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.



























James Wood’s Adrienne Patrick named VHSL Class 4 Coach of the Year

VHSL Announces 2022 Class 4 Girls All-State Volleyball Team

Grafton’s Alexis Keeter named Class 4 Player of the Year; James Wood’s Adrienne Patrick named Class 4 Coach of the Year

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The Virginia High School League announces the 2022 Class 4 All-State volleyball team. In addition, Grafton junior outside hitter Alexis Keeter is the Class 4 Player of the Year, and James Wood head coach Adrienne Patrick is the Class 4 Coach of the Year.

The  5’11” Keeter finished her junior season with 523 kills, .374 hitting %, 56 Aces, 36 Blocks, and 319 Digs leading Grafton to the Class 4 state championship. Committed to playing beach volleyball at Florida Gulf Coast University, she will enter her senior season with 1,049 kills, 106 blocks, 781 digs, and 151 aces. The Clippers have not lost a district or region game since joining the varsity.

Patrick guided James Wood to a 25-2 record and the Class 4 Region C title with a 3-2 (14-25, 25-18, 25-18, 17-25, 15-9) win over Dominion in the finals. She led the Colonels to their first state finals appearance since 2014. Patrick’s squad fell to Grafton 3-0 (19-25, 19-25, 16-25) in the championship game.

Eight players + a Libero, + a defensive specialist are selected as first-team all-state and second-team all-state. Only those players selected to the first-team all-region teams are eligible for selection to the all-state team.

Each All-State selection committee comprises eight coaches (2 from each region).

Second half push propels Pioneers to victory over Loudoun Valley

Josh Kirby


WINCHESTER – The Millbrook Pioneers needed to make an adjustment as they were trailing the former state semifinalist Loudoun Valley Vikings. The Pioneers came out and did just that as they defeated the Vikings 69-67 off a Javell Holmes last second shot with just under three seconds left which was not enough time for Loudoun Valley to answer back.

“We kind of just drew up a play” Head Coach Steven Grubbs said “Sometimes things work out the way you draw it up and sometimes things work out in its own little way” in reference to the final play where Detric Brown was able to find Holmes in open space to drive to the basket and score. “Javell was just in a great spot and I just tossed it to him and he made a great play” Brown said.

The first half of play, The Vikings were able to capitalize on forced turnovers and were able to establish pressure. The Pioneers were able to make some key plays in the first half regardless as senior, Ryan Liero knocked down four three-pointers in a row in the first quarter.

“Ryan’s electric when he gets hot, he gets hot, he’s doing everything we ask of him” Grubbs said.

Javell Holmes was also able to breakaway for a slam dunk “He’s a heck of an athlete, he gets up and he gets up.” Grubbs said. “It felt really good I just knew that we were down and it was time for me to hype my team up and the crowd around us” Holmes added about his slam dunk.

The Vikings had the halftime lead 44-37. The Pioneers knew that they needed to make an adjustment and they did just that as the Pioneers defense came out even more physical and held the Vikings to 23 points.

“Playing a little bit quicker instead of thinking where you’re supposed to go and just reacting to it” Coach Grubbs attributed to the teams second half defensive performance.

The Pioneers had five players in double figures, their leading scorer was Ryan Liero with 20 points and shooting five for eight from three-point range. Detric Brown who also played Quarterback for Millbrook had 14 points and went six for seven from the free throw line. “He’s an under-rated post player and he’s a matchup nightmare”, Grubbs added about Brown’s performance in the paint. Tyler Seminaro had 12 points and both Holmes and Richard Pell had 10 points.

Loudoun Valley’s lead scorer was Landen Conrad with 22 points, Joseph Danielson and Nathan Boner both had 11 points and Brett Zimmet had 10.

The Pioneers shot 47.5% from the field, 81.3% from the free throw line and 54.5% from three point range. The Vikings shot 45.2% from the field, 53.3% from the free throw line and 46.7% from three point range.

The next matchup for the Pioneers will be at Spring Mills High School in West Virginia.

Lady Colonels win Season opener against Jefferson



WINCHESTER – The James Wood Lady Colonels fought off a last chance effort by Jefferson to claim their first victory to open the season 55-37.

The Colonels started the game with a fast pace as senior guard, Brynna Nesselrodt made three out of five attempted field goal shots along with an additional two free throws on four tries as Jefferson committed six fouls in the first quarter. The Colonels had ten total points in the first quarter and they only held Jefferson to four after the Colonels went with a “trap” defense towards the end of the quarter.

“We are trying to be a little aggressive this year” Head Coach of The Lady Colonels, Sanford Silver said about the “trap” defense the Colonels ran because of the youth of the Lady Colonels “to try and force turnovers to give us transitional play offense” Silver added.

James Wood continued the trend moving into the second quarter as sophomore guard Jolie Jenkins made three of five from inside the arc and she also went two for two from the free throw line. Nesselrodt added to the scoring with a huge three point shot. “She is a tough cookie to crumble” Silver said when asked about Nesselrodt’s performance in this matchup.

“For a season opener I think we did really well” Nesselrodt said in the Colonels 55-37 victory “we’re just going to grow from here” she also mentioned.

Into the third and fourth quarter Jefferson implemented a press defense of their own and they established a level of pressure on James Wood and forced a few Colonels turnovers. “We just have remain calm” Silver said, “we just gotta get better, we gotta stay on the drawing board” as Jefferson came away with eight points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth quarter, James Wood had 10 fouls in the third quarter mainly because of Jeffersons tight press defense which allowed the Cougars to come away with few free throws.

“With the hard work and tenacity that they (The Lady Colonels) bring to the table we will get it right” coach Silver said.

The Lady Colonels lead scorer was Brynna Nesselrodt with 28 points, Jolie Jenkins also had double digit scoring with 16 points, collectively the Colonels shot 50% from the free throw line and 27.1% from field goal range. “We moved the ball really well” sophomore Jolie Jenkins said

“For being so young, as a whole we did really well because having such a young team can be more difficult but with strong leaders it helps” Nesselrodt said. Jenkins said when asked about Nesselrodt, “She is a great leader”.

The Cougars lead scorer was Mackenzie Brezovec with 15 points, Taliyah Lindsey and Ciara Holmes both had six points, Jazmyn Taylor and Olivia Hedrick both had five points.

The Lady Colonels next matchup will be next week hosting Central.

James Wood Volleyball wins first Class 4 State Title in Program History

James Wood team photo after defeating Grafton for the VHSL Class 4 girls volleyball state title

on November 19, 2022 at VCU Siegel Center.



The James Wood Colonels Volleyball team defeated Grafton out of Yorktown, Virginia to capture the first title in program history this past Saturday at The Siegel Center in Richmond Virginia.

In doing so, they join the 1970 Colonels football team along with the 2002 boys cross country team as state title winners in James Wood High School history.

Grafton has appeared in the past five class four state title matches, all falling as the runner up.

When asked about the preparation going into this match, “We tried to keep as much of our normal routine the same” said Adrienne Patrick in her third season as head coach for the Colonels as they swept Grafton 25-19, 25-19, 25-16.

Freshman Kennedy Spaid had a game high 15 kills and Brenna Corbin had 12 kills for the Colonels, Spaid also contributed with three aces in a row for a game total of 11 and also led in digs for James Wood; “Their ability to play volleyball at a high level is tremendous” Patrick added about Spaid and Corbin.

Other key contributors for the Colonels included Ashlynn Spence with six kills in the middle and Ella Kelchner had four blocks, The Colonels play their best as a “full family unit, high energy” Patrick added when talking about Spence and her six kills in the match along with various points throughout the match.

The Colonels had a perfect regular season of 20 wins and no losses after last season finishing 17-7 and losing to Loudoun County a ten time state champion volleyball program won the past five state championship matches.

This season started with the Colonels hosting Loudoun County and beating them in three sets “it set the bar high for us” when coach Patrick was discussing the regular season for James Wood after the victory against Loudoun County, the Colonels also defeated Williamsport who was the Maryland state champion last season and North Hagerstown who claimed the Maryland state championship this season along with defeating crosstown rival Millbrook in the regular season “those big wins against really tough teams were able to prepare us for Saturday” Patrick said.

VHSL Class 4 Tournament Bracket.

Throughout the regular season, the team had a motto “Make History” a board was made with that phrase on it that the team took with them to every game, “the group of girls I was able to have on the team this year, they had what it took to make history, and they did” Patrick mentioned when asked about the team motto.

The Colonels Volleyball team had numerous All-District and All-Region awards, listed below:

Head Coach Adrienne Patrick was awarded both Northwestern District and Region 4C Coach of the Year.

The Northwestern All-District first team included: Carsyn Vincent, Kennedy Spaid, Brenna Corbin and Paige Ahakuelo

Northwestern All-District second team: Lexi Taylor and Hannah McCullough

All-Region 4C First Team: Brenna Corbin and Kennedy Spaid

All-Region 4C Second Team: Carsyn Vincent and Paige Ahakuelo.


The entire interview with James Wood Girls Volleyball Head Coach Adrienne Patrick and Josh Kirby of News Talk 1400 is available here:


Live. Love. Bloom. announced as theme for 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival



Winchester, VA – The unveiling of the 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® annual theme and its unique artwork represents the official kickoff of the Festival every November. The theme announcement is the foundation for building momentum through the unveiling of newsworthy events and special guest announcements throughout the winter and early-spring months that lead up to the Festival which takes place next year on April 28 to May 7, 2023.

Sharen Gromling, Festival President states, “The theme’s inspirational message consists of three simple, short verbs that reflects the love our community has for this nearly 100-year tradition of celebrating the Bloom. It is an easy to remember, simplistic theme that is filled with energy and action – Live. Love. Bloom. In short, the theme inspires us to Live Fully, Love Deeply, and Bloom Forever.”

The 96th theme is once again designed by the Festival’s talented graphic designer, Erik Zimmerman, of White Spider, Inc. In describing the theme design and inspiration, Zimmerman states, “I wanted the artwork for the 96th theme to be as simple and as powerful as the title “Live. Love. Bloom”. A clean and bold design, incorporating traditional colors along with a splash of something different to provide complimentary impact and Festival energy. Typically, the logo is a simpler version of the program cover, however this year the logo came first, and they mimic each other almost identically with a strong design. The program cover only shows a slight modification to the logo art, along with a halftone blossoms background for a little depth and flare.”

Event ticket sales will be announced at a later date. Tickets can be purchased in person at Festival Headquarters located at 135 North Cameron Street, by phone at (540) 662-3863 or through our online ticketing system. Make plans now to join us for the 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® on April 28 through May 7, 2023.

Local Businessman Acquiring WINC-FM

Local Winchester, Virginia businessman Darrin Jones, is acquiring heritage radio station WINC-FM from Metro Radio, Inc.

Jones is quite familiar with WINC-FM; the opportunity to acquire WINC-FM was presented by News Talk 1400, WZFC-AM (formerly WINC-AM) owner Todd Bartley.

According to Jones, “Todd brought a great business plan and model of success for WINC-FM to my attention and it was a very easy decision to make.”

Jones added, “with what Todd has accomplished with the relocation of the AM 1400 tower and studio in less than a year; I have all the confidence in his ability to lead our efforts going forward.”

When contacted for this story, Former WINC-FM morning host Barry Lee said, “welcome home”.

Bruce Simel, former market manager for Centennial Broadcasting offered his assessment of the acquisition;

“I am very excited that Todd and his team are buying WINC-FM.  I’ve known Todd for more than 20 years and he is a specialist at leading community radio stations.  This is great news for local businesses and anyone that loves Winchester and the surrounding area.”

He added, “WINC has and always will, stand for Winchester.”

The acquisition is being filed with the Federal Communications Commission; regulatory approval of the transaction is anticipated by the end of the year.

Additional acquisitions will be announced in the near future.

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Carter Myers Automotive launches “Drive More Days” to encourage used vehicle purchases amidst economic and supply chain difficulties

Carter Myers Automotive recently launched a “Drive More Days” event to encourage used vehicle purchases amidst economic and supply chain difficulties.

It is extremely difficult to get a new car these days. Supply chain issues in automotive manufacturing coupled with COVID related labor shortages have significantly reduced dealer inventories of new cars. These factors increase both the price of a new vehicle and the lead time necessary to have one delivered to a potential customer. Due to these circumstances, a six-month wait for a new vehicle can be common. Liza Borches, the President and CEO of Carter Myers Automotive (CMA), wants to do something about this.

“I have absolutely no ability to increase the supply of microchips for automotive manufacturing,” said Borches, “but for those faced with long wait times and paying over sticker on new cars, I can make ‘nearly new’ vehicles a much more attractive and economical option.”

Borches and CMA are doing this is by launching “Drive More Days,” beginning August 8 and running through September 5, 2022. CMA already is committed to never charging over sticker for their new vehicles, but now, during this special “Drive More Days” event, customers will also receive a $500 gas card with the purchase of a used vehicle.

“Out-of-control inflation has caused gas prices to skyrocket nationwide. Providing customers with a gas card helps to alleviate some of the stress of filling up their tanks so they can focus on enjoying their vehicle purchase.” said Borches. “We hope this can remind customers for a few months that we wanted to help in some way.”

As the only employee-owned dealerships in the Mid-Atlantic, CMA’s 20 locations throughout Virginia and West Virginia have thousands of new and used vehicles in stock to ensure customers can find exactly what they need.

In the Winchester area, CMA’s Subaru of Winchester, CMA’s Honda of Winchester and CMA’s Hyundai of Winchester are participating in “Drive More Days”.

Similarly, CMA’s Toyota of Martinsburg and CMA’s Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in nearby Martinsburg, West Virginia.

In order to make the buying experience as stress-free as possible, CMA will even bring the car to the customer’s home for them to take a test drive and complete all paperwork without having to visit the dealership.

All purchases are also backed by CMA’s Love it or Leave it Promise, a 3-day return or 30-day exchange policy on used vehicle purchases.

Through these challenging times, CMA also calls special attention to honoring local heroes who have never slowed down and hopes that the “Drive More Days” event will help all our heroes to keep moving forward. CMA is anticipating a successful “Drive More Days” event that will help drive the lives of its communities forward, one car at a time.


Carter Myers Automotive is a privately-owned retail auto group based out of Charlottesville, VA. They were founded in 1924 as Petersburg Motor Company and today, nearly 100 years later, CMA has expanded to have locations in Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, Winchester, Williamsburg, and Martinsburg, West Virginia. CMA also has an Employee Stock Ownership Plan which allows employees to own part (over 26%) of the company.

This empowers CMA’s employees to do their very best to assist customers, thus their motto “Owners Just Care More.”

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Valley Health System Names New Senior Vice President and Winchester Medical Center President

Winchester, VA, July 12, 2022 – Valley Health System President and CEO Mark Nantz announced this morning that Tonya Smith, Pharm D, MBA, MHA, will be the system’s next Senior Vice President of Acute Care and President of Winchester Medical Center, effective September 12, 2022. Smith’s selection follows a nationwide search and an extensive interview process involving more than two dozen administrative and medical staff leaders.

“I am pleased to welcome Tonya back to our team,” Nantz said. “She is an accomplished and visionary healthcare executive with extensive healthcare experience ranging from clinical pharmacist to hospital president. Throughout her career, Tonya has had success in developing enduring and trusting relationships with physicians, leading cultural transformation resulting in high quality, safety, patient experience and employee engagement, and increasing organizational effectiveness and system integration.”

Smith served in leadership roles at Valley Health and Winchester Medical Center earlier in her career, including Director of Pharmacy, Corporate Director of Pharmacy and Vice President of Operations and Ancillary Services. Among her accomplishments at Valley Health was her leadership in the system-wide implementation of Epic, the electronic medical record, in 2014.

Smith left Valley Health in 2015 to become President of Munson Healthcare’s Cadillac Hospital in Cadillac, Michigan, and soon thereafter became President of Munson’s five other community hospitals. In 2020, she assumed additional responsibility for leading Munson’s system integration efforts.

Smith is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she attained her Doctorate in Pharmacy. She subsequently earned a Master’s in Health Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. An engaged community leader, she volunteers in non-profit and civic leadership capacities, including the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary.

A native of Jefferson County, West Virginia, Smith looks forward to moving back to the area. “This move is more than professional, it is deeply personal,” she said. “Not only did I serve as the Vice President of Operations at Winchester Medical Center for six years, it is the hospital where all four of my children were born. We will be moving back to the community where my husband and I, as high school sweethearts, grew up, got married, and started our family. I am honored and excited to serve a health system and community that have meant so much to me and my family.”