QUICKSBURG – With a strong nucleus of players returning from last season, Stonewall Jackson came into Monday’s first football practice full of excitement.

The high school football season is fast approaching and there are many changes in this year’s schedule. Due to the Virginia High School League realignment, there will be a lot of new match-ups in and out of the district.

FRONT ROYAL — Trey Fields has always enjoyed the challenge of being a pitcher and a hitter and he’s brought that dual role to the Valley Baseball League.

STRASBURG — Tyler Johnson wasn’t planning on being in the Valley Baseball League’s Home Run Derby on Sunday. Just minutes before it began, one of the players decided not to participate and Johnson was happy to take the open spot.

NEW MARKET – Jonah Seagears hadn’t batted in the leadoff spot in a long time, but this season for the New Market Rebels it’s been the perfect spot for him.

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Cardinals have lost seven straight games but the team still has plenty of optimism for the rest of their season.

STRASBURG – New Market hasn’t gotten off to the start it wanted to this season, but head coach Matt Schaeffer is seeing some good signs from his Valley Baseball League squad.

Ty Waits, Sherando: The junior was 10th in the Class 4 800 (1:57.63). Waits helped lead Sherando to a tie for seventh place in the Class 4 state meet.

Sabrina Wilkins, Skyline: The junior was fourth in the Class 3 state meet in the 800 (2:22.30). Wilkins finished second in the Region 3B 800 (2:21.53).