Saturday, October 11, 2008

NCAA Football : 14 Football Games Around the Old Dominion

LURAY - 14 College footballs games are being played that involve a team from our great state!

Let us take a look Around The Old Dominion:

Last week UVA (2-3) played a near perfect game at home in destroying Maryland 31-0 and the Cavs would need another such effort for Al Groh and his team to reach .500.

Kickoff set for Noon but the offense didn't get started until about 12:45 but the good news for Hoos fans is that the "D" held East Carolina (3-2) to a pair of Field Goals. Trailing 6-0 with the clock ticking down to 0:00, Cedric Peerman scooted right and ran 80 yards down the side line to put UVA ahead 7-6.

Peerman was back at it early in the second quarter following a 1 yard punt by ECU. Peerman went to his left and remained UN-touched for 60 yards. Two plays in a matter of minutes and the game turned in the favor of the home team. The next drive would be more conventional as the Cavs needed 6 plays to score another touchdown.

1:14 P.M. - Mikell Simpson scoots in from 5 yards out to make it 21 straight points for the Cavs!


1:26 P.M. - One play after converting a 4TH and 3, UVA put a fourth TD on the board with a 30 yard pass play from Marc Verica to Kevin Ogletree.

Cavs "D" forces a 5TH straight Pirates punt and will try to add to their lead with a 2-minute drill.



1:37 PM - Virginia misses a 38 yard field goal just before the half but take a 28-6 lead in to the locker room!
__________________________________



The UVA- ECU game is not the only game being played in the Old Dominion today. Virginia Tech and Bridgewater College are both enjoying bye weeks but there is another huge contest taking place in Richmond. James Madison University (#1 in the country FCS) will be playing their Colonial rivals in a 3:30 kick off. Richmond Spiders and JMU Dukes is as big as it gets for both of these two schools.
___________________________________



JMU is not the only Virginia school playing football today with a FCS ranking next to their name. The Flames of Liberty University (5-0) will also be getting started at 3:30 PM as they host Stony Brook. LU enters the game with a ranking of #15 and a 1-0 mark in the Big South. The Seawolves are from Stoney Brook, New York. Cool name - Seawolves...
___________________________________




In Lexington :

Coastal Carolina (3-3).... 0
Virginia Military (2-3).... 7 4:00 remaining in the 1ST
__________________________________




William & Mary is up at New Hampshire and trailing 21-7 at the half...
__________________________________




Two games in the ODAC with 1:00 PM start times :
Emory & Henry (2-2) @ Hampden-Sydney (5-0)
Washington & Lee @ Catholic
_________________________________




Shenandoah University (1-4) (Winchester) is off today and will travel to Greensboro next week.
__________________________________





2:07 PM - East Carolina takes the 2ND half kick and marches down the field at Scott Stadium to pull within 28-13. The Cavs need to move the ball on their next drive.




2:14 PM - 3 and out - Cavs give the ball back to ECU...
__________________________________



William & Mary (2-2) has pulled to within 27-21 up at New Hampshire with 13:30 left in the 4TH quarter.
__________________________________

Norfolk State (2-3) is under way down at Orangesburg, South Carolina as the Spartans face the South Carolina State Bulldogs (1:30 start)
__________________________________

Virginia Union (4-2) is at home today with a 1:00 PM start time for their game vs. Lincoln (1-5).

2:32 PM End of 3RD - UVA 28 ECU 13 (Pirates in Red Zone)
__________________________________

Virginia State (2-2) is down at St.Paul's (3-1)where the teams will face off at Brunswick High School. Start time 1:30 PM
___________________________________

William & Mary is back at it... The Tribe now lead 31-28 (6:20 (4) )...
___________________________________

2:37 PM - ECU scores again to cut lead of UVA down to 28-20 at start of 4TH
____________________________________

Coastal Carolina 20, VMI 12 (2:23 (2) ) VMI scores just before Half - Now 20-19
____________________________________

2:47 PM - ECU stops UVA on 4TH down but fumbles on next play - Hoos ball!
____________________________________
The football fans watching Oklahoma - Texas instead of ECU-UVA are getting their $ worth. The Sooners just scored to retake the lead early in the 4TH (34-30 pending P.A.T)
_____________________________________

Yahoo Sports radio is on now for the final plays of the William & Mary at New Hampshire game. The Tribe are up 38-34 and just need to avoid a Hail Mary. The Tribe has spoiled the Home Coming of N.H, handing the home team their first loss (4-1). Great Comeback for the Tribe!
_____________________________________
Virginia scored a TD while the radio was on and now have pushed their lead out to 35-20! Congrats to the Cavs for executing the Fake Field Goal...
_____________________________________
Texas-38 Oklahoma 35 (7+ remaining)
_____________________________________
From the Big House in Ann Arbor - Toledo 13 Michigan 10 (under 2 left-1:27)
Toledo just failed on a 4 & 2 - Michigan ball
Michigan converted on a 4 & 5 with a 6-yard pass
2 more completed passes of 29 & 9 yards and Michigan now down to the 9 (0:25 )
______________________________________
3:17 PM- UVA wins 35-20 over ECU !
______________________________________
4TH & 1 from the Toledo nine and Coach Rodriguez goes for the 26-yarder to tie the game but the kick is missed. Toledo is one kneel down from defeating Michigan (2-4) in Ann Arbor...Toledo 13 -10 FINAL... Is that Chuck McGill I hear laughing all the way from Tampa ?
______________________________________
Texas now up 45-35 on Oklahoma with time running down...
________________________________________
3:26 PM -VMI has added two third quarter TD's to move ahead of Coastal 33-20 in the 3RD
_________________________________________

Texas holds Sooners on downs late and now 45-35 lead should hold up...
3:35 - Final from Dallas - Texas 45-35 F - New #1 next week
__________________________________________

3:39 - Make it 28 straight for VMI as the Keydets take a 40-20 lead to the 4TH quarter
__________________________________________
Liberty, Richmond and James Madison are now under way !
__________________________________________
4:02 PM -VMI scored the final 35 points to defeat Coastal Carolina 47-20 (F) in Lexington
__________________________________________

4:09 PM - Liberty up 10-0 / Richmond leads JMU 7-3 both mid-first quarter
__________________________________________

4:26 PMChecking in with the good folks at D3football.com and we found out a few more things:

Hampden-Sydney (#24) - 17 Emory & Henry - 0 (F)
Catholic - 48 Washington & Lee 29 (F)

But we also found some more games on the slate-

Newport News Apprentice @ Lake Erie
Maryville (TN) @ Ferrum
Averett @ Methodist
Christopher Newport U. 40 Greensboro 7 (F)
Frostburg State @ So. Virginia U. (1-5)- SVU NAIA school in Buena Vista
----------------

Still time to check in with the other NAIA schools in the state...

Both Richmond and Liberty have the same leads now in the 2ND...
_____________________________________________

NAIA schools in Virginia besides Southern Virgina University :


University of Virginia College @ Wise (Highland Cavilers) (4-1,2-0) and they have a 1:30
start time with Campbellsville (Ky- I think). They play in the Mid-South Conference (East Division) and this is a conference game.

For more info check out www.mid-southconference.org/sport .

The little Cavs won 61-41 after scoring 44 1ST half points !
_____________________________________________

4:57 PM - Liberty University pushes lead to 17-0 just before half time vs. Stony Brook. Sorta funny that a team from New York State is now playing football in the Big South !

Richmond 14-10 over #1 JMU late in the second quarter... JMU adds a field goal just before half time and now trail it 14-13 (H)
____________________________________________
5:02 PM - D-III Football posts the good news about Averett- The Cougars win a road game at Methodist by a fianl score of 31-17. Congrats to Averett ! Averett improves to 2-3.

Averett, Ferrum , Shenandoah U and Christopher Newport are the 4 Virginia schools that play football in the USAC. Check them out at http://www.usasouth.net/ .
_____________________________________________
5:17 PM - Just finished taking a look at the Ferrum web site and was amazed with the advanced technology there. The final score was Ferrum (5-1) 24-10 over Marysville. Some one with more technical skills should take a look at their site- What a cool way to watch a game on a computer!
_____________________________________________
5:31 PM - Quick recap for the afternoon:

Shenandoah , Va. Tech and Bridgewater off days

Virginia , VMI , Ferrum , Christopher Newport , Averett , UVA-Wise , Hampden-Sydney are the 7 teams from the Old Dominion that have won ball games today. Emory & Henry as well as Washington & Lee came up on the short end of the score board.

Scores we are still missing - All 3 games that involve CIAA schools, SVU and Newport News Apprentice.

Liberty, Richmond and James Madison are still playing right now
_____________________________________________
5:43 PM - Richmond heads to the 4TH with a 20-17 lead over JMU while Liberty is now up 23-0 late in the 3RD... Yahoo Sports has it 20-17 UR, ABC has it 20-17 JMU- My money on 20-17 JMU because it was 14-13 UR. Liberty 30-0 now.
_____________________________________________
6:00 PM http://www.ncaafootball.com/ reports that Lake Erie defeated Newport News Apprentice 47-38... Newport News (1-4) plays in the Atlantic Central Football Conference with Frostburg State (Maryland), Wesley and Salisbury.
_____________________________________________
6:06 PM - Liberty 30-0 (11:09 4TH) and Richmond is back up 24-20 (7:40 4TH)
_____________________________________________

6:10 PM - http://frostburgsports.com/ reports that Frostburg State left Beuna Vista with a 21-13 victory over Southern Virginia University. Liberty now leading 33-0 .
_____________________________________________
6:20 PM -Richmond 31-23 over JMU with 1:44 left in the game. Time for JMU to get busy!
_______________________________________________

Virginia Pilot score board shows South Carolina State defeated Norfolk State 24-23 in Orangeburg.
_______________________________________________
6:32 PM - JMU (6-1,4-0) scored 15 points late to defeat Richmond 38-31 and Liberty closes out their 33-0 victory to move their record to 6-0. How did the Dukes get it done ? A touchdown, 2 point conversion, a defensive stop and a Game Winning Punt Return from 70 yards out with 0:01 left on the clock! As my buddy Tony Mowat would say - "We had them the whole way!"
_______________________________________________


This game will only add to the tradition of this cross state rivalry.

Two games still lacking scores - Va. State @ St.Paul's and Virginia Union vs. Lincoln
________________________________________________
6:56 PM - Even the hard working people at http://www.d2football.com/ have no posted update from either of the CIAA games. No luck at RTD or Virginia-Pilot either. I will post them later if and when I find them.

Another great day of football here in the Old Dominion-

*Virginia with a big home win
*Instant classic in the UR-JMU series
*Liberty at 6-0
*VMI huge win over Coastal Carolina
* William & Mary great comeback over #4 New Hampshire
* Hampton-Sydney and Ferrum keep winning

Just another day in our great State of Virginia !

God Bless!
__________________________________
7:37 P.M. - http://www.vuusports.com/ tells us that the Panthers (5-2) celebrated homecoming by defeating Lincoln 68-6. Lincoln had 7 turn overs for the game to allow Virginia Union to roll to the victory.
___________________________________
Still leaves us Virginia State @ St.Paul's...
___________________________________

8:02 P.M. - D2Football reports that Virginia State defeated St.Paul's 25-7 and that puts a wrap on the day for our football here in Virginia...

Bridgewater College Volleyball : Lady Eagles have strong start to Averett Invatational in Danville, Va.



DANVILLE - Bridgewater College continued its long journey around the Old Dominion with a pair of victories Friday in the 5TH Annual Averett Invitational. BC opened with a 3-0 (25-23,25-22,25-20) victory over Ferrum and another 3-0 (25-14, 25-11 , 25-15 ) sweep over Salem College.

The Lady Eagles return to the gym for a 10:00 A.M. match Saturday against the host Cougars of Averett and close play with a 12:00 tilt with Lagrange College.

Other action on Friday included Washington & Lee 3-0 over Averett and Averett 3-0 over Lagrange.

The host team will return to the floor at 2:00 P.M. to face the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan.

Some Pics from R.E Lee 35, Staurts Draft 20



















Another Exciting Night of Prep Football Around Our Valley !

STAUNTON- Chip Crabill's brother Mike Crabill was the single season record holder for touchdowns scored by a R.E Lee football player with 26 TD's. Last week Dae' Quan Scott added the past tense to that line by scoring his 27TH TD in the Leeman's 7TH game of the season at Waynesboro. He was back at it tonight down in Staunton, Virginia.

Tonight, Scott was facing a slightly tougher defense as his team played their final home game at Gypsy Hill Park against Southern Valley District foe Stuarts Draft. The Cougars kept Scott from hurting them on the opening kickoff by having the ball reach the end zone for a touch back. The visitors would have no such luck on the Leeman's first offensive play.

The Senior quarterback opened the game by blazing 80 yards for a touchdown. Yes, after spending the better part of the tail gate show talking about how exciting it was to watch this young man play the game and that he could score from anywhere on the field...

16 seconds were gone from the 12:00 on the score board and the tally was already 7-0. Scott had 1 carry for 80 yards (Avg. 80.0). After forcing a Cougar punt, Scott needed 4 plays to put the 2ND TD on the board. Scott capped the drive with a 13 yard scoring strike to Terrell Mickens with 7:09 remaining in the 1ST the score was 14-0.

Scott had taken five snaps and his totals were now 2 rushes for 92 yards (46.0) and 2 of 2 passing for 32 yards and yes on the fifth play he did hand off to tailback Mark Anderson. Scott would add a 23 yard run before the 1ST quarter ended to take his total up to 3/115 yards. The QB did prove to be human by throwing an interception to end the 3RD Leeman drive.

The fourth drive ended with a second interception, this time on a great play by a linebacker on a screen play (Cole Beyeler). Scott did collect 26 more yards on 3 carries to make it 6/141. Stuarts Draft pulled to within 21-14 with a pair of touchdowns sandwiched around Mickens returning an attempted on-side kick for a touchdown.

Lee had 2:58 left in the first half after the second Cougar touchdown and that would be plenty of time for Scott & Company to move the ball. Scott returned the kick 23 yards out to the 38 yard line and then proceeded to lead his team 62 yards in 8 plays. The score came on a 3-yard run by Scott with :19.9 ticks left on the clock. 4 runs for 24 yards and he shook off the 2 picks by going 2 for 2 (44 yards) on the touchdown drive to make it 28-14.

Halftime stats for Scott - 10 carries for 165 yards / 4 of 6 passing for 76 yards / 23 return yards for a total of 17 touches and 264 yards. Chris Lassiter (Staunton News-Leader) came over and did the Half Time show with me and we shared a laugh about Stuarts Draft holding him in check after the opening 80 yard run. You can't stop him, not sure if you can contain him...

Scott's first touch in the second half ended with a TD celebration following a 45 yard run. This one would be brought back after a holding call. On the following Lee drive Scott would punch it in from 36 yards out but once again the score would not count after a holding penalty. 2 lost TD's and 81 yards on the plays.

The next drive would have Scott carry the ball four times and collect another 45 yards with the final two coming on another TD. When it was all said and done Scott had 4 TD's (3 rushing, 1 passing) that counted and he manged to rush for 270 yards, pass for 99 more and add 23 in return yards. 392 total yards against a very SOLID defensive football team.

Stuarts Draft played hard until the final horn but fell to the Leeman by a final score of 35-20. Scott will now play his final two regular season games on the road versus Spotswood (10/17) and Rockbridge County (10/24). If you are in the neighborhood up in Penn Liard or down in Lexington on the next two Friday nights this young man is worth the price of admission! Just don't stop for popcorn or you might just miss his 1ST big play!

Thanks to Jim Sacco (News Virginian) for visiting with me again on the final segment of the Tail Gate show and for Chris a the half. You can catch Chris with his Gamer at www.newsleader.com .

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Night Lights : Week #8 - Dae' Quan Scott and the Fighting Leeman vs. Stuarts Draft


STAUNTON - R.E Lee (6-1, 2-0) is back at home for the final time during the regular season and the Fighting Leeman will be looking to raise their Southern Valley District record to 3-0 when they face the Cougars of Stuarts Draft(3-4,1-0). The kick off is set for 7:30 PM at Gypsy Hill Park with Chip Crabill (see picture) and myself set to begin the U.S Army sponsored tail gate show at 6:30 on ESPN-1240.

The game this week will be #8 in the series (2008 Augusta County High School Game of the Week) and should prove to be an exciting one. Dae' Quan Scott is as fun to watch play as anyone I have ever seen at this level. Scott has taken the ball to the End Zone 27 times in just 7 games and you have to factor in that the Senior is not around to play the end of some of the contests due to the margin of victory.

You hear the folks on ESPN and Fox Sports talk about being able to take it to the House every time they touch the ball- that is exactly the type of player that Scott is for the Leeman.

We will be in Staunton tonight but our game is just one of many being played across our Valley. Some of the other games include:

Shenandoah District-

Page County (2-3) @ Buffalo Gap (5-0)
Stonewall Jackson @ Luray (2-3)
Wilson Memorial (2-3) @ Riverheads (3-2)

Massanutten District -
Spotswood (3-3) @ Rockbridge County (5-1)
Turner Ashby (4-2) @ Fort Defiance (1-5)
Waynesboro (1-6) @ Broadway (3-4)

Further to the North End of our Valley:

Brentsville @ James Wood
Sherando @ Skyline
Warren County @ Millbrook
Handley @ Central
Strasburg @ Clarke County

Looking for something exciting to do on a Friday Night? There is a High School Football Game being played somewhere near you...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

That is just WRONG - 1ST Nathan Betcher, Now Brian Giles


LURAY - Two years ago we were at the Luray High School graduation ceremony to see Rebecca receive her diploma and to hear Nathan Betcher give a speech. Young Mr. Betcher had spent 12 years of his life earning the right to give this speech, the one that goes with graduating #1 in your school.


The weather forecast was horrible and the ceremony was being held outdoors at the football field in Luray. This meant that the entire crowd was sitting on metal bleachers during a soon to happen Electrical storm. The ceremony was being hurried a long at an incredible pace but sadly was cut short before Nathan had the opportunity to give his speech. I know how hard Rebecca had worked while in High School to graduate fourth in that same class, so I had a true appreciation for how much effort Nathan had put into landing the top spot.


Life goes on and I am not sure that the non-speech didn't trouble me even more than it did Nathan. I even offered to have him read the speech later if it would help! To spend four years working that hard and then not get to finish... Nathan is now attending the Air Force Academy in Colorodo after a year at UVA. Congrats to this amazing young man...


Now fast forward to this past Sunday morning and the story of Brian Giles. Ryan Carroll, Brian and LHS Head Golf Coach Chris Mercer were set to head down to Farmville at 9:00 AM. The four of us got together for a few minutes to take some pics and to wish Brian well as the senior was making his fourth straight trip to the Region B Tournament.


In the five or ten minutes of conversation Coach Mercer mentioned to me that he was a bit concerned with the Tee Times of some of the golfers, including Brian Giles. Brian had been set to tee off in the morning but the schedule had been changed. Brian had been moved from 8:30 A.M. back to 1:40 P.M. and Coach was worried that his golfer would be able to finish the round.


This troubles me because now we find out it was a concern before the long trip to Farmville was even made. It wasn't that a fluke weather/storm had blown in at the last minute to interupt the play but a planned change in times due to a College tournament. I wished Brian well and the trio headed down to the Manor Resort Golf Club for the big event. Brian was to get to play a practice round before the competition on Sunday and then take his swings on Monday with the remainder of the individuals that were trying to qualify for State play.


I first heard about the sad ending when I read the coverage on Tuesday morning in the Northern Virginia Daily and again from Bill Meade at the Page News and Courier. Bill actually took the time to address the situation in his weekly column titled "In The Dark". The team competition was able to finish just this side of NIGHT but the individuals trying to make it were less fortunate.


Golfers like Brian were stuck out on the course between the 14TH and the 18TH holes. A meeting of the minds came up with the "Best Solution" of shortening that portion of the contest to the last completed hole (#13) and call it a day. Our golfer was left on the course with no means of finishing his round of golf. Four years of representing LHS and the town of Luray and in his final round of competition he is not allowed to finish?


This wouldn't of happened in one of the Big Three sports played in High School and it is sad it happened here. Could you imagine that all High School Football Playoff games were reverted back to the score with 4:00 remaining in the third quarter? I don't know if Brian would of qualified for State if he had been allowed to complete his round but I do know he should of been allowed to complete his round and found out.


Somebody owes Brian Giles and his fellow competitors five holes of competitive golf. Gather them all up and let them finish their round and see who moves forward. As a High School golfer from 25+ years ago it is easy to remember how little fan fare goes with playing the sport at that level so I applaud Bill Meade for being there in Farmville to cover the tourney and then for sticking up for young Brian.


It is safe to say that Bill Meade wasn't hoping to have the outcome changed with his words but

sometimes you just need to represent those who have been given the short end of the stick- or in this case the Golf Club. Kudos to Bill and this message to Brian- Give me a call and we will go back down there and play your five holes of Golf!


P.S.- Nathan, I am still here if you still have that speech laying around...

More Coaching News out of New Market, Virginia


Photo courtesy of New Market Rebels/ DeSales University
NEW MARKET - Earlier this week we reported on the new position of Manager that Bruce Alger had recently added to his impressive resume. Bruce is now guiding the New Market Red Sox expansion squad that began play in the Augusta County Babe Ruth League. It turns out that Mr. Alger isn't the only one affiliated with the New Market Rebels to have a new title for 2008.

One of the final stories I wrote for the Northern Virginia Daily was about Bruce hiring a young man (Nolan Neiman) to skipper the Rebels for the Summer of 2008. I enjoyed talking with Nolan and remembered him from being an assistant to Coach Brown back in 2006. Neiman struck me as a baseball equivalent to a basketball gym rat. He had spent his entire life around the game, either playing or managing at some level.

Nolan played for his Father at D-III DeSales University in Pennsylvania and after 1 year as an assistant at Penn, he returned to his Alma-mater to assist his Dad in running the program. Talking with Nolan while riding the Rebel/ATV-60 All-Star Bus down to Covington this summer I could tell that this young man was destined to continue to climb the baseball ladder. It would just be a matter of time before he had some News on his next step up and that has now been confirmed.

Nolan has joined the Staff of Dave Tollett (7TH Season) at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Eagles were just voted the fourth best team in the baseball rich State of Florida and a one of his new players from the squad spent time in the Valley this season as well. Zach Maxfield will be familiar with Neiman after playing this season for the Rebels.

You can check out more about the program by visiting their site at http://www.fgcuathletics.com/. the site will tell you about the up and coming school located in Sunny Ft. Meyers, Florida. The Eagles went 38-15 in their first season of playing D-I baseball and had three members of the 2007-2008 squad drafted this year. Rivals.com is home to the poll that named the Eagles #4 in the state.

When I had the opportunity to ask Nolan about the move he noted two things that really came into the decision to accept the position with FGCU.

"It gives me a chance to move up to Division I", Neiman said. "The fact that it is Florida where a great number of things pertaining to baseball take place is a plus as well."

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Bull Run District Volleyball : Strasburg 3 @ Rappahannock County 1



WASHINGTON- Strasburg continued its impressive roll through the Bull Run District Tuesday night by collecting a 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20) victory over Rappahannock County.

Strasburg (13-2, 5-0 Bull Run ) have now captured 11 straight matches since dropping a 5 set decision to Mussleman (WV) and now have a 2 game lead over the three teams currently tied for second place in the district.

"We stopped communicating there in the second game and we weren't serving well either," Rams Head Coach Suzanne Mathias said. " They were starting to second guess themselves but they stuck together as a team and that allowed us to rebound for the win."
________________________________________
BULL RUN STANDINGS: (Thru 10/7/08)
Strasburg Rams 5-0 /13-2
Rappahannock Co 3-2/7-3
Clarke County 3-2/8-5
Madison Co 3-2/ 5-10
Manassas Park 1-4/7-6
George Mason 0-5/0-10
_________________________________________

Jaclyn Ayers led the attack in game one with 6 kills as the junior continued her improved play on all three fronts. Ayers has shined as a setter, from the service line and with her kills.

" Jacyln played an awesome game for us tonight, she really carried us in the opener," Mathias added. "She is starting to settle in and play very well."

RCHS jumped on the visitors early in game by scoring 5 straight to start the contest. Strasburg battled back with a very balanced attack. Bethany Doman brought the Rams to within 22-18 with her third kill of the match but Rapp closed out the game with 3 points to even it at 1-1.

Jenna Smoot took charge in Game 3 of the match after Rapp pulled to within 18-15. Smoot collected two of her four kills for the game on back to back plays to push the lead out to 20-15. One of the two kills looked a bit like one of MJ's more famous lay-ups as Smoot leaped for a right handed kill but with the set slightly off mark she switched over and finished the play with her left hand while descending back to the floor.

"Jenna be able to make that type of play comes from her ability to read the floor," Mathias noted. "We are continuing to work on communication on the set and tonight she did a great job of seeing the floor and finding the opening."

After the Rams took a 2-1 lead a familiar chant started to fill the gym. Doman seemed to look over to the stands and give a quick nod to Strasburg's most vocal fan (Mr. Doman) and Dad led the "road" fans in a 5 verse chorus of "We Are Strasburg".

The team responded with a strong start in the 4TH and final game. After starting games 2 & 3 in a hole, Strasburg jumped out to a 7-2 lead and never looked back. Five Rams collected a minimum of seven kills over the four games, led by Smoot (13) and Ayers (11). Sophomore Lauren Agnew (8) and junior Stephanie Conde (7) and Doman (7) joined in with Smoot and Ayers to complete the victory.

"They out played us tonight and we didn't serve as well as we would of liked to, " Panther Head Coach Scott Wilde said. "They are a very good volleyball team and it is tough to have as many service return errors as we had and expect to win the match."


Notes : The Rapp vs. Strasburg Volleyball match is to the Bull Run what the Boston Red Sox vs. NY Yankees is to the American League. Both teams advanced to the Final 4 in the Class A State Tournament last year and both schools have 2 players playing at the next level this season.

From Rapp - Kim Hutchison (6'0 Freshman) is playing for the Mary Washington University Eagles and Elena Kritter is playing in the ODAC down at Lynchburg College (Hornets). The pair are set to face each other at Noon on October 25TH and Wilde plans on being in the gym that day.

From Strasburg - Katie Baker (6'1 Freshman) is playing this season at Bridgewater College. The Lady Eagles fell on the road tonight 3-1 down at Virginia Wesleyan to drop their mark to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the ODAC.

Kaitlin Smoot will be playing on the Virginia Tech Lady Hokies Club Team this season and they are preparing to host a tournament later this month with over 30 schools from around the country playing. The week-end of October 25 & 26 is the time for the Tourney...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bruce Alger's New Market Red Sox Team in Pics

After the game it is time to return the Town Tractor
Can't tell which Alger is having more fun ?
Mrs. Alger's plate says it all
Trying to recoup from a solid effort
Mr. Phil Wachter- Asst. Coach, Owner of New Market Tire & Rocky's Dad
"Blue" after volunteering his time to call the game
Post handshake with Broadway
Team Photo
Phil Wachter and Co. right after the game

Comparing notes in the Red Sox dugout
At the dish...
Sizing up a lead off first
Swiping 3RD base
Bruce offering coaching tips from the 3RD base coaching box


At the plate and on deck !
C.B being C.B
A few school mates visiting the troops
Ready to deliver
Ready to field the position



Bruce leading his troops
Trey getting ready to fire it home
Phil's company helped sponsor the Little League team
Who is this guy taking our pictures?
Bruce conferring with the Broadway skipper




Some of the Red Sox faithful
Blake Jones (23) at the plate
Josh Litten putting his catching gear back on
Trey ducking from a pitch
A determined dugout





Checking for a sign from the catcher
Looking good on the delivery

Just before the wind-up
The helmets should look familiar






Broadway hurler
Rocky Wachter (15) at bat
C.B taking his cuts
Phil keeping the score book and coaching 1ST base...
Staying focused while cheering on the offense