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: 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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1450 WFTR presents The River Rivalry Trophy to Skyline and Warren County High Schools

1450 WFTR proudly presents The River Rivalry Trophy.

The winner of the annual football matchup between Skyline High School and Warren County High School will receive the trophy to hoist and display for the following year.

Inspiration from the trophy came from other local rivalries like the Barr-Lindon Crimson Apple, which is awarded to the top high school football team in Winchester and Frederick County, and the Shenandoah County Championship.

1450 WFTR worked with Jean’s Jewelers to select a high quality trophy with a classic look that measures nearly three feet high and features a traditional gold cup design at the top.

Each year, the winning school will add a plate to the base with their name, final score, and year.

From when the school’s first began competing against each other in the 2007-2008 school year, the series has stayed close with Skyline currently holding an edge 12-7.

Skyline has won the last four matchups in a row by a combined score of 123-27, but all time, the series has provided some instant classics with eight games decided by one score or less.

The schools played each other twice in 2007, 2008, and 2017.

1450 WFTR coincides the inaugural trophy presentation with the station’s celebration of 75 years of serving the Front Royal and Warren County community.

The latest installation of The River Rivalry will begin Friday, November 3rd at 6:40 pm on 1450 WFTR, The River 95.3, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App with Randy Woodward and Ryan Rutherford.

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The Duke’s Preview: Warren County vs Clarke County featuring Coach Breeden

This week’s Friday Night Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450, The River 95.3 and streaming at theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App features Clarke County (3-0) hosting Warren County (0-2), two team’s trending in opposite directions.

There is still plenty of time for Head Coach Josh Breeden’s Wildcats to turn things around and they have showed some bright spots.

Sr. Sully Zewar has looked strong at wide receiver, a position featured much more in the new spread offense.

Sr. QB PJ Dellinger has showed confidence at quarterback, his first year in the position.

Before the bye week, Millbrook applied a lot of pressure on Dellinger, but he stayed calm and confident in the pocket throughout the game.

The early bye week could help Warren County get their offense back on track, as they are still scoreless in the second half of their first two games.

Clarke County looks to be back in their usual form as a power in Class 2.

They have destroyed their opponents through the first three games averaging 38.7 points per game and allowing just 6.7 points per game.

Clarke County relies on a balanced rushing attack with a number of ball carriers who carry the ball efficiently.

The entire offensive line returned from last season and features four seniors.

They helped lead the Eagles to 305 yards on the ground against Buffalo Gap last week.

Warren County’s bye week and recent experience against Millbrook’s single wing offense could help the Wildcats keep it close early, but Clarke County’s rushing attack may be too much, Eagles 34- Wildcats 16.

Press play below to hear my interview with Warren County Head Coach Josh Breeden.

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The Duke’s Preview: Warren County vs Millbrook featuring Coach Breeden interview

This edition of the Friday Night Lights High School Football Game of the Week features Millbrook (1-0) travelling to Warren County (0-1).

The two teams have not played since 2013 and have split the all time series 3-3.

Millbrook’s season debut saw an incredible rushing attack pile up nearly 400 yards without attempting a pass against Harrisonburg.

Junior running back Kyler Jackson made his varsity debut with 5 carries for 182 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Millbrook ran away with a 40-0 victory after pulling the starters in the second half.

The Pioneers will have a tougher test this week against a Warren County team coming off a strong season last year.

Warren County struggled finishing drives but in my discussion with Head Coach Josh Breeden, he did not seem too concerned about it.

He felt they just had a few things to clear up, and he is confident his squad will have better execution on Friday.

New QB PJ Dellinger and RB Gavin Dodson were the main contributors on offense while Dodson scored the lone TD for Warren County on a pick six.

Warren County’s defense responded well after an opening drive touchdown and did not allow a score in the second half

The defense will face a familiar formation when they see Millbrook’s single wing offense.

The Wildcats ran the same formation the past few seasons under Coach Jerry Sarchet.

When Warren County is on offense, keep an eye on the battle between the Wildcat’s offensive line led by four seniors against the Millbrook defensive line which features All-District selections Cole Purdy (6’3″ 250) and Ezra Doyle-Naegeli (6’0″ 245).

This game will truly be decided in the trenches as the skill positions look very even.

I predict Millbrook will win the battle up front as they dominated the line of scrimmage last week and come away with the victory, 27-14.

Tune in to the action on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, The River 95.3, streaming on theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App.

My interview with Warren County Head Coach Josh Breeden is available below.

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WCPS hosts open house tonight

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The school year is just around the corner for many local students and Warren County Public Schools will hold an open house tonight from 4-7 pm.

LFK’s will begin at 2pm due to limited parking, while Skyline Middle will begin at 3pm.

Each school will be open to students and their guardians to explore and meet teachers and staff.

Students may also pick up their class schedule, if they have not already done so or pay any fees.

Warren County High School’s open house will also include a Freshman Orientation at 6 pm in the auditorium.

The first day back to school in Warren County is Wednesday, August 9th.

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Tails and Ales – Warren County Humane Society

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Saturday November 13, 2021 The Warren County Humane Society is holding their 10th annual Tails and Ales Benefit. The event will be at the Front Royal Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5:30 , dinner is served at 6:00 , Catered by Devin Smith with Delightful Foods catering.

Tickets are only 40 dollars and include dinner, beer and wine, an event souvenir and a chance at the 1,000 dollar prize!

A favorite in the community and is regularly sold-out with 250 attendees so get your tickets early!

There will be a silent auction , pull tabs, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and 2 new games this year to celebrate the 10th year anniversary which means more prizes and cash rewards!

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Humane Society of Warren County located at 1245 Progress Drive Front Royal, as well as the website humanesocietywarrencounty.com/product-category/shop/

WCHS Football Fundraiser

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Warren County High School’s football team is hosting a car wash today from 9 am to 1 pm at the Advance Auto Parts on Commerce Avenue in Front Royal.

They will also be selling Wildcat Cards for $10 which includes discounts to many local businesses.

A table of baked goods will also be available for purchase.

Make sure to come by and help the team raise money for their upcoming season!

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Graduation ceremonies around the region

157 Clarke County high school graduates received their diplomas last night Jun. 10 before the rain fell at Feltner stadium.

Warren County and Skyline high schools hold their graduation ceremonies tomorrow Jun. 12.

Warren County’s commencement exercise will start at 8 a.m. at John Blanton Stadium.

Skyline hold’s their ceremony at 10 a.m. at Hawk Stadium with 229 students receiving diplomas.

Congratulations to all graduating seniors from the River 953.

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