HARRISONBURG --Central had a tough task, playing against defending state champion Spotswood on Saturday. For much of the first half the Falcons hung with the Trailblazers, but a 3-pointing shooting surge helped Spotswood pull away.
There's not much question that Central is the underdog when it plays against defending state champion Spotswood today at James Madison University's Convocation Center in the Class 3A girls basketball state semifinals. And that's just fine with the Falcons.
WOODSTOCK -- It doesn't take more than a split second for Rebecca Truban to answer one of the easiest questions she could ever answer. Asked what she loves about basketball, the Central senior breaks into an immediate smile and says defense.
WOODSTOCK -- Huguenot girls basketball coach Bo Jones Jr. had to quickly throw his scouting reports about Central out the window on Friday night, but it didn't stop his team from pulling out the regional title.
PURCELLVILLE -- High-fives and hugs were the order of the day on the Central bench as the final horn sounded. Central senior Sydney Plum leaped into the arms of freshman Tamra Scott as the celebration began.
SHENANDOAH -- Strasburg battled back after early foul trouble and a slow start put the Rams in a hole. The Rams had their chances in the final period, but came up short in a 57-46 loss in the Conference 35 girls basketball tournament quarterfinals.
STRASBURG -- The Strasburg faithful were cheering as loud as they could as the final match of the 2A East Region wrestling tournament unfolded late Sunday evening. It was a tight battle in the 285 final, and the Strasburg fans and wrestlers were as invested as possible -- even though there wasn't a Ram wrestling.
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.
WOODSTOCK -- Before he became starting quarterback at Central, Hayden Bauserman was very aware of the tradition at the quarterback position. He had heard about Kenny Lambiotte, who played in the NFL. He watched quarterbacks such as Matt Sherfey, Brandon Foltz and Kolter Stroop. Now Bauserman can proudly put his name alongside all of those.
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.