Prior to the start of the spring season last year, the Virginia High School League implemented a new rule that placed stricter limitations on the number of innings that high school pitchers could throw in a given time period.
You go to enough football camps and talk to enough football coaches, and sooner or later you'll hear all about players' "heads swimming" as they learn a new offense or defense, shift over to a new position, move up a level of competition or join a new program.
FRONT ROYAL -- Just a little over two weeks after Warren County defeated cross-town rival Skyline 1-0 in an extra-inning pitchers' duel, the Wildcats and the Hawks met for round two of softball action at Skyline on Thursday.
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).
FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline's Sonny Dyke is one amazed basketball coach.
He's amazed at how focused his Hawks can be, even without practicing for a few days due to dismal weather. He's amazed at how business-like his team can be at the start of each half, sharing the ball and building big leads through teamwork.
BERRYVILLE -- One week ago, Skyline strolled into the fourth quarter in a game against Clarke County with a lead, only to see it evaporate in a matter of minutes. The Hawks had led through the first three quarters, but faltered late to drop their first game of the season. Tuesday night, however, there would be no collapse against the Eagles.
FRONT ROYAL -- In a physical matchup, Clarke County proved to be too much for host Skyline during the second and third quarters en route to a 40-33 victory Tuesday, snapping the Hawks' four-game winning streak.
"We played a poor game, but we were still in it right until the end," Hawks coach Jim Kenney said. "The effort was there tonight, but we just couldn't find that spark that we have had during the last four games coming into tonight."
FRONT ROYAL -- There's always an element of mystery surrounding a team's first game.
It could be a collection of new faces on a roster, adjusting to a new scheme on the court or seeing an opponent for the first time, but unpredictability always seems to accompany an opening game.