Those within the Shenandoah University men's basketball program realize the uphill climb that they face when it comes to being more competitive in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. They experienced that challenge last season.
While last weekend resulted in another disappointing loss for the University of Virginia's football team there is something to look forward to for U.Va. fans - men's basketball season is just around the corner.
I didn't expect much from the University of Virginia's football team this season. After the way things have went the past couple years, could anybody really? However, last weekend things may have hit a new low for the Cavaliers.
HARRISONBURG - Freshman starter J.T. Root tossed five scoreless innings while junior Tyler Gregory and senior Casey Goss each homered with a combined nine RBIs as James Madison topped Liberty 13-4 in its final regular season home game at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday.
HARRISONBURG -- The James Madison University women's basketball team topped North Carolina State 72-66 in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Sunday afternoon at the JMU Convocation Center.
This will not be yet another BCS-bashing diatribe.
There will be no elegant playoff solutions here.
That doesn't mean wishful thinking is off-limits, though. After all, it is the holiday season.
TCU got a big present on Monday, when the school's board of trustees voted unanimously to accept an invitation to join the Big East Conference in all sports starting in the 2012-13 school year ... or rather, football season since this move is purely, completely and transparently 100 percent about football.
WINCHESTER -- After dropping behind 4-0 in the first two minutes of play to Shenandoah University, Mary Washington took almost the entire game to recover, but recover they did to topple the Hornets 83-72 in overtime during the final game of the 2010 South Region Challenge at Shingleton Gym.
"We didn't start very well and they jumped on us early," Eagles coach Ron Wood said. "We always fight hard to get back into the game, but tonight was the first time we've actually been successful, so I'm very pleased with our effort."
WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University women's basketball team used a strong shooting performance to down Hood College 80-51 in a non-league contest Sunday night.
Shenandoah (2-3) snaps a three-game losing streak with the win over the Blazers (4-1) and shot a season-best 53 percent from the field in the process.
The 80 points scored is also a season-best, with coach Michelle Guyant-Holloway's club earning free chicken wings for the 209 in attendance due to an athletic department promotion.
Usually those are words that excite many women around the country. Many women can't wait to go out and shop all day and night, running up their credit card bills and having a girls day out.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - No. 2 Randolph-Macon used a fast start Friday night to key an 84-62 victory over future ODAC foe Shenandoah in the opening round of the 20th Annual Days Inn Gettysburg Tip-off Tournament.
The 'Jackets (2-0) scored the first eight points of the game and never looked back against Shenandoah (0-2).
WINCHESTER -- Opening your season hosting the No. 3 team in the country can be a daunting task, but Shenandoah University held its own with Eastern Mennonite for most of Monday night's contest before falling to the Royals 85-71 at Shingleton Gymnasium.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Shenandoah University won its final regular season game for the first time in six years with a 44-16 USA South win at Greensboro College Saturday afternoon.
Shenandoah (4-6, 4-3 USA South) also finishes over .500 in league play for the first time since winning the 2004 USA South championship.
WINCHESTER -- After 60 minutes of play, the ferocity that once was Averett's had become Shenandoah's.
The offensive potency that once was Averett's had become Shenandoah's.
The defensive acuteness, too.
And after 60 minutes of play, the game also became Shenandoah's, a 24-14 Hornets' win Saturday at Shentel Stadium, giving SU (3-5, 3-2 USA South) the most conference victories it's had since 2004.
WINCHESTER -- When Corey Giffing played outside linebacker at North East High School (Md.), his coaches typically saved film sessions for those rainy days when the school's practice field turned to a muddy, sloppy mess.
Because Giffing rarely watched film, he didn't understand the intricacies of football early in is career, he didn't quite know the importance of playing with a high football IQ.
Left with few alternatives, Giffing had only one approach to high school football: "I was just kinda the guy that would run around, trying to get to the football," Giffing said.
FERRUM -- Host Ferrum College snapped Shenandoah University's two-game football winning streak with a 56-20 USA South Conference win Saturday afternoon at Adams Field.
Ferrum (3-4, 3-1 USA South) rolled up 523 yards in total offense and scored a pair of special teams touchdowns to key the victory over Shenandoah (2-5, 2-2).
WINCHESTER -- Larry Gibbs knew. So did Paul Barnes.
With the number of plays Shenandoah linebacker Joshua Rogers made in preseason camp, Shenandoah's free safety and head coach knew Rogers would likely improve upon an already solid linebacker corps.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah quarterback Daniel Wright watched Methodist placekicker Tyler Mosko line up for a 29-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in Saturday night's homecoming game on Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium.
Wright had to watch to see how the game would play out. The crowd's reaction, he said, is too difficult to interpret -- and he needed to be sure the Hornets weren't heading to overtime.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- Shenandoah University earned its first football win in over a season Saturday afternoon with a 7-6 USA South Conference win at Maryville College.
The loss snaps a 13-game losing streak for the Hornets (1-4, 1-1 USA South) and is the squad's first-ever victory over Maryville (1-4, 0-2).