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.
FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline High School junior Kelsey Corcoran's left-handed baby hook from the low block with 12 seconds left Thursday night helped lift the Hawks to a 58-56 Northwestern District girls basketball victory over Sherando.
FRONT ROYAL -- "The Book of Eli" is playing at nearby Royal Cinemas. A few miles away, at Skyline High School, one of its own, Eli McEathron, was providing a five-star performance against Sherando and getting a rave review from his coach with his shooting Thursday night to keep the Hawks surging.
WINCHESTER -- Sherando swept Thursday's Northwestern District Swim Meet, but -- at least in the girls competition -- the Warriors' dual victory was in doubt until the final race at Jim Barnett Park's indoor pool.