Openings available for rape-defense course

The Page County Sheriff’s Office still has openings available for its rape aggression training program, which is set to start Monday.

The four-session course is designed to give women the skills and confidence needed to protect themselves against sexual assault.

Sessions are scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 13, May 16, May 20 and May 23 at Luray High School. Attendance is required for at least the first three sessions to complete the course.

The sheriff’s office will offer the course again in October.

Anyone interested should call 540-743-6571 or email jmckenzie@pagesheriff.com.

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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The Duke’s Playoff Preview: Strasburg vs Luray

Tonight’s high school girls basketball game of the week features Strasburg (1st seed) hosting Luray (8th seed) in the VHSL Region 2B Playoffs on Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App.

Luray is still rebuilding from the State Championship runs in 2021 and 2022 while Strasburg has high hopes for this year’s postseason.

The Rams earned the #1 seed for the Regional Tournament following a 19-3 regular season.

Strasburg fell in the Bull Run District Tournament to Page County but the Rams were without star senior guard Macy Smith.

Smith, a D-I commit of St. Bonaventure, was named the District Player of the Year last week after another strong season where she led the area in points per game with 19.5.

She is expected to return to action tonight for Strasburg.

Luray has struggled this year but the Bulldogs are excited about the future with sophomore Ella Parlett and freshman Chloe Gochenour.

The pair led the team in scoring for their final regular season game and have continued to progress throughout the season.

Strasburg has already defeated Luray twice this season by scores of 20 and 14, and I anticipate a similar Rams edge tonight.

Luray lacks a true post presence which will allow Strasburg to get to the basket and potentially force Luray into foul trouble.

I predict Strasburg to advance to the next round of the Regional Playoffs with their championship aspirations intact, 54-34.

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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: 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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Luray High School temporarily evacuated

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Luray High School was temporarily evacuated Monday afternoon May 2 after smoke was seen coming from the building.

Around 2 p.m. smoke was reported in the school’s common area when the fire department was called.

The school was evacuated for approximately 15 minutes as authorities investigated.

Fire personnel were able to determine the smoke was coming from a malfunctioning furnace.

Fire officials were able to remedy the situation quickly and students, staff and faculty were able to safely re-enter the building at approximately 2:15 p.m..

By 2:40 p.m. school officials posted on the Page County Public School website that the situation had been remedied.

The post goes on to praise the quick response of local emergency services.

Luray High School Principal Nicky Clark went on to praise the response of students and staff.

According to the post the principal said the students and staff handled the situation beautifully.

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News Maker Sam Quinones on tomorrow’s 2/23 presentation

Page Alliance for Community Action and Northwestern Community Services Board will present journalist and bestselling author Sam Quinones at Luray High School.

Sam has written five books including The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in a Time of Fentanyl and Meth.

Sam’s talk will be on addiction and the importance of community support for those with substance issues.

We spoke to Sam in our latest news maker segment about his presentation.

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Sam tells us about his free presentation that begins at 6:30 tomorrow Feb. 23.

Sam also tells us about his discoveries made while traveling the country and observing the national addiction crisis.

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Best selling author Sam Quinones comes to Luray

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An email from Page Alliance for Community Action and Northwestern Community Services Board announced they will host author Sam Quinones.

The New York Times best selling author will be at Luray High School Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m..

The presentation is free and open to the public with a chance to get a signed copy of his book The Least of Us.

The book and Quinones talk focuses on the hardships families face when dealing with addiction and working together to create a community of healing.

The event is free but tickets are needed to attend and can obtained here.

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