RADFORD -- Perhaps Stonewall Jackson was still feeling the effects of a lengthy match the day before. Maybe the Generals were thrown off by the physicality of George Mason. Maybe they were feeling the pressure of competing in the biggest soccer match of their high school careers.
SALEM -- As Stonewall Jackson prepared for a penalty kick shootout after battling Radford to a 2-2 tie through four overtime periods during Saturday's Group A state semifinal match at Salem High School, Generals coach Caleb Golladay shared a quick conversation with junior goalkeeper Ryan Zerkel.
SALEM --Stonewall Jackson had plenty of reasons to feel confident when its Group A state semifinal match with Radford went to penalty kicks. The Generals boast a strong offense and had plenty of scorers to send out onto the field. They also had Ryan Zerkel in goal to stop the Highlanders.
As Stonewall Jackson prepares for Saturday's Group A boys soccer state semifinal match with Radford with a berth in the state championship on the line, the message from head coach Caleb Golladay is simple -- just keep doing what you've been doing.
RADFORD -- Justin Bauserman wasn't going to let anything keep him from defending his 300 hurdles title in Saturday's Group A track meet. Not a disappointing performance in the 110 hurdles. Not a 30-minute lightning delay. And certainly not a strong challenge from a rival.
RADFORD -- As Rachel Speaker stepped up to make her last throw in the Group A girls discus final, the pressure was off. She was the last athlete to make an attempt in the event and already had the top throw.She made the throw and then as one-by-one people began to congratulate her it her -- she was a state champion and the tears began to flow.
Justin Bauserman vividly remembers last year's 300 hurdles state final. The Central junior certainly remembers the feeling of winning the state title in the event, but he also remembers how it happened.
QUICKSBURG -- Shortly after Stonewall Jackson's boys soccer team secured its fifth straight Shenandoah District tournament championship with a 5-0 romping of visiting Wilson Memorial on Thursday, the Generals gathered at midfield for a brief celebration with the championship trophy.