HARRISONBURG -- Central softball coach Jill Yew was perplexed. Just minutes after her team's 3-2 loss to Page County in the Shenandoah District tournament final, she was still searching for a clue as to why her team makes so many errors against the Panthers.
QUICKSBURG -- There was no on-field celebration for Central on Thursday. There were no shrieks from teammates, no applause from fans in the stand, not even a team gathering following the final whistle. In fact, there wasn't even a final whistle.
HARRISONBURG -- Central secured a Region B tournament berth with a 9-8 baseball victory over Buffalo Gap in the Shenandoah District tournament semifinals on Wednesday at James Madison University. The Falcons play Page County today at JMU in the final at 7 p.m.
SWOOPE -- Central's Katie Philpott scored in the second overtime to give the Falcons a 3-2 overtime win over top-seeded Buffalo Gap in the Shenandoah District girls soccer tournament semifinals on Tuesday.
WOODSTOCK -- In a Shenandoah District tournament quarterfinal doubleheader at Central, the first featuring the Falcons' girls soccer team, the latter game featuring the Falcons' boys, both teams exercised differing styles of play yet reaped similar results.
HARRISONBURG -- The Stonewall Jackson Generals took several top spots, and Central also earned some medals, in the Shenandoah District Track and Field meet on Wednesday evening at Harrisonburg High School.
WOODSTOCK -- For the second time in 10 days, Central and Riverheads had a girls tennis match come down to the wire. And for the second time, it was the Gladiators pulling out a 5-4 Shenandoah District victory on Thursday.
QUICKSBURG - This season has provided Katie Bennett with plenty of reasons, it seems, to hang her head low, and few reasons to keep it from rising too high. Bennett's Central Falcons were winless heading into Shenandoah District play, and had suffered a handful of grueling, grimy one-goal losses.
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.