Saturday, November 15, 2008
Loudon County leads 2-0 but Hidden Valley is still fighting for their lives (27-27)...
Kaitlin Smoot (Strasburg '08) and her Virginia Tech "A" team will be competeing as will the VT "B" team. Others schools bringing both their A & B teams include JMU, UVA, Georgetown, Longwood, Maryland and West Virginia. William & Mary, Townson and George Mason are also slated for the event...
Friday, November 14, 2008
Weren't we just here ? Gate City vs. Strasburg for the State Championship/ R.E Lee & Buffalo Gap move on in Prep Football
), Bill Meade working the sidelines...
Jim tells me that Gate City won the match in five games and I was able to tell him that Buffalo Gap looked awfully sharp in their 46-12 victory over home standing Cumberland. Gap (11-0) has not lost a game since the fall of 2006 when they dropped their next to last game vs. Riverheads.
R.E Lee also advanced to play another week by defeating Liberty-Bedford 35-7 back in Staunton at Gypsy Hill Park. R.E. Lee will travel to Brookville next Friday while Buffalo Gap will head down to William Campbell. WC eliminated the third team still remaining from our ESPN-1240 coverage area with a 64-6 defeat of Riverheads.
We should be heading down to Brookville next Friday night and the tail gate show should be back on the air at 6:30 P.M. Hopefully Sacco will be back in the fold with us for the game next week.
The weather at Cumberland was right out of a scary movie being filmed in London. The combonation of fog and rain didn't dampen the energy of what had to be 500+ fans that made the trip from Swoope. Gap took a 26-0 lead into the locker room and won the second half 20-12 to give us the 46-12 final.
The Bison scored their 7 TD's about every way imaganible. A pair of punt returns in the first half by Daniel Wise (80 yards) and Michael Johnson (60+ yards) plus a 35 yard TD pass from Ryan Sheridan to Wise...
One of the most impressive parts of the Gap romp came after the Cumberland Dukes scored their two touchdowns. Cumberland scores with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter on a 36 yard TD pass and Gap answered just :23 seconds later. Johnson returned the kick-off all the way to the Dukes 5 yard line and Pickle Nuckols punched it in on the first play from scrimmage.
Cumberland (8-3) scored again with 11:54 remaining in the game on a 2-yard run and this time it took :25 seconds to answer. CHS kicked a pooch ball collected by Boone Jones and Jones retuirned it to the Bison 48 yard line. Nuckols for 7 yards and on 2ND down Sheridan took it to the house from 45 yards out. Nuckols added a final TD with 5:04 left in the contest to close out the scoring. Congrats to the Bison !
Covering the game - Bill Meade for the http://www.newsvirginian.com/, Rob Hartlaub for http://www.newsleader.com/ and you can also check it out at http://www.inrich.com/ for the Richmond Times Dispatch view on the contest...
Conde 3 kills , Smoot 3 kills + 1 block
Guy - 2 kills , Bartley 2 kills
Sitting just behind us are two of the more decorated coaches in the VB area- Gina Troyer (Turner Ashby) and Alan Knight (Page County)...
Tim Tassa (Northern Virginia Daily) is here to cover things from the Strasburg perspective and I am sitting next to Jim Sacco who is manning the fort for The News Virginian. Shaun Cox made the trip from Staunton to cover the Lady Green Hornets for the News-Leader.
Both squads are here are are in the final stages of preparation for the match...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thomas Dale 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 over Great Bridge
Deep Run 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 over Frank Cox
Next: Saturday at 1:00 P.M.
Thomas Dale vs. Deep Run
Girls AAA Semi-finals :
Westfield 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22 over Landstown
Albemarle 25-22, 25-20,19-25, 20-25, 15-13 over Chantilly
Next: Saturday at 7:00 P.M.
Westfield vs. Albemarle
The field has been reduced to 12 teams overall with 4 more semi-finals slated for Friday...
For those of you driving down and want to look up the best route the actual address is 1200 West Broad Street...Richmond, Virginia.
Admission is $10.00 each day and is good for all 4 matches that day
Thursday Schedule :
1:00 P.M. & 3:00 P.M.
Boys AAA semi-finals
(Thomas Dale, Frank Cox, Great Bridge & Deep Run)
Albemarle vs. Chantilly
Landstown vs. Westfield
Class AA Girls
Loudon County vs. Chancellor
Class AA Girls
Hidden Valley vs. Salem
Class A Girls
Strasburg vs. Wilson Memorial
Class A Girls
Auburn vs. Gate City
Saturday Schedule (All Games are Finals)
1:00 P.M. - Class AAA Boys
3:00 P.M.- Class AA Girls
5:00 P.M.- Class A Girls
7:00 P.M.- Class AAA Girls
We welcome you to join us with picks of your own from home...
High School Playoffs :
Harrisonburg @ Amherst
Jefferson Forrest @ Turner Ashby
Buffalo Gap @ Cumberland
Riverheads @ William Campbell
NCAA Football :
Virginia Tech @ Miami (Thursday)
Boston College @ Florida State
William & Mary @ James Madison University
North Carolina @ Maryland
San Diego @ Pittsburgh
N.Y. Jets @ New England (Thursday)
Chicago @ Green Bay
Dallas @ Washington
Mike - Let me know if you want to send some UVA baseball stuff our way...
Every Friday night for the past 2 seasons Chip Crabill and myself have broad casted one of the local (Augusta County) High School football games. ESPN Radio 1240 is the station that we broadcast on and this week we were scheduled to call the Liberty-Bedford @ R.E. Lee playoff game a 7:30 P.M.
The trouble I was having was trying to figure out how to get from Richmond (VCU) to Gypsy Hill Park in time for the broadcast to start. Strasburg and Wilson Memorial are set to play their Class A State Final Four Volleyball match at 5:00 P.M. and the two venues are separated by 109 miles.
Here is where the Runnin' Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb come in and save the day. G-W is playing a Men's Basketball game at 8:00 P.M. Friday night in Blacksburg, Va. against the Va Tech Hokies. ESPN-1240 is a flagship station for Virginia Tech and all things Hokies which means their college basketball game trumps our football broadcast.
Chip called to give me the news and while I am sad that our listeners will miss out on our broadcast of the Leeman, it does remove me from a tough spot. Buffalo Gap, Riverheads and Lee will all play games this Friday night and we will be back on the air next Friday covering one of the teams still Chasing The Dream.
If you were going to listening to the broadcast you now have three choices. (A) Head over to the Stadium and watch R.E Lee play in person, (B) enjoy the broadcast of the Hokie basketball game or (C) head on down to Richmond and watch the Lady Green Hornets battle the Strasburg Rams in the Final Four...
Best of Luck to the Leeman, Gladiators and the Bison this Friday night!
The idea of treating the Class A Final Four in Volleyball with equal zest and zeal of other playoff runs, these folks are after my own heart...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Check out Tim Tassa's gamer @ www.nvdaily.com
Rebecca Coffman celebrating one of her many Aces
The picture is courtesy of the Gate City High School web site. Gate City is coached by Amy Reed and the Blue Devils record this season is 24-1. The lone loss on the season came way back on September 29TH at Morristown East.
How hot are the Lady Blue Devils ? In their last 10 matches they have dropped a Grand Total of 1 game...
Class A Final Four is set : Gate City (24-1) and Auburn (24-2) join Wilson Memorial (21-3) and Strasburg (23-3) in Richmond
Remember that you can catch Tim Tassa's gamer on the Strasburg- Mathews match at the http://www.nvdaily.com/ .
Interested in the other two semi-final teams, check out the gamers at http://www.tricities.com/ . They have a VB writer down there by the name of Tim Hayes and they stories on both of their games already posted (1:06 A.M.)...
Time to call it a night from beautiful Down Town Gloucester and try to head back through the woods and over the mountain...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tim Tassa (NVD) called back at 10:14 P.M. to let me know that he was able to get his story sent up to Chuck back in Strasburg okay. When area teams travel long distances it can be a challenge to find a spot with Internet access to get the story sent. I had discovered one nearby (Gloucester) and had invited Tim to use it if he couldn't make other arraignments.
Deadline for the NVD is write around 11:20 P.M. He made deadline with plenty to spare and it was in no small part to the good folks at MHS. I was impressed with just how friendly everyone was before and after the match, from the young lady working the ticket table all the way through.
Coach Moughon was a treat to talk with and the staff went way out of their way in order for Tim to get his job done. In a world where most people just want to speak to a high school administration to complain... A tip of the Cap from Around The Valley & the NVD's Mr. Tassa for a job well done!
More to come from both matches but I wanted to get the info up as soon as possible.
Ram Team Huddle
Blue Devils getting ready to take the court
Did she ever ! Dominating from the service line.
This gentelman runs a site at http://www.804sports.fototime.com/. He takes pictures of various events and makes them available thru his site. If they are school related, part of the money goes to the school.