The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Strasburg vs Amelia County

Strasburg hosts Amelia County in the VHSL Girls Basketball State Quarterfinals tonight on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App with coverage starting at 6:50 pm.

The Rams earned homecourt in this matchup by defeating Page County for the Regional title on Saturday at Shenandoah University, 63-47.

Strasburg sprinted ahead in the first quarter with red-hot shooting from the floor, scoring 29 points and shooting nearly 65%.

Page battled back to make it a two point game in the 4th quarter before Strasburg closed the door with a 15-1 run.

Macy Smith has continued her tear through the Regional Playoffs with 23 points against the Panthers to follow up her 26 point performance against Central in the Regional Semifinals.

Smith was recently named the Regional Player of the Year as she continues to add to her trophy case before departing to Division I St. Bonaventure.

Sophomore guard Emily Gorrell has also looked strong throughout the playoffs and finished the Regional Championship game with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Strasburg will meet a defensive minded Amelia County team that fell to the juggernauts of John Marshall in their Regional Championship game, 75-23.

Amelia County boasts a Big Three of All-District selections in Tasia Rather, Zhikia Wiggins, and Leah-Marie Marshall.

The Lady Raiders’ stingy defense has allowed 38.4 points per game this season, but that has ballooned to 54.6 points per game against the tougher competition in the Regional playoffs.

On the other hand, Strasburg has increased their scoring output during the playoffs from 52.9 points during the season to 61.3 points per game in Regional action.

Strasburg has lost just two of their last 18 games and both were to Page County before defeating them in the Regional Championship game while Amelia enters the evening after losing three of their last five games.

The Rams are peaking at the right time and should advance past the Lady Raiders in front of a rowdy home crowd, 63-46.

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FCSO reports the arrest of a Frederick County Doctor

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports the arrest of a Frederick County Doctor who faces inappropriate behavior charges.

Authorities took serval complaints of concerning actions regarding Doctor Garrison V. Morin.

No specifics were given as this is an ongoing investigation at this time.

After interviews with both the reporting parties and the physician that is accused, an arrest was made Friday February 23.

Morin was taken into custody and has been charged with 8 counts of assault including one count of sexual assault and battery.

Morin worked at Integrative Ear Nose Sinus at Tael Laser Center at 158 Front Royal Pike which has been in operation since 2014.

The 70-year-old Morin who is a 27-year surgical veteran of the U.S. Air Force is in custody at the time of the report.

FCSO is requesting that anyone with any crimes to report regarding Morin to call their office at 540-662-6162.

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Sports: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Strasburg Girls In State Quarterfinal Hoop Tonight, VT Heads To Syracuse, Caps Double Up Senators

Hendrix Lapierre puts the exclamation point on a 6-3 Caps win with his second goal of the night. Courtesy Capitals Radio Network…

VSP report an alarming number of pedestrian vehicle crashes

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

Virginia State Police (VSP) report an alarming number of pedestrian vehicle crashes.

VSP are urging drivers and pedestrians to both be cautious and mindful of road way safety.

Since February 11 there have been 10 pedestrian fatalities with 19 recorded this year so far.

Prince William recorded 2 deaths, Loudoun, Fairfax, Albemarle, Chesterfield, Henrico, Pittsylvania, Wythe Counties and Virginia Beach have each recorded one death by vehicle pedestrian crashes.

Pedestrians and motorists both are asked to be extra cautious particularly at intersections.

Pedestrians are reminded to use crosswalks where available and follow the rules of the road.

Drivers are also asked to follow the rules of the road and avoid distractions.

Turning vehicles should be extra cautious and watch for pedestrians.

Virginia law states that pedestrians have the right of way if the pedestrian is using proper crosswalks and procedures.

In 2023 the Virginia State Police report that 118 pedestrians have died in vehicle crashes in Virginia.

Safety tips and additional information is available here.

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JMU’s Track and Field Director appointed to Team USA

James Madison University’s Director of Track and Field, Delethea Quarles, was appointed as the women’s jumps and multis coach for Team USA in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Quarles is in her second year at JMU after spending 25 years at the University of South Carolina.

Since arriving at JMU, she has seen her team set 49 top ten program marks and five school records.

At South Carolina, she led the Gamecocks to a NCAA national championship and two individual champions.

Following her appointment, Quarles said, “I’m most grateful and very honored to be selected to the USA Olympic coaching staff once again. It is by far one of the highest honors I have received to serve my country. I thank God for my family, mentors, and those great athletes who have supported me in reaching this pinnacle point in my career.”

She has previously served Team USA at the IAAF World Championships and the World Juniors.

To view JMU’s announcement, click here.

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News Maker Dario Savarese on 100 years of Apple Blossom

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) has added some new activities including a one time 100 year anniversary celebration.

We spoke with SABF Marketing Director Dario Savarese about the new events in our latest news maker.

News markers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Dario explains the 100 years of SABF in this the 97th year of the actual event celebration.

He also tells us that there will be a one off birthday celebration on April 30 in honor of the first festival held in 1924,

Dario also tells us that another new sporting event has been added to this year’s festivities as well.

Click here for Dario’s latest news maker.

Tickets and information about the SABF can be found here.

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