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Time for Week #9 of Friday Nights Lights : ESPN heads to Buffalo Gap @ Wilson-Memorial

FISHERSVILLE - Chip Crabill and I are heading down to Wilson Memorial tonight for a Shenandoah District Match-Up between the visiting Buffalo Gap Bison and the home standing Green Hornets. The Green Hornets (2-4,0-1) are coached by Derek McDaniel ( Waynesboro Generals) and the Bison are as we say - ON A ROLL! The Gap (6-0,1-0) picked up right where they left off last year when they ran the table on the way to the Class A State Championship. We will be on the Air at 6:30 P.M. on ESPN-1240 ( WTON ) with our tail gate show. Jim Sacco has promised to stop by and be my interview for the segment where Chip heads upstairs right after 7:00. Kick-off is set for 7:30 and the weather promises to be a touch nippy (57 now, low of 34 later). The game will be fun as we will get to watch another Head Coach try to cook up a defensive sceam to slow down Gap's Pickle Nuckols . Nuckols opened District play last week against Page County and finished with 285 yards on 25 carries (11.4 ya

While watching Boston's amazing comeback and listening to Jimmy Buffett's concert I have created Shenandoah District Volleyball Standings !

When you mess with numbers as much as I do, sometimes it can be tough to let go of a Math Problem and that was the case tonight. After locating a set of Bull Run District Standings I wondered how hard it could be to create a set for the Shenandoah District. I am sure that tomorrow someone will laugh at my work and tell me where the standings are available to the public. At 7:00 P.M. Friday night Jim Sacco will join me for a segment of our Tail Gate show on ESPN-1240 and we always manage to sneak in a few minutes of Volleyball Talk. So I figured it would be fun to have the standings for the District that the two of us share ties with. Now, with that said.... SHENANDOAH DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS Thursday October 16TH @ Luray 3 , Riverheads 1 @ Stonewall Jackson 3, Buffalo Gap 1 ( gamer available at http://www.nvdaily.com/ ) Wilson-Memorial over @ Page County 3-? High School : ............District.............. GB.......... Overall .......................................W L .

Shenandoah District & Bull Run District Volleyball :Luray & Strasburg roll on with big wins!

LURAY - The Lady Bulldogs hosted Riverheads on Thursday night and following their Senior Night ceremony LHS defeated the Gladiators 3-1. The Shenandoah District victory keeps the Bulldogs on course for a showdown next week at Wilson-Memorial High School. More to come later... 10:55 P.M. - Back at it. I am not surprised that Tampa Bay is going to advance to the World Series but I am taken back by the way that the Rays are dismanteling Boston. The score tonight is 7-0 in the bottom of the 7TH. 38-15 is the total score with 2+ 1/2 innings to play... Strasburg added another road sweep tonight to push their win streak to 14 matches and the Rams have not played a 5TH game during their incredible run. Suzanne Mathias and her Rams return home for 2 matches next week and a victory in either match will secure the top spot in the Bull Run District Volleyball Tournament. Current Bull Run Standings: Strasburg ........... 8/0............16/2 Rapp County.....5/2..............9/3 Clarke Cou

Apologies to Generals Sign Guy Mike - My bad for not posting our pics last week... Week #8

I met a large number of people this summer while running up and down the Valley and I would have to say that G-S-G Mike is near the top of list of the folks that I spent some time with. You have to love the loyalty that Mike has for his Generals, Redskins, UVA Cavs and the Atlanta Falcons. When Bill Meade ( PN & C) invited me to pick the football games with his group this year it gave me a way to keep in touch with Mike during the Valley off-season. I throw the picks out there in case anyone wants to play a long with us and Mike would always sent his back in. I got behind last week and forgot to add the games and I will now say - Sorry, Mike... Big news from the PN & C- for the 1ST time in the 7 weeks this year I head into the week sitting at the top of the mountain! Two weeks running of going 4-0 on the High School games has allowed me to make up some of the lost ground... The games slated for Week # 8 are as follows : _____________________________________ High School

Volleyball Updates : From Bradley University, Bridgewater College, Va. Tech, Strasburg & Luray High School

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Courtesy of Bradley U. LURAY - Just made it back from Bridgewater College where the Lady Eagles finally returned home after a lengthy road trip. BC did go 4-0 down in Danville this past week end while playing in the Averett Invitational . The ladies were back in Niniger Hall to face the top team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon made it to town. R-MC brought a 16-5 overall mark (6-0 ODAC ) into the match and BC came in at 17-5 (4-3 ODAC ). Bridgewater was considerably short handed for the match with three starters out due to illness. Setter Tricia Davis, mid-hitter Mandy Hill and outside hitter Brittney Wittmer were all absent from the gym at the start of play. The one good sign for the Lady Eagles was for the first time this season I noticed Blair Wampler (James Wood) on the bench with

11:38 P.M. - Phils eliminate Dodgers in 5 games - Now Head to World Series/ Maddux heads home

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LOS ANGLES - Philadelphia just eliminated Los Angles by a final score of 5-1 while I was typing the Bridgewater Volleyball story. While I happy for both John Leonard (All Things Valley League) and Damon Dillman (TV-3 in H'Burg ) as the pair are long time Phils fans, I am a bit sadden that Greg Maddux has pitched for the final time in the 2008 campaign. Tonight was a typical night in a very odd season for MY BASEBALL HERO. Maddux pitched just 1 scoreless inning against the Cubs (9TH inning of Game #1) and just one inning before tonight against the Phils . Maddux came in tonight with L.A down 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Maddux retired the side in the fourth inning and picked up 2 strike outs in doing it. Now the 1ST one was the opposing pitcher but the second one was Jimmy Rollins who had homered to start the game. Now the fifth inning was pretty interesting for Maddux and LA. Werth singled thru the left side but was retired on a fielders choice off the bat of

4 Posts on an Evening with the Rebel Family

NEW MARKET- I hope you enjoy the 4 different looks at Monday night at Rebel Park. Lucas Jones is the new Head Coach of the Rebels and we were able to share in the big moment!

A Look inside the baseball journey for Mr. Lucas Jones

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NEW MARKET - It is time to mix in some numbers for the more serious media outlets that will report on the new skipper of the New Market Rebels. As I mentioned to Lucas last night during our conversation, I tend to want to focus on the journey but I do know that there are people who are just in need of the facts so let us take a look at the path of Jones. Photo is curtosey of Randolph-Macon College. __________________________________________ Full Name - Lucas Edwin Jones Age - 26 Hometown - Lynchburg , Virginia High School- Heritage High School (Class of 2001) __________________________________________ Played 3 years of Varsity baseball for the Pioneers in the Seminole District. Lucas played Short Stop all three seasons at Heritage. ________________________________________ 1ST College stop - Lenoir- Rhyne University Bears (Hickory, N.C) *Played 2 seasons for the Bears- medical red shirt as Freshman *Played Short Stop and 2ND Base ________________________________________ 2ND College

60 Quality Minutes Inside the New Market Baseball Family: Rebels ink 2009 Skipper- Mr. Lucas Jones

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NEW MARKET - Rebels General Manager Bruce Alger hosted a small gathering Monday night at Rebel Park to introduce Randolph-Macon's Lucas Jones to the New Market family. Alger had been working to replace 2008 skipper Nolan Neiman for three weeks now after finding out that Nolan's new position as assistant Head Coach at Florida Gulf Coast University would not allow Neiman to return to the Rebels. The 7:30 P.M. signing ceremony made it official as Jones inked his new contract and met a number of the people that play a big part of making New Market on of the Valley Baseball League's model organizations. The guest list included the Alger family, Vice President Jim Weissenborn , board members Dave Beaver and Jay Hafner . Mr. & Mrs. Mo Weber (The Legend of the Valley), Katie Getz , Abigale Hansberger and the Barb family also joined in to welcome Jones into the fold as did the Carter family. Rebecca has already posted some pictures from the evening, including the Welco

Around the Rebel Office:

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While we were hanging out with Bruce, Mo, Lucas and the gang, I had the opportunity to take a few snapshots of the office...

Meeting the Man: Lucas Jones

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Our night meeting the new Head Coach for the New Market Rebels! Story and information to follow! Once you take the pen, there's no going back. The smile of a man who is excited about what he's doing! I love that it looks like Bruce is critiquing his signature in this shot. Ha. "Well I missed the day where we went over the cursive S." First shot post-signature. Certainly going to be the first of many pictures to follow of the Rebels' dream team. The myth. The man. The legend. Mo Weber. A close-up shot of Mr. Jones. The whole Rebel family was there to partake in the festivities. Everyone had a good time talking and relaxing. Valley League Baseball doesn't end when the championship is over - these family ties are year-round! Classic CB. Nice face! Jay is one of the nicest men you'll meet. (The young lady in front of him isn't too bad, either.) "She told me she would be really upset if you didn't get a good shot of her before she left.&q

Breaking News from John Leonard at All Things Valley League

Just finished reading a nice story over at John's sight about the VBL . Head over and take a look at http://allthingsvalleyleague.typepad.com .