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Local Sports

Craig Murto: Local ovals get green flag

Local oval tracks, both dirt and paved, soon wave the green flag on their 2017 racing seasons. The biggest race this weekend in the region is at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, just off Interstate 95. The Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Tour competes Saturday afternoon. Spectator gates ...

Hawks rally past Dragons in softball

FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline has had a flair for the dramatic to start its girls' softball season. The Hawks rallied from a six-run deficit and pulled out a 9-7 Conference 28 victory over William Monroe on Wednesday night. On Monday, the Hawks topped Central in 15 innings. "One thing about ...

Ritter’s walk-off single lifts Skyline over William Monroe

FRONT ROYAL – Skyline High School’s baseball team had a chance Wednesday to see how it matched up early in the season against one of the traditional powers in Conference 28 when the Hawks hosted William Monroe, last season’s Group 3A state runner-up. Quite well, as it turns ...

Prep scores: March 22

Wednesday’s scores Baseball Hawks 4, Green Dragons 3 William Monroe 010 002 0 - 3 1 2 Skyline 000 102 1 - 4 6 4 WM: Tate, Slaughter (4), Coyle (6) and Sexton. S: Sisk, Harris (5), Cross (7) and Kandrick. WP - Cross (1-0); LP - Coyle. Records: Skyline 2-0; William Monroe ...

Knapp scores twice as Rams hold off Hawks

FRONT ROYAL – Jacob Knapp scored just five goals for Strasburg High School’s boys soccer team last season while missing a large chunk of the campaign with a broken foot. After just one game in 2017, the Rams junior is on pace to shatter that mark. Knapp scored two goals and assisted on ...

Hawks top Falcons in baseball season opener

WOODSTOCK -- Skyline has an experienced team this season, while Central has some inexperience. It showed on Monday night when the two baseball teams squared off. The Hawks took advantage of five Central errors and held on for a 7-4 non-district victory. It was the season opener for both ...

Hawks outlast Falcons in softball opener

WOODSTOCK – Feisty Skyline High School batted around in the top of the 15th inning Friday night to take a hard-fought 4-0 victory over state runnerup Central in the first softball game for both teams this season. Pitchers Tamara Grayson of the Hawks and first-year starter Kristina Stead of ...

Shenandoah baseball earns nation’s top ranking in latest poll

Shenandoah University’s baseball team is the nation’s top-ranked squad in the most recent D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25 poll released Tuesday morning by the website. It's the Hornets’ first No. 1 ranking since they held the nation’s top spot in the poll for four straight weeks in ...

Wildcats stumble in softball opener against Riverside

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County High School’s girls softball team opened up its season against visiting Riverside Tuesday night. The Wildcats likely left their home field wishing they could restart the 2017 campaign. Riverside freshman pitcher Bella Radican came within a strike of firing a ...

Generals playoff win carries over to new season

NEW MARKET -- Stonewall Jackson's baseball team ended last season on a positive note after winning a playoff game for the first time in years. On Tuesday, the Generals picked up where they left off. The Generals used a balanced hitting attack and solid pitching to ease past Rappahannock ...

Prep scores: March 21

Tuesday’s results Baseball Generals 9, Panthers 4 Rappahannock County 200 100 1 – 4 6 3 Stonewall Jackson 233 010 0 – 9 9 2 R: Murphy, Midkiff (5) and Barnes. S: Dotson, Ritchie (5), Estep (6) and Moomaw. WP – Dotson (1-0). LP – Murphy (0-1). Rams 10, Yellow Jackets ...

Gerald Almy: Three tactics for spring crappies

Slipping silently up to flooded brush pile, we cast our jigs towards the cover, counted down three seconds and turned our spinning reel handles. First one, then the other rod bowed deep as my friend and I connected on a double with fat crappies from southern Virginia’s Kerr Lake (also ...

Local schools to take second shot at start of spring sports season

The storm that dropped several inches of snow across the area last Monday and Tuesday wiped out the first week of spring sports for local high schools, leaving athletic directors scrambling to reschedule games before the season even got underway and spoiling the debut of several new head ...

Prep scores: March 20

Monday's results Baseball Hawks 7, Falcons 4 Skyline 400 002 1--7 8 3 Central 111 000 1--4 7 5 S: Ritter, Harris (6), Cross (6), Sisk (7) and Kandrick. C: Rice, Baker (5), Shifflett (7) and Marston. WP -- Ritter (1-0). LP -- Rice (0-1). S-- Sisk (1). Sherando 11, Broadway ...

Snow halts first week of high school spring sports season

Local high school athletic directors were treated with mild weather during the winter sports season. As it turned out, Mother Nature was simply saving all of the fun for the spring. In an inconvenient piece of timing, a winter storm that swept through the area and dropped several inches of ...

Craig Murto: Hard racing results in hurt feelings

The final lap of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was good, hard racing, but it was the fight on pit road after the race that received all the media attention. Martin Truex Jr. passed the ailing car of Brad Keselowski for the lead on the final lap. ...

Hot bats power Hornets to best start since 2011

Shenandoah University’s baseball team has vaulted into the Top 10 in a pair of Division III national polls since the start of the 2017 season, a rise powered by an offense that ranks as one of the best in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference through the season’s first month. The Hornets ...

Steele, Dukes enjoy JMU’s Pro Day

HARRISONBURG — Many of James Madison University's football seniors were reunited in the bitter cold for a great reason Wednesday — JMU’s Pro Day. There were 10 seniors, one former player and four players from Virginia Military Institute participating in JMU’s Pro day in front of ...

Nine local athletes to compete in Shenandoah Valley All-Star Game

Harrisonburg High School varsity boys basketball coach Don Burgess created an all-star game for area high school seniors last year and, at the time, expressed his desire to make the event an annual occurrence while growing the game each year. In only its second year the event has already ...

The voice of JMU women’s basketball

WOODSTOCK -- For many years Craig Orndorff has been the voice of high school sports in Shenandoah County. Now Orndorff is also the voice of James Madison University women's basketball. The Edinburg resident took over as the radio play-by-play announcer for the JMU/Sprint Broadcast Network, ...