STEPHENS CITY -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy girls basketball coach Lauren Culler needed less than a minute to decide to scrap the Patriots' man-to-man defense against Musselman (W.Va.) on Thursday night.
STRASBURG -- From the way Strasburg High School's girls basketball team was getting after it on defense Tuesday night, you'd think the Rams were locked in an epic battle against Bull Run District rival Rappahannock County.
FRONT ROYAL -- Judging strictly be the Class 3A East state playoff seedings, Warren County's football team might be better off saving the time -- not to mention gas -- by skipping the long bus ride down to Williamsburg for tonight's second-round matchup.
STEPHENS CITY -- Just when Amherst County High School's football team thought it had finally built a little momentum in Friday's Class 4A North first-round playoff game against Sherando, along came LeeQuan Johnson Jr.
MADISON -- Robert Rutherford has snapped that chin strap and taken the field for Warren County High School's football field with some regularity this season, but the stakes were much higher than normal for the sophomore backup quarterback on Friday night.
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.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco may have parroted that famous line that makes Mickey Mouse's ears perk up all the way down in Florida (or California, I can't remember which), but I'm guessing his mind wasn't envisioning a prime seat on Space Mountain.