WINCHESTER -- Rarely do teams at any level spend too much time focusing on anything but the present, but Shenandoah University football coach Scott Yoder dug into the past a little bit this week in preparation for the Hornets' road game at the Catholic University of America this afternoon.
Orioles Magic seemed to be at its peak only two weeks ago, when Baltimore swept Detroit to advance to the American League Championship series for the first time in what felt like a millennium. At the snap of a finger, all of those good vibes dissipated.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's football team got back on track last Saturday with an impressive 47-31 win over previously unbeaten Guilford College at Shentel Stadium. Now the Hornets have to figure out how to carry that success into this weekend's road game at Catholic University.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando volleyball coach James Minney was fairly pleased with how the Warriors competed against Northwestern District powerhouse James Wood in the first two sets of Tuesday's match. The third game, not so much.
FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline's football team feels it's in the midst of a three-game stretch that is critical if the Hawks hope to be alive in the Northwestern District race in the second half of the season.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's football team can't afford to dwell on its loss to rival Bridgewater in the Hornets' Old Dominion Athletic Conference opener last Saturday. Not with Guilford's high-powered offense looming this afternoon.
STEPHENS CITY -- Perhaps it was for the simple fact that Sherando's volleyball team was hosting Northwestern District rival Millbrook, but the Warriors looked especially sharp on the court Thursday evening.
WOODSTOCK -- Central's football team entered the season with plenty of question marks regarding its youth and inexperience, and head coach Mike Yew admits that the Falcons are still experiencing some of the expected growing pains.
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson cross country coach Mary Clanahan had her eye on the Generals' current crop of talented freshmen runners for quite some time -- years, in fact, before that group arrived at the high school this fall.
All throughout fall camp, one common theme has been repeatedly addressed by players and coaches in Shenandoah University's football program -- the need to develop the collective confidence and consistency that the Hornets severely lacked last season. SU can now stop talking about that goal and prove that things will be different in 2014.
STRASBURG -- The 2013 season turned into a grind for Strasburg as injuries took their toll and the Rams lost six of their final seven games, limping to a 3-7 record and falling short of the Group 2A playoffs.
STRASBURG -- Colton Funk is your prototypical gym rat, the type of player that every high school football coach wants and the type of player that every high school football coach seems to never have enough of.
Novice fly fishermen often think the farther they cast, the more trout they'll catch. Actually, more often than not carefully stalking and wading and then a short, accurate cast is a better approach. In fact, sometimes even no cast at all is the most effective fishing technique.
Dan Powers was a gift for the Shenandoah University baseball program when he first arrived on campus as a freshman four years ago, and Hornets head coach Kevin Anderson feels lucky to have had the opportunity to coach a player like Powers for the past four seasons.
I was on my way to a high school football game at Madison County on Nov. 1 of this past fall and, while sifting through the radio stations in my car, I came across a pregame talk show prior to a Washington Wizards game.
The Nationals and the Orioles are getting very close to returning some key pieces to their ball clubs in the coming weeks, as Washington starting pitcher Doug Fister and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado work their way back from injuries.
Prior to the start of the spring season last year, the Virginia High School League implemented a new rule that placed stricter limitations on the number of innings that high school pitchers could throw in a given time period.
At this point, Shenandoah University's baseball team would probably happily travel as far as Florida if it meant the Hornets could play a real baseball game on a real baseball field. That is how severely the string of bad weather that has hit the area this winter is affecting the start of SU's 2014 season.
A few short months ago, I was desperate to see any kind of offseason move or addition made by the Baltimore Orioles. I wanted to see one or two high profile moves that showed me that the Orioles' front office was devoted to improving upon the success that's been had in Baltimore over the last two seasons.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's baseball team is just a few days from the start of its 2014 season, but there is one small problem. The Hornets haven't stepped foot on a baseball diamond in over a month.
I haven't been watching as much college basketball as I usually do, which isn't all that surprising considering the fact that the only team I really care about -- Virginia Tech -- is having yet another bad season. It's really hard to watch a team that simply isn't very good.
The newest class of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame was announced on Wednesday, and three very worthy players in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball's most prestigious club. Another very worthy player, Craig Biggio, fell a crushing two votes short of the required 75-percent approval.
The Christmas holiday has come and gone, which means the college football bowl season is officially in full swing. For the next week and a half, college football games will dominate the ESPN family of networks, with the occasional FOX and CBS broadcast thrown in, before things begin to slow down with the buildup to the BCS National Championship game.
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.
Anyone can go to a Major League Baseball game and catch a baseball that soars into the stands. It happens hundreds of times each and every day during baseball season. But catching a game ball during an NFL game? That's not so common.