Playoffs!? Playoffs?!

views from the booth header v2

Greetings from The Booth!

It’s hard to believe that this is the penultimate week in the high school football regular season. The leaves are starting to fall like rain and soon the air will be much colder, the trees will be bare, and a few of our area teams will be trying to bring home VHSL trophies. It’s been an interesting season, with teams like Luray and Handley getting out of the gate with 6-0 and 5-0 starts, respectively, then coming back to earth in recent weeks. Luray still sits in good shape in Region 2B, while the Judges will probably need to win their final 2 games and hope for some things to fall their way for a Region 4C spot. In the VHSL ratings system, more weight is placed on the quality of wins, as opposed to quantity of victories. Thus, 2-6 James Wood Colonels are still mathematically alive for a postseason spot.

I’ll make mention of Millbrook, who would be a very dangerous draw for a playoff team who would have precious little time to prepare for a Pioneers single-wing attack that amassed 530 rushing yards last Friday against Liberty. And Sherando looks solid after running an early gauntlet against Berkeley County (WV) teams. At 5-3, the Warriors are in good shape for a postseason berth after winning 3 of their last 4 games.

The top team in the area to me is Class 2 Strasburg, who has yet to lose on the field, and has ripped off 7 straight wins heading into this Friday’s game at home versus Page County. The big challenge for the Rams is to focus on Page and not look too far ahead to the season finale at Woodstock Central, themselves an area power at 7-1. The aforementioned game against Central could very well be for a district title.

And then there’s (death, taxes, and) Clarke County, who have ripped off 4 straight wins after an early season home shutout loss to Strasburg. The perennial playoff mainstays are getting healthy at the right time, and the Eagles will pose a threat to any first round opponent.

Finally, a feel-good story is the Warren County Wildcats, who are 4-4, and if the season ended today, would be in the playoffs in Region 3. The Cats got off to a slow start, but have been building momentum, and are playing well when it counts. It certainly looks like there may be some extra meaning in their finale with rival Skyline, and both schools could very well host first round playoff games, which would make for a very busy November day in Front Royal. It’s going to be an interesting 2 weeks, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!

Until the next visit from The Booth…enjoy the games this Friday (and Thursday)…and be true to your school!





Harrisonburg Police arrest 3 in fatal shooting

Oct. 24 around 11 a.m. Harrisonburg Police report responding to a 38-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on Community Street.

Despite immediate treatment by Emergency Medical Personnel the unidentified victim succumbed to his wounds at the scene.

The subsequent investigation revealed that the victim and assailants knew one another, and the incident was a targeted act of violence not a random occurrence.

Three suspects were identified and arrested Oct. 25 in the incident thanks to information provided by citizens.

Thirty-five-year-old Lewis Bailey most recently of Harrisonburg, 20-year-old Jornileyah McCornell and 18-year-old Geneses McCornell both of Penn Lard have all three been charged with acts of violence by a mob resulting in an individual’s death.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with any additional information should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Contact Detective Alan Dyer at or call crime solvers at 540-574-5050.

Information leading to an arrest and conviction of a suspect could lead to $1,000 reward.

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

VDSS warns of an P-EBT/EBT cardholder scam

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is warning both Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cardholders of a scam.

The Virginia Client Customer Service Helpdesk does not call cardholders and ask for their card number or PIN number.

Some cardholders have received a call from a 1-866 number ending in 0486 this is a Phishing Scam to be avoided.

Cardholders are being asked to enter their card and PIN numbers then asked to repeat the PIN once that is done the call is disconnected.

Cardholders are being told to not respond to any text or answer any call from 866-xxx-0486 that looks like it is from VA EBT.

Simply delete the text and decline any call from that number.

Client Customer Service Helpdesk will never call the cardholder and ask them to activate their card nor will they ask for their PIN number.

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

News Makers Jean and Kathy on Boots and Bourbon event

The Warren County Rotary Club’s Boots and Bourbon event is Nov. 5.

We spoke to Rotary Club Members Kathy Napier and Jean Plauger about the event in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

The ladies tell us that this is one of the Warren County Rotary club’s biggest fundraisers.

They also tell us what to except at this year’s event and where to get tickets.

The ladies also tell us of some of the great things the Rotary club has done for our community so far.

Click here for Jean and Kathy’s interview.

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