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2017 Softball Coach of the Year: Ritter pushes Skyline to record season

FRONT ROYAL – John Ritter knew the potential was there for Skyline as his second season as the school’s varsity softball coach approached in 2017. His head coaching debut with the Hawks in 2016 was a successful one as Skyline came within a win  of reaching the program’s first state ...

2017 All-Area Softball Team

First Team Rachel Sirbaugh, Skyline Catcher The sophomore batted .387 with two home runs, four doubles, two triples, 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Sirbaugh was a second team All-Conference 28 selection as a designated player. Emma Benson, Skyline Infield The freshman shortstop hit .383 ...

Gerald Almy: Important micronutrients for food plots, crops

Last week we looked at some of the reasons why micronutrients and a few other lesser-known elements are important for food plots and agricultural crops as well. Here’s a rundown on eight of the most important ones that plots might need. Boron Boron is vital for both forming and ...

Kelly hired as Warren County boys basketball coach

When the Warren County boys basketball head coach position opened up it was an opportunity that John Kelly couldn't pass up. Kelly, who has been the Warren County girls basketball coach for the last 10 years, was hired as the boys basketball coach recently. "I've coached 20 years as a varsity ...

2017 All-Area Boys Soccer Team

First Team J.P. Bennett, Central The senior forward led the area with 26 goals and added five assists for the Falcons. Bennett was a first team All-Bull Run District and All-Conference 35 pick and second team All-Region 2A East. Sean Buono, Sherando The senior forward ranked second in the ...

Craig Murto: Cup drivers stealing the show

Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway put an exclamation point on what's wrong with NASCAR's feeder series; the Cup drivers stealing the show. It appeared that William Byron was headed to his first Xfinity Series victory. The 19-year-old rookie, a Hendrick ...

2017 All-Area Girls Soccer Team

First Team Haley Bischoff, Strasburg The senior goalkeeper led the area with 264 saves and posted two shutouts. Bischoff was a second team All-Region 2A East selection and a first team All-Bull Run District and All-Conference 35 pick. Lauren Cook, Central The junior forward led the ...

VHSCA 2017 Group 1A All-State Baseball Team

Player of the Year: Austin Smallwood, Eastside Coach of the Year: Eric Altizer, Auburn First Team Pos. Name School Year P Austin Smallwood Eastside Sr. P Hunter Williams Windsor Sr. C Kyle Altizer Auburn Sr. 1B Cole Harness Eastside Jr. 2B Davis Powell Windsor Jr. SS Jacob ...

VHSCA 2017 Group 2A All-State Baseball Team

Player of the Year: Hunter Brown, John Battle Coach of the Year: Jacob Waller, Dan River First Team Pos. Name School Year P Carson Bell Washington & Lee Jr. P Desmond Austin Virginia High Sr. C Jacob Day Page County Sr. 1B Bryce Carter Stuarts Draft Sr. 2B Bryce Bowman John ...

Barnes resigns as Skyline baseball coach

Jay Barnes had a tough decision to make at the end of the baseball season. The four-year Skyline head baseball coach was having a hard time juggling his family time and his duties as coach. So on June 2 he resigned as the Skyline baseball coach. Barnes' second child Hank was born last month ...

Gerald Almy: The importance of micronutrients for food plots

Micronutrients are vital for all life forms including humans, animals, and plants. If you grow food plots for deer and other wildlife, they also need them to grow and thrive. And when those plants have sufficient micronutrients, it also helps the deer and other animals that eat those crops and ...

VHSCA all-star baseball game returning to Valley

The Virginia High School Coaches Association’s annual all-star baseball game will return to the Shenandoah Valley for the first time in three decades. This year’s edition, officially titled the VHSCA 2017 Red-Blue All-Star Baseball Game, will take place at James Madison University’s ...

2017 Girls Track and Field All-Area team

First team Cor'shauna Cunningham, Warren County, throws The junior placed fourth in the Group 3A shot put with a throw of 35-10.50. Cunningham also placed fifth in the discus in the Group 3A meet with a throw of 113-03. Mikayla Helsley, Central, hurdles The sophomore placed eighth in the ...