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WOODSTOCK — For Sherando girls basketball coach Mike Marsh, Friday’s non-district game at Central was lost during a five-minute span to start the third period.

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WOODSTOCK — Central’s girls basketball team got back on the winning side of things with a 52-48 victory over Sherando on Friday night, and it did so following a formula that figures to be the key to the Falcons’ success all season.

WOODSTOCK – Central saw some momentum slip away in the second quarter, but the Falcons didn’t waste any time in getting it back in the second half.

FRONT ROYAL — Central’s boys basketball team knew what it had in established varsity veterans like Jared Patton and Sam Shifflett, two returning starters from last season’s state semifinal squad. What head coach Jeff Whittle needed was some lesser-known players to step up and fill the void l…

FRONT ROYAL — Skyline gained momentum in the second quarter on Monday night and didn’t look back.

FRONT ROYAL — It wasn’t the statement win that would’ve gone a long way toward building a sense of confidence within Skyline’s boys basketball program early in the season, but there was still some good to be gleaned from Monday's 73-66 loss at home to Central.

WOODSTOCK – Certain circumstances led to Greg Stickles assuming an eleventh-hour role as Central’s head wrestling coach last season. Entering his second season, Stickles now finds himself in a more comfortable position as the Falcons prepare to open their season in a tournament at Loudoun Co…

QUICKSBURG – Central girls basketball coach Bryan Scott said last week that the Falcons should be a better shooting team than they were a season ago. They didn’t need to test that improvement against Stonewall Jackson on Tuesday night.

Central senior Kyle Clanton hops into the air after punching through East Rockingham’s defense during the Eagles’ 44-29 win over Central on Friday in Region 2B championship game in Elkton. Daniel Lin/For The Northern Virginia DailyCentral senior Christian Spitler crashes into East Rockingham…

WOODSTOCK – Central girls basketball coach Bryan Scott took a different approach when addressing the Falcons’ goals for the upcoming season, one he said was inspired by the James Madison University women’s basketball players who attend his church.

WOODSTOCK — For the first time in Steve Shaffer’s eight seasons as head coach, the girls outnumber the boys on Central’s swim team, a shift that Shaffer said represents a “changing of the guard” in a program that had seen a large group of boys swimmers make an impact for a lot of years.

It felt all season as if Central and East Rockingham were destined to collide on the football field in a prime playoff showdown of two of the top Class 2 programs. Those two programs finally clash tonight in the Region 2B championship game in Elkton with a spot in the state semifinals on the line.

Central’s quarterback Zeb Dyer drops back to pass during the Region 2B semifinals held Friday night at Shenandoah University’s Shentel Stadium in Winchester. Dyer has thrown for 1,169 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Rich Cooley/DailyCentral’s Zeb Dyer looks to throw during the Region 2B…

Central’s Hunter Mullins splits a pair of Luray defenders during the Region 2B semifinals held Friday night at Shenandoah University’s Shentel Stadium in Winchester. Rich Cooley/DailyCentral’s Christian Spitler runs for a touchdown after this pass completion as Luray’s Johnny Hensh tries to …

WINCHESTER – Central’s defense was well aware that Luray’s Wing-T offense was going to provide a challenge on Friday night. But the Falcons proved right from the start they were capable of handling it.

WOODSTOCK – Folks outside Central’s football program know the big names that have powered the Falcons to success over much of the past three seasons. But beyond the all-state names like Kyle Clanton, Declan Franklin and Grayson Manning, a workhorse running back like Shane Watson and a reliab…

Central’s Nicholas Houghton and Strasburg’s Stephen Kloosterman grapple over this pass during fourth quarter action Friday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/DailyCentral’s Kyle Clanton upends Strasburg’s Jalen Bray during this second quarter tackle Friday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/DailyC…

The University of Pittsburgh’s football team is in first place in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and George Aston (Sherando ’14) has played a key role in the team’s success.

NEW MARKET – Central’s Jaclyn Cardoso and Aliyah Kibler each made it to the Class 2 Cross Country State Championships last year, and on Tuesday they each earned another trip back to the state meet.

Strasburg’s Anthony Cadle leads this portion of the Bull Run District Cross Country Championships in Woodstock on Wednesday as teammates Dylan Baker and Zack Ritchie follow. Rich Cooley/DailyStrasburg’s Mary Carter, left, Eva Long, right, and Hannah Dellinger of Central approach the finish l…