STEPHENS CITY -- The swing of emotion a player experiences from being down a goal with seven minutes left to play, to squeezing out a 3-2 win over a district rival, as Sherando did against Millbrook on Tuesday evening, is immeasurable.
WINCHESTER -- Sherando High School's softball team spent the first five innings Tuesday afternoon knocking on the door. The Warriors finally kicked it in by scoring six times over the last two innings to pull away for a 7-2 Northwestern District victory over host Millbrook.
"Talk to me." University of Virginia quarterback Ross Metheny looked both excited and exhausted. Only minutes following U.Va.'s annual spring game, which pitted the Orange team against the Blue team in a controlled scrimmaged, Scott Stadium hummed with enthusiasm over Metheny, the former Sherando star who'd just picked apart the Cavaliers' second-string defense.
STEPHENS CITY -- Friday night's boys soccer game between James Wood and Sherando was the type of game local soccer fans have come to expect. It was a physical, emotional game played by two teams determined to win.
STEPHENS CITY -- People often wonder just how nervous athletes get before a match. In wrestling, it can sometimes be hard to tell. Wrestlers are always moving around, never standing still enough to notice whether they're shaking in their shoes.
STEPHENS CITY -- With the way Sherando junior Krista DeCeault danced from touchline to touchline -- the soccer ball, as if secured by a string, never skipping more than a yard past her cleat -- it seemed preordained that DeCeault was to put on a dazzling display of game-winning heroics.
STEPHENS CITY -- Last year, Sherando's boys tennis team wasn't sure what to expect when the Warriors advanced to the Region II final against eventual Group AA state champion Western Albemarle. Sherando lost the match, 5-0. This season, a year older and a year wiser, the team feels ready to take the next step.
STEPHENS CITY -- The Sherando Warriors girls soccer team, defending Northwestern District tournament champion, has graduated 40 goals and 41 assists. The graduation of keeper Rachael Shirley means the loss of 63 saves and 10 shutouts; the Warriors lose another six assists because of non-returning players.
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando baseball coach Pepper Martin knows this season will be different than years past. After powering their way through last year off the bats of Nick Merchant and Curry Clevenger, the Warriors must now set their sights on another approach, one that will hopefully see some "fast results."
BEALETON -- Sitting on the sideline, Sherando senior James Bowens watched. He watched as his Warriors warmed up for their Region II, Division 4 showdown with Liberty; he watched as his Warriors played cold through the first eight minutes; he watched as his Warriors lost 53-37.
STEPHENS CITY -- It's never easy to guard James Wood senior Trae Tinsman. The all-district guard can shoot from 25-feet out, skate through the paint, and carry a team on his back, if need be. But with Sherando senior James Bowens tied to his hips, Tinsman shouldered only two field goals and six points, as James Wood fell to Sherando 66-57 on Tuesday night in the Region II, Division 4 quarterfinals.
WINCHESTER -- After a disappointing first half, Skyline came alive in the third quarter to upend Sherando 75-68 on Thursday in the opening round of the Northwestern District girls basketball tournament at Millbrook High School.