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Saturday Night Volleyball : Strasburg captures 3RD straight Bull Run Tourney

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The Lady Rams posing with their new Hardware! A time to catch up with old friends Judith Smoot and Mr. Doman sharing the moment Bethany and Mr. D, my bad for not knowing who the little one belongs to... Coach Wilde and the Lady Panthers More Hardware for the Rams trophy case Bull Run District Player of the Year- Jacyln Ayers with her back to the net RCHS being introduced to the crowd Rapp's Coach Wilde directing his Lady Panthers Coach Mathias is inside that Circle somewhere Pre -game intro's Another Father / Daughter moment, this time with the Kritter's Strasburg getting ready before the match Love seeing four officials calling the same. The line calls are much easier with two extra set of eyes on the floor. Let's Play Ball ! It is time to go and put out the Sunday Washington Post but I promise there will be more later, including a break down on the up

Saturday Afternoon in the Valley : Running Updates for Football in the Old Dominion and Duke University

5:30 P.M - Time to head up to Strasburg for the Bull Run Volleyball Finals- 15 Finals in the Books. ______________________________________ 10:04 PM - Back Home and time to finish : Southern Va. 30 - 27 OT win over Kentucky Christian Wake Forrest 33-30 win over Duke James Madison 41-7 over Deleware Averett 33 Shenandoah U 21 Final Ferrum 46 Greensboro 21 - Middle of 4TH _______________________________________ Still playing - JMU & Duke 7:00 PM - 2 games in the USA LURAY - There is another full slate of College football around our great state today and we are going to take a shot at bringing you a look at all of the action. A good starting point would be to try and list the games and kick off times... _____________________________________ ACC Action (D-I) _____________________________________ University of Virginia - The Cavilers (5-3) are back at home and welcome the Miami Hurricanes to Scott Stadium for an ACC battle. The action gets under way at High Noon. 12:10 - Virginia

ESPN RADIO 1240 - Buffalo Gap 21, Riverheads 14 -It lived up to the Hype ! Pics 1ST

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Riverheads on offense near mid-field News- Virginian's Jim Sacco reporting to duty or in this case the U.S. Army sponsored Tail Gate Show on ESPN-1240 The Boss Chip Crabill visits with Dave Norman before the game. Dave teams up with Mike Bocock on the TV Broadcasts in the Valley while Chip and I handle the radio side. 30 Years in the Circulation side of the newspaper business and this is one of the Coolest things I have ever seen. Kudos to the News Virginian... Buffalo Gap driving down the field... __________________________________ Riverheads totals - Rushing 50/174 yards (3.4 avg) Passing 3-8-1 30 yards Individuals- Rushing Cory Sandridge 19/76, Montana Puffenbarger 17/68, Joseph Cash 6/20, Demetrius Younger 6/8 (1-TD), Cameron Brown 1/6, Team 1/-4 (Fumble) Passing : Brown 3-8-1-1 30 yards Receiving- Sandridge 1/9, Cash 2/21 (TD), ________________________________________ Buffalo Gap Individual Totals- Rushing 37-158 (Avg. 4.2) Nuckols 24-109 (3-TD), S

High School Football : A look inside of Riverheads @ Buffalo Gap

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It's Pickle Time in the Red Zone & The Radio guys from Rebel 95.5 SWOOPE - Box Score from the game... ______________________________ Bison 21, Gladiators 14 ______________________________ Riverheads...7...7...0...0-14 Buffalo Gap..7...7...0...7-21 ______________________________ Scoring: 1ST Quarter- Riverheads - Demetrius Younger 2 yard run (Skillman Kick) 10:24 Buffalo Gap- Pickle Nuckols 8 yard run (Rosenfeld Kick) 1:24 ______________________________ 2ND Quarter- Buffalo Gap - Pickle Nuckols 1 yard run (Rosenfeld Kick) 6:08 Riverheads - Joseph Cash 11 yard pass from Cameron Brown (Skillman Kick) :13.4 ______________________________ 3RD Quarter- NONE ______________________________ 4TH Quarter- Buffalo Gap - Pickle Nuckols 5 yard run (Rosenfeld Kick) 6:05 ______________________________ Drive by Drive Break Down: ______________________________ 1ST Half ______________________________ Gap - Fumbled Opening Kick Off :12 secon

Wall to Wall Volleyball on a Thursday Night : Southern Valley District, Strasburg, Wilson vs. Luray and much, much more!

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Lets start the Party by checking in at Eastern Mennonite University. EMU was the site for the Shenandoah District finals between #2 seed Luray and #1 Wilson Memorial. Wilson defeated the Lady Bulldogs 3-1 to add the Tournament trophy to the one the Green Hornets collected for the regular season. Luray took the opener 25-14 but WMHS stormed back to take Games 2 & 3 by scores of 25-16 and 25-12. Luray didn't fold up and go home just yet though as Julie Rothgeb's squad rallied behind Senior Katie Cubbage . Cubbage scored the first two points of the game with Blocks of Kala Guy and Taijha Jones to give Luray a 2-0 lead. Guy (5'8) and Cubbage (5'9) would then spend the middle of the game beating the ball of each other. A rare Guy miss hit gave Luray a 21-17 lead and the LHS crowd was getting ready for a 5TH and deceiding game. But Luray gave the ball back by committing their 5TH service error of the game and that was the crack in the door that Guy needed

Completing the Bridgewater College Pick Six : BC Senior Night for Brittney Wittmer

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Coach Spector and Brittney Wittmer after the match Brittney on the cover of the 2008 BC Volleyball Guide Coach and his squad during a break between games Another pic of the Lady of the Evening Shot of the crowd for the final home match - Love seeing so many people in the stands... BRIDGEWATER - I was a little late arriving at Eastern Mennonite University for the Shenandoah District Finals because there was a stop to make on the way. When Strasburg's Katie Baker deceided to play Volleyball at Bridgewater College last summer I went in search of a schedule to see how many home matches I could attend. It turned out that BC was to play six home matches as well as hosting the BC Invatational , with all of the action taking place in Niniger Hall. Thursday night was the final of the six home matches (Went 6 for 6!) as the Squirrels of Mary Baldwin College made the trip up from Staunton for a non-conference match against Coach Greg Spector's Lady Eagles. Final ho

ESPN's FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS : Take #11 - Augusta County Game of Games (Riverheads @ Buffalo Gap)

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SWOOPE - Just finished reading Jim Sacco's piece on the BIG GAME and must admit I am looking forward to heading down Virginia Highway 42 for the High School Game of the Week with Chip Crabill . The fall of 2006 ended with Riverheads capturing the Class A State Championship down in Salem. The Gladiators spent the entire 2007 season with a Bulls Eye on their jerseys but the State Championship still made it back to Augusta County in November. Just one catch though, it was Buffalo Gap that brought the title to the neighborhood the second time around. Two schools that are separated by just over 20 miles of beautiful countryside have managed to claim back to back State Titles and now Buffalo Gap (8-0, 3-0 Shenandoah District) is trying to make another run at a trip down to Salem. Riverheads (6-2,3-0) is hoping to knock the Bison express of the tracks and in doing so set their own sites on a deep playoff run. There is plenty of talk about how early someone will have to make i

Region B Volleyball : Things are starting to take shape!

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We now know that Luray will be heading to Strasburg on Monday Madison County is one of two teams searching for the 2ND Bull Run playoff spot. A trip to Fishersville to play at Wilson Memorial awaits the 2ND Bull Run team. But they will have to get past Coach Wilde and his Rappahannock Panthers in the Bull Run Semi-Finals on Thursday night at Rapp. Wilson Memorial's Coach Claytor and her Green Hornets have their ticket punched already! The Strasburg Rams will be at home on Monday evening but still have a semi vs. Clarke County and a possible finals vs. Rapp or Madison County The Luray Lady Bulldogs earned a trip up to Strasburg on Monday night by defeating Buffalo Gap 3-1 Wednesday night in the second Shenandoah District Semi...

Luray takes it to the Next Level - Returns to Region B Play

HARRISONBURG - It was Halloween night last year when Luray took the floor in the Shenandoah District Semi-Finals with the hopes of earning a berth in Region B Play. Julie Rothgeb and her Lady Bulldogs returned to Eastern Mennonite University Wednesday night to try and take the next step once again. Luray was expecting to face #3 seed Stonewall Jackson but #6 seed Buffalo Gap upended the Generals 3-1 in the Quarter-Finals Monday in Quicksburg . Both Gap and Luray sat through a 5 set Marathon between Page County and Wilson Memorial that kept the night cap from starting until 8:52 P.M. Gap did a better job of getting regrouped at the start of the match. The Lady Bison jumped out to a 7-1 lead but consecutive kills from Luray's Danielle Montgomery trimmed the lead to 11-10. Katie Cubbage scored her 1ST point of the match to get Luray within 17-13 but Gap put the opener away with a 5-0 run that led to a 25-18 victory. The points that Cubbage didn't score in the opener ca

Some Pics from the Shenandoah District Semi Finals

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Page News and Courier's Bill Meade with the PCHS cheer squad The view from behind the scorers table at EMU Luray Head Coach Julie Rothgeb as she greets the Green Hornets Buffalo Gap made it to the Semi's with an upset at Stonewall Jackson but fell short against Luray The Lady Bulldogs getting loose before their match... PCHS Head Coach Alan Knight and his Lady Panthers during a time out Kala Guy (#1) is one Cool Customer... TV-3's Damon was hard at work and then later his Phillies won some type of baseball game. Great shot of Head Coach Kim Claytor with her Green Hornets in the back ground. PCHS nearly pulled off the comeback of a life time but Wilson closed the match in Game 5.

Shenandoah District Semi-Finals : Kala Guy and Company defeat Page County 3-2

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HARRISONBURG - Page County had momentum on their side as the Lady Panthers traveled over to Eastern Mennonite University for its Shenandoah District Semi-Final against #1 seed Wilson Memorial. PCHS captured four straight matches that took Alan Knight and his squad from a tie for sixth place all the way to the match with WMHS . While Page had momentum on their side, Green Hornets Head Coach Kim Claytor had Kala Guy on her side. The 5'8 senior has the ability that so few athletes at her age have- the ability to take her game to another level when her Coach or team needs her to do so. Early in the match there was little reason to believe that Kala would have to rally the regular season Champions... __________________________________________________ Game #1 Highlights : PCHS took a 9-6 lead when Rachel Breeden scored an Ace but Wilson scored the next seven points. Guy led the charge with a block and one of her 6 Game 1 kills but Page refused to surrender. Anissa Price and Nik

It's Tourney Time for Valley High School Volleyball

The posts below will get you up to date on the matches being played in the Northwestern, Bull Run, Shenandoah and Southern Valley Districts. There is a tournament under way in each of the 4 Districts with multiple Playoff bids at stake...

H.S Volleyball - Shenandoah District Final Four @ EMU Tonight

HARRISONBURG - One of the neater things about the Shenandoah District is the format it uses for the Volleyball and Basketball Championships. The teams are seated 1-6 for the event with the top two teams receiving a bye for the opening round. The 3 vs. 6 and the 4 vs. 5 are played in the gym of the 3RD and 4TH seed but then all 4 remaining teams head over to Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg . The gym at EMU is located in the center of the District and it gives the High School players that won't be playing at the next level an opportunity to play their sport on a college campus in front of a sizable crowd. That should be the case tonight as both match-ups are Augusta County vs. Page County. A few more fans from the early game will stick around and some of the fans from the second match will arrive early to catch some more of the action with their neighbors playing in the other contest. The semi-finals get under way tonight at 6:30 P.M. with #1 seed Wilson Memori

H.S. Volleyball - Higher Seeds hold serve in Bull Run Quarter-Finals

BERRYVILLE / MADISON - #4 seed Clarke County swept #5 seed Manassas Park 3-0 Tuesday night and you can read all about the match by heading over to www.nvdaily.com . Clarke County now advances to play Thursday night at #1 Strasburg in one of the two Bull Run Semi-Finals. #3 seed Madison County also advanced with a 3-0 sweep with the Mountaineers getting the best of #6 seed George Mason. Notes about the match are available at the MCHS web site. The next step for MCHS will take place Thursday night when they travel over to #2 seed Rappahannock County. The semi-final winners will square off on Saturday night at the highest remaining seeds gym.

Northwestern District Volleyball : Semi's are in the Books

NVD's Tommy Keeler and Tim Tassa supply the coverage for the Final Four in the Northwestern District on line at www.nvdaily.com . The matches took place last night with Millbrook sweeping the leagues newest member Kettle Run 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-16) and James Wood pulling off a surprising sweep of Sherando 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-19). James Wood finished the regular season as the fourth seed in the highly competitive District but managed to come in to the gym of #1 seed Sherando and escape with the victory. Millbrook (#2 seed) will now host the Championship on Thursday night in what promises to be an exciting match. Both matches received a great deal of coverage from a pair of Ace reporters so please click on the link for the details... Congrats to Millbrook and James Wood..

H.S. - Southern Valley District Volleyball Tourney

Stuarts Draft, Fort Defiance and Waynesboro each completed their regular season with a 6-2 mark and the three teams will share the regular season crown in the Southern Valley District. The Cougars defeated Rockbridge County to join the Little Giants and the Indians as Tri -Champions and now Rockbridge County will join them to round out the four team tournament that begins on Thursday night. Both matches begin at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday with Fort traveling to Waynesboro and Rockbridge traveling to Draft. Three of the four teams will advance to the Region III playoffs. For gamer on the Draft match check out the www.newsleader.com and for more info on the Southern Valley District check in with the www.newsvirginian.com .

Strasburg, Kaitlin Smoot and Katie Baker - Now the story has come full circle

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BLACKSBURG - Our recent trips down to Blacksburg had one simple purpose. Linda and I wanted to share in the week end with the Smoot family as Kaitlin was making her debut on the Virginia Tech Club VB Team. Larry and Judith Smoot had played such a huge role for us in the Strasburg Rams Volleyball Championship and through these efforts we had became very close to their family. After the Saturday night in Richmond when the Rams finished off their 28-0 season and the final congrats and hugs were over it left me to wonder if and when we would get the opportunity to watch Kaitlin Smoot and Katie Baker to play Volleyball again. I knew that Suzanne Mathias would be back to coach the Rams the following season and that Bethany Doman , Jenna Smoot as well as the remaining underclassmen would be back but that the 7 seniors would move on. The next opportunity to watch Katie and Kaitlin play volleyball occurred on Wednesday July 2ND , down on the campus of Christopher Newport Universit