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Stories By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Warriors excited for boys, girls cross country season

STEPHENS CITY - First-year Sherando coach Megan Roberts inherits plenty of depth and talent in both the boys and girls cross country programs. The girls team lost only one top runner, Paige Conner, to graduation. The Warriors have a strong nucleus returning led by Olivia Couillard, Molly ...

Area teams adjust football schedules due to cancellations

For the second time in a week, a Northern Virginia school has canceled its football season. Manassas Park High School announced on Tuesday night it was canceling its varsity football season due to a lack of football players. Central, Skyline, and Warren County announced on Wednesday that they ...

Falcons’ girls cross country continues to be on the rise

WOODSTOCK - Central's girls cross country program continues to be on the rise. With all but one of the top girls runners from last year's team returning, Central coach Melissa Wright was feeling good about her team this season. "I feel like they have a very strong chance of doing extremely ...

Falcons in rebuilding mode in boys cross country

WOODSTOCK - Central's boys cross country program is in a rebuilding mode. The last three years the team has finished in the top three in the state in Class 2. However, the Falcons lost some key pieces to their team to graduation. Central coach Melissa Wright said she thinks her young team is ...

Experienced Rams excited for volleyball season

STRASBURG – Strasburg is returning most of its volleyball team from last year, and the Rams have reason to feel good about this year’s squad. All but one of Strasburg’s players this season played for the varsity team last year and coach Suzanne Mathias-Carter said that should be a real ...

Taller Warriors have high hopes for upcoming volleyball season

STEPHENS CITY - Sherando has a lot of returners back from last year’s volleyball squad, but they will also have something they didn’t have last season - height. With the addition of a few new players, the Warriors should be a little taller, which should benefit them in many ways. The ...

Central looking for football opponent after Park View cancels season

WOODSTOCK - Just a few weeks before the high school football regular season starts, Central’s schedule is up in the air. On Tuesday, Park View High School in Sterling announced it was canceling its football season due to lack of players on the team. Central Athletic Director Justin Broughman ...

Strasburg finishes third in Bryan Gunter Golf Tournament

FRONT ROYAL - Solid scores from a trio of golfers gave Strasburg a strong showing Tuesday at the Bryan Gunter Golf Tournament held at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. The Rams finished third in the event, which was supposed to be a two-day event. Late Tuesday afternoon it was announced that the ...

Generals optimistic about volleyball season

QUICKSBURG - Stonewall Jackson has endured several losing seasons  in volleyball, but this season the team feels like the tide may be turning for the program. With many players back from last year’s team and some strong new additions, the team is feeling good about the season that lies ...

Stickley eager to continue progression for Rams

STRASBURG – Seth Stickley has progressed with each year. The Strasburg senior golfer has been a steady force for the Rams the last three years. He said one of the differences for him has been playing more often at both Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club and Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front ...

Rams have smooth opening football practice

STRASBURG - Strasburg had a strong turnout on its first day of football practice and thing went smoothly with some new faces on the team . The Rams had 38 players on the opening day of practice Thursday, and Strasburg junior quarterback Chase Hart said he was surprised at how quickly the ...

Veteran Central squad has solid first football practice

WOODSTOCK - With a strong nucleus of returners, things couldn't have gone much smoother for Central in its first football practice of the season on Thursday morning. The Falcons return a lot of players from last year's 11-1 team, and the players said that definitely made a big difference in ...

Generals enjoy early start to preseason

QUICKSBURG - Logan Ritchie couldn’t contain his excitement. The Stonewall Jackson senior was so excited about the Generals’ first day of football practice that he arrived at the school an hour early - at 5 a.m. “ I was hyped,” Ritchie said after Stonewall Jackson’s practice on ...

Express looking to make big playoff push in final week of VBL season

STRASBURG - The Strasburg Express have an uphill climb to make if they want to take the final playoff spot in the North Division of the Valley Baseball League. The Express, who have been in the VBL championship game the last three seasons, are three games out of the fourth and final playoff ...

VBL extends season by two days

The weather is sure to have an effect on the final week of the regular season in the Valley Baseball League. The league announced on Sunday that the regular season would be extended for two extra days to give teams a chance to play as many games as possible. The regular season was supposed to ...

Shenandoah County schools retaining most of head coaches this season

Last year, the three Shenandoah County schools had many varsity head coaching positions to fill. This summer things couldn't be more different. Central, Stonewall Jackson, and Strasburg will have a combined two new varsity coaches this season, a drastic change from the last few years when ...

New Market Notebook: Rebels still searching for consistency

NEW MARKET - All season long New Market Rebels head coach Zac Cole has been looking for consistency for his team and with the playoffs just around the corner that hasn't changed. The fourth-place Rebels are 16-16 on the season, four games behind first-place Front Royal and Purcellville in the ...

Community tennis program in Woodstock picking up steam

WOODSTOCK - Central girls tennis coach Matt Smith wanted to find a way to keep his players active and playing in the offseason. So last year he came up with the idea to have Tuesday Tennis, one night a week where the players could get together, play tennis and have fun at Woodstock's W.O. ...

Cardinals facing tough schedule to end season

FRONT ROYAL - The Front Royal Cardinals have a long and tough road ahead of them. Counting this week's games, the Valley Baseball League squad has to play 20 games in 19 days. The Cardinals played a doubleheader on Monday, the day after the league's All-Star game, and then played another one ...