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Stories By Brad Fauber

Shenandoah focusing on being more physical on offense

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University’s football team boasted the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s most productive offense in 2017, finishing the season as the conference’s leader in points, yards and passing yards per game. But even the league’s most prolific offense had its weak ...

Skyline Football Notebook: Tasker getting his shot as Hawks’ starting QB

FRONT ROYAL – Chase Tasker spent the 2017 football season as the backup to Ryan Scott, learning from Skyline’s veteran quarterback and awaiting his turn to take the reins of the Hawks’ offense. Tasker is getting his shot this fall. The senior enters the 2018 season as Skyline’s ...

Warren County names Randy Bush its new girls basketball coach

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County has added another Bush to its head coaching ranks. Randy Bush, the father of Wildcats head football coach Brian Bush, was recently appointed as the school’s new varsity girls basketball coach, Warren County Athletic Director Ed Dike confirmed earlier this ...

Hawks aiming to take a unified approach to volleyball season

FRONT ROYAL – If there is a buzzword for Skyline’s volleyball team heading into the 2018 season, it’s “unity.” That topic has dominated the Hawks’ preseason practice, head coach Erika Berry said on Monday afternoon, and it’s an area the team is hoping to improve as it prepares ...

Hornets satisfied with successful start to preseason camp

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University’s sixth season under head football coach Scott Yoder is officially underway, and the optimism is as high as ever for the Hornets. On the heels of back-to-back 6-4 seasons, during which the Hornets came up a win short of claiming the program’s first ...

Rebels’ resolve culminates in first Valley League title in 16 years

NEW MARKET – Throughout New Market’s surge during the season's second half, manager Zac Cole repeatedly spoke of his team’s determination to win ballgames. That determination ultimately propelled the Rebels to the top of the Valley Baseball League. New Market’s resolve was on display ...

New Market outfielder Eyster wins Valley League MVP

New Market outfielder Andrew Eyster, whose arrival two weeks into the season helped turn the Rebels’ offense into one of the best in the Valley Baseball League, has claimed the VBL’s top postseason accolade. The soon-to-be South Carolina Gamecock was named the Valley League’s 2018 Most ...

Goff already making noticeable mark on Skyline’s golf program

FRONT ROYAL – The 18th Annual Curly Licklider Memorial Golf Tournament showed that Skyline’s golf team has a good amount of work ahead of it, but new head coach Monty Goff is already leaving his mark on the program. Skyline’s golfers were hard to miss during Wednesday’s 22-team ...

Falcons hope a stronger bond, better communication lead to more success

WOODSTOCK – The opening week of practice, no matter the sport, tends to offer a chance for optimism ahead of each season. Central’s volleyball team, as much as any squad, needs that fresh start. For years, the Falcons have been mired in struggle. In the first two seasons under head coach ...

Rebels reach VBL championship series for first time since 2005

The New Market Rebels are back in the Valley Baseball League championship series for the first time in 13 years. New Market, which has emerged as the league’s hottest team at precisely the right time, ran its winning streak to 11 straight games with a victory over Winchester to cap a ...

Local golfers experience mixed success in Curly Licklider tournament

FRONT ROYAL – A handful of local schools hit the golf course for the first tournament of the 2018 season on Wednesday afternoon in the 18th Annual Curly Licklider Memorial Golf Tournament at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. As is typical of any season opener, levels of contentment varied in ...

Warren County head football coach Brian Bush welcomes father to staff

FRONT ROYAL – It was impossible to know it at the time, but Randy Bush’s first football coaching job with a youth team nearly 30 years ago also marked his son Brian’s first steps down a path to his coaching career. The younger Bush, now 30 years old, struggles to recall those moments ...

Hawks open first football practice of 2018 with new energy, enthusiasm

FRONT ROYAL – The first official day of practice is an exciting time for all high school football players. For Skyline senior Caleb Reedy, Monday’s opening day was a little bit more so. Reedy, a receiver/defensive back, suffered a broken femur in last year’s season opener against ...

Wildcats ‘a lot further along’ as team opens football practice

FRONT ROYAL – There was no feeling-out process needed on Warren County’s first day of football practice on Monday. Brian Bush didn’t need to acclimate himself to the Wildcats’ personnel, and his players didn’t need an introductory phase with their head coach. Though rain forced the ...

More consistency, creativity have Rebels getting hot at the right time

After spending much of the summer struggling to play much better than .500 ball, the New Market Rebels have emerged as one of the hottest teams in the Valley Baseball League’s North Division at the season’s critical stage. The Rebels entered Wednesday having won eight of their last 11 ...

Pet of the Week: Butterball seeking a home in which to live the quiet life

EDINBURG – Butterball, a domestic short hair cat, was picked up as a stray on July 2 and brought to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. His backstory is a bit of a mystery – even his age, which shelter employees estimated at 3 years old, is unknown – but Butterball’s calm demeanor is ...

Versatile Griswold doing a bit of everything for Cardinals this summer

FRONT ROYAL – Rob Griswold was a middle infielder, one who’d seen sparse action in only 14 games as a freshman at Long Island University Brooklyn in 2017, when the Milford, Connecticut, native made a switch this past spring that has changed the course of his college baseball career. The ...