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SU heads to Methodist to open season with unfamiliar opponent

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WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University opens up the 2018 season this afternoon, and the Hornets do so against a team they know very little about. SU travels to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to take on Methodist University in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Monarch Stadium, pitting the former USA South foes ...

Many reasons why football is in decline in Virginia

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There's no question that football across America is on the decline. According to numbers listed on the National Federation of State High School Associations, the number of participants playing football in 2017 dropped by 2 percent with 21,465 fewer players than in 2016. Although it was a ...

Former coaches shocked by decline of two powerhouse programs

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Just 15 years ago, Park View High School in Sterling and Manassas Park High School were two of the top football programs in Virginia. This season neither will field a varsity football team. Park View announced in early August that it did not have enough players to field a team, and just a ...

VHSL mulls making changes to help football programs

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With three schools, Charles City, Manassas Park and Park View canceling their football seasons, Virginia High School League Executive Director Billy Haun said he understands changes need to be made. The Strasburg graduate said that over the next year the league will look at a lot of different ...

After lopsided loss in 2017, Rams ready for rematch with Luray

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STRASBURG – Da’Neil Holliday probably spoke for many of Strasburg’s football players when he shook his head and said, “I did not like that game at all.” He was referring to the Rams’ 2017 loss to Luray, during which the Bulldogs came into Ram Stadium in Week 2 and trampled ...

Hawks hunting sharper mental focus as they head to Broadway

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FRONT ROYAL – While Skyline’s football team has prepared for its opponents during the first two weeks of the regular season, the Hawks have also been fighting their own internal battles. Senior running back/defensive back Ty Clingerman and senior two-way lineman Marcel Roy each said on ...

Bragging rights on line for Generals, Falcons

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Despite recent results in the Shenandoah County rivalry, tonight’s Central at Stonewall Jackson contest is still meaningful to the players and the coaches. Stonewall Jackson’s program is down, while Central’s program is at the top but records don’t mean a lot when it comes to ...

Wildcats ready to bounce back from tough loss

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FRONT ROYAL ― After losing a heartbreaking game last week, Warren County has to rebound quickly against a tough opponent ― Kettle Run ― in the Wildcats' home opener tonight. The Wildcats are coming off of a 15-14 football loss to Handley, in which the Judges won in the final minute of ...

Despite losses, Hornets expect no drop in talent at receiver

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WINCHESTER – No offensive position group on Shenandoah University’s football team experienced as much roster turnover as the wide receivers. Three of the Hornets’ top six receivers from last season are gone, a group that included Mike Ashwell, who caught 80 passes in 2017 and graduated ...

Warriors ready to face improved Jefferson squad

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STEPHENS CITY - The Jefferson (W.Va.) football team went winless in 2017, but it appears the Cougars mean business in 2018. Down 22-0 last week against Millbrook, Jefferson was a two-point conversion away from tying the game at 28. The Pioneers went on to win 30-26. The Cougars - who lost ...

Prep scores: Sept. 1

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Saturday's results Boys cross country Chancellor Invitational B race Team results: 1. Patriot 41, 2. South Lakes 68, 3. Massaponax 97, 4. Liberty(Bealeton) 106, 5. Sherando 145. Individual results: Sherando: James Harris (First, 18:08), Graham Schultz (Sixth, 19:22), Jonathan Gates (38th, ...

River Bandits hire Bocock as head coach

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WOODSTOCK - After setting a franchise record for losses, Woodstock River Bandits management wanted to find a head coach who could help turns things around – and they found him. Legendary Valley Baseball League head coach Mike Bocock will take the reins next season for the River ...

Shenandoah to keep taking committee approach at running back

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WINCHESTER – Not since the 2015 season has Shenandoah University’s football team used a true featured tailback on offense, opting instead to take a committee approach to the position. That won’t change in 2018. Hornets head coach Scott Yoder said all preseason that SU would continue to ...

Shifflett wins Shenandoah County golf title; Rams win team crown

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FRONT ROYAL - Sam Shifflett found his putting touch at just the right time. The Central senior made some key putts during the second half of his round to shoot a 78 in the Shenandoah County Golf Championships held Wednesday at Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club. He had the top score on the day to ...

Prep scores: Aug. 30

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Thursday's results Volleyball Rappahannock County 3, Strasburg 0 Eastern Mennonite 3, Central 0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-22) Skyline 3, Brentsville 1 Handley 3, Warren County 2 (25-11, 25-20, 15-25, 24-26, 15-12) Sherando 3, Turner Ashby 1 (25-15, 17-25, 27-25, 25-20)

Craig Murto: Off-weekend showcases new talent

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When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has an off weekend, it’s an opportunity for the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series to showcase new talent. The Xfinity Series raced at Road America, the road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Though the race was won by veteran Justin Allgaier, ...

Prep scores: Aug. 29

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Wednesday's results Golf Shenandoah County Championships at Blue Ridge Shadows, Par 72 Team results: 1. Strasburg 338, 2. Central 357, 3. Stonewall Jackson 415. Individual results: Strasburg: Drew Thomas 83, Austin Stickles 85, Seth Stickley 85, Jack Burr 85, Satchel Roller 92, James ...