News Talk 1400 High School Football Scoreboard

James Wood falls to Halifax County 16-9 in Class 4 Softball State Quarterfinals



Josh Kirby of NEWS TALK 1400 spoke with Emma Payne and Destiny Talbott from Halifax County along with James Woods softball head coach Patrick Gibson; after James Wood fell to Halifax County 16-9 in Class 4 State Quarterfinals.

Halifax, Emma Payne went 3 for 4 with 2 singles, a double and a walk. Olivia Seamster and Hannah Ellixon both hit back-to-back solo shots after James Wood battled back from down 3-0 to make it a 7-3 game at the end of the 1st. James Wood would be unable to put up another two runs until the 6th inning.

For James Wood: Sydney Orndorff went 4-4 with a HR (RBI) Single, and two doubles.


Emma Payne, Halifax County


Destiny Talbott, Halifax County


James Woods softball head coach Patrick Gibson

David Magley, President of TBL – “I’m excited to be in the Shenandoah Valley”



Josh Kirby of NEWS TALK 1400 spoke with David Magley, President of The Basketball League (TBL) during the final VA Valley Vipers home weekend series of games.

On background from the TBL Website, “David is a retired American NBA basketball player and coach. Prior to becoming the President of the TBL he served as the commissioner of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL). Magley is a longtime successful entrepreneur. Awards include being an Academic All-American at Kansas University, 1978 Indiana Mr. Basketball, and producing four NCAA Student-Athlete children with his wife of 35+ years Evelyn.”

The VA Valley Vipers concluded their first season in the TBL in May.



Kenny Wallace named Firefighters’ Marshal for 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Festival President, Sharen Gromling, is pleased to announce Kenny Wallace as Firefighters’ Marshal for the 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.  Wallace is a retired NASCAR driver renowned for his racing prowess and national television on-air persona.  As our Firefighters Marshall Kenny Wallace will kick off the parade with “start your engines” as he leads the festival fire truck brigade through crowd-lined streets in historic downtown Winchester, VA.

Wallace set the NASCAR record in 2011 for most career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, amassing nine wins, 10 pole positions, 66 top-five and 173 top-10 finishes in the 547 Xfinity starts. His racing career spans more than 25 years having competed in more than 900 races in NASCAR’s top three racing divisions.

The 1986 American Speed Association (ASA) 22-year-old rookie-of-the-year made his NASCAR debut driving with Dale Earnhardt, finishing seventh in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway. He transitioned into a full-time Xfinity Series ride in 1989 for a team fielded by his brother Rusty Wallace, where he was rookie-of-the-year and completed the season sixth in the point standing. In 1991 Wallace finished runner-up in the Xfinity Series points and is only one of four NASCAR drivers to have won the Most Popular Driver award multiple times. Wallace had his final start in the 2015 Iowa Speedway NASCAR Series race as he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing.

He brought his infectious humor, trademark laugh, and widespread popularity when he worked as an analyst for NASCAR Raceday on FS1, covering the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.   Retired from NASCAR driving, Wallace, who is held in high esteem in his field for “racing anything and everything”, continues to race his No. 36 Toyota DIRTcar in more than 60 dirt races per year, a consciously scaled-back effort from years past to afford him more family time.

He is the son of accomplished short-track racer, Russ Wallace, and brother of NASCAR drivers Rusty and Mike Wallace. Born in St. Louis, Wallace was nicknamed “Herman” after the mischievous “Herman the German” cartoon character for his boisterous, full-of-himself behavior.  Wallace and his wife, Kim, have three daughter, two granddaughters and one grandson.  His family lived in North Carolina for several years during his NASCAR career before moving back to St. Louis in 2016.

Wallace will be attending festival events on Friday, May 5, including the Coronation, presented by Morgan Orthodontics, where he will be knighted by Queen Isabella Astin prior to leading the Hang 10 Car Wash Firefighters’ Parade at 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, he will be an added speaker on Saturday, May 6, at the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast at the Tolley Dental Zone in the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletic and Event Center on Shenandoah University Campus.  He will then ride in the Glo Fiber Grand Feature Parade, which steps off at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets to Festival events are available at

Boys Soccer: Sherando defeated James Wood 2-1 in extra time

Boys Soccer: Sherando defeated James Wood 2-1 in extra time.

Josh Kirby spoke with Sherando Coach Patrick Anderson.

Kirby also spoke with James Wood Coach Ronald Velasquez.

Sherando defeated James Wood 7-2 in softball

The Sherando Lady Warriors defeated James Wood 7-2 this evening.

Josh Kirby speaks with Warriors Coach Mark Conner on the victory.


Kirby also spoke with James Wood Coach Patrick Gibson about this game and the season up until this point.


Millbrook falls to Briar Woods 7-1 in Baseball

Millbrook fell to Briar Woods this evening 7-1 in Varsity Baseball, Millbrook committed 6 errors and only had three hits. Nate Brookshire for Millbrook recorded Millbrooks only run off of a Briar Woods error.

Josh Kirby interviewed Millbrook Coach Brian Burke after the loss and looks ahead to the district games tomorrow and Friday.

2023 Handley Softball Preview



Josh Kirby of NEWS TALK 1400 recently sat down with Coach Amanda Butts of John Handley High School Softball to discuss the 2023 season.

2023 Sherando Softball Preview



Josh Kirby of NEWS TALK 1400 recently sat down with Sherando High School Head Softball Coach Mark Conner and Third Baseman for the Lady Warriors, Jaeda Long to discuss the upcoming softball season.

Sherando High School Head Softball Coach Mark Conner


Third Baseman for the Lady Warriors, Jaeda Long



Handley names Jake Smith as new Football Coach



WINCHESTER, VA – The John Handley Judges announced their new football coach, former Sherando Warriors head coach, Jake Smith. Smith was on staff with Sherando as the defensive coordinator as well as the head coach after longtime coach, Bill Hall stepped down, Smith has been with Sherando a total of six years and lead the Warriors to two region playoff bids.

Reed Prosser the Director of Student Activities at Handley said in a press release “We are pleased to name Jake Smith as Head Coach of the Handley Football Program. Coach Smith has proven to be a dynamic coach and is an outstanding leader of young men. His teams are always well prepared and organized and Coach Smith cares about his players. We are excited about the direction of our program and his leadership and technical knowledge will continue to allow our program to become elite. He will do an excellent job growing and developing students at Handley and beyond”

Smith has had previous coaching experience as the offensive coordinator at Brooke Point High School and he was an assistant at Redbank Valley and Derry area High Schools. This past season the Warriors went 7-5 and they fell to Loudoun County in the second round of the playoffs.

Sherando Coordinator of Student Activities, Jason Barbe said “Mr. Smith resigned to take the Handley football job. I’m greatly appreciative of his service to Sherando the last 6 years. We will be posting the job soon and are excited to get to work on finding the right person to lead our program and continue our winning tradition.”

Smith will be taking over for former head coach Dan Jones who recently resigned, Jones lead Handley to no losing seasons and four straight Region 4C playoff berths in his last four seasons.

Colonels keep Eagles nested Monday evening

Josh Kirby


The James Wood Colonels defeated Liberty on Monday Night 51-45. Both Liberty and James Wood came out very physical.

Colonels Jared Neal had an explosive start to the first quarter as he nailed all three of his attempted three-point shots. Liberty kept up with the Colonels but they were not able to establish a lead over James Wood until the five-minute mark in the third quarter. The Eagles had a strong performance from Joe Minor who went 5 of 6 from inside the arc and had a total of 13 points as the lead scorer for Liberty. Tyreke Smith recorded 7 points and Jayden Curtis had 6 points.

The third quarter proved to be a strong quarter for Liberty as the Eagles were able to create pressure on The Colonels and force turnovers that converted into points as the Eagles were able to jump out to an eight point lead at the end of the third quarter, in the fourth quarter James Wood was able to bounce back with a few steals of their own to shift the momentum and eventually retake the lead with 37.4 left in the game and outscoring Liberty 21-7 to win the game.

For the Colonels, Jared Neal was the lead scorer with 17 points (FG: 4-9, 3PT: 3-5) Ashton Kees had 12 (FG: 4-14, FT: 4-6) Andrew Link had 10 points with a perfect 5-5 from field goal range, Chris Morrison had 6 (FG: 3-7) Ben Tollok had 4 (FT: 1-1 3PT: 1-1) The Colonels are now 4-1 with a 3-0 Northwestern District Record.

The Colonels shot 32.7% from inside three point range, 77.8% from the free throw line and 33.3% from three point range.

The Eagles shot 45.2% from inside three point range, 22.2% from the free throw line and 20% from three point range.