NEW MARKET -- Claire Barbour hadn't made much use of her net play this season. But with the match against Shenandoah District and county rival Stonewall Jackson on the line Friday afternoon, she decided it was time to try.
QUICKSBURG -- The Central softball team has longed for a game like this all season. Sure, the Falcons can usually count on veteran pitcher Brea Hinegardner to throw strikes and keep opponents to a few runs each time out.
WOODSTOCK -- Last Sunday, Roger Wilkins sat down to make a few phone calls. On his list were six people, the half-dozen players who are set to return to the Central boys basketball varsity squad next season.
STRASBURG -- Zach Cover will tell you he's not an overpowering pitcher. He'll say his pitches aren't really designed to leave a hitter off balance after an at-bat, and that all he tries to do is throw strikes and let his defense get all of the glory.
STRASBURG -- Despite the fact that they're not playing in the same district, a Strasburg-Central game is always something special for both teams, and Wednesday's girls softball matchup was no exception.
WOODSTOCK -- Strasburg starting pitcher Zach Cover pitched a brilliant two-hitter and the Rams' bats produced 11 hits to propel Strasburg to a decisive 12-1 victory on Thursday over Central in five innings.
WOODSTOCK -- All the lights in the school were off, except for the ones in the Central gym. There were no teammates, no coaches, no referees, no students sitting in "The Nest." It was just Aaron Heishman and a basketball.
WOODSTOCK -- For six innings, Mariah Foltz was flawless. The Broadway pitcher had dominated Central's lineup, allowing no runs, no hits and only four batters to even reach base. She was three outs from tossing a no-hitter.
WOODSTOCK -- Broadway took advantage of three first-inning errors by Central to score five early runs that proved to be more than enough to handle the Falcons on Thursday as the Gobblers picked up a 17-3 win in six innings.
WOODSTOCK -- The Group A Central Falcons boys tennis team got the early-season challenge they were seeking, and then some, as the Group AA Harrisonburg Blue Streaks took all but one match for an 8-1 win in sunny, 72-degree weather on Friday at W.O. Riley Park.
BERRYVILLE -- Clarke County lost back-to-back games entering this week's regional tournament, including a defeat in the district semifinals last week. The extra time off gave the Eagles plenty of time to work on their game, and on Tuesday night it all paid off.
QUICKSBURG -- Last summer, Stonewall Jackson girls basketball coach Jeff Burner talked with senior forward Heather Stout about being patient this season with a very young team. Stout is the only senior on a team that has seven freshman and three sophomores.
The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a top 10 boys basketball list. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top-ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on.
QUICKSBURG -- If the key to winning is defense, then Central's boys basketball team appears to have what it takes to run deep into the postseason after an impressive performance against host Stonewall Jackson on Wednesday night.