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.
HARRISONBURG -- Heather Stout's eyes were fixed on the tall, glimmering gold trophy awarded to the Shenandoah District tournament champions. The gaze of her eyes said she wanted the trophy; the tear in her eye said she didn't get it.
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson hitter Heather Stout said Marisa Moomaw's serves move like a screwball. Moomaw's serves aren't especially fast, but they're difficult to read, and have the potential to land most anywhere on the court.
QUICKSBURG -- The Stonewall Jackson Generals celebrated Senior Night with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-23, 25-17) of Page County on Thursday night, clinching third place in the Shenandoah District in the volleyball regular-season finale for both squads.
QUICKSBURG -- There's an energy that flows between them. It can't be seen, but it can be felt; it doesn't falter, because it's everlasting. That energy, it's why Stonewall Jackson setter Whitney Wilkins can fluff a volleyball high into the air, from anywhere on the court; it's why she can sing it a lullaby so that the soft, pale ball feathers softly toward the ground; it's why Generals hitter Heather Stout can whack that soft, pale ball so that it thunders to the floor like an anvil.
QUICKSBURG -- The fierce long-standing Shenandoah County rivalry between the Central Falcons and Stonewall Jackson Generals was played out in their second head-to-head volleyball match of the season on Thursday night.