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FRONT ROYAL -- Brandon Harvell might be late to the party, but he sure made sure the Strasburg Express celebrated on Thursday night at Bing Crosby Stadium.
STRASBURG -- Ryan Cleveland had modest goals on Wednesday night.
When Shenandoah University football coach Scott Yoder and his staff hit the recruiting trails to put together the Hornets' 2014 incoming class, their mission was both easy to visualize and hard to quantify.
This should be an incredibly interesting week for the Beltway's baseball fans.
Brad Neffendorf went into his first recruiting year as the new manager of the Front Royal Cardinals with one primary objective -- find some pests, and lots of them.
STRASBURG -- To his Strasburg Express teammates, left fielder Brandon Harvell is one of several members of the squad simply known as "new guy."
The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department thought it had identified a need within the running community when it started making plans for the inaugural Battlefield Half Marathon.
Erick Green got the call he's been waiting for nearly his entire life late on Tuesday night.
STRASBURG -- The Woodstock River Bandits put on an impressive power display on Tuesday.
The Valley Baseball League playoffs are just less than a week away, and all indications are that it will be a mad dash to the end of the regular season.
FRONT ROYAL -- Amber Ross thinks of her job as a tour guide at Front Royal's Skyline Caverns as something of a family business.
The next section of mountain bike trail at Sherando Park might be ready for riders could be ready sooner than thought.
The spread of feral hogs across much of the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States has been steady and startling since the early 1990s, but the hogs aren't to blame.
WOODSTOCK -- As walk-up music goes, Andrew Brodbeck has found a tune most fans would instantly recognize and no other Valley Baseball League player is likely to poach.
WINCHESTER - The Valley Baseball League regular season is rapidly drawing to a close with fully six teams jockeying for the final three playoff spots.
STRASBURG -- Charles Town catcher Matt Gandy was the sum total of the Cannons' offensive output in Tuesday night's game against the Strasburg Express.
So this is what it feels like to be a player in the off-season free-agent market.
NEW MARKET -- Sometime soon, possibly even next season, current New Market Rebels utility player Darian Carpenter will be providing a regular jolt to Virginia Commonwealth University's baseball lineup.
Baseball fans will have one extra night to take in a Valley Baseball League regular-season game this summer.
FRONT ROYAL -- Ed Dike may be new to Warren County High School, but he's hardly a stranger to the sports community in this part of the state.
WOODSTOCK -- Anthony "Teddy" Payne had the makings of a great summer planned out last year.
As Major League Baseball plods toward its approximation of the regular-season's halfway point, the All-Star break, it seems as good a time as any to dream if you're a D.C.-area sports fan.
Ron Combs has his mind on a bus.
WOODSTOCK -- As bunts go, it was hardly a thing of beauty Luke Wurzelbacher dropped down for the Strasburg Express on Monday night.
NEW MARKET -- For a pair of pitchers who attack opposing batters from diametrically opposite sides, Front Royal Cardinals starters Jake Harper and Keegan Long seem to have a knack for ending up in the same place.
Business has been humming for a new zip line course that opened during the spring in Bentonville.
NEW MARKET -- The clouds were heavy, the raining falling insistently late Friday night's Valley Baseball League game at Rebel Park.
Ashton Davis spent Thursday familiarizing herself with Radford University's campus as part of her incoming freshman orientation.
You can bet there have been a few nicknames floated out there for the longtime partnership between Stonewall Jackson High School track and field coaches Dick Krol and Debbie Ritchie.
The ending might not fit the story, not in Justin Bauserman's case, but the recent Central High School graduate wouldn't trade his experience this past season.
It didn't take Rick Lytton long to do a head count of his Central High School boys track and field team in Harrisonburg for the Group 3A state meet.
FIRST TEAM • Justin Bauserman, Central, Hurdles Senior was a two-time Group 3A all-state honoree by finishing fourth in 300...
Tony Gwynn's legacy as one of Major League Baseball's all-time finest pure hitters is secure.
Manny Machado got a bushel full of teachable moments this week.
You have to wonder if we are experiencing Tony Bennett's greatest hits right here and now.
Ted Leonsis must feel a little silly.
WINCHESTER -- The excitement has been building in Winchester since last year's announcement that the city will once again host the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando's Seth Wade hadn't seen an opponent as collectively quick as Park View.
Horse racing fans can collectively breathe easy -- California Chrome will indeed make a bid to complete the Triple Crown.
Trivia time -- can you name the winner of the 2013 Preakness Stakes?
Have you noticed the trend?
Sometimes in sports, you wonder what ever happened to the high road.
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The cleaning crew at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Slots got a workout Saturday night.
The fight is on between Virginia's lone thoroughbred racing track and the horsemen who've supplied the racing stock at the turf track in New Kent.
The Washington Wizards took a huge step this past week by locking up the franchise's first NBA playoff appearance since 2008.
I'm considering a care package for Bryce Harper.
Did you hear the great news?
The hype machine kicked into overdrive on Sunday, when top-seeded Virginia dumped traditional powerhouse Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament championship game.
Has the Washington Capitals' savior at last arrived from the frozen steppes of Mother Russia?
This one is going to sting for awhile.
Is there any kind of luck besides bad for the Washington Wizards? I wonder sometimes, I really do.
Is it spring yet?
I should probably just file this column away for periodic use, since I seem to write something along these lines every year.
I can't say I'm brimming with excitement about the impending start to the Winter Olympics -- never have been, probably never will be.
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.
Did you see the Virginia game the other night? The one where the Cavaliers beat an honest-to-goodness "name" program in men's basketball?
I felt my Baltimore Orioles sympathies bubble to the surface this week.
Typical Washington Redskins move -- hire another "name" coach to try to turn around the floundering franchise.
Finally, the Baltimore Orioles have started grabbing a few headlines -- with some help from the hated New York Yankees.
Interesting news out of Ashburn this week, where the Washington Redskins brain trust continues to hole up and await better days.
Jay Jacobs is stumping hard, for all the good it'll do.
Right about now might be a good time to start planning a trip to Shenandoah University's Shingleton Gymnasium to catch a men's basketball game.
Feeling a bit indecisive about today's topic, so why fight it? Let's make this column a two-parter.
I don't keep a panic button handy anywhere near my desk, and Thursday night was a prime example why.
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.
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- I'm not in the habit of rooting when I'm out covering an event.
I admit it -- I have "expectations" heading into this NBA season.
STEPHENS CITY -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy boys soccer coach Dustin Wheelock knew his squad was facing a tough test when the Patriots hosted Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on Tuesday afternoon.
The NHL is off and ... skating ... did you know that?
The Virginia High School League released the initial football playoff ratings this week, and were the season to end today it would indeed be another banner year for high school football.
Tough weekend for Beltway baseball fans, no question.
Forgive the pun, but there was indeed a considerable buzz surrounding the Shenandoah Hornets for their season-opening football game against Gallaudet on Saturday night at Shentel Stadium.
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 suppose I need a lesson in proper golf etiquette.