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.

Sherando graduate named Miss USA’s first runner up

Savannah Gankiewicz, a Sherando High School graduate, placed as first runner up in the Miss USA pageant held on Friday in Reno, Nevada.

Savannah, who competed as Miss Hawaii, had a great week leading up to the competition including winning two of the event’s most significant categories.

During the costume competition on Wednesday, she paid tribute to the historic Lahaina Banyan Tree which served as a sign of hope for the Hawaiian community when they stood tall after the devastating fires earlier this year.

She also won best interview during the lead up to Friday’s pageant.

If the winner of Miss USA goes on to win Miss Universe in November, then Savannah would become Miss USA.

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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.”

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SABF recognizes local athletes

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The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will recognize some of the area’s top athletes at the upcoming Sports Breakfast.

Athletes representing Warren County include Skyline’s Ethan Caperton and Warren County’s Will Waller.

Frederick County Public School’s nominated athletes include  Avery O’Roke of Millbrook, Ella Carlson of Sherando, and Jaden Ashby from James Wood.

Private school honorees include Mountain View Christian Academy’s Alle Jerles, and Legacy Christian Academy’s Mikayla Combs.

Handley’s Stephen Daley and Clarke County’s Dain Booker round out the high school honorees.

Olivia Weinel will represent Shenandoah University at the event.

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FCPS expect to award over 1,000 diplomas in 3 days

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Three high schools will present diplomas to more than 1,000 seniors over three days.

In person commencement exercises start tomorrow Jun. 16 and last through Friday Jun.18 in Frederick County.

Millbrook High School’s ceremony begins at 6 tomorrow Jun. 16 with approximately 320 seniors at Pioneer Stadium.

Sherando High School has approximately 360 seniors expecting diplomas at Arrowhead Stadium Thurs. Jun. 17 starting at 7.

James Wood High School’s graduation starts at 7 Fri. Jun. 18 with approximately 340 receiving diplomas at Kelican Stadium.

Law enforcement will be on hand to help with traffic flow but you should arrive early to avoid congestion.

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