SALEM -- Last weekend, a teary-eyed Colin Barnes stood alone at the edge of the mat.
He had lost the regional championship, falling for just the second time all season to Manassas Park's Issac Velasquez.
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School was lit ablaze Friday night. Neither Strasburg nor George Mason, as far as qualifying for the Region B tournament was concerned, necessarily needed to win the Bull Run District championship game, as both teams have already guaranteed themselves No. 4 and No. 1 seeds, respectively.
FALLS CHURCH -- All the Strasburg Rams could feel was relief. Relief that they had beaten Madison County and secured a spot in today's Bull Run District girls basketball tournament final; relief that their final score of 40-25 wasn't too indicative of their rustiness on Thursday night.
MADISON -- Top-seeded Madison County had no trouble against upset-minded Strasburg in the Bull Run District boys basketball tournament on Thursday, as the Mountaineers routed the Rams 73-31 to advance to the championship.
BERRYVILLE -- The fourth-seeded Strasburg Rams continued their late season uptick, recovering from a two-point halftime deficit with a red-hot 17-2 third quarter to best fifth-seeded Manassas Park 55-34 in the Bull Run District boys basketball tournament play-in game on Wednesday.
Colin Barnes hates to lose. Ok, so what athlete doesn't? But the trick here is, after Barnes suffered his first defeat this season on Jan. 23, the Strasburg senior took that loss and used it to bring him back down to reality.
STRASBURG -- Friday, initially, was quite ordinary for Jaclyn Ayers. She had a zesty helping of macaroni and cheese for lunch, hearty hamburgers for dinner -- Ayers loves hamburgers -- and a casual warm-up prior to a home game against Clarke County, which Strasburg won 66-35. Nothing too absurd.
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.
STRASBURG -- Homestanding Strasburg proved why it's the number one team in Group A girls basketball on Tuesday, systematically crushing a very respectable Manassas Park team 62-24 in Bull Run District action.
BERRYVILLE - Strasburg High School girls basketball coach Joel Morgan realizes that the only thing a No. 1 ranking in the Group A state poll gives his team this early in the season is a big bull's-eye squarely on its back.
WOODSTOCK - In a warped, twisted sort of way, the girls basketball game between Strasburg and Central on Friday night was basketball in its basest, most elemental form. It was basketball without rules. Basketball without forethought and without hindsight.
STRASBURG - Madison County can score inside and out. It can use its vast experience to wear down teams. The Mountaineers don't lose much when they go to their bench, and a reserve led them in scoring Friday night.
STRASBURG -- The Strasburg gymnasium was thick with all of it: Desperation. Desire. Passion. Yearning. All of it. And the exhaustion from it all dyed red the faces of Warren County and Strasburg players alike.
In a 55-41 Strasburg win over Luray in the Daily Classic semifinals, Strasburg senior Jennifer Jackson had a team-high 10 points, surging the Rams to the championship bout against Broadway on Wednesday.
STRASBURG -- As his team ran onto the court for warm-ups, Damien Caison could sense something wasn't right. Despite the tip-off being just a few minutes away, Caison noticed his teammates weren't completely focused.
STRASBURG -- Bub McKelvey was exhausted. Too exhausted to continuously sprint for longer than a minute, too exhausted to even attempt a field goal in the third quarter of a 54-41 loss to Luray in the Daily Classic semifinals on Saturday.