Showing posts from October 19, 2008

Strasburg's Kaitlin Smoot and VT Club Volleyball

Team meeting before the match My apologies to Chris on the blurry effort on this one. Proud Papa working his camera at the debut Pretty sure that Kaitlin loved having Mom in town Kaitlin with Chris and his parents With Mom & Dad right after the 3RD of the 3 Sweeps VT Varsity Swim Team at a meet a few feet down Some pics of the Grounds at Va Tech Love the look @ VT - A bit like the buildings @ Duke... Mr. & Mrs. John Lloyd were in town for Parents week end . Two VT Grads down to see their daughter. John catches a break by managing for USA Today - with no week end edition he gets to stay for the entire week end! The site for the Club Tourney Oh, wait - I know the lady behind the sign too! Linda was able to make the trip down after getting back from Seattle. Kaitlin (#2) waiting for her next shot to play in the Match. Kaitlin closed out the final win over UVA by scoring the final 2 points from the service line! Mr. Smoot and Kaitlin between matches. Priceless. Day 1 in the Boo

Friday Night Football : R.E Lee claims Southern Valley Championship

LEXINGTON- R.E Lee (9-1, 4-0) repeated as Champs of the 2-year old Class AA Southern Valley District Friday night with a dominating 26-6 victory over Rockbridge County . The Leeman's Dae' Quan Scott returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and his team never looked back on a cold and rainy night. __________________________ Wes (pictured aboved) saved our ESPN broadcast by driving down from Staunton with the missing equipment! __________________________ Scott would suffer a shoulder injury on the third play from scrimmage and not return but the defending champions simply suffocated their hosts for the entire 48 minutes. R.E Lee had their first drive go for 21 plays and take 11:07 off the clock and their defense and special teams took over after that... More later- Shenadoah District: Riverheads 21, Luray 7 Wilson Memorial 38 Page County 0 Buffalo Gap 37, Stonewall Jackson 0 Southern Valley District : R.E Lee 26, Rockbridge 6 Waynesboro - Idle Stuarts Draft

CNU Captains trip up Bridgewater College 3-1 on Senior Night

NEWPORT NEWS- Bridgewater (20-7) stepped outside of the ODAC Friday night when the Lady Eagles traveled down to Hampton Roads for a match with Christopher Newport. Not sure if the long bus ride slowed down BC in the opener as the Captains took Game 1 by a 25-14 score. BC rebounded nicely to take game #2 by a 29-27 score but dropped the final two games by identical 25-20 scores. The web site for CNU has as much stat info as I have ever seen for a VB match and you can check it out at . The Lady Eagles return home for a final home match next week vs. Mary Baldwin College and close out their regular season at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg . Katie Baker and Brittney Whittmer each scored 8 kills Friday while Mandy Hill tallied nine and Erika Dirnagl led the BC attack with 11. Setter Tricia Davis collected 37 assists for the match.

Senior Night in Strasburg - Class of 2008-2009

Matt trying to sneak in some family time on a Busy Night Just a couple of the hard working folks at SHS The Wheaties Box from Last Season More hugs, this time for Coach Mason Just about to play Volleyball- But not before Mr.D lets out 1 more "We Are" Mr. Doman with a hug for Coach Mathias Group shot of all 3 young ladies and their families... Bethany with Mom & Dad Flowers and gifts filled the night Rebecca and Shannon with their Mothers...

Friday Night Lights - Week #10 - Road Trip to Lexington : R.E Lee @ Rockbridge County

LURAY - R.E Lee (8-1,3-0) head south on I-81 tonight for a game in Lexington vs. Rockbridge County (6-2,2-0) and we will be tagging along. The ESPN-1240 Augusta County High School Game of the Week will make a rare trip across the county line tonight as the Leeman hope to claim the Southern Valley District Championship. Jim Sacco will be joining us for the Tail Gate show which gets under way at 6:30 P.M. but there will be a twist tonight. Chip Crabill called early this morning to let me know that tonight we will be on Top of the Press Box instead of inside of it. I guess I can't complain because I was the one that said- "Wouldn't it be cool to go down to Rockbridge for the big game?" Just checked the Yahoo weather forecast for Lexington tonight and "Cool" might not be my word of choice anymore! The question will be what time does the rain storm blow in to town?. R.E Lee can claim the Crown outright with a win tonight but the Wildcats would need to defeat

Saturday & Sunday Volleyball : Virginia Tech Womens Club Team Tournament

BLACKSBURG - Strasburg's Kaitlin Smoot will be making her Virginia Tech Club Volleyball debut this week end as a member of the Orange squad in the VT Volleyball tournament. I was hoping to have some more details by now but here is what I do know: The event will take place at the War Memorial Gym and the current list of teams sits at 24. Both the Orange team and the Maroon team will represent VT and they will be joined by James Madison, Pitt, Appy State and UVA plus many more. West Virginia, UNC -Charlotte, Georgetown and Penn State will be playing in Blacksburg as well. Play is set to start early Saturday morning and we will post for info when it becomes available... Best of Luck to Kaitlin and her Orange team !

Wilson clinches Shenandoah, Strasburg caps off 2ND straight Bull Run 10-0 mark

STRASBURG - Luray (8-2) took care of their half of the plan to share the Shenandoah District Title when the Bulldogs rallied for a 3-2 (22-25, 25-11,23-25, 25-19 and 15-8) victory at Buffalo Gap but Wilson would not be denied. The Green Hornets (9-1) spoiled Senior Night at Stonewall Jackson (5-5) with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-17,25-16) sweep over the Generals. Both Districts begin their post season Tourneys next week before moving on to Region B play. Strasburg (10-0) defeated Rappahannock County 3-1 at home Thursday night and now both of the top two seeds will have 1ST round byes as will Wilson and Luray ... More to come - including pics...

Catching up with the Kritter Family @ Strasburg

Mom and Dad with middle daughter Danika after the Rapp -Ram match This one includes the youngest of the 3 Volleyball sisters- Josie. Josie and her team has a big match Friday back at Rapp , where they will play for the Championship! Mr. Kritter chatting with Ram Head Coach Suzanne Mathias after the match. Danika spent this summer playing for FJVC out of Fredricksburg and her team made it all the way to Nationals. The tourney was played in Dallas, Texas and FJVC finished #13. The team consisted of 9 girls from 7 High Schools and there wins came against teams from California, Texas and Ohio. Danika is finishing her second season on Varsity while older sister Elena is nearing the end of her Freshman season at Lynchburg College. Looking forward to seeing the family again down at Hollins College for the ODAC tournament.You can get the latest on Elena by visiting . The have team info and updated stats as well.

Volleyball Week Continues : Strasburg Senior Night Part II

STRASBURG - Senior night at Strasburg last year was without a doubt the evening I would give credit for this site being here today. I had spent the majority of the season covering Coach Suzanne Mathias and her Ram VB team but something changed that night just before the match. The ceremony for the seven remarkable young ladies was soooo much more important than the fact that the team was going to sweep another opponent on their way to an UN-defeated season in the Bull Run District. Kaitlin Smoot , Katie Baker, Jo Owens, Cassidy Weitman , Lyndsey Funkhouser , Britanee Hodson and Kayln Warner took the floor with their families. The ceremony was not different from most Senior Night ceremonies, just different for me. The fact that Strasburg would sweep George Mason 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, and 25-8) seemed to be irrelevant to me as a person but I tried to remember that I wasn't there as a person but as a Sports Writer. As hard as I tried, I couldn't separate out the two and I k

Pictures from Wednesday Night at Bridgewater College

From top to Bottom : 1. Check out the price of gas 2. Proud parents of Tricia Davis and Katie Baker 3. The glassed Eagle that protects the trophy case. 4. Two of the many awards the VB program had received. 5. The ODAC banners hanging from the rafters. 6. The Eagle at center court...

Greetings from New Market's Johnny Appleseeds: Talkin Volleyball Around the Valley

NEW MARKET- "Well, beat the drum and hold the phone- the sun came out today" We are born again, there is new grass on the field A- roundin third, and headed for home, it's a brown eyed handsome man; Anyone can understand the way I feel Chorus: Oh, put me in coach, I am ready to play today; Put me in, coach - I am ready to play today; Look at me, I can be center field ...... Now after reading the lines from John Fogerty's "Put me in Coach", you might be wondering the connection to Bridgewater College's Volleyball Match last night against the Quakers of Guilford College. We were in the lobby of the Gym waiting for Coach Spector and the Lady Eagles to finish a post game meeting when Mrs. Davis (Tricia's Mom) brought up the song and the next line. Flash back to Saturday morning down at Sweet Briar where Mrs. Davis was kind enough to share some VB scoring thoughts with me. After that, I figured the least I could do was answer the question at hand. B

Bridgewater College VB : Coach Spector and the Lady Eagles earn 20TH Win on season

BRIDGEWATER - BC improved their record on the season to 20-6 with a 3-0 sweep over visiting Guilford College Wednesday night at Niniger Hall. The Lady Eagles are now 6-4 in the highly competitive ODAC while Guilford falls to 5-21 and 2-7. I will be back in a bit with some pics from the night and notes on the match... Congrats to Head Coach Greg Spector , assistant Matt Maynard and all of the Lady Eagles!

Big Night of Volleyball Coverage in our Valley...

LURAY -Just after the start of the 1ST game last night down at Wilson Memorial I had to crack a smile. Luray and WMHS were playing a regular season Class A volleyball match and there were a slew of folks there connected to the press. You can go on line right now to either or and see both game stories and photos from the action last night. From the Luray side you can go and pick up a copy of this weeks Page News and Courier and see the same! Jim Sacco was in the gym as well and you can read his colorful views about the match at his blog site connected to the News Virginian. The Daily Pooch Punt is full over antidotes about the match. How solid was the coverage of the match ? Solid enough that it was easier for me to cover the coverage, then to right more about the Wilson victory. The great coverage doesn't stop there. Tonight is the start of the World Series and if you pick up a copy of the Northern Virginia Daily you wi

Tuesday Volleyball : Big Names on Press Row down in Fishersville!

Left to right - Robert Sisk , Bill Meade and Jim Sacco Turns out that Bill and Jim are old friends from Bill's days in Augusta County Hey - Cool Badge there Mr. Sisk Check out Robert's gamer at Ms. Kala Guy being interviewed after the Big Win News-Leader's Shaun T. Cox was working hard as well Kala and Robert still rehashing the 3-0 sweep Head Coach Kim Claytor is always a fun visit and I will share my notes later... Mr. Turner (Amber's Dad) visiting with Bill Now this fella looks kinda serious....