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.
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.