WINCHESTER -- Sherando, to be sure, had been looking forward to Tuesday night with a growing enthusiasm.
James Wood had, too.
And now the match between the Northwestern District rivals is over, finished, kaput -- Sherando waltzed into Donald H. Shirley Gymnasium sporting camouflage warm-ups and fluffs of red hair, then walked out with a 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-14) win.
The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a football top 10 list. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top-ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on. Numbers in parenthesis indicate where each team was last week.
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Ross Metheny waited patiently Saturday.
He put on his helmet and waited some more as VMI completed a first down midway through the third quarter. Finally Virginia stopped VMI and forced a punt.
STEPHENS CITY -- Joseph Ojo did it again. In a 59-20 stomping of Jefferson County, the Sherando tailback rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns. He gained another 18 yards receiving and another 17 yards on a kick return.
STEPHENS CITY -- A funny thing happens to a team in the year following a district championship season: Local spectators provide the team with a list of clichés meant to describe its particular situation.
LEESBURG -- Joseph Ojo had no doubt he was going to get the ball into the end zone. Facing a third-and-goal from the Loudoun County 2-yard line with a little over two minutes left in the game, the Sherando junior running back followed the offensive line and burst into the end zone to give Sherando a 21-14 win over the Raiders on Thursday night.
STEPHENS CITY -- After his team dropped three of its last four matches against some of the best competition on its schedule, Sherando High School volleyball coach Chuck Ashby was looking for one thing Tuesday night -- confidence.
Kelley Washington has found a new home. The Sherando graduate signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. It's the fourth different team Washington has played for in his eight-year career.
STEPHENS CITY -- The move had everything to do with family and community.
So while it pained him to leave the girls he coached and the community he spurred at Loudoun County, former Raiders coach Kevin Reed will coach Sherando's girls basketball team this winter.
STEPHENS CITY -- As their season passed, the Sherando Warriors girls soccer team, gathering at midfield, with a few stragglers openly lamenting the season's end, waited for head coach Rob Kilmer to huddle the team together one last time.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando High School's softball team saw its chance of advancing to the Region II tournament semifinals slip away Monday night as Park View scored five times in the final two innings to defeat the Warriors 7-4 at Sherando Park.
CROZET -- For the past few years, Western Albemarle has been the ultimate test for Sherando's boys tennis team. The three-time defending state champions, fittingly sharing Sherando's "Warrior" nickname, have plagued the Warriors from Stephens City each season. Last year Western knocked Sherando out in the regional tournament final and kept them from capturing a Region II championship.
STEPHENS CITY -- On a sweltering day that was more like August than May, Sherando's experience was the deciding factor in its 5-0 victory over Freedom on Thursday in the Region II boys' tennis tournament semifinals.
STEPHENS CITY -- It's said by some that the eyes are a window into a person's soul. Sherando keeper Briana Hudnall looked into the eyes of four Handley players, and those eyes, for the most part, betrayed their intentions.
WINCHESTER -- Handley and Sherando's Northwestern District boys soccer tournament championship game had just about everything, including the unlikeliest of heroes. Two regulation halves, two overtimes, two sudden death overtimes, and 14 penalty kicks before a winner was decided.