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.
NOKESVILLE -- A mile into the cross country course at Nokesville Park, there's a winding turn that circles around a set of trees. Running around it provides camouflage for just a few seconds, eventually revealing the rest of the 3.1-mile course.
WINCHESTER -- Trying to catch up to Kayla Gibbons isn't easy. In just her second season at Warren County, the sophomore has established herself as the top runner for the Wildcats and one of the fastest runners in the area.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County High School's 1984 state championship softball team will be among the inductees for the school's ninth annual hall of fame ceremony at halftime of the Oct. 15 football game between the Wildcats and Fauquier.
FRONT ROYAL -- Early on Tuesday night in what eventually became a 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-10) win for Skyline, it was anybody's volleyball match, as the Hawks and their cross-county rival, the Warren County Wildcats, split the first two sets of their non-district volleyball match.
The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a football top 10 list. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top-ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on. Numbers in parenthesis indicate where each team was last week.
WINCHESTER -- As the finals seconds ticked off the clock, the Warren County crowd started chanting 'Four-and-0.' Senior Damien Caison couldn't help but smile proudly as he heard the chants after the Wildcats' 19-0 win over James Wood on Friday.
PURCELLVILLE -- For the first time this season, Gage Steele didn't rush for over 200 yards in a football game. But it didn't really matter, as Warren County quarterback Tyler Post made up for that by throwing for 150 yards to lead the Wildcats to a convincing 28-7 win Friday at Woodgrove.
FRONT ROYAL -- Friday night's non-district football game turned into a battle of running backs, and Warren County's Gage Steele got the best of it, leading his Wildcats to a decisive 33-19 win over Tuscarora at Warren County High School.
FRONT ROYAL -- Gage Steele could see the momentum start to creep over to the Strasburg sideline. After a 25-yard strike from Rams quarterback Hunter Funk cut Warren County's lead to just six points early in the second quarter, the purple and white were beginning to play with swagger and Steele decided to do something about it.
FRONT ROYAL -- For three years, Strasburg and Warren County have met on the gridiron to open their respective seasons. In 2007, Strasburg blanked the Wildcats, 35-0. For the past two years, however, it's been all Warren County.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County hosted Clarke County on Thursday night in each teams' second match of the young 2010 volleyball season. Coming off of an opening-night victory, the Wildcats hoped to pull off the same against a much more experienced Eagles squad.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County still remembers what happened last season. The results on the field and the final record certainly warrant a season to forget, but the Wildcats are letting 2009's disappointing campaign linger.
FRONT ROYAL -- The first two and half innings of the Evergreen District tournament play-in game at Bing Crosby Stadium on Monday were hardly indicative of the final four and half innings, and because of it, Warren County's early distress was replaced by the thrill of a 5-2 win over Liberty.
FRONT ROYAL -- Senior striker Robin Toledo recorded a hat trick with three goals as host Warren County knocked off fifth-seeded Liberty 3-2 in the Evergreen District boys soccer tournament play-in game on Monday.