STEPHENS CITY -- First-year Sherando girls basketball coach Mike Marsh knows the scoring potential that lies within the Warriors' young roster. Marsh also knows that Sherando just needs to be patient while the Warriors figure out a way to become more consistent scorers.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando knew all about Salem's high-powered running game, a seemingly unstoppable offensive attack that helped the Spartans to blowout victories in each of their first three playoff games.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando knows it's close to returning to the state championship game for the first time since 2007. Just one win away from appearing in the Class 4A title game, the Warriors are so close that senior cornerback Isaiah Williams says they can taste it.
STRASBURG -- Strasburg girls basketball coach Joel Morgan felt the Rams were just a few baskets away from being right there with visiting Buffalo Gap in the first round of the four-team Rams Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Rams, their shots just weren't falling.
The start of December always marks an exciting time for baseball fans, as the offseason really starts to heat up and deals are made between teams. Marquee players change uniforms and allegiances, large amounts of cash change hands between teams, and there is always guaranteed to be at least that one blockbuster trade that turns the sport on its head.
STRASBURG -- Last season, Hunter Dean wanted to put the disappointment of a runner-up finish in the 2012 state wrestling tournament behind him, which he did by winning the Group A 106-pound title as a sophomore this past February.
FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline head boys basketball coach Jacob Bates can expect the Hawks to suffer some early-season struggles considering the severe lack of varsity experience he has to work with on this year's team.
WOODSTOCK -- It certainly looked like the first game of the season for both Central's and Warren County's girls basketball teams when the two faced off in an early Bull Run District matchup on Monday night.
PURCELLVILLE -- Central's offense had been tough to contain for opposing defenses all season long, but the Falcons' high-powered attack was nowhere to be found in Saturday's Class 3A East regional semifinal game against Loudoun Valley.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando head coach Bill Hall didn't know if the Warriors' defense was beginning to wear down against Courtland's wing-T rushing attack midway through the fourth quarter of Friday's Class 4A North regional semifinal game. Sherando senior linebacker Daniel Eppard said the Warriors were fine.
WOODSTOCK -- Standing at just 5 feet, 4 inches and weighing 151 pounds, Central High School senior Daniel Molina doesn't exactly embody the image of a physical running back. But put a football in his hands, and Molina will gladly go toe to toe with any defender standing in his path.
WOODSTOCK -- Central has lived by the proverbial "bend but don't break" philosophy on defense all season long, and that mentality proved effective against visiting Poquoson in the second round of the Class 3A East regional playoffs on Saturday.
WOODSTOCK -- Central has seen plenty of opponents utilize run-heavy, misdirection offenses this season. Clarke County and George Mason both run the single-wing, Stonewall Jackson utilizes the flexbone triple-option and Spotswood's high-powered spread rushing attack has a little deception mixed in.
MIDDLETOWN -- The Lord Fairfax Community College men's rugby team knew it had the talent and athleticism to do some good things this season, but whether or not the Lions believed they would make history this fall depends on whom you ask.
WOODSTOCK -- It seems as though every game this season, a different receiver has emerged as that go-to threat in Central's high flying passing attack. The Falcons' playmaking ability has been that diverse, and even head coach Mike Yew probably struggles to pinpoint which Central receiver is next in line for that breakout game.
WINCHESTER -- All week long, members of Shenandoah University's football team preached the importance of getting a win in Saturday's season finale against Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Washington and Lee.
FRONT ROYAL -- All season long, Warren County has been motivated by its lack of recent playoff success, by all of the people who didn't believe that a Wildcats squad that lost so much to graduation from last season could make any noise in the postseason.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University isn't playing for a spot in the postseason, nor are the Hornets fighting for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. But there is still plenty to work for in this afternoon's season finale against Washington and Lee.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County may not need a fiery pregame speech from head coach Tony Tallent as the Wildcats prepare to host Park View (South Hill) in the opening round of the Class 3A East playoffs tonight.
FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline finds itself as one of the few teams this postseason preparing for a rematch, as the Hawks are set to travel to Kettle Run for the opening round of the Group 3A East playoffs tonight.
WINCHESTER -- With one game remaining on its schedule, Shenandoah University's football team isn't in the running for anything special. The Hornets (3-6, 2-4 ODAC) fell out of contention in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference weeks ago.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah senior guard Avery Green hates watching basketball from the sidelines. So when tendonitis in his left knee forced him to miss all but the first nine games of the Hornets' 2012-13 season, Green admits that "it really killed me inside" as he was forced to watch helplessly while Shenandoah struggled to a 4-22 season.
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.