The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Warren County vs Skyline

The high school boys basketball regular season concludes tonight with Skyline hosting Warren County on 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App at 7:20 pm.

It will be Senior Night at Skyline High School and two of those seniors have stepped up their game of late.

Colby Wood played one of his best games of the season against Meridian to lead all scorers with 23 points, helping the Hawks knock off the top team in the region.

Caden Thorne has shot the three-ball more efficiently lately which has helped keep defenses honest, allowing more space inside for junior forward Dwayne Tucker.

While Skyline’s offense starts with their senior guards, Warren County’s offense has been led by a freshman down the stretch.

Bryce Bergmann has been filling up the scoring column, reaching over 20 points in the Wildcat’s last two games.

Warren County has already improved their record from last season, as well as raising their scoring average and lowering their points allowed, and with the emergence of Bergmann, should be very excited about the future of the program under head coach TJ Atlee.

Skyline started off the season rockier than previous years but have seem to find their stride as the season progressed to maintain aspirations for another playoff run.

The Hawks will look to put away their cross-town rivals early to provide some rest for their key players before the playoffs begin next week, but Warren County kept the game competitive early in the last matchup before fading.

Skyline’s depth and experience on Senior Night in front of a packed gym will give them the edge to continue their win streak against Warren County, 79-54.

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The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Skyline vs Sherando

Tonight’s High School Basketball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App features the Skyline Hawks (10-3) hosting the Sherando Warriors (10-5) with coverage starting at 7:20 pm.

The first meeting of the two teams was a Sherando victory in a 55-53 season opening thriller.

This matchup is expected to be no different as both team’s enter the game still holding high expectations for this season.

Sherando will arrive in Front Royal on a four game winning streak led by senior guard Trey Williams, who has averaged over 20 points per game in the stretch.

Williams is an early candidate for Player of the Year in the region as the second leading scorer with 17.2 per game, third in rebounding with 6.5 per game, and the leader in assists and steals with 4.4 apg and 2.3 spg.

Skyline enters the evening winning 7 of their last 8 games by an average differential of 22.4 points per game.

While the Warriors are led by Williams from the outside, the Hawks follow the lead of junior forward Dwayne Tucker on the interior.

Tucker has been a dominant force for Skyline in his second year of varsity action.

He led all scorers in the first matchup against the Warriors with 23 points, many of those coming against Sherando’s 6’4″ senior center Drew Tyson.

Tucker has also collected a few double-doubles this season and joined Williams on the All Tournament Team at the Ram Hardwood Classic.

Tonight’s heavyweight matchup could come down to the free throw line, an area that helped Sherando secure a few victories already this season including the first game against Skyline where the Warriors finished 14/21 from the line while the Hawks made just 5/16 free throw attempts.

Skyline’s aggressive defense could end them up in foul trouble and send the Warriors to the free throw line early and often, leading to the difference in a tight Sherando win, 57-54.

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The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Warren County vs Skyline

Warren County (4-8) hosts Skyline (8-4) in the first of two regular season meetings in tonight’s High School Basketball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App.

While their classmates were on break, both team’s competed in holiday tournaments.

Skyline returned to the Ram Hardwood Classic in Strasburg as the reigning champions but took home a third place finish this season.

The Hawks secured wins against Central and Strasburg while falling to Buchannon-Upshur (WV).

Dwayne Tucker was named to the All Tournament Team and had some dominant performances in the paint including a 14 point and 14 rebound performance against Strasburg.

Head Coach Harold Chunn’s group has yet to play their best basketball, but has begun to find their way after winning five of the last six.

In that stretch, Skyline has averaged just over 70 points per game while allowing just 54.8 points per game.

Warren County has already eclipsed last season’s win total with over half the season remaining.

After starting hot with back to back wins, the Wildcats have stumbled and enter tonight on a four game losing streak spanning the Briar Woods Holiday Tournament and the contest against Fauquier.

When looking back through some of those losses, one quarter usually stands out as an outlier that dooms the Wildcats:

  • Vs Essex- A 6 point first period set back Warren County.
  • Vs Fauquier- Warren County totaled just 4 points in the second quarter.
  • Vs Luray- Warren County scored 7 points in a tightly contested 4th quarter.

Head Coach TJ Atlee’s group has improved tremendously in his second year, but they need to find ways to put together a full four quarters to turn the corner.

Skyline has not lost to Warren County in boys basketball since 2019 and last year saw the Hawks win both games by a combined score of 166-75.

If the Wildcats can weather an early storm and stay composed against Skyline’s defensive pressure, this game could be a lot closer than previous iterations.

Skyline appears to still have too much fire power and experience which should allow them to secure the win and pull away in the second half, 75-58.

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The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Skyline vs Brentsville

Skyline (3-2) hosts Brentsville (0-4) at 7:30 tonight in the High School Basketball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App.

The Hawks are not off to the start that they had hoped, already accumulating more losses this season through five games than all of last season.

But the season is young, and Skyline’s losses have came against very strong competition.

The 55-53 opening night loss on the road to a Class 4 Sherando team expected to have a great year is nothing to hang your head about and the other loss in the Handley Showcase was to a powerhouse Spotswood program.

Tonight is a classic “get right game” opportunity for the Hawks as they have dominated Brentsville in recent history.

Skyline has graduated some key pieces to those teams like Zack Diggs and Elias Carter but return some star familiar faces in Colby Wood, Dwayne Tucker, Andre Ford, and Sebastian Banks.

Coach Chunn is also excited about some new additions like the ultra athletic Ahsan Abdul-Qasim, standout wide reciever Isiah Maxwell, and Day’Shawn Haley, who has already played key minutes this season.

They were both members of Skyline’s JV team that went undefeated last season.

In last year’s varsity matchups with Brentsville, the Hawks dominated both outings 80-48 and 91-53.

Dwayne Tucker had 14 points in the first of the two games and is off to a hot start again this season.

In Skyline’s season opener against Sherando, Tucker scored a game high 23 points and in their most recent win against Clarke County, he totaled 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Brentsville has struggled this season but is coming off their closest game of the season, falling by two to Culpepper.

The Tigers allowed a concerning performance to freshman guard Makel Minor of James Monroe as he reached 51 points, including eight-three pointers.

Colby Wood’s three point shooting or Dwayne Tucker’s inside dominance could provide an impressive stat line by the end of tonight.

I predict Skyline to roll to a convincing win and calm the concerns of some fans in the area, 87-53.

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