Since the Virginia High School League was forced to cancel the Class 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 boys and girls basketball state championships in March due to COVID-19, there's been so much uncertainty about when prep athletics will return.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Jeff Leatherman had just graduated from Auburn of Alabama in 1991 when he flew to Toronto to begin his professional baseball career.
The rookie Appalachian (definite) and New York-Penn leagues (most likely) won’t exist at the pro level in 2021. Here is a look at some of the area products who played in one or both of the leagues early in their pro careers:
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Winter sports in the Virginia High School League are slated to return next month, but the teams at Harrisonburg High School probably won’t be part of it.
Friday, November 20, 2020
The Virginia High School League (VHSL), on Friday, put out a statement to clarify the number of people that can be at a game following an announcement earlier this month from Governor Ralph Northam that reduced the number of spectators from 250 to 25.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Ask any football coach about the most important trait for a quality football team and it’s a similar answer.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Joel Alvarado stared at the floor with a grin and shook his head when he thought back to his first year at the varsity level.
Monday, November 16, 2020
Another twist has been thrown into the Virginia High School League’s return-to-play plan, but it won’t have an immediate impact on the ability to play.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
The first time Damian Fink watched them go through warmups, he knew it was a special group.
With his parents and siblings to his left and a crowd of former coaches, teammates, friends and teachers in the Broadway bleachers in front of him, Bryce Suters stood at a podium and thanked each one for the role they played.
Monday, November 09, 2020
With the country still in the middle of its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the plea for sports to return at the prep level in Virginia have never been higher.
Friday, November 06, 2020
Fans in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg will have a chance to watch their favorite area prep sports teams this year despite COVID-19 restrictions.
Thursday, November 05, 2020
When Cole Morris went out to Missouri in November of 2019, he made a friendly wager with his dad.
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
The past seven months have been anything but normal for city/county athletes.
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
The entire state of Virginia let out a sigh of relief on Friday morning.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Each time Evan Atkins steps on the field, he said he has to take on a different persona than the one he displays in his regular day-to-day life.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Fresh off a shift at his job and running just a few minutes behind, Dylan Eppard jumped out of his 2008 Toyota Tacoma and spoke with a sense of urgency as he prepared to head off to fall workouts with his team.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
For Kyle Evick, staying patient is simply part of the process at this point.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
For Lilian Berry, it was equivalent to waking up to a room full of presents.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
There’s a different vibe when Tyler Nickel walks into a gym these days.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Tyler Nickel may have earned his biggest offer yet.
Friday, October 16, 2020
If there’s anyone who understands the process, it’s Don Burgess.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Trevor Fisher ran for 175 yards on 14 carries and scored twice to lead Fort Defiance football to a 31-17 win over Spotswood on Oct. 15, 2010. Ronnie Mongold added a pair of touchdowns run as well for the Indians in the victory.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Any time they can get on a court, they’re sure to take the opportunity.
Daniel Cash intercepted a pass with 1:21 remaining and returned it 44 yards to seal Fort Defiance football's 20-14 win over Spotswood on Oct. 14, 2005. Daniel Wright finished with 74 yards rushing and 96 yards passing for the Indians.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The honors keep piling up for East Rockingham wing Tyler Nickel.
Friday, October 09, 2020
Throughout her time in the Shenandoah Valley, Tracy Harding has watched as girls basketball programs around the area have thrived under veteran coaches.
Frank Sorrells picked up his 200th-career coaching victory as Broadway football dropped Waynesboro 35-20 on Oct. 9, 2006. The Gobblers collected 380 total yards of offense en route to handing the Little Giants their fifth straight loss.
Thursday, October 08, 2020
When Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, St. Croix and Puerto Rico in September of 2017, Antonio Florentino-Sosa’s family opted to move to America.
Darius Woodson scored on a 2-yard run in overtime and Dylan Yancey converted the extra point to lift Stuarts Draft football to a thrilling 35-34 win over Broadway on Oct. 8, 2010. D.J. Hines finished with three rushing touchdowns in the victory.
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
The 2021 Rock The Ribbon Roundball Shootout has officially been canceled.
Rachel Pence and Erin Greene combined for 15 kills as Spotswood volleyball defeated Waynesboro 26-24, 26-28, 25-19, 25-23 on Oct. 7, 2008. Layton Shaeffer added four blocks for the Trailblazers in the victory.
Monday, October 05, 2020
Elliott Wilson, a junior, carded an even-par 71 to tie William Monroe's Mike Moyers and help Harrisonburg capture the Region III golf championship with a combined score of 300 on Oct. 6, 2006. It was the Blue Streaks' first regional title since 1996.
When East Rockingham athletic director Eric Phillips reflected on some of the high-profile coaches to come through area high schools over the years, there was one common trait they all had.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
When Marcus Davis thinks about Tyler Stobbs, he can't help but rave about the improvement he's made.
Monday, September 28, 2020
After a breakout sophomore campaign that saw him earn all-state honors while guiding Spotswood to the second round of the Region 3C tournament, junior guard Carmelo Pacheco now has the opportunity to impress college scouts.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Aaron German, a Harrisonburg junior, shot a 2-over-par 73 to defeat Spotswood's Michael Pence for the Valley District golf championship at the Country Club of Staunton on Sept. 26, 2005. German and Pence were among only six players to card scores in the 70s.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Elliot Wilson fired a 1-under-par 71 to win the Valley District golf championship by two strokes over Turner Ashby’s Kris Elyard and Isaac Hulvey on Sept. 25, 2006. Wilson’s score led the Blue Streaks to their second straight Valley District team title. Harrisonburg’s combined score of 296 b…
Thursday, September 24, 2020
It’s hard to argue that the Shenandoah District had the best season of any local district in 2019 with two teams reaching their respective state championships.
Damian Organ rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns as Turner Ashby football cruised past rival Spotswood 28-0 on Sept. 24, 2004. Led by defensive tackles T.J. Kisamore, T.J. Burkholder and Dusty Rexrode, the Knights defense allowed just 22 rushing yards and recorded 10 tackles for a loss.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
While Valley District administrators are nearing the final stages of finishing up their athletic calendars for the 2020-21 school year, athletic directors around the Bull Run face a bit of a different challenge.
Tracy Harding has been named the new varsity girls basketball coach at Harrisonburg, the school announced late Tuesday in a press release.
Micah Zwanzig, Andrew Armstrong and Drew Loso combined for 185 rushing yards as Turner Ashby football scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for a 38-3 rout of rival Spotswood on Sept. 23, 2005. The Knights defense allowed zero second-half first downs in the dominating v…
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
When the Virginia High School League announced that it had officially approved its “Championships +1” model for the 2020-21 school year last week, it allowed administrators around the Shenandoah Valley to officially put things in place.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Michael Holmes ran for 274 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries in Harrisonburg football's 50-29 win over Stuarts Draft on Sept. 19, 2008. Holmes - who also rotated in at safety and returned kicks - scored on runs of 54, 8, 64, 65, and 1 yards. He ran for 101 yards and two scores on just …
Friday, September 18, 2020
There's a moment that Chris Dodson said he'll remember forever.
Nick Wimer set a single-game program record with five touchdowns and finished with 112 total yards as Spotswood football crushed Waynesboro 61-13 on Sept. 18, 2009. The Trailblazers tied the SHS program record for most points scored in a single game — equaling a mark they set in 1998 against…
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The Virginia High School League officially announced the implementation of the “Championships +1” schedule for the 2020-21 school year on Thursday.
Joel Phillips and Quinn Arbogast combined for 281 of Broadway football's 379 rushing yards and accounted for all six of BHS's touchdowns in a 37-10 win over Central on Sept. 17, 2010. Arbogast rushed for 134 yards and three scores while Phillips finished with 147 yards on the ground and a tr…
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
The wait is almost over for area high school sports teams.