STRASBURG -- Strasburg girls basketball coach Joel Morgan felt the Rams were just a few baskets away from being right there with visiting Buffalo Gap in the first round of the four-team Rams Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Rams, their shots just weren't falling.
QUICKSBURG -- Stonewall Jackson's boys basketball program took some big strides forward last season. On Wednesday night, the Generals took another step forward as they knocked off Shenandoah County rival Strasburg, 53-47.
STRASBURG -- Last season, Hunter Dean wanted to put the disappointment of a runner-up finish in the 2012 state wrestling tournament behind him, which he did by winning the Group A 106-pound title as a sophomore this past February.
STRASBURG -- From the way Strasburg High School's girls basketball team was getting after it on defense Tuesday night, you'd think the Rams were locked in an epic battle against Bull Run District rival Rappahannock County.
You go to enough football camps and talk to enough football coaches, and sooner or later you'll hear all about players' "heads swimming" as they learn a new offense or defense, shift over to a new position, move up a level of competition or join a new program.
STRASBURG -- To get used to what he knew was coming, Strasburg boys basketball coach Millson French went over some of the finer points of Page County's pressure defense with his team during a Saturday morning shoot-around.
When facing the Panthers later in the day, the Rams found out what their coach was talking about.
STRASBURG -- Sometimes you've just got to respect your opponent a little better.
At least that was the feeling Strasburg boys basketball coach Millson French had Friday night after his Rams had to fight off a Stonewall Jackson team that has gone two years since it last won a game.
STRASBURG -- Central extended its early season winning streak to three Tuesday night by defeating Shenandoah County rival Strasburg 45-33, but it wasn't pretty at times as the teams' defenses dominated play.
"We're very happy with the way we played on defense," Central coach Stephanie Mathews said. "On offense, I thought that we were impatient. We need to learn to be more patient and wait for a good shot."
THE PLAINS -- Katlyn Ayers doesn't like it when an opponent is close behind.
For some runners, having somebody on their heels might serve as motivation to keep pushing harder and harder, but that doesn't work for Ayers. If it were up to the Strasburg junior, her closest opponent would be plenty of distance away.
So when George Mason's Julia Estrada started to close in on Ayers, who held the lead in the Group A state cross country championships with less than 100 yards to go, Ayers knew she couldn't let her cushion slip away.