. Yet another season has flown by. With only two games left, now is a good time to look at where the local teams stand in the playoff picture. comments

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Keeler: High hopes for U.Va. basketball

While last weekend resulted in another disappointing loss for the University of Virginia's football team there is something to look forward to for U.Va. fans - men's basketball season is just around the corner. comments

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Keeler: Rivera, Pettitte will be missed

All great things must come to an end. comments

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Dukes overcome weather, 49ers

HARRISONBURG -- With the conditions a little sloppy, JMU's offense played like it at times. comments

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Sherando catcher attends Florida camp

Chase Smallwood capped off a busy summer with a well-earned trip to Florida -- a trip that not many get to make. comments

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Keeler: Going through football withdrawal

There's plenty going on in the world of sports right now. With the NBA Finals coming down to Game 7, Major League Baseball is just catching it's stride as summer officially begins, the College World Series is still going, and there's even an NHL Finals going on (not that I or many other people are watching). Despite all of that, my mind keeps drifting to the same place, the same sport, even though it's still more than a month away -- football season. comments

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Rebels welcome new manager: Rhodes works with Hedrick, who led New Market to their 2002 championship

It was only natural that C.J. Rhodes would become the next manager of the New Market Rebels. comments










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