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Defense helps Falcons knock off Rams

STRASBURG -- The Central Falcons pulled off a monumental, improbable, 47-45 upset of the undefeated Strasburg Rams on their home court Saturday afternoon in non-district girls basketball action. comments

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Jernigan points the way for Falcons

WOODSTOCK -- As a point guard, it was only a matter of time before Central junior Ashley Jernigan became an undisputed leader for the Falcons. comments

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Turning the Page: Panthers cruise past homestanding Central

WOODSTOCK -- Diagnosing Central's offensive woes, for head coach Stephanie Mathews, is simple. comments

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Sweet revenge: Heishman's 30 leads Falcons past Skyline

WOODSTOCK -- Skyline started its game against Central in 1-3-1 zone on Saturday night. It didn't take long for Central's Aaron Heishman to make them pay for it. comments

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Corcoran lifts Hawks to victory

WOODSTOCK -- Kelsey Corcoran finally got the looks she was wanting and she made the most of them. comments

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Fourth-quarter surge lifts Bison to victory

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. comments

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Eagles handle Central

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. comments

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Falcons survive rally from Rams

WOODSTOCK - Strasburg traveled to Central on Saturday night for a Shenandoah County rivalry matchup that had team supporters feeling like they were watching a playoff showdown. comments

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Strasburg claims road victory against Falcons

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. comments

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Marston stars as Falcons' big man

WOODSTOCK - Central assistant boys basketball coach Mickey Clinedinst stood by the stacked bleachers in the waning minutes of a Falcons basketball practice. comments

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Central defeats Stonewall Jackson 70-23 in Shenandoah District opener

The Falcons scored the first 11 points, had a 38-point lead by the break, and demolished Stonewall Jackson 70-23 Wednesday night in the Shenandoah District opener for both teams. comments

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Motivated Central girls step up for 49-37 win over Stonewall Jackson

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. comments

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Hawks surprise Falcons

FRONT ROYAL - No one on Skyline is ready to call Tuesday night's 63-60 win over previously unbeaten Central the game that turned around the Hawks' season. comments

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Falcons hold off Hawks for win

FRONT ROYAL - The Central Falcons and Skyline Hawks pitted their identical 2-2 records against each other in a non-district girls basketball contest Tuesday night. comments

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Grove back to chase another title for Judges

WINCHESTER - No, Ben Grove wasn't born in the water. It just seems like it sometimes, since the Handley senior has been around the wet stuff since his toddling days. comments

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Aggression pays off for Falcons in home win

WOODSTOCK - Warren County had played four games in search of their first "W" of the season when the Wildcats visited Central in a non-district girls basketball contest Friday night. comments

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Clarke outlasts Falcons

BERRYVILLE - Clarke County survived a game marred by turnovers, personal fouls and poor free-throw shooting to stage a come-from-behind 52-49 girls basketball victory over Central on Thursday. comments

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Falcons' Heishman comes through in the clutch

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." comments

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New beginnings: Falcons looking to build off of last year's team

WOODSTOCK - Central's boys basketball team had a very successful season in the Northwestern District last year, but don't expect the Falcons to get overconfident now that they're back in Group A. comments

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Falcons throttle Clarke

WOODSTOCK - Central's Michael Marston was smiling from ear to ear as he ran back down the floor late in the game against Clarke County. comments

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Eagles use clutch free-throw shooting late to earn win

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. comments

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Strong opener: Defensive surge lifts Falcons to a victory

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. comments

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Defense carries Falcons to win

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. comments

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Proposed VHSL alignment features changes: Sherando may be headed to Group AAA

The Virginia High School League released a proposal Wednesday that could have some local high schools moving to different districts. comments

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Falcons whip Luray

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. comments

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Central going back to Group AA?

WOODSTOCK -- Central High School's version of pingpong could result in it heading south again. comments

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Rams, Falcons ready for state event: Local teams are excited for cheer championships

Coach Anne Gorman would never have guessed when her Strasburg High School competition cheer squad would be performing in Saturday's Group A cheer championships. comments

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Central finishes second in meet

STRASBURG -- Central finished second in the Region B cheerleading meet on Saturday. The Falcons finished with 224.5 points, while Appomattox won with 260 points. comments

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Running game sparks Falcons to win

SHENANDOAH -- Matt Sherfey could only watch from the sideline as his defense faced a fourth-and-13 in the final seconds. comments

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Panthers shut out Falcons

SHENANDOAH -- Forcing her best smile, Central senior Ashley Bodge scurried to hide her tears as a nearby camera came to take a picture. comments

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