FRONT ROYAL -- Maintaining team unity has been the biggest point of emphasis for Skyline's football team from the moment the Hawks opened fall camp back in August. Whether or not the Hawks learned from last season's experience in that aspect will be put to its first true test tonight.
STEPHENS CITY -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's boys soccer team has placed a premium on spreading the ball around the pitch this season and it showed on Tuesday against visiting Mountain View Christian Academy.
STEPHENS CITY -- Peter Harrison had thrived as an outside forward for the last three years on Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's boys soccer team. This fall, as a senior, he's had to get accustomed to a new position.
QUICKSBURG -- Central head football coach Mike Yew said earlier in the week that it was likely the Falcons would throw the ball a little bit more in Friday's game against Stonewall Jackson than they did in the opener last week.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University junior defensive end Jake Payne has had tonight's season opener at Gallaudet circled on his calendar for quite a while now. And that's not just because it's the Hornets' first game of the 2014 season.
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.
NEW MARKET -- Strasburg senior Jacob Smith found himself locked in a tight competition with Central's Joseph Plauger during the entirety of Tuesday's annual Shenandoah County golf tournament at Shenvalee Golf Resort.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County's football team is prepping for this week's season opener against cross-town rival Skyline, but Wildcats first-year coach Steve Crist is still unsure about who will be his team's starting quarterback on Friday night.
STRASBURG -- Strasburg's varsity football team has to reload its wide receiver and defensive back positions this season after losing some key pieces to graduation. The Rams return a few players with some varsity experience at those spots, but it will be up to a handful of newcomers to provide Strasburg with some depth on the outside this season.
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."