FRONT ROYAL -- Jeannie Tallent has to be a jack of all trades as a tennis coach. Sometimes she's like a psychiatrist. Other times she has to be a friend, a motivator, a mother. Throughout the season she did all of it well in leading Warren County's girls tennis team to its best season in school history.
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.
FRONT ROYAL -- Just a little over two weeks after Warren County defeated cross-town rival Skyline 1-0 in an extra-inning pitchers' duel, the Wildcats and the Hawks met for round two of softball action at Skyline on Thursday.
FRONT ROYAL -- Most of the game was dead even, but Warren County took over in overtime on Saturday.
The Wildcats used clutch foul shooting to pull away with a 70-62 non-district boys basketball overtime win over Central.
FRONT ROYAL -- Vernon Mathews didn't want to believe what he had just seen.
Time and time again, 3-point attempts, mid-range jumpers, even open lay-ups were hoisted up, only to be rejected by an unforgiving rim. To say his team had just finished a cold shooting night would be putting it politely. At times it was baffling to see another Wildcats shot spin out of the hoop, yet after four quarters, Warren County had managed just six field goals on 39 shots, including a scoreless third quarter. Meanwhile, their opponent, Clarke County, had little trouble finding the basket, and rolled to a 61-33 win over the Wildcats on Monday night.
FRONT ROYAL -- Both host Warren County and Central looked to start off their girls basketball season in the win column on Wednesday night, but only one could prevail.
In the end, the more experienced Falcons were able to pull together and notch a victory as they held off the Wildcats, 61-33.
FRONT ROYAL -- When Damien Caison got home last Saturday, fresh off of helping Warren County earn its first ever win in the VHSL playoffs, there were phone messages waiting for him.
On the other end of the line were people he had never met before, people who simply wanted to offer words of congratulations to him and the Wildcats. That's when Caison realized this season has meant more than just the joy of winning a few football games. After suffering through disappointing seasons in recent history, Warren County football is one game away from a shot at a regional championship and the community has taken notice.
THE PLAINS -- Fifty yards from the finish line, Kayla Gibbons collapsed.
Her knees buckled, sending her straight to the ground in pain. She was so close, yet with her body completely exhausted, the end of the race seemed miles away.
NOKESVILLE -- Warren County High School's volleyball team came within an eyelash of forcing a fifth set in Monday night's play-in game to the Evergreen District tournament against host Brentsville. Instead, the Wildcats must take solace in a much-improved season and hope for an even brighter future.
FRONT ROYAl -- If there was any doubt about Warren County making the school's first Virginia High School League football postseason appearance, the Wildcats put that to rest Friday night.
Behind a career-high night from junior running back Gage Steele, Warren County rolled to a 34-17 Evergreen District victory over Kettle Run on a brisk night in Front Royal. Steele rambled for a season-best 301 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Wildcats continued to take aim not only at the playoffs but a possible first-round home game.