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Rams shut out Generals

Mark Smoot seemed to have every reason to strut off the field on Friday night. comments

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Eagles retool backfield for another run at state playoffs

BERRYVILLE -- The Clarke County High School football team broke new ground in the program's history last season, advancing further into the postseason than any previous Eagles squad before eventually falling in the Group 2A state quarterfinals. comments

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McDonald ready to bear heavier load for Clarke County

BERRYVILLE -- Sean McDonald is eager to take on a heavier load for Clarke County High School's football team this season. comments

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Sherando revamps to sustain solid momentum

STEPHENS CITY -- A spot in the state championship game tends to have an immediate and lasting impact on a football program. comments

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Warriors' Johnson eager to shoulder heavy load

STEPHENS CITY -- LeeQuan Johnson Jr., knew the score. comments

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Colonels working toward rebound after winless campaign

WOODSTOCK -- The coaching never stops for Chris Gilliland. comments

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MMA's Holt takes serious approach to leadership role

WOODSTOCK -- Massanutten Military Academy's Joshua Holt isn't one to take his responsibilities lightly, especially not this season. comments

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Yellow Jackets tinkering to replace productive backfield

FRONT ROYAL -- You can't help but feel the Randolph-Macon Academy Yellow Jackets got a bit short-changed last season, through no fault of their own. comments

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R-MA's offensive line definitely an international effort

FRONT ROYAL -- Randolph-Macon Academy's football team has traditionally been a group capable of racking up frequent flyer miles, and this year's squad is no different. comments

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R-MA looks to conquer Patriot

FRONT ROYAL --When the Patriot Conference formed three years ago to band together a regional group of in-state football-playing private schools, the new league looked like a good bet to last. comments

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Family ties run deep for Minteer, Farris

Sherando High School's Patrick Minteer and Christian Farris already share a tangible bond on the football field. comments

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Nations: All eyes turn to Wahoos

With apologies to the Hokies, the eyes of the state's college football fans should be looking toward Charlottesville this weekend. comments

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Keane, Hepner spark Rams to four-set win

QUICKSBURG -- There's a reason Strasburg High School senior Hannah Keane is captain of this year's volleyball squad. comments

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Spence offers playmaking potential for MMA

WOODSTOCK -- It's another year, another new starting quarterback for Massanutten Military Academy's football team. comments

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Nations: More substance, less sizzle for Skins?

It's been a strange summer for Washington Redskins fans. comments

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Nations: Hafer's impact lasting for Express

It's another season in the books for the area's Valley Baseball League franchises. comments

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Nations: Window open for Orioles, Nationals

This should be an incredibly interesting week for the Beltway's baseball fans. comments

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Nations: Sprint to finish in VBL

The Valley Baseball League playoffs are just less than a week away, and all indications are that it will be a mad dash to the end of the regular season. comments

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Nations: Wizards making right moves

So this is what it feels like to be a player in the off-season free-agent market. comments

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Nations: Beltway Series, at last?

As Major League Baseball plods toward its approximation of the regular-season's halfway point, the All-Star break, it seems as good a time as any to dream if you're a D.C.-area sports fan. comments

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Davis makes lasting memories

Ashton Davis spent Thursday familiarizing herself with Radford University's campus as part of her incoming freshman orientation. comments

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Coaches' partnership pays many dividends

You can bet there have been a few nicknames floated out there for the longtime partnership between Stonewall Jackson High School track and field coaches Dick Krol and Debbie Ritchie. comments

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Bauserman pushes to the max for Falcons

The ending might not fit the story, not in Justin Bauserman's case, but the recent Central High School graduate wouldn't trade his experience this past season. comments

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Central's Lytton maximizes available talent

It didn't take Rick Lytton long to do a head count of his Central High School boys track and field team in Harrisonburg for the Group 3A state meet. comments

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2014 All-Area Boys Track and Field Team

FIRST TEAM • Justin Bauserman, Central, Hurdles Senior was a two-time Group 3A all-state honoree by finishing fourth in 300... comments

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Nations: MLB should ban smokeless tobacco

Tony Gwynn's legacy as one of Major League Baseball's all-time finest pure hitters is secure. comments

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Nations: Machado learns a lesson, hopefully

Manny Machado got a bushel full of teachable moments this week. comments

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Nations: Cavaliers bank on Bennett

You have to wonder if we are experiencing Tony Bennett's greatest hits right here and now. comments

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Nations: Change close all along for Caps

Ted Leonsis must feel a little silly. comments

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Winchester eager to welcome back Cal Ripken World Series

WINCHESTER -- The excitement has been building in Winchester since last year's announcement that the city will once again host the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series. comments

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Warriors eliminate Park View

STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando's Seth Wade hadn't seen an opponent as collectively quick as Park View. comments

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Nations: Racing fans can breathe easy

Horse racing fans can collectively breathe easy -- California Chrome will indeed make a bid to complete the Triple Crown. comments

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Nations: Triple Crown no trivial matter

Trivia time -- can you name the winner of the 2013 Preakness Stakes? comments

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Nations: Wizards' success is a gift

Have you noticed the trend? comments

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Nations: London, McGee take the high road

Sometimes in sports, you wonder what ever happened to the high road. comments

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Nations: Imperative pulls off Classic shocker

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The cleaning crew at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Slots got a workout Saturday night. comments

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Nations: Racing's future at stake in dispute

The fight is on between Virginia's lone thoroughbred racing track and the horsemen who've supplied the racing stock at the turf track in New Kent. comments

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Nations: Wizards ready for next step

The Washington Wizards took a huge step this past week by locking up the franchise's first NBA playoff appearance since 2008. comments

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Nations: Harper needs to dial it down

I'm considering a care package for Bryce Harper. comments

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Nations: Let deeds do the talking

Did you hear the great news? comments

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Nations: VCU is worthy of attention

The hype machine kicked into overdrive on Sunday, when top-seeded Virginia dumped traditional powerhouse Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament championship game. comments

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Nations: Capitals' playoff hopes flounder

Has the Washington Capitals' savior at last arrived from the frozen steppes of Mother Russia? comments

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Nations: Lions undaunted by defeat

This one is going to sting for awhile. comments

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Nations: Wizards' luck is all bad

Is there any kind of luck besides bad for the Washington Wizards? I wonder sometimes, I really do. comments

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Nations: Post-grad squad is first-rate

I should probably just file this column away for periodic use, since I seem to write something along these lines every year. comments

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Nations: 'Miracle' memories still strong

I can't say I'm brimming with excitement about the impending start to the Winter Olympics -- never have been, probably never will be. comments

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Nations: Cavaliers baseball is hot ticket

This is invariably the time of year when I'm easily distracted by anything not frozen or icicle encrusted -- frankly, I get plenty of that without looking for it living in this part of the world at this particular time of year. comments

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Nations: Cavaliers look like a team on the rise

Did you see the Virginia game the other night? The one where the Cavaliers beat an honest-to-goodness "name" program in men's basketball? comments

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Nations: A-Rod not only loser

I felt my Baltimore Orioles sympathies bubble to the surface this week. comments

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Nations: Skins go different route

Typical Washington Redskins move -- hire another "name" coach to try to turn around the floundering franchise. comments

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Nations: Roberts' departure probably for best

Finally, the Baltimore Orioles have started grabbing a few headlines -- with some help from the hated New York Yankees. comments

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Nations: Benching RG3 is the wrong move

Interesting news out of Ashburn this week, where the Washington Redskins brain trust continues to hole up and await better days. comments

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Nations: SEC's long reign in peril

Jay Jacobs is stumping hard, for all the good it'll do. comments

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Nations: Quick start good sign for Hornets

Right about now might be a good time to start planning a trip to Shenandoah University's Shingleton Gymnasium to catch a men's basketball game. comments

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Nations: Sports at their worst

Feeling a bit indecisive about today's topic, so why fight it? Let's make this column a two-parter. comments

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Nations: Where's that panic button?

I don't keep a panic button handy anywhere near my desk, and Thursday night was a prime example why. comments

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Nations: Martin saga is ugly look for NFL

Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin have this much in common, at least -- neither of the hulking offensive linemen will likely be suiting up for the Miami Dolphins in next Monday night's NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. comments

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Nations: Wacky Series is worth watching

Last week, I got a good chuckle reading an online article about the World Series matchup between the Boston Red Sox and and St. Louis Cardinals. The premise was that this particular series matchup was the most annoying possible to the majority of baseball fans (not pulling for the Sawks or Cards, naturally), complete with a formula for just why that must be so. I laughed, but I agreed -- I did find this particular matchup of two baseball blue bloods tended to get under my skin. comments

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Nations: Rooting for Russell Road

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- I'm not in the habit of rooting when I'm out covering an event. comments

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Nations: Healthy Wizards worth watching

I admit it -- I have "expectations" heading into this NBA season. comments

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Mercersburg strikes fast in rout of SVCA

STEPHENS CITY -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy boys soccer coach Dustin Wheelock knew his squad was facing a tough test when the Patriots hosted Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on Tuesday afternoon. comments

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Nations: Window wide open for Caps

The NHL is off and ... skating ... did you know that? comments

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Nations: Football playoff picture positive

The Virginia High School League released the initial football playoff ratings this week, and were the season to end today it would indeed be another banner year for high school football. comments

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Nations: Future still bright for Nats, O's

Tough weekend for Beltway baseball fans, no question. comments










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