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Tommy Keeler Jr.

tommy-keeler.jpg Tommy Keeler Jr. is assistant sports editor for the Northern Virginia Daily.
E-mail:tkeeler@nvdaily.com | Phone: 540-465-5317, ext. 155

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Hawks routed by Millbrook

FRONT ROYAL -- Millbrook suffered its first softball loss of the season on Wednesday, and coach Mandee Madden wanted to see how her team would respond in its game against Skyline on Thursday. 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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Dean leads Warriors past Knights

STEPHENS CITY -- Tori Dean wasn't about to give up. comments

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On Campus: Carney plays big part in Shepherd's winning streak

Shepherd University's baseball team put together a historic streak, and Jacob Carney (Sherando '13) was playing a big part in it. comments

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Whitacre adjusts to leadoff spot

STEPHENS CITY -- Adam Whitacre has a new role for Sherando this season, and it's one that he's starting to adjust to and benefiting the Warriors greatly. comments

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Wilander to visit Winchester

Mats Wilander is coming back to the Winchester Country Club, and anyone interested still has a chance to sign up to play with him. comments

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Pioneers rally to knock off Skyline

FRONT ROYAL -- In the first three innings against Skyline, Millbrook softball coach Mandee Madden wasn't sure who was playing in the Carolina Blue uniforms. They certainly didn't resemble her squad, the one that entered Monday night's game undefeated. comments

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Generals get first victory

QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson girls soccer coach Derek Hartwig has been waiting for his young squad to put everything together and get in the win column. On Friday night the Generals did just that. comments

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Rams' Richards holds Manassas Park to one hit

STRASBURG -- Garrett Richards made the most of his first career pitching start on Thursday night. 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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Whitacre tosses one-hitter as Warriors down Skyline

STEPHENS CITY -- With an injury to Reid Entsminger, Sherando will have to rely more on the rest of its pitching staff this season. Junior Adam Whitacre showed on Wednesday night that he's more than ready to step up for the Warriors. comments

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Rams get all-around effort against Central

WOODSTOCK --Strasburg used some solid pitching on the mound and found a way to score enough runs on Tuesday night. comments

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Central's Bauserman aiming for another state track title

WOODSTOCK -- Justin Bauserman is well aware of the challenge he faces as he pursues a third-straight state title in track and field this season. comments

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Patriots fall to Judges in close match

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy and Handley met for the first time ever in girls soccer on Thursday. If the first meeting is any indication, it could be the beginning of a good rivalry. 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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Wildcats' girls tennis squad bounces back against Hawks

FRONT ROYAL -- After suffering a tough loss on Monday, Warren County wanted to bounce back in its girls tennis match Wednesday -- mission accomplished. comments

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Quick start lifts Hawks past Luray

FRONT ROYAL - Skyline used a first-inning offensive explosion and a solid pitching effort by a trio of pitchers to pull out a win on Tuesday night. comments

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Madison County overpowers Wildcats

FRONT ROYAL -- Madison County came out strong from the start and didn't look back on Tuesday. comments

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Mustangs too much for 'Cats

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County was up against a tough opponent on Monday. Even though the Wildcats were unable to win any matches against defending Group A state champion George Mason, they were still able to take some real positives from the match. comments

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Norton displaying scorer's mentality for Patriots

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy girls soccer coach Dustin Wheelock wanted Megan Norton to have a little more of a scorer's mentality this season. He wanted her to attack, beat her defenders and look to score a little more than last year. So far Wheelock is getting what he wanted. comments

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Central falls to Clarke Co.

WOODSTOCK -- Clarke County coach Susan Grubbs knows her softball team will have to score more runs this season, after losing pitcher Sarah Herndon to graduation last year. On Thursday night against Central, the Eagles showed they should be just fine this season without Herndon. 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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Falcons excited for new season

With a blend of seniors and freshman, Central's softball team has good reason to feel optimistic about the season. comments

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On Campus: King having stellar sophomore season at New Haven

Nicole King (Warren County '12) is off to a great start for New Haven University this season. comments

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Falcons' Poston a key asset

WOODSTOCK -- Katelyn Poston doesn't get nervous. comments

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Skarupa makes all the right moves

WOODSTOCK -- Central girls basketball coach Mallory Skarupa made all the right moves this season leading Central to its first state berth since 1996. Now that the season is over she has to work on getting down a few new dance moves. comments

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Breeden leading the way for Hawks soccer

FRONT ROYAL -- With only three returning players from last year's girls soccer team, Skyline senior Quinn Breeden understands the importance of being a good leader for her teammates. comments

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Mathews leads 'Cats to strong season

FRONT ROYAL - In the basketball offseason, Warren County boys basketball coach Vernon Mathews sat down with his assistant coaches Logan Hibbs, Paul Elliot and Andrew Nicholson. Mathews and his staff talked about the upcoming season and whether or not they wanted to continue to use "the system" as their offense. comments

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Central overcomes slow start, tops Generals

NEW MARKET -- Central overcame a sluggish start, and came up with the big hits when it needed them on Monday. comments

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Poston named first-team all-state in basketball

Katelyn Poston set a personal goal for herself at the beginning of basketball season to make all-state. On Sunday, she found out her goal had been achieved -- twice. comments

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Falcons handle Generals

QUICKSBURG -- Mary Wakeman had a feeling she had a little more power in her pink bat on Monday -- and she was right. comments

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Breeden's hat trick leads Skyline

FRONT ROYAL -- Quinn Breeden may play anywhere for Skyline this season. On Friday night, the senior showed she's valuable no matter where she lines up. comments

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Weir helps lead Hawks to victory

FRONT ROYAL -- When it comes to direct kicks, Skyline coach Chris Holloway has plenty of confidence in senior Dusty Weir. On Friday, Weir showed exactly why. comments

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Stonewall Jackson falls in girls tennis season opener

BERRYVILLE -- After a delayed start to the season, Stonewall Jackson's girls tennis team finally hit the courts Thursday for its season-opening match. 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: Brady still among NFL's best

The debate has raged on for years. After Sunday, there should be no question - Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the National Football League. comments

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Keeler: Cavaliers hitting new lows

I didn't expect much from the University of Virginia's football team this season. After the way things have went the past couple years, could anybody really? However, last weekend things may have hit a new low for the Cavaliers. comments

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Keeler: NFC East falls on hard times

Remember when the NFC East was considered the best division in the NFL? 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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Keeler: Yankees in unfamiliar territory

It's been a long, unusual season for the New York Yankees and their fans. comments

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Keeler: Eagles are fun to watch

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Washington Redskins game with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. 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: Plenty of storylines for U.S. Open

It's my favorite time of the tennis season. All the children are headed back to school, football is about to kick off and, of course, the U.S. Open is about to begin. comments

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Keeler: Thoughts on the NFL preseason

Maybe I had a little too much time on my hands last week, or maybe it was simply the excitement of football season starting up. comments

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Keeler: What to do about A-Rod?

I'm not going to lie, it's a tough time to be a New York Yankees fan. comments

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Keeler: Kastles are good summer option

There are plenty of things to do in the Washington D.C. area during the summer, but one happening that probably gets overlooked a lot involves D.C.'s most successful sport team. 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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Keeler: Warriors had a special season

Sherando's baseball team may have went mostly untested throughout the regular season, but throughout the playoffs the Warriors showed without a doubt they were the best team in the state. comments

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Keeler: Heat, Spurs worth seeing

The Miami Heat saved the NBA Finals. comments

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Keeler: New ESPN deal big for tennis

There was some big news in the tennis world last week, that probably went unnoticed to most sports fans, especially non-tennis fans. Although, it could have an eventual effect on all sports fans. comments

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Keeler: Yankees proving me wrong

I'll admit it I was completely wrong. comments

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Keeler: Postseason tournaments about to change

As I sit here trying to figure out what to write my column about this week and with Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" playing in my head (thanks, "One Life to Live") it hit me that summer is just around the corner. comments

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Keeler: NFL draft fills void

It's that slow time of the year in sports, where not a whole lot is going on. comments

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Keeler: Teams start off great

With just a little over a month left in the regular season, the spring season is in full swing. And as usual, many of the area teams are off to great starts. comments

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Keeler: Breaking down the women's tourney

There's always plenty of attention given to the NCAA men's basketball tournament each year, and rightfully so. However, as a women's basketball fan, I think the women's tournament sometimes gets overlooked. 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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