Apple Blossom road and government closures

Apple Blossom

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is underway!

The celebration will affect numerous roads in the Old Town Winchester area and many area government offices will close to observe the local holiday.

Winchester City and Frederick County Government offices will close on Friday along with the Joint Judicial Center.

The Town of Berryville will close their offices at noon on Friday.

Road closures will be prevalent in the Old Town area on Friday and Saturday.

The Midway will close portions of Piccadilly and Loudoun Street.

The running events like the Bloomin Mile and Apple Blossom 10K will result in closures along the parade route and near Handley High School.

Sections of Handley Blvd, Valley Ave, and Jefferson Street will close Friday night for the Firework display.

An interactive road closure map is available here.

WinReady transit will continue to operate but will have limited access downtown due to the closures.

The Laurel Ridge fixed routes will not run on May 3rd or 4th.

The festival would also like to remind patrons that pets are not allowed at ticketed events or on the Walking Mall for the duration of the celebration.

The official City of Winchester Apple Blossom planning page is found here.  

A link to the the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival including tickets here.

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SABF announces selections for the Sports Hall of Fame

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival announced two selections for the Apple Blossom Sports Hall of Fame, Chris Graber and Jimmy Omps.

Both were selected for their leadership dedication, passion, and contributions to youth and sports throughout the region and beyond.

Graber graduated from Handley in 1975 after a decorated athletic career.

She became the school’s first female state champion after winning the girls title her senior year

She went on to play tennis collegiately at Radford.

Then she began coaching and led Radford High School to state championships in girls basketball and girls tennis.

Graber later became the first female athletic director in Rockingham and Frederick counties.

Another Handley Alum, Jimmy Omps graduated in 1953 and then began his long career at the school in 1959 after attending college, a brief stint teaching in West Virginia, and time in the National Guard.

At Handley he served as a basketball coach, Athletic Director, Director of Student Activities and much more.

He was the first person selected for the school’s hall of fame as an athlete and coach.

Graber and Omps will be inducted as the 4th Hall of Fame class during the Sports Breakfast.

To view the festival’s announcement, click here.

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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

The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Millbrook vs Handley doubleheader

Millbrook hosts Handley in a boys and girls basketball doubleheader tonight for Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR’s Game of the Week.

Pregame coverage for the girls will start at 5:50 pm with the boys following at roughly 7:20 pm on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App.

As always, ladies first! Millbrook is coming off a convincing win over James Wood on Monday night.

We were on-hand that evening which saw Millbrook come out to a 15-2 lead at the end of the 1st quarter following 12 consecutive missed shots by James Wood.

Millbrook never took their foot off the gas with steady defensive pressure and dominating the boards with a 21 rebound advantage.

Jaliah Jackson returned from missing the last four games and looked strong finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 8 steals, and 3 blocks.

When the Handley girls enters Millbrook tonight, they bring with them a 6-0 record and look to be the most improved team in the area, boys or girls.

Under Head Coach Katlyn Orndorff, the Judges advanced from a 1-22 season in ’21-’22 to an 8-15 mark last year and have continued that trend.

This year’s squad features two newcomers from Spring Mills (WV), Corrin and Reagen Edsall.

Corrin is a senior guard who has paced the Judges in scoring this season with a dangerous deep ball.

The Shepherd commit is coming off a 21 point performance against Liberty in the Judges 82-28 win.

Now as we head to the backend of the doubleheader, both boys teams are coming off wins while Handley looks to keep their foot on the gas and Millbrook hopes they have turned the corner under first year head coach and local basketball guru Erick Green Sr..

Zach Harrell-Zook may not have the name recognition as Green but he is building a force at the crown jewel of Winchester Public Schools.

Handley looks to compete for a state championship this year and has a blend of experienced players and youth with limitless potential.

Freshman guard Will Braun-Duin has taken the basketball scene by storm and already drawn Division I looks.

Braun-Duin is a lights-out three point shooter and listed at 6’2″.

He has led the Judges in scoring during most of their games with his career high of 31 coming in a recent outing against Sherando.

Kyren Oglesby, a 6’4″ sophomore guard, has also received attention from scouts for his impressive frame, ability to finish through traffic, and defensive effort.

The Pioneers are still adjusting to the new scheme put into place by Green but looked strong on Monday against James Wood.

Millbrook was able to limit James Wood star forward Ashton Kees effectiveness, especially in the first half.

A concerning stretch in the third period saw Millbrook go scoreless for over 4 minutes and a similar stumble could be all that Handley needs to put a game out of reach.

Guard Chase Ford started the game on the bench for the Pioneers after missing practice to commit to Bridewater for baseball.

He still led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

I predict a Handley sweep on the road tonight against Millbrook.

The Handley girls have basically put opponents away in the first quarter in most of their games so Millbrook will need to weather that early storm to maintain confidence they can hang with the Northwestern District front runner but the Edsall sisters and company should have too much fire power, Judges 65- Pioneers 44.

The Handley boys have obliterated local competition with their closest game coming in a 7 point win over Spottswood, a state quarterfinalist last season.

The Judges depth, athleticism, and pure talent with future Division I athletes should allow them to secure a victory, but could be without 6’6″ forward Breylon Miller as he has missed time due to an injury.

The Judges should be able to adapt and have enough depth to make up for one player and roll to a victory, Judges 82- Pioneers 62.

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Sports: Thursday, December 14, 2023

Local girls and boys basketball score updates, a James Wood soccer player makes her Division I commitment, Handley and Strasburg compete in wrestling, and Thursday Night Football features the Raiders and Chargers tonight.

Handley High School’s alumni speaker series

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Handley High School’s Alumni Speaker Series will be hosting Jimmy (’86) and Braden Robertson (’21) on August 16th at 6:30 pm in the Handley Robinson Auditorium (100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester).

The father and son duo will be sharing their “Experience Along the Appalachian Trail: A Father & Son Trek”.

They will show photographs, maps, gear and tell their story about situations and the people they encountered on the 2200-mile hike.

This is a free event, share with your friends and family.

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Handley High School celebrates 100 years

A Handley High School Steering Committee announced a 100-year celebration to honor the school’s legacy.

The announcement was made Oct. 26th on the steps of the famed school.

Currently the committee is looking for donations to help support an 18-month long celebration for the entire community featuring several activities in 2023 through 2024.

An appropriate donation of $19.23 is suggested to help with the activities.

The Committee is currently looking for nominees for 100 Handley Notables.

Notables are persons who have had an impact on the community and are a product of Handley High School.

The Committee has set up a website to offer information and allows you to keep up with the celebration here.

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