WINCHESTER -- The pressure was on for the Sherando girls 4x400 relay quartet as they warmed up in the infield, 6.25 points behind first place National Cathedral School (DC) , among the 20 schools entered in Saturday's 45th H. Brian Landes Apple Blossom Track and Field Invitational, hosted by James Wood.
STEPHENS CITY -- Just one day after needing overtime to beat Spotswood, Sherando's boys soccer team once again found itself in a closely contested match with visiting Handley on Tuesday that required extra time at the end of regulation.
WINCHESTER - Despite the Warriors' girls 4x400 relay team departing before their event, Sherando's girls team took second place among the 19 schools entered in the in the 72nd annual Handley Track and Field Invitational, at James R. Wilkens, Jr. Stadium, Saturday afternoon.
WINCHESTER -- The Sherando High School wrestling team put itself in contention for a top-three finish after Wednesday's first round of the Willie Walters/Jaye Copp Holiday Tournament.
The Warriors placed an area-best five wrestlers in today's championship semifinal round of the two-day, 16-team, bracket tournament at James Wood High School.
Stafford leads with 84 team points. Rounding out the top five are Potomac Falls (77), Sherando (67), Stonewall Jackson (Manassas) (66), and Turner Ashby (64). Of the remaining three area schools, James Wood is eighth (53), Skyline 13th (35), and Handley 14th (33).
STEPHENS CITY -- Dominique Porter had one of the best seats in Sherando's gymnasium for the start of Tuesday night's nondistrict boys basketball game with Musselman (W.Va.).
His brother, Tre, and buddies Jalen Brisco, Jalen Harris, and Terry Wood had pretty much the same vantage point, as well.
STEPHENS CITY -- Erin Drumheller sauntered to center court at Sherando High School for only her fourth game adorned in Sherando's scarlet garb, and her palms were wet with nervous perspiration.
She said she felt jumpy. She said she felt a lot like a freshman again.
THE PLAINS -- Fifty yards from the finish line, Kayla Gibbons collapsed.
Her knees buckled, sending her straight to the ground in pain. She was so close, yet with her body completely exhausted, the end of the race seemed miles away.
STEPHENS CITY -- Megan Sirbaugh couldn't have known her own potential.
Not when she was 4 years old, bumping volleyballs with her younger sister, Morgan, at her mother's club volleyball tournaments.
Megan Sirbaugh couldn't have known her potential even in the sixth grade, when she played parks and recreation volleyball, the first time she'd ever played organized volleyball.
STEPHENS CITY -- On paper, Sherando's 28-0 victory over Skyline on Friday night might appear to have been an easy win for the Warriors, but it was anything but that. The Hawks' defense kept Sherando in check offensively for most of the first three quarters of the game, leaving the door open for a Skyline upset.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Warriors' powerful offensive line, and the insertion of tailback Tre Porter spelled doom for Skyline.
BEALETON -- Sherando wide receiver Dominique Porter stood on the sideline, the Friday night lights dancing on the red and yellow and green turf field at Liberty High School.
Porter yelled to his brother, Tre, who stood 20 yards deeper than the rest of the Sherando defense, the eyeshield of his helmet glistening. Warriors quarterback Jalen Brisco yelled to Tre Porter, too. The offense, for four quarters, had done its part, giving Sherando a three-point lead over undefeated Liberty in the game's fading minutes.
Time for the defense to finish what the offense started.