FRONT ROYAL -- In the first three innings against Skyline, Millbrook softball coach Mandee Madden wasn't sure who was playing in the Carolina Blue uniforms. They certainly didn't resemble her squad, the one that entered Monday night's game undefeated.
STEPHENS CITY -- With an injury to Reid Entsminger, Sherando will have to rely more on the rest of its pitching staff this season. Junior Adam Whitacre showed on Wednesday night that he's more than ready to step up for the Warriors.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy and Handley met for the first time ever in girls soccer on Thursday. If the first meeting is any indication, it could be the beginning of a good rivalry.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County was up against a tough opponent on Monday. Even though the Wildcats were unable to win any matches against defending Group A state champion George Mason, they were still able to take some real positives from the match.
Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy girls soccer coach Dustin Wheelock wanted Megan Norton to have a little more of a scorer's mentality this season. He wanted her to attack, beat her defenders and look to score a little more than last year. So far Wheelock is getting what he wanted.
WOODSTOCK -- Clarke County coach Susan Grubbs knows her softball team will have to score more runs this season, after losing pitcher Sarah Herndon to graduation last year. On Thursday night against Central, the Eagles showed they should be just fine this season without Herndon.
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.
WOODSTOCK -- Central girls basketball coach Mallory Skarupa made all the right moves this season leading Central to its first state berth since 1996. Now that the season is over she has to work on getting down a few new dance moves.
FRONT ROYAL - In the basketball offseason, Warren County boys basketball coach Vernon Mathews sat down with his assistant coaches Logan Hibbs, Paul Elliot and Andrew Nicholson. Mathews and his staff talked about the upcoming season and whether or not they wanted to continue to use "the system" as their offense.
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.
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.