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.
HARRISONBURG -- Dean Marlowe knows there's nothing he can do about last year, when James Madison University's secondary struggled to make plays. Those struggles will help motivate Marlowe to make sure his senior season is one to remember.
HARRISONBURG -- Any time a new coach takes over a program, there will be turnover among the players. James Madison University had some of that this year as new head coach Everett Withers took over, but he was also able to bring in a talented slew of transfers which should help the Dukes out this season.
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.