Susan St. Amand treasures her horseback trips along the back trails of the George Washington National Forest, or traveling the meandering paths of Andy Guest State Park, even the flat meadow terrain and hardwoods mixed terrain of Blandy Experimental Farm.
WOODSTOCK -- Central High School senior guard Mary Wakeman considers every game the Falcons play as something of a tutorial for the next time her team plays, providing information and opportunities build on that knowledge to get better.
WOODSTOCK -- The police escort into town was a nice touch, and Central High School girls basketball coach Mallory Skarupa's impromptu emcee session via the school bus intercom system was off the chain on Wednesday night.
STEPHENS CITY -- It might not have been the smoothest of starts, but Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's girls basketball team will take the finish in Tuesday's Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) state quarterfinal round game.
The Virginia High School League's decision to adopt a new classification system starting this school year has hardly been universally praised, but none of the area's swim coaches have much to complain about this year.
This is invariably the time of year when I'm easily distracted by anything not frozen or icicle encrusted -- frankly, I get plenty of that without looking for it living in this part of the world at this particular time of year.
QUICKSBURG -- The trait Stonewall Jackson High School golf coach Roger Wilkins might remember most about senior Andrew Good could be any number of attributes -- his amazing work ethic, his undeniable talent on the course, his impressive academic achievements off it -- there's plenty to be proud of as a coach.
Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin have this much in common, at least -- neither of the hulking offensive linemen will likely be suiting up for the Miami Dolphins in next Monday night's NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last week, I got a good chuckle reading an online article about the World Series matchup between the Boston Red Sox and and St. Louis Cardinals. The premise was that this particular series matchup was the most annoying possible to the majority of baseball fans (not pulling for the Sawks or Cards, naturally), complete with a formula for just why that must be so. I laughed, but I agreed -- I did find this particular matchup of two baseball blue bloods tended to get under my skin.
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.
I'm too late to urge you to vote early, vote often in relation to the fast-approaching deadline to cast your ballots for Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game. If this notion is just now occurring to you, there remains but two calendar days (11:59 p.m. EST) to punch your ballots or mark them, whichever the case may be, or more likely to get online at www.mlb.com and vote via the Internet.
I never have been a fan of so-called "supergroups," a term I always used to associate with music. You're no doubt familiar with the concept -- a record company producer would attempt to pluck the brightest stars of the moment from the musical stratosphere, pile them into a studio and simply wait for the money to star rolling in by the truckload.
I hate to think of myself as old school as my years continue to advance, the sort of curmudgeonly sports fan who still despises the designated hitter, refuses to refer to the NHL's conferences as anything other than Campbell and Prince of Wales, and still believes the NCAA tournament should be capped at 32 teams (or less).
FRONT ROYAL -- Tanner Blankenship can admit the truth now. After a summer of precious little time in the water to prepare for his senior season at Randolph-Macon Academy, Blankenship was sweating hard over how he'd perform his first time out for the Yellow Jackets.
I generally refrain from straying into Gerald Almy's neck of the woods -- our weekly outdoors columnist does a bang-up job keeping readers informed about all things nature -- but this is one time I'm making an exception.