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.
BERRYVILLE -- With the score knotted at 46 and less than two minutes to play, both teams looked for someone to step up. After Clarke County missed an open jump shot, Skyline junior Oshene Kelly grabbed one of her game-high 24 rebounds and Skyline took possession.
"We had our chances tonight," Eagles coach Tim Lawrence said. "We had a good shot with the game tied, but it didn't go down. You have to give Skyline credit for hitting the shots when they needed to."
STEPHENS CITY -- On paper, Sherando's 28-0 victory over Skyline on Friday night might appear to have been an easy win for the Warriors, but it was anything but that. The Hawks' defense kept Sherando in check offensively for most of the first three quarters of the game, leaving the door open for a Skyline upset.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Warriors' powerful offensive line, and the insertion of tailback Tre Porter spelled doom for Skyline.
FRONT ROYAL -- James Wood stormed into the gymnasium at Skyline High School on Tuesday night and put a damper on the festivities on Skyline's Senior Night. The Hawks celebrated the careers of their senior players and then hoped to provide a win against one of the top teams in the Northwestern District to cap off the celebratory night.
FRONT ROYAL -- It was Senior Night and Skyline was playing solid football.
The Hawks had just held the Judges to a field goal and had the ball back with a little more than five minutes left in the first half of Friday night's Northwestern District game.
On the second play of its next series, Skyline lost a fumble when Jonta Baltimore couldn't handle a pitch out. Handley scored off the turnover to take its first lead.
WINCHESTER -- Trying to catch up to Kayla Gibbons isn't easy. In just her second season at Warren County, the sophomore has established herself as the top runner for the Wildcats and one of the fastest runners in the area.
WINCHESTER -- James Wood coach Mike Bolin says senior Mark Collie has done everything possible to get on the field this season. After Friday night's performance, the hard part might be keeping him off it.
FRONT ROYAL -- With one swing of the putter, two sets of eyes began to well up.
As the ball sailed just past the hole, Cory Hammons, the man responsible for the shot, knew he had fallen, that the shot he needed to continue the playoff hadn't gone in.
FRONT ROYAL -- Early on Tuesday night in what eventually became a 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-10) win for Skyline, it was anybody's volleyball match, as the Hawks and their cross-county rival, the Warren County Wildcats, split the first two sets of their non-district volleyball match.
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.