Closing The Deal

Greetings From The Booth!

I’m writing this week’s blog only because I didn’t put anything down on Rich Strike in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Shoulda, coulda, woulda…

Then, there was one…

Most of Shenandoah University’s athletic teams have finished up their Spring seasons, except for some last chance qualifiers for Track & Field, and of course, Baseball. The number 21/28 Hornets are now 31-10-1 after sweeping Hampden-Sydney in their first-round ODAC tournament series. It’s now on to High Point, NC, for the 4-team double elimination ODAC Championship. Good luck to Kevin Anderson’s Hornets this weekend!

Well, the Washington Capitals let one slip away Monday night, and it very well may come back to bite them in the you-know-where. Leading top-seeded Florida 2-games-to-1 in their best of seven opening round Stanley Cup playoff series, and leading Game 4 2-1 in the third period, the Caps gave up a late goal in regulation, and then lost in OT 3-2. The series is now tied at 2 and headed back to Florida for pivotal Game 5.

Should the Caps go on to lose the series and do what they’ve done every season since winning the Stanley Cup–lose in the first round–they can look back to the heartbreaking end of Game 4, when they were seconds away from taking a commanding 3-1 lead. The Panthers knotted the game at 2 on a man-advantage goal after pulling the goaltender, a low percentage desperation move that almost never works. With the air sucked out of Cap One Arena, the Panthers scored just 4:57 into overtime, and have new life going back to the Sunshine State.

That being said, the Capitals are one of the best road teams in the NHL, and with 2 of the last 3 games away from DC, they will have to be. I have no stats to back me up, but I also think that home (ice) advantage matters least in hockey. In the playoffs, my theory is that often times games are decided by “puck luck,” an odd bounce of the biscuit or crazy deflection. A hot goaltender can also take you a long way, and Ilya Samsonov has performed well for the good guys.

And, of course, the Caps have The Great 8, Alex Ovechkin, arguably one of the 2 or 3 best players to ever lace up the skates. As each game in the series becomes more crucial, what he does will be magnified.  As a team leader, Ovechkin will need to get his team past a possible letdown after Monday’s loss.

Bottom line…great teams know how to close the deal when the opposition is on the ropes. Game 5 will tell us a lot about how great the 2021-22 Capitals are. Catch the action with John Walton on Sports Radio 1450.

Until the next visit from The Booth, #ALL CAPS…#GO HORNETS!

RW

 

 

VSP investigate a fatal accident in Fauquier County

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Virginia State Police (VSP) are investigating a two vehicle fatal accident that occurred Sat. May 7 in Fauquier County.

An email from Sergeant Brent Coffey confirms that Miss. Shenandoah County Fair 2015 and 2016’s Miss. Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant winner Jensen B. Hoover was killed in the accident.

The VSP investigation indicates that Hoover’s vehicle traveling east on Route 50 in Fauquier County crossed the double yellow center line and collided head on with a vehicle heading west.

The 29 year old Hoover from Winchester suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to Winchester Medical Center.

It was at the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

The unidentified 34 year old driver of the west bound vehicle from Upperville suffered life threatening injuries and transported to INOVA Hospital in Fairfax.

Three children in the Upperville vehicle were also transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The three children include a 5 year old female an 11 year and a 12 year old male.

All involved in the accident were wearing their safety belts.

The accident remains under investigation.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

SNP expands by hundreds of acres

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Thanks to land protection efforts the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) will expand by hundreds of acres.

According to the Daily News Record in February 2021 the Shenandoah National Park Trust (SNPT)  purchased 225 acres of vacant land in the Browntown area.

The property was purchased from the Wildlife Center of Virginia for $200,000.

The SNPT closed the sale on land which borders the park on the west side of the Skyline Drive on September 16, 2021.

The SNPT will have to have the  land surveyed before it can be transferred to the National Park Service (NPS).

The purchase and donation extends the park’s boundaries and helps to protect the ecological integrity of the current boundary.

Once the land is transferred a National Park biologist can then determine if the land provides a habitat for any endangered or threatened species.

This is in addition to the recent purchase and donation by the SNPT of 900 acres in Page County.

The funds for the purchases comes from a settlement from damages done by DuPont to a Virginia waterway.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

LFCC holds 50 commencement ceremony this weekend

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) soon to become Laurel Ridge Community College will hold its 50 commencement ceremony this weekend.

An email from LFCC Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth confirms that this is the first in person ceremony since 2019.

This year nearly 1,000 members will be graduating in an outdoor ceremony at the Middletown Campus.

A break down of this year’s glass includes 40 graduates from Clarke County 37 from Page County, 17 from Rappahannock County.

The number of Frederick County residents graduating this year is 228 with 114 from the City of Winchester.

There are 166 people from Fauquier County graduating this year.

Shenandoah County will see 106 residents graduate this year and 87 people from Warren County.

To make the event more manageable a ceremony dedicated to graduates in the health profession is being held Fri. May 13 at 2 p.m..

Another ceremony will be held on Sat. May 14 at 11 a.m..

This is the first outdoor commencement ceremony at the Middletown Campus in more than a decade.

More information on commencement is found here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Meghan Bowers on a HSWC Fundraiser

Saturday May 14 the Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC) will host the Rough, Tough and Scruffy fundraiser.

We spoke with HSWC Executive Director Meghan Bowers about the event in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Meghan tells us about the variety of fun activities scheduled at Hazard Mill Farms.

She tells us it is a full day of boating, animal demonstrations, tubing and live music between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m..

Meghan also tells us how you can help by fostering an animal to make room at the shelter.

Click here for Meghan’s interview.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.