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Wilson Memorial captures Region B Volleyball - Strasburg Cheer takes State Title

Wilson Memorial 25-25-25 Strasburg 23-18-23 Strasburg Cheer Squad captures State Title... More later... Godspeed to all the VBers that are traveling across our great state of Virginia...

Finals Update from Hollins University : W & L makes it 8 straight by defeating Lynchburg 3-0

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ROANOKE - 4:51 P.M. - Mr. Kritter just called in with a report from the ODAC Finals. The Lady Hornets made Washington & Lee earn all 3 games... Lynchburg claimed 3 spots on the All-Tourney team as well as the Runner Up plaque... More later

News Flash : Lynchburg College strikes again in ODAC tourney

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ROANOKE - Less than 24 hours after upsetting #2 seed Randolph-Macon, Lynchburg College (#7) was back at it. This time the Lady Hornets tripped up #3 seed Virginia Wesleyan 3-2 (14-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-21, 15-8) in the semi-final round of the ODAC tournament. Top seeded Washington & Lee will be the next test for the red hot LC squad as the Generals ended a solid season for the Lady Eagles of Bridgewater College 3-0 (25-15, 26-24 , 25-17). Much more to come later - Finals set for 3:30 P.M. Lynchburg College vs. Washington & Lee

Region B Volleyball : Don't get me wrong - I am sure that Mathews is a great place to visit...

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Strasburg 186.26 vs. Wilson Memorial 173.88... --------------------------------------- Those numbers represent some all important info for tonight's Strasburg @ Wilson Memorial VB game that will decide the Region B Championship. The numbers aren't team power rankings though, they reflect the number of miles (each way) that the team that falls short tonight will have to travel on Tuesday evening. ---------------------------------------- Mathews High School swept Northumberland 3-0 to claim the Region A Championship and the Lady Devils will now host the opening round match in State play on Tuesday. MHS went 9-0 (3 straight 3-0 sweeps) on their way to claiming the Region crown. You can check out more information on the team at http://www.gazettejournal.net/ ( Glouchester -Mathews Gazette). ------------------------------------------ Northumberland will travel to face the winner of Strasburg - Wilson on Tuesday with a Final Four Bid on the line. If there weren

End of a Long but Fun Day Down in Roanoke : ODAC quarter-finals and ESPN Radio football

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A few of the faces that made Friday a special day Around The Valley - Katie Baker of Bridgewater College VB, the U.S Army sponsored Tailgate show, News-Leader reporter Chris Lassiter , the VB Logo and Mr. Jim Sacco of the News Virginian ! ROANOKE- Great action in the 4:00 P.M. VB games over at Hollins University as #7 seed Lynchburg College pulled off a major upset when the Lady Hornets defeated #2 seed Randolph-Macon 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-18). LC evened its mark at 15-15 on the season and will play again at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday against #3 seed Virginia Wesleyan. VWU (23-10) swept #6 Emory & Henry (20-7) 3-0 in the night match... Top seed and 7 time defending champion Washington & Lee (29-6) made quick work of #8 seed Guilford College in their 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-14) sweep of the Lady Quakers. W & L was led by the 2008 ODAC Player of the Year Rachael Phillips. The 5'11 junior from Tampa, Florida guided the Lady Generals to their 11TH str

Strasburg @ Altavista (Trying to catch the emotions)

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Jaclyn's smile says it all 3 pretty interested Strasburg backers during a Time Out The scene on the floor as everyone tries to catch their breathe The Colonel at Half Court Cool art work on the Gym wall... Coach Mason and Coach Mathias getting the Ladies ready... The Dogwood was well represented last night as Nelson County and Altavista both competed for State spots. The quietest Inn in all of Lynchburg , Va. The Innkeeper is pretty special too. Mr. Sisk & Mr. Sacco call it home ! Nelson County fell short Thursday night but still had another fine season !

Good Morning from Liberty University : Busy Day coming up Around The Valley

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LYNCHBURG - Greetings from the desk of Sabrena Carter - Office Manager at Selah Yearbook- Liberty University. Last night ended at 11:00 P.M. at Kinko's after TK sent his gamer on the Strasburg match up to Chuck McGill at the desk of the NVD . Not to often I get to share work space with my daughter! Photo - TK and Coach after the match. __________________________________ Today will include the opening round of the ODAC volleyball tournament over at Hollins University in Roanoke. Eight teams have advanced to the quarter-finals and the action will begin at 4:00 P.M. Two courts will be in use at both 4:00 and then again at 6:30 as the field will be trimmed to the final four. Play resumes at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday with the finals being played at 3:30 P.M. __________________________________ The time to leave the gym at Hollins today will be shortly after 6:00 P.M. Our Augusta County Game of the Week is taking place just 4 miles down the road at Northside High School. Stuarts D

Saturday Night Showdown in Region B : Strasburg Rams @ Wilson Memorial Green Hornets

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TK chatting with Jenna Smoot - what did she do with her Cape ? ALTAVISTA - Strasburg rallied late in Game 5 of their match Thursday night against Altavista to punch a return ticket to the Class A State Tournament. The Rams were trailing in the deciding game 13-8 but closed the match out with a 9-2 (17-15) run sparked by junior Jenna Smoot . The next match for Coach Suzanne Mathias and her Rams will be Saturday night in Fishersville against Shenandoah District Champion Wilson Memorial. WMHS advanced to the Region B finals by defeating Nelson County 3-1 and will remain home to face Strasburg . Jim Sacco and the News Virginian were up in Fishersville and you can check out the results from that match by clicking on http://www.newsvirginian.com/ later this evening. I am sure that Jim will post on his blog (Daily Pooch Punt) about the events as well. Back to Altavista, where Tommy Keeler of the Northern Virginia Daily was on hand to cover the match for the young Rams squad. The

Funny thing happened on the road to Charlotte Court House (Region B Volleyball)

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Vs. After getting all prepared for a Thursday afternoon trip down and over to Charlotte Court House for the Semi-Final match between visiting Strasburg and host Randolph-Henry, I discovered there had been a change in plans. ______________ Altavista would prove to be not only the sole District Runner-Up to win a game but the Colonels actually upset the James River District Champions (R-H). Luray played Strasburg tough, Goochland gave its best at Nelson County and Rapp served at game point at Wilson (Game 2) but all three matches ended at 3-0. ______________ Altavista now returns to the point of Region B play where they were elimanated last year. Playing on the road at Rapp , the Lady Colonels jumped out to an early lead but could not keep the Lady Panthers from moving on. This time they will try it again without the long bus ride before the match when they host Strasburg at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday. ______________ The second semi-final match will take place at Wilson Memorial o

MLB Gold Glove Time : Maddux earns 18TH Rawlings Award !

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Greg Maddux made it 18 Gold Gloves in 19 years after splitting time between San Diego and Los Angles. Really neat part of the Award was seeing the highlight spot on ESPN- the play they showed came from the game Maddux pitched in D.C. against the Nats . Maddux fielded a ground ball with a runner on third base and faked a throw to first before spinning around and firing a throw to third base and catching the runner off the bag. Chris and I were there to see that one and I told him after the play that is why he has 17 Gold Gloves... Early reports from his Agent says that Greg is leaning toward retiring vs. coming back for 1 more season . I can only hope that isn't the case- need 1 more season... Photo - Taken from the above mentioned game...

Third time is a charm : Not since Tom Hanks filmed Castaway has Wilson and Volleyball went so well together!

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FISHERSVILLE - Rappahannock County made the trip down to Fishersville for the Opening round of the Region B tournament Tuesday night and they were welcomed by a focused group of Lady Green Hornets. There are seven seniors on the Wilson Memorial roster and they know this will be their final run on the Road to Richmond. Rapp tested the home team during the second and third games of Wilson's 3-0 (25-17, 29-27, 25-23) sweep but each time WM needed a crucial point they answered the call. "They didn't get down on themselves tonight," said Head Coach Kim Claytor . "When the came in to the locker room they were excited about getting it done in 3 games. They know what it means to get it done in three." Both newspapers from the Staunton - Waynesboro area were in the gym and you can check out their gamers at http://www.newsleader.com/ and http://www.newsvirginian.com/ . One of the pics included shows News-Leader's Ron Hartlaub interviewing WM's Chris

there is coach of the year, then there is COACH OF THE YEAR

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STRASBURG - Last Saturday night, after the 2008 Bull Run Tournament Championship was added to the regular season title, Suzanne Mathias collected her third straight BR Coach of the Year award. At first thought this wasn't really big news to those in the Volleyball circle but when you stop and take a closer look... Yes - the Rams did go 28-0 last year and claim the Class A State Championship last year. But sometimes people forget that this is High School, not the University of Texas football program. When Vince Young left Austin following his Rose Bowl victory, Mack Brown had his choice of ANY High School Quarterback in the country to come in and run his offense. There is a big difference between replacing College athletes and re-tooling your Class A Volleyball roster. Katie Baker and Kaitlin Smoot are now playing their VB in college and five other Seniors left on Graduation Day last summer. Lyndsey Funkhouser , Cassidy Weitman , Kayln Warner, Britanee Hodson and Jo Owens a

The road to Richmond ends for Luray but don't look for tears from Lady Bulldogs Julie Rothgeb

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STRASBURG - Julie Rothgeb coached her final game for the 2008-2009 season Monday night in Luray's 3-0 (25-18,25-18,25-21) loss to Strasburg but the end will not diminish the journey for the Lady Bulldogs. "I am very proud of the things we accomplished this season," Rothgeb said. "We finished miles ahead of where we were last year." Luray (17-6, 8-2) finished the Shenandoah District regular season in second place and were the only District team to defeat Wilson Memorial. The Lady Bulldogs pushed the Hornets to game 4 in the District tournament before once again finishing in the two spot. This time the #2 finish earned LHS their first trip to Region B play since 1997. Five of the six losses LHS suffered during their break out season came at the hands of District Champs- 3 times vs. Strasburg and 2 times vs. Wilson Memorial. Rothgeb's team captured 17 of 18 matches otherwise and their Coach tried to find a remedy for playing against the Rams. &

Region B Volleyball : Road to Richmond - Strasburg 3, Luray 0

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Luray..........18...18...21 Strasburg...25...25...25 STRASBURG - Press Row was full for the Region B opener between visiting Luray and host Strasburg . From top to bottom: Northern Virginia Daily reporter Tommy Keeler interviewing Head Coach Suzanne Mathias Page News & Courier Sports Editor Bill Meade(Far Right)visiting with some Bulldog supporters Shenandoah Valley Herald Sports Editor John Galle working the camera NVD Camera Man Rich Cooley in search of art work for the Daily Galle and the Camera Man for TV-3 Winchester... Check out TK's gamer at http://www.nvdaily.com/ early Tuesday morning...

More notes from Saturday Night in Strasburg

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Future Leaders of the Strasburg Athletic Department ! The Cheer Squad captured the Region B Championship on Saturday Book End Titles now hanging in the Gym Shenandoah Valley Herald's John Galle interviewing Suzanne Mathias after the match. Two of the stars from the 2007-2008 Bull Run Championship- Elena Kritter ( Lynchburg College) & Katie Baker ( Bridgewater College), were back for the match. Katie and the Lady Eagles defeated Mary Washington on Friday night to close out their regular season at 22-7. Both of these young ladies will be back in action next week end down at the O.D.A.C tourney.

ODAC Volleyball : It's Tourney Time (Nov. 7 & 8) down at Hollins

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Old Dominion Athletic Conference VB Elena and her LC squad play at 4:00 P.M. Friday, Katie and the Lady Eagles open at 6:30 P.M. The top 8 teams in the ODAC have advanced to the post season tournament with the action getting under way this Friday at 4:00 P.M. down in Roanoke ( Hollins College). Here is a quick look at the field and the opening matches- 4:00 P.M. Friday - #1 Washington & Lee (25-6, 10-0) vs. #8 Guilford (6-22, 2-8) #2 Randolph-Macon (23-8, 9-1) vs. #7 Lynchburg College (14-15,4-6) 6:30 P.M. Friday - #4 Roanoke College (23-3,7-3) vs. #5 Bridgewater College (21-7,6-4) #3 Virginia Wesleyan (22-10,7-3) vs. #7 Emory & Henry (20-6,6-4) ________________________________________________ Play resumes at 11:00 A.M. Saturday for the Semi-Finals #1/8 vs. #4/5 & #2/7 vs. #3/6 ________________________________________________ Finals are set for 3:30 P.M. ________________________________________________

Region B Volleyball Playoffs : A Look inside the ROAD TO RICHMOND

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8 teams have made the Region B Playoffs and the action is set to get under way on Monday night. All matches begin at 7:00 P.M. Monday : ___________________________ Luray (17-5) @ Strasburg (20-2) ___________________________ Tuesday : ____________________________ Rappahannock County (16-5) @ Wilson Memorial (18-3) Altavista @ Randolph-Henry Goochland @ Nelson County ____________________ Semi-Finals on Thursday ____________________ @ Altavista / R-H winner @ Rapp / Wilson winner __________________ FINALS : Saturday __________________ Host team will come from the Goochland /Nelson/ Rapp /Wilson side of bracket