HARRISONBURG -- The bye week may have been a relaxing one for many of the James Madison University football team, but the coaching staff was still hard at work. JMU coach Everett Withers found a way to mix business and pleasure.
WINCHESTER-Earlier last week, Sherando head coach Bill Hall told his team it was unlikely it would put away Handley quickly, but if they persevered, a victory would belong to the Warriors by game's end.
HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University football players Brandon Lee, Vad Lee, Brandon Ravenel and DeAndre Smith looked at each other and let out a collective sigh of relief. That was their reaction in the post-game press conference Saturday when asked about the Dukes' upcoming bye week.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando volleyball coach James Minney was at a basketball game three years ago and noticed one of his tall art students was doing cheerleading and decided to ask her to give volleyball a try. Three years later both Minney and Michelle Baker are glad she did.
WINCHESTER -- Skyline senior Luke Cline can still remember what it was like running against the Northwestern District teams two years ago. That's what made things even sweeter on Wednesday, when the Hawks won the boys district cross country title.
HARRISONBURG -- Many things went wrong for James Madison University on Saturday in its 30-23 overtime loss to Delaware. In most cases the Dukes simply beat themselves, but JMU coach Everett Withers said he was happy with how his players responded after the loss.
STRASBURG -- Clarke County and Strasburg were both searching for consistency entering Thursday's volleyball match in what has been an up and down season for both teams. Clarke County found it, while Strasburg's season-long struggles continued.
STEPHENS CITY -- Kelsey Singhas is known for her ability to attack and hit the ball hard for a kill, but this season the Sherando junior is doing a little bit of everything for the Warriors volleyball team.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.