Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Central’s Watson wins discus title at regional meet

ELKTON -- Kila Watson knew she was seeded first in the girls discus, but she still wasn't sure what to expect at Friday's Region 2A East Girls Track and Field Championships at East Rockingham. The Central senior delivered a solid performance to win her first regional title. Watson's throw of ...

Delay helps Mustangs surge past Falcons in tourney final

FALLS CHURCH -- For almost 10 minutes, Central's girls soccer team hung even with nine-time defending Group 2A state champion George Mason. Then came a two-hour delay and everything changed. The Mustangs came out of the delay like a bolt of lightning and used a scoring surge to pull away with ...

Sherando duo secure a state berth in girls doubles

ASHBURN -- Kathryn Robertson and Abby Sears made history on Wednesday. The Sherando pair became the first girls tennis players in school history to qualify for the state tournament in doubles. They lost in the Region 4A West individual girls doubles tournament final at Rock Ridge High ...

Prep scores: May 24

Wednesday's results Softball   Conference 28 tournament Semifinals Hawks 6, Green Dragons 5 William Monroe 120            000 2 - 5 11 1 Skyline 000 112 2 - 6 11 4 WM: H. Lamb, L. Lam and Wayland. S: T. Grayson and Sirbaugh. WP - T. Grayson; LP - L. Lam. Records: ...

Slow start dooms Falcons in loss to Eagles

BERRYVILLE -- A slow start proved costly for Central on Tuesday. Clarke County jumped out early and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Falcons in the Conference 35 softball tournament semifinals. "I don't think we came out playing our best game today," Central coach Sue Rubenstein said. "But ...

Rams fall to Eagles in Conference 35 tourney

STRASBURG -- One of Strasburg's biggest weaknesses this season, hurt the Rams on Monday night. The Rams' inability to mark up on defense at times proved costly in a 3-1 loss to Clarke County in the Conference 35 boys soccer tournament quarterfinals. "I believe every single one of their three ...

On Campus Notebook: Rutherford finishes baseball career on high note

Chaz Rutherford (Skyline '13) finished his college baseball career off strong at Bluefield State College. Rutherford had a .288 batting average (30-for-104). Rutherford scored 15 runs, had two doubles, one triple and seven RBIs for the Big Blues. He also made six appearances on the mound. He ...

SVCA wins NACA girls soccer Division I title

STEPHENS CITY -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's girls soccer team is having another stellar season, and last week the Patriots added a national title to their list of accomplishments. The Patriots won the National Association of Christian Athletes Division I girls soccer title in ...

Judges knock off Warriors in Conference 21 West semis

WINCHESTER -- For the third time this season, Sherando fell a little short to rival Handley on Friday. This time it was with the season on the line. The Judges were able to take control in the second half of a close game and pull out a 4-1 girls soccer victory over the Warriors in the ...

Athlete of the Week: Central’s Ryman having standout track season

WOODSTOCK -- When Brooke Ryman first started running track jumping wasn't at the top of her list of favorite events. The Central junior said once she gave it a chance she fell in love with the long jump and triple jump. "I wasn't the best back in middle school, but it's where I started ...

Stonewall Jackson’s Holsinger finds perfect fit with Garrett College

QUICKSBURG -- Cole Holsinger found just what he was looking for in a college. The Stonewall Jackson senior recently signed to play baseball at Garrett College, and said it was a perfect fit. "I was looking for a small school and it had that real family feel when I got there," Holsinger ...

Warriors win Conference 21 West girls tennis crown

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando knocked off Handley, 5-3, Wednesday to win its second straight girls tennis Conference 21 West championship and improve to a perfect 18-0 on the season. Sherando had a few bumps in the road but after five hours and three minutes, the Warriors won another conference ...

Pitchers lead Stonewall past Luray

NEW MARKET -- Stonewall Jackson got exactly what it was looking for on senior night. Senior Cole Holsinger and junior Tyler Somers combined for a strong pitching performance Tuesday and the Generals topped Luray, 5-3, in Shenandoah District and Conference 44 baseball action. "You always ...

Banks leads Generals to Conference 44 boys track title

QUICKSBURG -- Last year Wade Banks didn't have his best day in the Conference 44 track and field meet. That served as a motivator, and on Monday Banks had his redemption. The Stonewall Jackson junior earned the Co-Top Male Performer in the Conference 44 track and field meet, and led the ...

Padgett, Colonels top Hawks

FRONT ROYAL -- On a very wet and soggy night, James Wood's Katie Padgett had an impressive showing against Skyline. The James Wood sophomore scored four goals and had two assists in an 8-0 victory over Skyline in Northwestern District girls soccer action. The game was stopped in the final ...

Athlete of the Week: Confident Cook having standout season for Falcons

WOODSTOCK -- Confidence can be a great thing, and this season it's helped Lauren Cook become one of the top scorers in the area. The Central junior leads the girls soccer team in goals, and has emerged as a top threat for the Falcons. "I think this year she's gained a lot more ...

Steele earns NFL tryout with Saints

Gage Steele is getting an opportunity of a lifetime. The Warren County High School and James Madison University graduate is trying out with the New Orleans Saints today at the Saints' rookie minicamp in Metairie, Louisiana. Steele, who played at JMU for the last five seasons, found out on ...

On Campus Notebook: Harlow picks up big victory for Dukes

Colton Harlow (Stonewall Jackson '14) played a big part in James Madison University's baseball success this past weekend. The junior pitcher went 5.2 innings on Saturday in a 7-4 victory over Towson University. Harlow picked up the win, struck out two with one walk. On April 26, Harlow ...