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Craig Murto: Racing relieves the dog days of summer

Local Sports

As July rolls into August and the summer heat makes it hard to be comfortable, the best activity to enjoy is auto racing. And the best auto racing to enjoy is on local and regional facilities. In fact, you can start this Saturday night with a couple of options. The closest option would be to ...

Valley League puts together another strong outing at showcase

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The Valley Baseball League’s squad of traveling all-stars arrived at the Southern Collegiate Showcase in North Carolina on Monday looking to grab a pair of victories in the two-day event. The VBL didn’t quite get the two wins they were hunting, but the league left the event without a loss ...

Former Hornet Colin Morse earns first pro baseball promotion

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Shenandoah University standout pitcher Colin Morse has earned his first promotion after six professional appearances for the Gulf Coast League Nationals. Morse, a three-time All-ODAC honoree with SU, was assigned to the Auburn Doubledays, the short-season Class A ...

New Market Notebook: Rebels still searching for consistency

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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 ...

Gerald Almy: For exciting topwater action, try rat lures

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Tossing the lure toward the edge of the lily pads, I cranked slowly on the handle of the baitcast reel. After two turns, the vegetation exploded as a 5- pound largemouth broke through the “salad” and hammered the soft lure shimmying across the surface. After a brawling fight, I worked the ...

Valley League hunting wins in Southern Collegiate Showcase

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At its core, the Southern Collegiate Showcase is an opportunity for participating summer collegiate baseball leagues to show off some of their top professional prospects and get those players some added exposure. That’s not to say that those competing aren’t doing so to win, however. For ...

Community tennis program in Woodstock picking up steam

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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

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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 ...

Added power helps Front Royal’s Burden win Home Run Derby

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FRONT ROYAL - Before the season started Front Royal Cardinals head coach Zeke Mitchem wanted each of his players to tell him what they wanted to improve on during the Valley Baseball League this summer. For first baseman Andrew Burden it was to become more powerful at the plate - mission ...

Recreation Events

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The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Summer Lovin’ 5k Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will host a Summer Lovin’ 5k Trail Race from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Roots and Rocks Adventures will host a “Grease”-themed dance party with a runner’s ...

Craig Murto: Racing fortunes constantly change

Local Sports

Racing fortunes constantly change. One moment you’re leading a race, the next moment you’re in the wall. Ask Justin Haley. One moment he thought he’d won the Xfinity race at Daytona in spectacular fashion in only his second start. The next moment he realizes he’s been put in 18th, the ...

Bandits’ Jeffries reaping rewards of hard work during VBL season

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WOODSTOCK – Members of the Woodstock River Bandits frequent the local Sheetz in the downtime between batting practice and the start of each Valley Baseball League home game,  using that period for a chance to grab some grub and cool off in the air conditioning. Clayton Jeffries, however, is ...

Area Little League teams having plenty of success

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It's been a successful Little League season for the area and the local teams have had plenty of community support. Woodstock/Edinburg Little League had three different softball teams advance to the state tournament last week, and Front Royal's 10-12-year-old Little League team will be playing ...