FCPS prepares for graduation ceremonies

Frederick County Public Schools is preparing to present 1,081 seniors with their diplomas during graduation ceremonies at the three high schools.

Millbrook High School’s graduation will be held Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Pioneer Stadium, Sherando will hold their celebration on Thursday at 7 pm in Arrowhead Stadium, and James Wood’s ceremony will begin at 7 pm on Friday at Kelican Stadium.

Due to limited parking at James Wood during their renovations, shuttles will run from Sunnyside Shopping Plaza every 15 minutes.

These event dates will not change due to inclement weather and all efforts will be made to hold the ceremonies outdoors.

Should ceremonies be forced inside, information will be sent by the FCPS website, Facebook pages and the Rapid Communication System.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early due to expected traffic congestion and limited parking.

To view live streams of the following ceremonies, click on the high school below:

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The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Skyline vs Millbrook

Skyline welcomes Millbrook to Front Royal tonight for the boy’s basketball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App with coverage starting at 7:20 pm.

The Hawks enter the evening 11-4 and undefeated in district play (6-0), while Millbrook sits at 5-8 but also undefeated in district play (3-0).

Skyline is coming off a 75-66 loss to Handley which saw the Judges future Division-I guard Will Braun-Duin lead all scorers with 35 points.

Millbrook is also coming off a loss to Hedgesville, 46-23, on the road last night.

The Pioneers uses a balanced offensive approach and have a variety of guys who can lead in scoring on a given night.

Chase Ford has been their most consistent weapon averaging 13.1 points per game and 2.9 assists per game.

Shawn Rooks recently stepped up against Kettle Run for a career high 28 points including 6/6 from three point range and Cohen Creswell regularly packs the stat sheet with points and rebounds.

Skyline relies on the post presence of the double-double machine Dwayne Tucker and veteran guard play of senior Colby Wood but have also seen sophomore guard Andre Ford and senior guard Caden Thorne flourish in recent games.

Skyline’s defensive pressure will look to fluster Millbrook’s guards with the home crowd behind them, while forwards Tucker and Creswell battle down low.

The Hawks appear to have an advantage in both areas and will use that to secure another win against an opponent from a higher classification, 74-58.

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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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The Duke’s Preview: Sherando vs Millbrook featuring Sherando Coach T.J. Rohrbaugh

Tonight’s Game of the Week on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App will feature a contrast of styles when Sherando (5-3) travels to Millbrook (5-2).

This game comes at a crucial stretch in the season as teams are jockeying for playoff positioning.

In the recent VHSL Power Rankings, Millbrook was ranked third and Sherando fifth, with the top eight teams making the postseason.

The Warriors deploy an offense led by a talented and experienced quarterback, Micah Carlson.

Carlson leads the area in passing with 1,481 passing yards, a 59% completion parentage, and 15 touchdowns.

He will spread the ball around to a variety of receivers including the speedster, Brady Hamilton.

Hamilton leads the area in receiving yards (541), receiving touchdowns (7), and receptions (26).

Millbrook on the other hand would be completely content without attempting a pass the entire game.

The single wing offense has dominated games with its rushing attack totaling 360 yards per game.

Kyler Jackson has led the backfield and the area this year with 1,083 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

The Pioneers recently got Tyson Mallory back from injury after he led the area in rushing last season.

On the sidelines, Sherando Head Coach T.J. Rohrbaugh makes his return to Millbrook where he briefly served as the Coordinator of Student Activities.

In his role, he worked closely with Millbrook Head Coach Josh Haymore and the two share a mutual respect heading into this rivalry game.

Millbrook will try to control the clock and the line of scrimmage, but if Sherando can come out to an early lead like Jefferson, it may be too much for the Pioneers to overcome.

I predict Micah Carlson to have success through the air and Sherando will bounce back from a really poor showing last week with a win over a cross county rival, 31-21.

To hear my interview with Sherando Head Coach T.J. Rohrbaugh, press play below.

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VDOT holds hearing for Rt 7 improvements near Millbrook

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The Virginia Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing next week on August 2nd regarding the intersections on Route 7 between Blossom Drive and First Woods Drive.

The area has seen heavy congestion in recent years, especially during arrival and dismissal of students to Millbrook High School and Red Bud Elementary.

The public hearing will be held from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Millbrook on Wednesday.

Attendees can make comments during the hearing or provide written comments via email by August 12th to Ms. Tracey Bowman, VDOT Project Manager, at tracy.bowman@vdot.virginia.gov with the subject line “Route 7 Frederick County PH Comment”.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, proposed plans are available for viewing at VDOT’s Staunton District Office or Edinburg Residency Office.

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Millbrook names new Coordinator of Student Activities

Millbrook High School named Jared Uhler as the new Coordinator of Student Activities beginning July 1st, 2023.

Uhler is a 2005 graduate of Millbrook and has been a teacher in Frederick County Public Schools since 2011, starting in special education before becoming a history teacher at his alma mater where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2021.

He has shown commitment to athletics since arriving at Millbrook.

Previously, he served as an assistant coach for varsity baseball and football.

He has held the role of Chairman for the Millbrook Athletic Hall of Fame since its inception.

Uhler succeeds T.J. Rohrbaugh who is heading to Sherando as a physical education teacher and the head football coach.

Millbrook Principal Joanne Altedorf spoke on the change stating, “I am appreciative of the year that T.J. gave to Millbrook and wish him all the best as he transitions back to Sherando next year. I am excited to bring Jared into a leadership role next year as his heart and soul bleeds Millbrook blue. I know that he will work to ensure that Millbrook continues to provide a positive experience for all students who walk these halls, just as it did for him.”

To view the school’s press release, click here.

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Local NFL product inspires donation to FCPRD

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The Workingman’s Store in Winchester made a generous donation of $2,500 to Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s PLAY Fund which is dedicated to giving every shield the opportunity to play.

The donation was inspired by Millbrook Alum and Kansas City Chiefs Safety Nazeeh Johnson’s trip to the NFL Championship Game.

Leading up to the Big Game, the store donated 13% of all sales, a nod to Johnson’s jersey number, to the PLAY Fund which ended up reaching the $2500 total.

To learn more about the PLAY Fund, click here.

To hear Ryan Rutherford’s interview with Nazeeh Johnson before the Big Game, click here.

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Sports: Friday, February 17, 2023

The Capitals fall the Florida Panthers without Alex Ovechkin. Local wrestlers prepare for this weekend’s state championship meet and area high school teams compete for district championships and to keep their state championship hopes alive.

Sports Dogs Podcast: The Duke Interviews Nazeeh Johnson

It’s Pro Bowl week, as we make our way to the Big Game…Super Bowl 57. In case you didn’t know, the area has a local connection to the Super Bowl, as Kansas City Chiefs’ special teams standout Nazeeh Johnson played for Millbrook High School. Our own Ryan “The Duke” Rutherford takes over this edition of the Sports Dogs Podcast with an interview he conducted this week with the former Pioneer. I now know who I’m going to be rooting for on “Super Sunday!”

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FCPS receives grants for cafeteria upgrades

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Frederick County Public Schools was awarded four National School Lunch Program Grants totaling $113,240.

A total of $1.46 million was given to 54 schools from around Virginia in equipment grants.

New and replacement kitchen equipment will be distributed to Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School, Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, and Sherando and Millbrook High Schools using funds from the grant.

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