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.
QUICKSBURG -- What a sight for Stonewall Jackson coach Dick Krol to behold. For the first time in 370 days, Krol watched as Stonewall tailback Colton Koontz, hand in hand with Matthew Deavers and Jordan Laughlin, marched out to midfield for a captains' meeting with Strasburg on Friday night.
HARRISONBURG -- In the parking lot at Heritage Oaks Golf Course, Stonewall Jackson golf coach Roger Wilkins stepped onto his team's white activity bus, strapped himself into the driver's seat, and with the window down and thumbs up, flashed a pearly smile before heading back to Quicksburg.