The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Warren County vs Luray

Warren County (2-0) hosts Luray (0-1) tonight in the High School Basketball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App with coverage beginning at 7:20 pm.

Warren County enters the game 2-0 for the first time since 2011 (according to MaxPreps) and looks to have taken a big step forward in their second year under Head Coach TJ Atlee.

In a tight season opener, Warren County took down Strasburg, one of last year’s state quarterfinalists.

The Wildcats did a great job responding to each run Strasburg put together and locked in defensively to contain the Rams 6’7″ star forward Walker Conrad.

Warren County dominated the 4th quarter 11-2 to come away with the 48-43 win.

The Wildcats followed up that performance with 67-50 home win over Manassas Park where they dominated the glass.

Will Bergmann finished with a double-double including 14 rebounds and Jayden Jefferies added 7 boards in his return from injury.

Luray is coming off a tight loss to East Rockingham but also looks to have taken a step forward this season.

Head Coach Mat Huff is really excited about the Bulldogs balance of experience and youth for this year’s squad.

Senior 6’4″ center Christian Lentz returns to the paint where he was a 1st Team All-District and 2nd Team All-Region selection last season.

In their opening game, the underclassmen led the way including sophomore guard Conner Hillard and freshman guard Ayden Haddock who finished with 15 and 14 points.

Warren County appears to have an advantage in three point shooting thanks to Marshall Barton, Raymond Dingess, and Ethan Bare while Luray only converted on two attempts from the perimeter in their first game.

I predict Warren County’s defensive effort and momentum entering their third consecutive home game will contribute to the win in what should be a tight and competitive game, 57-53.

Next week, we will head across town as Skyline hosts Brentsville in our first look at the Hawks this season on 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App with coverage beginning at 7:20 pm.

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Outside Looking In

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Greetings from The Booth!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas (although that’s pretty wondeful, too), but the college bowl season is upon us. For participating teams, bowl season means an extra week of practice time to prepare for next season. For some players, it’s a chance to showcase their talents to NFL scouts on a national stage, although some sit out their school’s bowl game for fear of injury. For fans, it’s a chance to root for their favorite college teams one more time. Oh, and did we mention the free swag bags that most bowls offer to the players?

Many of our regional teams will be bowlin’ this Holiday season. My WVU Mountaineers are goling to the prestigous Duke’s Mayo Bowl to take on North Carolina. Mayo, Schmayo…I don’t care. It’s the first bowl game for the Mounties since 2021, so I can’t wait! It was also great that JMU got into a bowl game–the Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force–so we can forget about that antiquated 2-year bowl ban that was imposed on the Dukes. Virginia Tech, who played better as the season went along, will also head to a bowl, the Military Bowl in Annapolis, where they will face Tulane. ODU will see bowl action, as will undefeated Liberty, who gets Oregon in the Fiesta–ouch!

Of course, the bowls that count are the two National Semifinals, as the CFP committee chose it’s top 4 teams this past weekend. As you might expect, there is some controversy, as several teams that were in the playoff, are now on the outside looking in. Alabama, which survived the Auburn game 2 weeks ago on a miracle touchdown, ended Georgia’s 29-game win streak in the SEC title game last weekend, and is now the 4-seed. Michigan, who bruised and battered it’s way to a 13-0 mark, vaulted into the number-1 spot and will now face The Tide in the Rose Bowl.

In the other National semi, 13-0 Washington will take on Texas in the Sugar Bowl, leaving former number-1 Georgia and undefeated Florida State on the outside looking in. Both have legitimate gripes. The Bulldogs fell all the way to number-6 after a narrow loss to Alabama. To me, it’s hard to make the argument that a 2-time defending National Champion who won 29 consecutive games is deserving of that kind of free fall. The “eye test” tells me that they are still one of the best four teams in the country.

As for Florida State, the committee cited an injury to the Seminoles’ quarterback as the reason for being left out. While that injury changes the dynamic of the FSU team, they were in the top-4 and took care of their business to finish 13-0. What more can a team do beyond winning all it’s games?

Clearly, the CFP committee valued “brand” over body of work, and they have the 4 teams they want in the College Football Playoff. In case you didn’t know, the CFP field will expand to 12 teams starting with the 2024 season. For Georgia and Florida State, that’s not soon enough…

Enjoy the bowl games, and until the next visit from The Booth…Happy Holidays!

RW

 

WPD cracks down on improper driving and offers safety town hall

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In a concerted effort to crack down on improper driving, the Winchester Police Department (WPD) recently conducted several traffic enforcement operations.

One at Jubal Early and South Loudoun Street, and others at Jubal Early and Valley Avenue as well as at Berryville Avenue and North Pleasant Valley Roads.

An alarming amount of 68 citations were issued during these operations.

Driving while texting or talking on the phone was one of the major offenses.

Other incidents included driving and not using a signal, driving through a red light, driving with a suspended or no license at all.

Chief Behen confirms that the WPD will continue to conduct these types of operations to keep the streets of Winchester safe and reduce the number of crashes.

Thanks to the continued actions of the WPD traffic crashes have been reduced from almost 1,100 in 2022 to well under 1,000 in 2023 so far.

In fact, Chief Behan and the city’s public safety team will conduct a virtual street safety town hall December 5 at 6 p.m.

The virtual Town Hall meeting on traffic safety and how Winchester plans to combat improper driving can be joined here.

The WPD encourages citizens to report cases of unsafe driving habits to the department.

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VSP investigate a fatal plane crash in Fauquier County

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the opening of an investigation after a small single engine 1975 Beechcraft C23 plane attempted a landing at the Warrenton Fauquier Airport.

As the plane was descending, it collided with several trees about 3 quarters of a mile southeast of the airport near Midland and Ebenezer Church Road.

The collision caused the plane to catch fire and crash into a field just before 4 p.m. Sunday, December 3.

The pilot was the sole occupant and casualty of the crash.

The pilot has been identified as 62-year-old Simmie A. Adams of Bealeton, Virginia.

First responders confirmed that no one on the ground was injured in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent investigators to the scene Monday December 4.

Investigators are asking nearby residents to review any video footage or if you witnessed the incident to contact the NTSB.

Any pertinent information can be delivered to the NTSB at witness@ntsp.gov.

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Laurel Ridge opens esports arena

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Laurel Ridge Community College opened their new esports arena earlier this fall.

The arena is located in the Middletown Campus’s Student Union Building and contains 12 PCs, three Nintendo Switches, and a broadcasting/streaming station.

The new arena is also part of a partnership with Shenandoah University who helped Laurel Ridge purchase $50,000 in equipment using a grant SU received for its Hub for Innovation, Virtual Reality and Entrepreneurship, or HIVE.

Laurel Ridge business administration students can transfer to SU’s esports management degree program which offers certificates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Shenandoah also provided two interns to Laurel Ridge to help establish the esports program.

Roughly 50 students have signed up for the new Lions Esports Organization, or LEO, which is open to all students whether they are playing competitively or recreationally.

To learn more information about the esports program at Laurel Ridge, click here.

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News Maker Meghan Bowers on a Resource Fair

Warren County has a number of services open and available for those in need.

All those organizations are going to be under one roof Wednesday December 6.

We talk to Meghan Bowers Job Developer for Warren County Department of Social Services about the Resource Fair in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family come together.

Meghan tells us this is not just resources available but health screenings food and more.

She also tells us how you can get involved on many different levels including opportunities for nonprofits to join the gathering.

Meghan also tells us of incentives to join in on the event Wednesday December 6.

Click here for Meghan’s latest news maker.

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