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.
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.