STRASBURG -- Stonewall Jackson senior Patrick Bain walked off the pitch with a strip of black tape wrapped around his injured hand. Generals senior Dylan Dawson walked back from the Strasburg bench, where the first aid kit lay, with a fresh bag of ice packaging his dislocated shoulder.
QUICKSBURG -- When Caleb Golladay hobbled off the Stonewall Jackson pitch in the 73rd minute to scattered claps and cheers, cramps clinging to both his calves, it was evident just how much energy the senior had exerted.
BERRYVILLE -- Although Clarke County, one of the area's premier girls soccer programs, totally dominated play defeating Stonewall Jackson 5-0 ON Thursday in both teams' season opener, the Generals may have witnessed the emergence of a future star in freshman goalkeeper Rhea Jett.
BERRYVILLE -- Ethan Emmart was facing hitters for the first time on Wednesday. Without any scrimmages or even so much as facing his own Clarke County teammates in practice, Emmart's preseason pitching work consisted of throwing a few bullpen sessions.
HARRISONBURG -- Stonewall Jackson girls basketball coach Jeff Burner called a timeout with 59 seconds left to play in the Generals' game against Riverheads on Friday night to design a play for senior Heather Stout.
QUICKSBURG -- Last summer, Stonewall Jackson girls basketball coach Jeff Burner talked with senior forward Heather Stout about being patient this season with a very young team. Stout is the only senior on a team that has seven freshman and three sophomores.
QUICKSBURG -- If the key to winning is defense, then Central's boys basketball team appears to have what it takes to run deep into the postseason after an impressive performance against host Stonewall Jackson on Wednesday night.
STRASBURG -- Bobby Rager and Daniel Reynolds are always trying to make each other better. Every day at practice, the 119- and 125-pound Strasburg wrestlers are pushing each other, hoping to help each other improve with their skill sets.
Stonewall Jackson will stay; Central and Sherando will go -- at least for now. According to a press release issued by the Virginia High School League on Tuesday, the Redistricting and Reclassification Committee heard modification requests from the three schools regarding the VHSL's alignment plan for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.
QUICKSBURG - It took only a matter of seconds for Clarke County to establish its dominance over Stonewall Jackson on Monday in its boys basketball contest with the Generals. The Eagles used a fierce full-court press to force four General turnovers in the first two minutes of play to pull ahead by six. They road that success to a 64-22 victory over Stonewall Jackson.
WOODSTOCK -- Motivational halftime speeches that turn defeat into victory are the things of legend in almost all sports, and on Wednesday in her team's Shenandoah District opener, Central girls basketball coach Stephanie Mathews must have given a good one.
BERRYVILLE - Preparing to play the first of back-to-back games Tuesday night, Clarke County's approach on the court was simple. According to coach Brent Emmart, he wanted to see his team do two things -- share the basketball and create turnovers.
QUICKSBURG -- Free throws, when made consistently, can be a beautiful thing. Just ask Stonewall Jackson coach Jeff Burner, whose Generals converted 10 free throws in the second quarter, trimming a 10-point deficit down to four in a matter of minutes.