Sherando's varsity football team wasted no time when it hit the field for the first official day of practice for the 2014 season on Thursday evening. The Warriors really have no need to ease into the basics -- that sort of thing is well behind them.
FRONT ROYAL -- Strasburg Express manager Ben Moore has continually stressed the importance of winning the battle of what he refers to as the "free 90," a term used to describe errors, walks, stolen bases, passed balls, wild pitches -- anything that awards an opponent an extra base.
Strasburg Express first-year manager Ben Moore held a team meeting several weeks ago to discuss how he and his coaching staff could improve the team's experience over the final stretch of the Valley Baseball League season. During that meeting, Moore, who thinks many college baseball players today have become too robotic while coaches control nearly every aspect of the game, decided he was going to take a more relaxed approach and simply allow the Express to have fun.
Brad Curl knows that making the transition from hitting off a pitching machine to facing live pitching can be a difficult transition for young baseball players. So he developed a way to help some children in Front Royal face that challenge head on.
BASYE -- Hayden Miller first started going to Bryce Resort when he was 5 years old, and he remembers watching the ski instructors who were giving him lessons at the time and thinking how cool it would be to work on the slopes of Bryce Mountain.
Soccer has long been the world's most popular sport, and the game has seen a rising interest throughout the United States in recent years. Soccer is becoming so popular, in fact, that people have begun to find ways infuse aspects of the sport into other activities.
FRONT ROYAL -- Fielding has been an issue for the Front Royal Cardinals over the last several weeks, and their struggles on defense continued against visiting Covington in Wednesday night's Valley League contest at Bing Crosby Stadium.
Stephanie Brennan, of Purcellville, has qualified for the Masters division of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games in California that will take place later this month, and two Winchester businesses are making sure she gets there.
FRONT ROYAL -- Every time the Front Royal Cardinals managed to start climbing out of an early hole they'd dug at Bing Crosby Stadium on Thursday night, the visiting Winchester Royals responded by shoveling more dirt.
FRONT ROYAL -- Wednesday was supposed to be an off day for Front Royal third baseman Hunter Newman, and he spent most of the Cardinals' Valley League game against Waynesboro hanging out in the bullpen with some of his teammates.
The PGA Sports Academy's purpose, at its core, is to promote golf by teaching the nation's youth about the basic guidelines and fundamentals of the sport. But the academy's true mission runs much deeper.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County girls soccer coach Mike Carpenter wasn't surprised to see senior forward Kelsea Potts sending shots into the net on a regular basis this past season. After all, Potts entered this spring as the school's all-time leading scorer and had set a Wildcats single-season scoring record with 18 goals during her sophomore season in 2012.
STEPHENS CITY -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy girls soccer coach Dustin Wheelock wanted to put the best competition possible on the Patriots' schedule in the months leading up to the 2014 spring season.
STEPHENS CITY -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's boys soccer coach Dustin Wheelock foresaw the potential benefits of moving senior Austin Stover up in the Patriots' offensive formation before the start of the season last fall.
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.
Shenandoah University's football team picked up its first victory in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play earlier this season, and now it's time for another Hornets men's program to take aim at a similar feat.
Shenandoah University's football team has been a witness to some ups and downs up to the midway point of the 2013 season, but one thing -- one major thing -- has remained relatively consistent. And it's not a good thing.
There were plenty of intriguing storylines surrounding Shenandoah University football leading up to the 2013 season, as the Hornets welcomed in new head coach Scott Yoder and new schemes on offense and defense in a rebirth of the program that the team has been referring to as "Red Dawn."
This year's fall sports schedule is about to kick into full gear next week with volleyball, cross country and football -- yes, it's finally that time -- all joining golf and starting up for high schools in our coverage area.