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.
STRASBURG -- Bobby Rager and Daniel Reynolds are always trying to make each other better. Every day at practice, the 119- and 125-pound Strasburg wrestlers are pushing each other, hoping to help each other improve with their skill sets.
Stonewall Jackson will stay; Central and Sherando will go -- at least for now. According to a press release issued by the Virginia High School League on Tuesday, the Redistricting and Reclassification Committee heard modification requests from the three schools regarding the VHSL's alignment plan for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.
WOODSTOCK -- In a game marked by aggressive, fast-paced basketball that was at times also ugly, Buffalo Gap surged ahead late in the fourth quarter and held on to defeat Central 50-47 on Friday in Shenandoah District girls basketball.
BERRYVILLE - Posed the question, it did not take Clarke County's Vernon Mathews long to answer what was his favorite -- hitting two free throws for the lead or taking a charge 11 seconds later, sealing the Eagles' 63-59 non-district boys basketball win Monday night over Central.
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.