There's not much question that Central is the underdog when it plays against defending state champion Spotswood today at James Madison University's Convocation Center in the Class 3A girls basketball state semifinals. And that's just fine with the Falcons.
WOODSTOCK -- It doesn't take more than a split second for Rebecca Truban to answer one of the easiest questions she could ever answer. Asked what she loves about basketball, the Central senior breaks into an immediate smile and says defense.
WOODSTOCK -- Huguenot girls basketball coach Bo Jones Jr. had to quickly throw his scouting reports about Central out the window on Friday night, but it didn't stop his team from pulling out the regional title.
WOODSTOCK -- Central High School senior guard Mary Wakeman considers every game the Falcons play as something of a tutorial for the next time her team plays, providing information and opportunities build on that knowledge to get better.
WOODSTOCK -- The police escort into town was a nice touch, and Central High School girls basketball coach Mallory Skarupa's impromptu emcee session via the school bus intercom system was off the chain on Wednesday night.
NOKESVILLE -- The current group of seniors on Central's girls basketball team have shared plenty of success on the basketball court since their seventh-grade season, when they capped an undefeated season with an NVJL tournament title.
PURCELLVILLE -- High-fives and hugs were the order of the day on the Central bench as the final horn sounded. Central senior Sydney Plum leaped into the arms of freshman Tamra Scott as the celebration began.
The Virginia High School League's decision to adopt a new classification system starting this school year has hardly been universally praised, but none of the area's swim coaches have much to complain about this year.
WOODSTOCK -- For much of Wednesday's Conference 28 semifinal game against visiting John Champe, Central's girls basketball team looked like it was going to roll to an appearance in Friday's conference championship game and a berth in next week's regional tournament.