PALMYRA -- Sherando junior Alaina Combs went into Wednesday's Region II track and field championships at Fluvanna County High School with one specific goal -- qualify for the Group AA state tournament in both the discus and the shot put.
FRONT ROYAL -- Win or lose, the outcome of Tuesday's Northwestern District baseball tournament championship game didn't mean much for Sherando in terms of seeding for next week's Region II tournament. But that didn't mean that the top-seeded Warriors didn't want that title of back-to-back district tournament champions.
FRONT ROYAL -- Sherando has shown very few weaknesses on the baseball field this season, and the Warriors' balance was on full display in Monday's Northwestern District tournament semifinal game against No. 4 James Wood at Bing Crosby Stadium.
WOODSTOCK -- Shortly before the start of Central's Bull Run District tournament quarterfinal showdown with William Monroe on Friday, Falcons senior Stephen Hamrick was called to midfield and recognized as being the school's new career goals record holder.
FRONT ROYAL -- As Eric Barr trades volleys with Randolph-Macon Academy student Cole Pawlak on the tennis courts behind Turner Hall on the school's campus, it's obvious that this is where Barr was meant to be.
While the Angels' Mike Trout and the Nationals' Bryce Harper were busy making headlines with their meteoric rise to the big leagues last season, there was another top baseball prospect that was quietly making an impact in the majors.
WINCHESTER -- The 2013 girls soccer season was not kind to Skyline, which managed just a lone win in 16 matches prior to Thursday's Northwestern District tournament play-in game against James Wood at Millbrook High School.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County appeared well on its way to a victory over Northwestern District leader Liberty on a chilly Monday night at Bing Crosby Stadium, but a disastrous late-inning collapse quickly derailed the Wildcats' chances of snagging an important district win.
Several of Major League Baseball's umpires have been the subjects of a lot of scrutiny this week after a pair of mind-blowing mishaps that has left fans, players, managers and even MLB executives shaking their collective heads.
Shane Neitzey sat with a group of about 80 people as he listened to owners of the Warrenton Soaring Center explain during a special invitational meeting with its clientele that the company was terminating its business.
WINCHESTER -- Sherando knew entering the 2013 boys soccer season that it would be no easy task defending its regular season Northwestern District title, and through all of the adversity that the Warriors faced this season, they remained intently focused on that prize.
Christendom's men's rugby team continued its recent string of success in 2013, finishing with a 4-0 record and extending its streak of consecutive winning seasons to four in the process -- but there was something a little different about the program this season, and not just because the Crusaders were limited to only four matches.
WOODSTOCK -- Each inning that Central freshman Rebekah Ansbro stepped into the pitching circle during last Thursday's game against visiting Rappahannock County, she was well aware of the ever-increasing magnitude of the current situation.
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson's Cristy Lazaro-Luna rarely gets the opportunity to lead the Generals' offensive attack, as coach Chris Livesay generally has the speedy senior planted somewhere along the defensive back line.
WINCHESTER -- Chris Cooley's football future may still be unclear, but that didn't prevent the former Washington Redskin and current free agent tight end from providing a lighthearted speech to those in attendance at Saturday morning's Wells Fargo Sports Breakfast.
WOODSTOCK -- Central knew that it was going to have to be at its best if it hoped to come out on top against rival Strasburg on Friday night in an important Bull Run District baseball matchup, and the Falcons did just that.
FRONT ROYAL -- The 19th Annual Apple Blossom Pro-Am Golf Tournament at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club looked a little bit different this year, as the nine-hole White course that traditionally accompanied the Blue Nine was removed from the 18-hole event in favor of the Red course.
WOODSTOCK -- Central has come together quite nicely since dropping its first three matches of the season, and a rejuvenated Falcons squad picked up an important Bull Run District boys soccer win over Madison County on Tuesday evening.
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson's struggles on the softball field have provided little for the Generals to smile about this season, and things didn't get much better on Friday when they hosted Shenandoah District rival Buffalo Gap.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been on the rise for years now, and you can count me in as one of the people who jumped on the sport's bandwagon several years ago as it really began to pick up steam.
STRASBURG -- Longtime Strasburg baseball coach Jeff Smoot felt that his offense needed a bit of a jolt after a few games of poor production at the plate, so Smoot did a little lineup shuffling prior to Thursday's Bull Run District game with Clarke County.
STEPHENS CITY -- Just one day after needing overtime to beat Spotswood, Sherando's boys soccer team once again found itself in a closely contested match with visiting Handley on Tuesday that required extra time at the end of regulation.
FRONT ROYAL -- In the eyes of Skyline wrestling coach Matt Keel, the difference between the Justin Williams who entered the program as a 189-pound freshman in 2009 and the Justin Williams who will leave this year as a 220-pound state champion is so much more than simply the 31-pound weight difference.