A few months after senior Ross Metheny wrapped up his college football career at the University of Southern Alabama, the former Sherando quarterback took the field with his eye on an opportunity to continue on to the next level.
The Front Royal Flames' varsity boys basketball team expected to take its lumps throughout this season, and its youth probably showed down the stretch in some close losses during the regular season. But it will have a chance this weekend to possibly avenge some of those nail-biting losses.
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.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University's women's basketball team knew it needed to play sound defense against visiting Randolph College in the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament on Monday evening.
SALEM -- Sherando had loftier goals than the fifth-place team finish the Warriors garnered following the conclusion of the two-day 4A state wrestling tournament at Salem Civic Center this past weekend.
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.
LEESBURG -- Sherando's girls basketball team tried to rally for a win against host Loudoun County in the Conference 21 tournament semifinals on Thursday night, but the gigantic hole that the Warriors dug themselves early was simply too large to overcome.
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.
LURAY -- Longtime Clarke County boys basketball coach Brent Emmart knew the Eagles were going to be in a grinding game against rival Strasburg in the semifinal round of the Conference 35 tournament held Tuesday at Luray High School.
STRASBURG -- Strasburg's boys basketball team has seen plenty of Madison County this season, and the two Bull Run District rivals squared off for the fourth time this year on Monday in the quarterfinal round of the Conference 35 tournament. By now, both teams know what to expect.
WINCHESTER -- It's sometimes difficult to find baseball players that just seem to have that expansive knowledge of the game. It's never a natural trait, but rather one that develops over time as a result of commitment and willingness to absorb information.
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.
Strasburg's wrestling team has been consistent on the mat all season long, and the Rams are in as good a position as any to take home the team championship at the Region 2A East tournament this weekend.
FRONT ROYAL -- Central nearly pulled off the upset in the first round of the Bull Run District boys basketball tournament against host Warren County on Monday night, but an early deficit doomed the Falcons once again.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando senior Tyler Hamilton has been outstanding on the wrestling mat for the Warriors all season long, and there was no reason for Hamilton to believe that success wouldn't continue in the Conference 21 tournament at Sherando on Saturday -- until he woke up several hours before the meet was scheduled to begin.
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.
STEPHENS CITY -- The emotional injuries from last Saturday's loss to Dinwiddie in the 4A football state championship game may have subsided somewhat, but the physical wounds from that game still remained for Sherando linebacker George Aston on Wednesday afternoon.
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.
We Orioles fans really didn't expect it to last forever, did we? And no, I'm not referring to that dreadful four-game series against Kansas City as if it is the start of Baltimore getting back to its usually losing ways.
Erick Green made a bit of local history on Thursday night when he was selected in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz (who then traded his draft rights to the Denver Nuggets). But Green's rise to the NBA is special for a far bigger reason than the simple fact that he was raised in the Shenandoah Valley, an area that many of us have called home for many years.
Rarely does a professional football team win the Super Bowl only to fall off the map of perceived competitive relevancy just one month later, but that is exactly how the Baltimore Ravens' offseason has played out up to this point.
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.