Berryville honors Clarke County High School graduates

Clarke County High School announced the beginning a new tradition this year, the Grad Celebration Down Main Street.

Friday, May 24th from roughly 11:45 am to 12:15 pm, Clarke County’s 148 graduating seniors in their caps and gowns will take buses up and down Main Street in Berryville to celebrate their accomplishments.

The town is inviting businesses and residents to decorate their buildings and come outside to cheer when they drive by to help show how proud the community is of their achievements.

The buses will turn around at the Berryville Farm Supply store, and then continue to the other schools around the county so they can show their support.

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The Duke’s Championship Preview: Strasburg vs Page and Clarke vs Luray

The Regional Championships will feature two matchups of teams VERY familiar with each other but have yet to play with this much at stake.

The Region 2B Girls Basketball Championship Game will be a rematch of the Bull Run District Championship Game with Strasburg taking on Page County on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com and the Tune In App at 5:50 pm.

The Panthers got the better of Strasburg in that game, 52-31, but the Rams were without star guard Macy Smith.

Smith is coming off a dominant 26 point performance against cross-county rival Central in the Regional Semifinals.

The Rams ran away with that one, 68-37, thanks to a 26-2 run in the second quarter.

Page County has played in tight games throughout the Regional Playoffs.

The Panther girls are coming off an overtime upset over the reigning Class 2 State Champions Clarke County, 73-71.

The Boys Region 2B Championship will follow the girls matchup with Clarke County taking on Luray for the fourth time this month, also on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com and the Tune In App.

Clarke County leads the series 2-1 with the most recent win coming in the Bull Run District Semifinals, 79-56.

The Eagles dominate the second period with a 25-5 run including 5 of 7 from long range.

Luray will enter the game coming off a thrilling overtime upset of Madison County, the #1 seed in the Region.

The game was tight throughout with 14 lead changes and four ties in the second half.

Luray was led by Matthew Owens with 16 points including five three-pointers.

Defensively, the Bulldogs were able to limit District Player of the Year Bryce Breeden to 13 points.

Both games will go down to the wire with the Rams knocking off the Panthers 53-50, and Clarke County knocking down free throws late to defeat Luray 60-55.

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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 Hoops Preview: Clarke County vs Page County

Tonight’s High School Basketball Game of the Week features an experienced Clarke County Eagles (10-5) squad hosting the up-and-coming Page County Panthers (4-14) on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App with coverage starting at 7:20 pm.

The Eagles return a host of familiar faces including Moses Day, Will Booker, Louie Marino, and Michael Kerr-Hobert but have a new head coach leading the bench, Kent Auslander.

Auslander has filled the role well after the tragic passing of longtime head coach Brent Emmart and brings with him Division I coaching and playing experience.

Clarke County’s 6’3″ senior Moses Day has dominated the paint, leading the area in rebounds with 6.6 per game and blocks with 2.1 per game.

He holds his own on the offensive end as well averaging 14 points on 54% shooting from the floor and has the ability to throw down some thunderous dunks

Page County poses a tough matchup in the paint for Day due to their length.

Senior center Seth Cloude provides experience with his 6’1″ frame and 6’3″ sophomore center Isaac Foltz has shown tremendous athleticism to go with his size.

Foltz has also demonstrated his ability to take over a game in Page County’s first win of the season against Mountain View where he led the Panthers with 18 points including all 11 of the team’s 4th quarter scores.

Page County has continued to fight under first year head coach and PCHS alum Tyler Parker and will be able to keep this game closer than some may expect based on the team’s records.

Although they have lost five of their last six, three of those games were by one score including an overtime loss to Luray.

Clarke County’s experienced roster and ability to close games will help them come away with a close win in a defensive battle, 58-52.

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The Sports Dogs’ Top 5 for 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, The Sports Dogs reflect on their Top 5 sports stories of the year.

For a full breakdown of Randy and Ryan’s Top 5, check out the latest Sports Dogs Podcast here.

Randy’s Top 5:

  1. The sale of the Washington Commanders from Dan Snyder to Josh Harris, Magic Johnson, and their group.
  2. The Orioles stun the MLB to win the AL East and over 100 games.
  3. The Bob Huggins Era comes to an end in Morgantown after using homophobic slurs on a radio interview and then arrested for drunk driving.
  4. Martinsburg High School secures their 10th WV state championship since 2010
  5. Alderson Broaddus, Randy’s alma mater, closes it’s doors in Philippi.

Ryan’s Top 5:

  1. The debut of The River Rivalry trophy for the Warren County-Skyline football game.
  2. Millbrook High School alum Nazeeh Johnson plays a crucial role in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl run.
  3. James Madison University’s final transitioning year to the FBS features Top 25 rankings, College Gameday, and after threats of lawsuits and litigation, the first bowl appearance in school history.
  4. Local schools earn state championships including Clarke County girls’ soccer and basketball teams and James Wood volleyball’s second consecutive title.
  5. Skyline basketball’s 26-1 season featuring the school’s first state semifinal appearance, a regional championship, and Zack Diggs becoming the first 1000 point scorer in Skyline history.

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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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