STEPHENS CITY -- When the spring season first started, Sherando boys tennis coach Steve Jennings wasn't sure what to expect from his very young squad. As the season went on Jennings watched his team blossom into a very respectable team.
Kevin Reed had an end-of-year meeting scheduled for Thursday with Sherando athletic director Jason Barbe. Reed said about 15 minutes before the meeting, he got a text from Barbe saying to meet him in the main office. At that point, Reed knew something wasn't right.
RADFORD -- The entire infield at Radford University was littered with red and white baseball caps and baseball gloves. There, just to the inside of the pitching mound, was the Sherando Warriors baseball team dogpiling in celebration of the program's first-ever state championship.
PULASKI -- About nine hours after Sherando High School held its graduation ceremony for the class of 2013 on Saturday, six of the school's seniors gathered nearly 200 miles away at Calfee Park in Pulaski for a unique graduation experience.
STEPHENS CITY -- During practice this week Sherando's players were as loose as ever -- joking around as they took bating practice and shagged balls in the field. A casual observer would never know that the Warriors were preparing for the Group AA state baseball semifinals.
Winchester Post 21 baseball coach Steve Smallwood opened the season earlier this week with a decidedly short bench, missing five players he's counting on to help the squad advance to the state tournament this year.
STEPHENS CITY -- Throughout the postseason Sherando has shown the ability to respond whenever an opponent would take a lead, or when they simply needed to score. In Tuesday night's Group AA state baseball quarterfinal against Culpeper, the Warriors did it again.
STEPHENS CITY -- Heading into the postseason, Sherando coach Pepper Martin was a little concerned with how his team would respond in a big game situation. The Warriors only had four games in the regular season that were decided by three runs or less. Last week the Warriors were put to the test, and they passed with flying colors.
HARRISONBURG -- Persistent Injuries and one lengthy illness undermined the best efforts of four of the 10 area athletes competing in the State Group AA Track and Field Championship, held at Harrisonburg High's Dr. Walter F. Green, III, Field, on Friday evening and Saturday.
LEESBURG -- Sherando may have been the underdog when it traveled to unbeaten Tuscarora for the Region II boys soccer semifinal match on Thursday, but the Warriors hardly seemed fazed by having to square up against last season's Group AA state runner-up.
WINCHESTER -- Sherando senior Chris Mikus didn't have a lot of opportunities to break the serve of Loudoun County's Jack McLister, but when he did Mclister generally found a way to rise to the occasion.