WOODSTOCK -- Central girls basketball coach Mallory Skarupa made all the right moves this season leading Central to its first state berth since 1996. Now that the season is over she has to work on getting down a few new dance moves.
WOODSTOCK -- Taishi Ukai wowed his teammates with a little sleight of hand during a preseason dinner for Central's boys soccer team, as he performed several card tricks that head coach Ted Poor said left more than a few Falcons "mesmerized."
WOODSTOCK -- Central's boys soccer team, like every other team in the area, has had limited practice time outside due to the weather. So when the Falcons took to the pitch for its season opener against visiting Warren County on Friday night, head coach Ted Poor was simply hoping to see some positives.
You go to enough football camps and talk to enough football coaches, and sooner or later you'll hear all about players' "heads swimming" as they learn a new offense or defense, shift over to a new position, move up a level of competition or join a new program.
QUICKSBURG -- As the first half slipped under two minutes Thursday night, Stonewall Jackson guard Russell Hill pulled up just shy of the foul line and drained a jumper.
The Generals were jumping for joy, cutting Shenandoah District rival Central's lead to five points with the made basket.
Then came the whistle: One of Stonewall Jackson's players had held the ball a tad too long after it ended flight through the hoop, and the perceived delay resulted in a technical foul called against the Generals.
QUICKSBURG -- For 13 minutes Thursday, Stonewall Jackson looked like a team on its way to a stunning upset of Central in girls basketball. The Generals were beating the undefeated Falcons press with ease and scoring at will.
But with 3:42 left in the second quarter, everything changed. Central exploded for an 18-0 run that left Stonewall Jackson (1-7) gasping for air. After that, the Falcons had no trouble dominating the Generals and eventually winning easily 67-52.