Timmy Dieter’s going from a wrestling Warrior to a wrestling Battler.
The Sherando star and Class 4 state champion at 132 pounds this year signed to compete with NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus University in a ceremony at Sherando last week.
The Winchester Star Wrestler of the Year will receive a partial scholarship to compete for the Battlers of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
In a phone interview on Monday, Dieter said he was emailed by ABU head coach Sam Gardner in mid-April about coming to visit. Dieter took a trip to the school located in Phillipi, W.Va., a week later.
“I really like the professors that I talked to,” said Dieter, who plans on studying nursing or something else related to the medical field. “It just seemed like a really friendly campus, one that I would fit in great with.
“[With wrestling], they have really good kids around my weight that I’ll be able to practice with. And I just really like the way the coach does things.”
The Battlers went 8-5 last year and 2-3 in G-MAC dual competition. ABU had one wrestler, sophomore 174-pounder Gino Sita, advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships.
After a highly successful high school career, Dieter is looking forward to seeing what he can do at the next level. At Sherando, Dieter ranks second in career victories (he had a 193-37 record) and career pins (120). He capped his career as a senior with a 49-2 record, 33 pins, and his first state championship.
“I’m excited,” Dieter said. “Not a lot of people get the opportunity to wrestle in college. I’m just blessed. I just want to thank all my friends and family and all the coaches that have helped me throughout the years.”
Sherando’s Stange signs with Bethany
Sherando senior Rachel Stange recently signed to continue her swimming career with NCAA Division III Bethany College in West Virginia in a ceremony at Sherando Pool in Stephens City.
Stange competes for the Sherando Sharks, a summer swim team that participates in the Shenandoah Valley Swim League. Stange has been unable to compete for Sherando’s High School team because of Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD).
In an email, Stange wrote that VCD is an abnormal narrowing of the larynx which can be caused by exposure to irritants such as cleaning products. Sherando and the rest of the schools in Winchester/Frederick County practice at the War Memorial Building indoor pool in Winchester, and Stange stated the combination of the indoor setting and cleaning products caused her to have a VCD attack. She said she was unable to get enough air into her lungs to swim even with breath exercises and an inhaler. In her email, Stange stated how much she wants to thank the Frederick County Parks & Recreation Department and Joe Knight, the head coach for Sherando High School and the Sherando Sharks, for supporting her.
Stange specializes in the backstroke. Her average time in the 50-meter backstroke is 54.38 seconds. She will swim in the 100-meter backstroke for Bethany, which competes in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The Bison took sixth at the six-team conference meet this year. Additionally, Bethany competes in the annual ECAC Division I meet, which will be hosted next year by the U.S. Naval Academy.
Wood’s Rosenberry named Region 4C Player of the Year
James Wood junior pitcher Ivy Rosenberry was named the Region 4C Player of the Year to highlight the all-region team selections that were released on Monday.
Joining Rosenberry on the first team are Sherando freshman first baseman Isabel Hall, junior outfielder Blake Conner, and senior outfielder Brooke Moses.
The second team features Sherando junior catcher Veronika Lord, junior shortstop Sierra Strosnider and Lauren Smith (a designated player/flex selection), James Wood junior outfielder Mackenzie McCarty and Handley senior Meghan Stokes, who was picked as a utility player.
Sherando receives five Region 4C first-team selections
Sherando players earned six total selections and Millbrook had four in the All-Region 4C selections that were released on Monday.
Warriors senior Hunter Entsminger was the only player to garner two selections, getting picked to the first team as both a pitcher and an outfielder. Joining him on the first team are teammates Michael Usa (senior first baseman), Jack Duvall (senior second baseman) and Payne Bauer (junior outfielder) and Millbrook senior designated hitter Jalen Tyson.
Second team selections are Sherando senior pitcher Jared Tinsman and Millbrook sophomore outfielder Logan Hartigan, senior outfielder Haden Madagan and senior Chandler Ballenger, who was picked as a utility player.
Eleven Clarke County players make all-region
Clarke County had five baseball players and two people each from its softball, boys’ soccer and girls’ soccer teams earn All-Region 2B honors in selections that were released on Monday.
Jackson Taylor led the way for Clarke County’s baseball team, earning first-team honors at both outfield and pitcher. Juniors Michael Edwards (third base) and Colby Childs (shortstop) are also on the first team, and junior second baseman Danny Lyman and senior outfielder Eamon Juday are second-team selections.
Clarke County’s softball team placed sophomore outfielder Alyssa Hoggatt on the first team and freshman Ellie Taylor (designated player/flex) on the second team; boys’ soccer placed junior defender Cody Sowers on the first team and sophomore forward Justin Toone on the second team; and girls’ soccer placed senior forward Keagan Bragg on the first team and sophomore defender Alison Sipe on the second team.