STRASBURG -- Sometimes you've just got to respect your opponent a little better.
At least that was the feeling Strasburg boys basketball coach Millson French had Friday night after his Rams had to fight off a Stonewall Jackson team that has gone two years since it last won a game.
THE PLAINS -- Katlyn Ayers doesn't like it when an opponent is close behind.
For some runners, having somebody on their heels might serve as motivation to keep pushing harder and harder, but that doesn't work for Ayers. If it were up to the Strasburg junior, her closest opponent would be plenty of distance away.
So when George Mason's Julia Estrada started to close in on Ayers, who held the lead in the Group A state cross country championships with less than 100 yards to go, Ayers knew she couldn't let her cushion slip away.
LURAY -- It started so promising. Stonewall Jackson had rallied in the first set, taking full advantage of its "underdog" role to push second-seeded Luray to match point. To cap things off, sophomore Taylor Koontz's final serve crashed onto the Bulldogs' side of the court for an ace, the perfect ending to what started as a dream scenario for the Generals as they took the first set.
QUICKSBURG -- Riverheads continued its dominance of the Shenandoah District as the Gladiators dismantled Stonewall Jackson, 42-3, on Friday night.
Riverheads dominated every phase of the game in the first half. The offense ran for 263 yards while the defense limited the Generals to 43 total yards. Stonewall Jackson ran 25 plays in the first two quarters with 11 resulting in negative yardage. Riverheads scored on its first two possessions to lead 14-0 lead after one quarter.
NEW MARKET -- Central's Brandon Poff finished first and led the Falcons to the boys team championship. Luray's Deanna Teter was the fastest girl and Page County took the girls team top spot in the Shenandoah District cross country meet Wednesday afternoon at the 5K/3.1 mile New Market Battlefield Park course.
STAUNTON -- Central won its second consecutive Shenandoah District competition cheerleading title on Saturday.
The Falcons had 240 points in the first round of competition, and 241 points in the second round to win the crown. Page County finished second, and Buffalo Gap was third. Stonewall Jackson finished sixth.
WOODSTOCK -- Central hosted the Shenandoah County cross country meet Saturday morning at the 3.0 mile Wetzel Farm course off North Street.
Strasburg junior Katlyn Ayers took first place and led the Rams to the girls title.
Central junior Brandon Poff finished first among the boys, leading the Falcons to the boys top spot.
QUICKSBURG -- When talking about Central's offensive attack, Matt Sherfey's arm seems to get all the credit.
Not that it shouldn't, mind you. With 168 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 24-8 win over Stonewall Jackson, the Falcons senior certainly showed why his throwing skills steal the headlines.
STRASBURG -- Shawn Owens had a premonition on Friday night.
The Strasburg sophomore defensive back had a feeling the ball was coming his way in the closing seconds of the Rams' home football matchup against cross-county rival Stonewall Jackson, a feeling that developed into a certainty as he spied Generals quarterback John-Michael Pirtle rolling out of the pocket toward the right sideline.
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.
FRONT ROYAL -- The 13th hole at Jackson's Chase Golf Course is not for the faint of heart. It's a challenging, 478-yard, par 5, with the fairway hanging to the right of the tee box. It's one of the five longest holes on the course and for any golfer, the prospect of a par or even a bogey is satisfactory.
BERRYVILLE -- After taking Stonewall Jackson easily in the first set, host Clarke County struggled through the second and fourth set but was able pull out a 3-1 (25-6, 17-25, 25-14, 25-20) win in Monday's non-district volleyball match.
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson coach Dick Krol has only a few concerns heading into the Generals' scrimmage against Manassas Park today: the health of his starters, the size of his starters, and the stifling weather the Generals have been practicing in.
The recent class of coaches, athletes and contributors inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame comprises two local coaches, well established in the same sport, who are admittedly ecstatic to rub elbows with one of the most established coaches in Virginia.
QUICKSBURG -- If it wasn't enough for Clarke County's boys soccer team to have to travel 70 miles for its match in the Region B Tournament quarterfinals, imagine having to travel all that way to face a team that had beaten them twice in the regular season and was 18-0 going into the game.
QUICKSBURG -- There was no on-field celebration for Central on Thursday. There were no shrieks from teammates, no applause from fans in the stand, not even a team gathering following the final whistle. In fact, there wasn't even a final whistle.
HARRISONBURG -- The Stonewall Jackson Generals took several top spots, and Central also earned some medals, in the Shenandoah District Track and Field meet on Wednesday evening at Harrisonburg High School.
STRASBURG -- The discus event, as Lucas Ryan will tell you, requires a lot of technique in order to be successful. The shot put, on the other hand, is simply a test to see who is truly the strongest guy out there.