WOODSTOCK - In a warped, twisted sort of way, the girls basketball game between Strasburg and Central on Friday night was basketball in its basest, most elemental form. It was basketball without rules. Basketball without forethought and without hindsight.
WOODSTOCK -- Motivational halftime speeches that turn defeat into victory are the things of legend in almost all sports, and on Wednesday in her team's Shenandoah District opener, Central girls basketball coach Stephanie Mathews must have given a good one.
STRASBURG - Some guys can't perform in clutch situations. They get nervous and rush their shot, or simply look to quickly dish it off to the closest teammate. Not Aaron Heishman. When the game is on the line, he knows he feels comfortable being "that guy."
WOODSTOCK - It was Ashley Jernigan's birthday, and the Central Falcons junior guard did her best to celebrate, scoring a game-high 22 points against the Clarke County Eagles in a non-district basketball contest Friday night.
FRONT ROYAL -- Everyone knows what Matt Sherfey can do with his arm on the football field. But there's something else the all-district quarterback can do in a different season and in a different role -- cause havoc at the top of a pressure defense on the basketball court.
FRONT ROYAL -- Central clamped down on the defensive end in the second half to pull away with a 48-34 nondistrict win over Warren County on Wednesday night. The Falcons held the Wildcats to only 12 second-half points.
WOODSTOCK -- Pretty, it wasn't. A sloppy game matched the weather Friday night when Central took on visiting Luray, and most of the unsightly elements were self-inflicted as the squads combined for 25 penalties totaling 175 yards, seven fumbles and a pair of turnovers.
WOODSTOCK -- With his team trailing in the fourth quarter, Central quarterback Matt Sherfey walked over to the team bench, took a seat and sunk his head. Around him his teammates were releasing their frustrations, but Sherfey didn't say a word. He didn't have to. He and the few fans still braving the soggy conditions knew the Falcons weren't going to end this game on top. Led by a strong rushing attack, visiting Riverheads raced out to a commanding lead, then coasted to a 42-21 victory Friday night.