STEPHENS CITY -- Salem came into Saturday's Class 4A state semifinal game with Sherando averaging over 300 yards a game. The Warriors' strong defensive unit knew it would be a challenge, but on Saturday they rose to the occasion in a big way.
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.
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson's boys basketball program took some big strides forward last season. On Wednesday night, the Generals took another step forward as they knocked off Shenandoah County rival Strasburg, 53-47.
PURCELLVILLE -- Central football coach Mike Yew knew from the moment he saw them in middle school that this year's senior class was going to be special. Even though the Falcons' season came up short on Saturday there's no question he was right.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando's game with Liberty tonight is a rematch from a regular-season contest, in which the Warriors won 45-23. However, don't expect the Warriors to take the Eagles lightly in their Class 4A North region second round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Last weekend was a big one for Brian Cornell (Warren County '10) and his Virginia Wesleyan teammates as they advanced to the NCAA men's soccer tournament. However, it was even more special for Cornell and his family.
STEPHENS CITY -- Tyler Hamilton doesn't get a lot of the glory like some of his teammates. The Sherando defensive tackle and tight end doesn't run or pass for touchdowns or make dazzling interceptions, and Hamilton is OK with that.
WOODSTOCK --Central had a little extra motivation for its playoff game with Thomas Jefferson (Richmond) on Saturday. The third-seeded Falcons felt they weren't being respected around the state and they wanted to show they deserved their seeding.
NOKESVILLE --Skyline's football team had the odds stacked against it on Friday night. Playing against fifth-seeded Kettle Run, and without one of their top players - senior Marcus Turner - the Hawks put up a fight against the Cougars.
WOODSTOCK -- Last week with a little help from other teams, Central was able to move up to the No. 3 seed in the Class 3A, East Region playoffs. Many times that would lead to a somewhat easy first-round match-up, but the Falcons are fully aware that will not be the case when they host 14th-seeded Thomas Jefferson (Richmond) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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.
As I sit here trying to figure out what to write my column about this week and with Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" playing in my head (thanks, "One Life to Live") it hit me that summer is just around the corner.
There's always plenty of attention given to the NCAA men's basketball tournament each year, and rightfully so. However, as a women's basketball fan, I think the women's tournament sometimes gets overlooked.