SCPS receives $150,000 to improve sound systems

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Shenandoah County Public Schools was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Shenandoah Community Foundation.

The funds will be used to replace sound systems at the three high schools in the school division.

Superintendent Dr. Melody Sheppard accepted the donation on behalf of SCPS and said, “We are honored to receive the Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Grant.  This generous support will benefit our students and the entire community through a variety of events, including musical performances, theatre plays, and more.”

The goal of the Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Fund of the Shenandoah Community Foundation is to educate, guide, and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in cultural arts in Shenandoah County.

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MRGS students sweep Envirothon

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Shenandoah County Public School students at the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School are taking steps to protect the environment and recently participated in the third annual Envirothon Competition.

The event highlights high school students’ ability to demonstrate their knowledge of environmental science, ecology, and natural resource management through problem solving and an oral presentation.

In preparation, students studied soil, forestry, aquatics, wildlife and this year’s selected environmental issue, renewable energy.

The event was hosted at the Clermont Farm in Berryville by the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District.

Seven teams from around the area competed in Envirothon but Massanutten Regional Governor’s School swept the top three placements.

The school’s B team won first place consisted of students representing Central, Spottswood, and Turner Ashby High Schools.

Students from Luray, Strasburg and East Rockingham made up the 2nd and 3rd place teams.

All three groups will advance to the Area competition on April 30th at McCormick Farm and Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Raphine, Virginia.

The top three teams from that level will advance to the state Envirothon at Radford May 19th-20th.

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Sports: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Northwestern District Class 4 Coach and Player of the Year Awards swept by Handley, Bull Run District tournament updates, JMU hosts Georgia State in a doubleheader tonight

Sports: Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Strasburg High School football coach Mark Roller retires, Strasburg Cross-Country and Track star Claire Keefe commits to Radford, Bull Run District Quarterfinal scores, and Caps take on Colorado tonight

The Duke’s Doubleheader Hoops Preview: Central vs Strasburg

It’s rivalry night in Shenandoah County as Central travels to Strasburg for tonight’s doubleheader Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio app starting at 5:50 pm.

The girls will get things started in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Bull Run District, both entering the evening at 12-2.

Both teams are led by superstars who get things done in different ways but usually end in wins.

Central’s Makenna Painter has dominated the paint and averaged over a double-double for three seasons.

She leads the are in rebounding with 15 per game and is closing in on the Central school record in rebounds.

She also reached her 1000th career point earlier this season and will leave Central as one of the top scorers in school history.

Strasburg will collapse their defense to try and take away Painter’s opportunities down low which will make it that much more important for some of her teammates to be able to knockdown shots from the outside.

Kynli Hoover has shown the ability to step up in those situations as she already claimed Central’s school record for three pointers in a game this season with seven against Page County at the Ram Hardwood Classic.

Strasburg is led by the area’s leader in scoring (Painter is second) and steals (Painter is second), Division-I bound Macy Smith.

Smith has stepped up in Strasburg’s biggest games this year including a win over Clarke County, the reigning Class 2 State Champions, where she scored a career high 37 points on 62.5% shooting.

She took over late scoring the final 14 points for Strasburg to secure the win.

Smith also led the Rams with 15 points to knock off the defending Class 1 State Champions, Rappahannock County.

When the boy’s take the floor, Strasburg will look to reach .500 entering at 7-8 overall while Central will search for their second district win at 3-10 overall.

Central started off the season winning two of their first three, both against Riverheads, before losing nine of the next ten.

The Falcons will use the past week off to try to turn their season around and could do so with the help of a few newcomers who have stepped up including Haiden Click and Dereck Batiz-Lugo.

Strasburg will continue to rely on the familiar names of Walker Conrad and Griffin Carter.

Conrad leads the area in rebounding with 10.9 per game to go with 15.3 points per game.

He joined Central head coach Jeff Whittle in the 1,000 point club against Warren County earlier this season.

Carter, his tight end counterpart on the football field, leads the area with 32 three pointers made.

The duo provides a strong one-two punch with Conrad drawing the defense in and leaving Carter open on the perimeter.

Strasburg will have the home crowd along with the star power of Conrad and Smith should give the Rams a clean sweep tonight with the girls winning 54-50 and the boys 58-50.

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Mike Yew resigns as Central football coach

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Mike Yew has resigned as head coach for Central High School’s football program.

Yew led the program for the last 17 years and has coached football at various levels in the Shenandoah Valley for over 25 years.

He helped build Central into a powerhouse in the region and the state level, winning two regional titles in the last three seasons and advancing to the Class 2 State Championship game in 2022.

His Falcons earned the second undefeated regular season in school history last year.

Before Yew took over, Central had not won a playoff game or regional title.

He finished his first two seasons with a 2-18 record before building up the program and going 119-53 the rest of his career.

The Falcons advanced to the playoffs 7 of the last 8 years with the only exception being the COVID shortened season.

Yew continues to serve as the interim athletic director.

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The Duke’s Playoff Preview: Strasburg vs Central featuring Coach Roller

For the sixth time in the last three years, Central (11-0) and Strasburg (8-2) meet on the gridiron; this time in the second round of the VHSL playoffs.

In their first meeting this year, Central emerged victorious and claimed the Bull Run District Championship with a 28-7 win.

That game was closer than the final score implies as Central added a few late scores.

Strasburg had numerous opportunities in that game to put points on the board where they came up short and a few defensive plays that allowed 4th down conversions.

If Strasburg can correct those mistakes, they will be able to go toe-to-toe with one of the most dominant teams in Virginia over the last two years in Class 2 football, the Central Falcons.

Central has not lost since last year’s State Championship against Graham and has looked to be on a mission to get back to Salem.

The Falcon’s dynamic running game was too much for the Rams in the last matchup which allowed star running back Tyler Forbes to reach 164 yards and Jacob Williams-Warner to reach 140 yards on two carries.

Forbes recently claimed the Central High School career rushing record in the first round matchup against Stuarts Draft when he passed Johnnie Williams with 3,308 yards.

Central’s gameplan will once again revolve around Forbes and his bruising style, but they have shown some big play capability through the air as the season has progressed.

Both team’s have been dominant in the trenches and it will basically be a Bull Run All District All Star game between both team’s lines.

The more physical team who can limit mistakes will win the game.

Strasburg has a nasty taste in their mouth after losing to Central in last year’s playoffs and in the regular season finale, but the Falcons playoff experience and home field advantage should give them the boost they need to get past the Rams in a tight one, 22-14.

Press play below for my interview with Strasburg Head Coach Mark Roller.

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The Duke’s Preview: Central vs Page County featuring Coach Mike Yew

Central (8-0) hosts Page County (1-7) for their Senior Night in the penultimate regular season High School Football Game of the Week on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App.

Central has continued their great success from last season which ended in a State Championship game appearance into an undefeated regular season so far this season.

They have used the same formula including a bruising rushing attack led by an experienced offensive line and a battering ram at running back, senior Tyler Forbes.

Forbes leads all area rushers in Region 2B with 1,172 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The Central defense has remained stout all season long, allowing only 7.8 ppg with only two opponents scoring more than once all season.

Page County and Coach James May continue to try to build up their program and the offense has been able to produce points at times.

Quarterback Hunter Petit has been dangerous on the ground and in the air.

Last week against Madison County, he had a passing touchdown and a highlight 51 yard touchdown run.

He has two young weapons that he has formed a great connection with including tight end Isaac Foltz and wide receiver Dawson Richards, both of who are sophomores.

Defensively, Page County has struggled, allowing 46.6 points per game and 69 points last week against Madison County.

Central will need to avoid looking ahead to a potential, de-facto Bull Run District Championship Game against Strasburg.

The Falcons should be able to stay focused on their game plan and get the win due to their experience and control over the line of scrimmage, 56-8.

Press play below to hear my interview with Central Head Coach Mike Yew.

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The Duke’s Preview: Clarke County vs Page County featuring Coach James May

Clarke County (5-1) welcomes Page County (1-5) to their Homecoming festivities for tonight’s Game of the Week on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App.

The Eagles will look to rebound from their first loss of the season against Central last week, 20-7.

Clarke County set themselves back early 14-0 against the Falcons after giving up a touchdown on their opening drive and allowing Central to capitalize on a Clarke County fumble from their first possession for a touchdown.

The running game struggled for most of the game with running back Will Booker leading the way with 68 yards.

Quarterback Tanner Sipe found some success up the middle on the lone scoring drive for the Eagles, but Central did a great job containing anything to the outside all night.

Defensively, the Eagles settled in to hold Central to just one score in the second half and linebacker Carson Chinn was flying around the field totaling 20 tackles in the contest.

This week they will look to regroup against a Page County team that has struggled this season but is making strides towards building the program up for the future.

Senior Quarterback Hunter Petitt is one of the vocal leaders of the team and has shown to be dangerous on the ground and through the air.

His best game of the season came against Mountain View when he finished with 5 total touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing and passing.

Page County struggled last week against Strasburg, falling 56-14.

The Panthers were outgained in the first half 304 yards to 0 and did not gain their initial first down until the 4th quarter.

Linebacker Brennan Welch provided the lone highlight of the game with a scoop and score from 80 yards out.

I predict Clarke County will use the frustration of last week’s loss and the excitement of Homecoming week to come out to an early lead and will come away with a big win, 48-8.

To hear my interview with Page County Head Coach James May, press play below.

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The Duke’s Preview: Clarke County vs Central featuring Coach Casey Childs

The battle of the unbeatens is finally here.

Central (5-0) will travel to Berryville for their 4th consecutive road game to take on Clarke County (5-0) for our Game of the Week on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App.

The last few matchups in the series have been instant classics and this game looks to fit the same mold.

Last year, Clarke County took an early 14-0 lead, but Central made a comeback moving Tyler Forbes (121 yards and two touchdowns) from fullback to tailback to win 21-14.

Forbes would stay put as the lead back for the rest of the season, and Central advanced all the way to the state championship game using the same formula of a hard nosed rushing attack and stifling defense.

This year looks to be a lot more of the same as they are off to a hot start with some quality wins and players like Forbes and defensive end Nathan Lopez (52 tackles and 4 sacks) picking up where they left off last season.

Central’s passing game looks to have taken a step back with quarterback Nick Barahona completing just 9 passes and one touchdown through the air to his receiving corps which features mainly underclassmen.

The Falcons will meet a Clarke County team that has made huge strides this season after a difficult year in 2022 plagued by injuries.

Clarke County is led by an experienced offensive line (four seniors, one junior) and a variety of gifted backs including Will Booker, Wyatt Palmer, and Carson Rutherford, who may be available Friday night for the first time since the King William game on September 1st.

Booker has been featured heavily the past few games including a 25 carry, 145 yard, and two touchdown performance against Catoctin last week.

Defensively, the Eagles have been stout allowing just 8.2 points per game and 111.8 yards per game.

They have also been opportunistic in forcing turnovers.

Basketball standout Moses Day has adapted quickly to the gridiron and had two interceptions against Catoctin from his defensive back position.

This game will truly come down to execution and limiting turnovers, but I believe Clarke County’s edge in team speed, experienced skill players, and a rowdy Feltner Stadium crowd will give the Eagles the victory, 26-21.

Press play below to hear my full interview with Clarke County Head Coach Casey Childs.

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