I haven't been watching as much college basketball as I usually do, which isn't all that surprising considering the fact that the only team I really care about -- Virginia Tech -- is having yet another bad season. It's really hard to watch a team that simply isn't very good.
You go to enough football camps and talk to enough football coaches, and sooner or later you'll hear all about players' "heads swimming" as they learn a new offense or defense, shift over to a new position, move up a level of competition or join a new program.
WOODSTOCK -- Johnny Burnett can be one tough taskmaster. New Massanutten Military Academy football coach Chris Gilliland knows that all too well, having played for Burnett as a cornerback early in his football career at VMI.
STRASBURG -- Bobby Rager and Daniel Reynolds are always trying to make each other better. Every day at practice, the 119- and 125-pound Strasburg wrestlers are pushing each other, hoping to help each other improve with their skill sets.
WOODSTOCK -- If there were a sports version of the Geneva Convention, the Randolph-Macon Academy Yellow Jackets' 69-6 annihilation of the Massanutten Military Academy Colonels in girls basketball on Monday night would have violated many of its provisions.
STEPHENS CITY - Watching his team's opponent during warm-ups Monday night, Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy coach Ron Combs decided his squad wouldn't have to worry too much about stopping the 3-point shot but would need to focus its defensive attack on the inside.
WOODSTOCK -- The play still stands out in Carl St. Amand's mind. It was third-and-four against St. John's, and the Massanutten Military Academy cornerback picked off a pass at the 40-yard line that swung the momentum in the Colonels' favor. MMA ended up winning that game due in large part to the interception.