WINCHESTER -- Sherando volleyball coach James Minney knew the combination of senior Michelle Baker and sophomore Melissa Gaudette could be a powerful one, and on Thursday night Minney got exactly what he was hoping for from the pair of middle hitters.
STRASBURG -- Strasburg cross country coach Jeff Rudy had heard of Grace Dellinger when she was in middle school the last few years and that she would help out his girls team. Rudy and the Rams are glad that Dellinger has been every bit as good as advertised.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County played really well defensively against a fast-paced, aggressive Madison County squad on Thursday night. The Wildcats needed their defense and then some against the unbeaten Mountaineers.
As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I don't enjoy writing this. OK, maybe just a little. I know it's only been one game, but do the Washington Redskins under new head coach Jay Gruden look a little like the Redskins of last year?
FRONT ROYAL -- Two years ago Warren County's Claire Morrow was the new girl on the cross country team looking up to the upperclassmen, and following their lead. This year as a junior it's Morrow's turn to take the leading role, and it's one she's relishing.
James Madison University certainly did not have the kind of opening game it was looking for last week, but the team remained upbeat this week as the Dukes get ready to play at Lehigh today at 12:30 p.m.
James Madison University's football team underwent significant changes in the offseason. A new coaching staff, including a new head coach, changes to the offensive and defensive systems and lots of transfers. The new-look Dukes don't have to wait for their first big test as they on Maryland today at 3:30 p.m. at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland.
WINCHESTER -- Handley has had some explosive teams over the years. That's why it says a lot about this year's team when head coach Tony Rayburn says this squad will be on par with some of the speedy teams from the past.
WINCHESTER -- Mark McHale knew it wouldn't be easy turning things around at James wood when he took over the head coaching job last year. With a year under his belt, he and the entire team are in a better position as a new season gets started.
HARRISONBURG -- Gage Steele had a sterling season for James Madison University's football team last year. However, don't expect the Warren County graduate and current JMU redshirt sophomore to get caught basking in the glory of his success.
I've always had high hopes that someday the Citi Open in Washington D.C. could be elevated to a bigger professional tennis tournament. The idea of seeing players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova dancing around in my head. However, after actually attending and seeing most of those players last week in Cincinnati I realize that D.C. has a long ways to go to become a big-time tennis tournament.
WOODSTOCK -- With a young and inexperienced team, Central head football coach Mike Yew has seen his squad go through plenty of growing pains. However, Yew has still been encouraged by what he's seen from the group.
It's a bit of a dead period in sports right now. Soon football will take center stage and baseball will get to what really matters - the playoffs. However, if you need your fix of some great professional athletes playing in the D.C. area, next week's Citi Open combined men's and women's professional tennis tournament could be the place for you.
This is the time of year that I dislike the most in sports. With basketball season over, only baseball is going on, of the big three sports. I do love baseball, but the season is just way too long to keep my attention for the whole season. However, football is just around the corner.
WOODSTOCK -- Lisa Rhodes noticed a real change in her players even early on in the softball season. The Central softball coach saw her players being much more positive and that positivity led to a special season for the Falcons.
FRONT ROYAL -- Jeannie Tallent has to be a jack of all trades as a tennis coach. Sometimes she's like a psychiatrist. Other times she has to be a friend, a motivator, a mother. Throughout the season she did all of it well in leading Warren County's girls tennis team to its best season in school history.
WOODSTOCK --Two years ago, Sam Barbour decided to give tennis a shot, at the urging of his best friend, Bobby Loveland. In just a short period of time, Barbour's game grown by leaps and bounds and the sport has come naturally to him.
WOODSTOCK -- Luke Robinson had his eye on coaching tennis for a number of years. The Central graduate had thought about coaching at his alma mater, and this past offseason everything finally fell into place for him.
I have to admit, I haven't been paying much attention to the Major League Baseball lately. This is one of the periods where my love for baseball takes a backseat to the NBA and NHL playoffs, and of course, the French Open. However, when I looked at the MLB standings a few days ago I realized the Washington Nationals were ...exactly where I thought they'd be considering they look more like a MASH unit than a team this season.
James Madison University women's basketball coach Kenny Brooks patted Kirby Burkholder on the head as the tears rolled down the senior's face on Tuesday night. The Dukes' season was about to come to an end, and Brooks was trying to keep his players upbeat as the final seconds ticked away.
It was just a year ago that I was writing about how good the Nationals were going to be. Of course, things didn't go quite the way Nationals' fans were hoping. However, I think this year Nats fans may get their wish.
I'm not going to lie, my excitement for this weekend's Super Bowl is close to an all-time low. I'm not a fan of either team, but I also don't dislike either team. However, I still think there are plenty of reasons that this matchup is an interesting one, and one worth watching.
Over the last few years, I've heard people talk about the Washington Wizards being a team with promise. They've said the Wizards were ready to turn things around, and become winners. Whenever I've heard those comments I've always laughed.
LYNCHBURG -- The scoreboard read 56-14, Dinwiddie. The tears on the Sherando players' faces on the field after the game said how much it hurt to lose in Saturday's Class 4A state final, but there's no question the loss doesn't take away from a great year for the football team.
I'm sure that most people who know me are aware that I'm a die-hard Duke fan. I've never been shy about my love for Duke men's and women's basketball. However, when anyone would mention Duke's football team I would usually just laugh. This year, that's no longer the case.
While last weekend resulted in another disappointing loss for the University of Virginia's football team there is something to look forward to for U.Va. fans - men's basketball season is just around the corner.
I didn't expect much from the University of Virginia's football team this season. After the way things have went the past couple years, could anybody really? However, last weekend things may have hit a new low for the Cavaliers.
There's plenty going on in the world of sports right now. With the NBA Finals coming down to Game 7, Major League Baseball is just catching it's stride as summer officially begins, the College World Series is still going, and there's even an NHL Finals going on (not that I or many other people are watching). Despite all of that, my mind keeps drifting to the same place, the same sport, even though it's still more than a month away -- football season.