Showing posts from November 30, 2008

James Madison University & Richmond Advance to Final 4 !!!

JMU scored a late TD and then picked off a Villinova pass to defeat the Wildcats 31-27! JMU will be back in action next week at home... More later... ________________________________________ The Richmond Spiders ended the three year run of the Appy State Mountaineers with a 33-13 victory down in Boone, N.C. Appy State was the #2 seed-Congrats Spiders! ________________________________________ Montana won 24-13 to advance as well and the fourth game is tonight with New Hampshire facing Northern Iowa at 7:00 P.M. ________________________________________

Big Day for Football Around the Old Dominion

JMU - 3 wins away from the Crown! *Virginia Tech looks to advance to a B.C.S Bowl Game with a victory today in the ACC Championship game down in Florida. Boston College is the team that stands in the way of the Hokies ... *James Madison University hopes to advance to the National Semi-Finals in D-I AA at home against the Villinova Wildcats... Kick Off is slated for 3:30 P.M. down in Harrisonburg . If the top-seeded Dukes win they will play at home again next week. *12 High School teams pursue their dreams of capturing one of six State Championships on the line today... Where do we begin ? Let's toss out Bill Meade's Pigskin Picks for starters... ________________________________ High School Games (All State Finals) Class A (Played at Salem, Va.) Franklin vs. Clintwood -Noon Gretna vs. Floyd County -4:15 P.M. Class AA (Played @ Liberty University) Broad Run vs. Amherst - 4:15 P.M. Brookville vs. James Monroe - Noon Brookville (Lynchburg) could ride their bikes to this game!

Final Year in the Old Gym - Luray Lady Bulldogs host EMHS on Friday Night

Bill Meade (far right) covering his third High School game of the DAY! LHS golf Coach Chris Mercer is next to Bill. I hope they find a way to find the Bulldog a new wall Luray's Shelby Davis, Christian Judd and Devan Alger greeting EMHS's Jordan Burns and Anna Berkshire Coaches before the game -Jeff Smith (EMHS) and Johnny Painter (Luray) Part of the Friday Night Crowd Junior Brooke Good at the Free Throw Line Looks like the Bulldog is about to swollow the officcal LHS's Jennifer Kelly looking for a pass on the wing The Bulldog Cheer Squad

Say it Ain't So Greg! Maddux set to announce retirement on Monday...

My one and only baseball hero has decided to retire from the game and will make the decision official with a Press Conference on Monday...

Stonewall Jackson @ Central - H.S Girls Basketball : Falcons hold on 42-39

Stonewall playing man to man "D" The outcome was in question right down to the final horn Whitney Wilkins at the Free Throw Line Stonewall's Jessica Richardson (54) & Central's Breaunna Hinegardner (10) Central's Shalyn Weaver drawing a crowd of defenders Central's Cheerleaders & Fans showing their support Mr. Burner and T.K (right) You can check out his gamer at Coach Burner & Coach Mathews working the side lines. Stonewall Jackson planning their last second strategy... Senior Lauren Heishman at the Free Throw line in the 1ST Quarter

NVD's Chuck McGill walks us through the struggles facing Area High School Athletic Departments

Every now and then Mr.Mcgill steps from behind the Sports Editors Desk at the Northern Virginia Daily and writes a story or two. This was the case a few days ago when Chuck wrote a feature on the uphill battle the schools in the Valley are facing with the current economy. It is a great read and you can check it out by clicking on the link. We borrowed a picture of Mr. Mcgill from his blog to accompany the story...

Sights and Sounds from Stonewall Jackson @ Central

The Central Falcon - too cool! 3RD from the left is Foltzie (Woodstock River Bandits skipper) and the gentleman on the far left is Jeff's Walters Dad... Shenandoah Valley Herald's John Galle and NVD's Jeremy Stafford interviewing Generals Head Coach Sophie Stout after the game. Check out Jeremy's gamer at ... The court at Central is named after former Coach Jerry Walters. Gotta love the art work in the gym... Central student body backing their Falcons. Coach Stout and her Generals Coach Roger Wilkins and his Falcons Coach Stout working the sidelines Our good friend Dennis working working the lens for the NVD Battle on the Boards WOODSTOCK- Central High School (1-2) earned its first victory of the young season Wednesday night by defeating the visiting Generals of Stonewall Jackson 53-33.

One of the Best Sports Nights of the Year...

Here is a list that will vary from Sports fan to Sports fan; the Saturday at the final four or maybe the Super Bowl, possibly race day at Daytona ... But here at Around The Valley the answer is very simple - opening night for boys and girls high school basketball around the state of Virginia. The number of high school athletes that took to the floor for the first time last night thinking this could be their year. The definition of their year will have a wide range from HS program to HS program. Some teams will be trying to defend their State Championships while others look to take the next step after falling just short last season. There will be players looking to score their first Varsity points while others dream of getting to play at the next level. Yes, they turned the lights on in High School gyms all across our great state last night and for an evening every team was UN-defeated! Once again kids playing for the love of the game and the love for their school. Men and

In Search of More Home Town Heroes... Luray's Andy Caviness, Juno Carroll and Bill Meade

Juno taking the time to make a face for the camera Andy Caviness (L) working the 50/50 behind Monte Layman Ryan and Juno Carroll while helping us with our Sunday Post Andy is a fine example of a Liberty University grad! Bill Meade (far right) visiting with Luray fans during a break in the action of the Lady Bulldogs VB game. _______________________________________ LURAY - Our journey over, through and Around The Valley has led us to a number of very special people. Over the past 13 months I have taken the time to write about some of these folks and today I want to add three more to the list. All three of the gentleman have ties to Luray and I wanted to share a thought or two about each of them. _____________________________ We will start out my talking about Mr. Bill Meade of the Page News & Courier. Bill is the Sports Editor for the PN &C and it is his job to cover both Page County High School and Luray High School as well as all other sporting events in Page County. Bi

Winter Sports Schedule : Luray High School Bulldogs

Luray High School - Luray , Virginia (Class A - Shenandoah District) The Varsity Schedule for the Boys Basketball team is as follows: 12/02 - @ Eastern Mennonite HS 12/04 - vs. Eastern View 12/09 - vs. Madison County 12/12 - vs. William Monroe 12/13 - @ Eastern View 12/16 - @ Manassas Park 12/19 - @ Madison County 12/27 - @ NVD Tourney ( Strasburg ) (4:00 P.M.) 12/30 - @ NVD Tourney ( Strasburg ) ____________________________________ 01/03 - vs. Eastern Mennonite (1:00 P.M.) 01/09 - @ Page County *** 01/12 - @ William Monroe 01/13 - vs. Manassas Park 01/16 - vs. Wilson Memorial *** 01/20 - vs. Buffalo Gap *** 01/23 - @ Stonewall Jackson *** 01/28 - vs. Page County *** 01/30 - vs. Riverheads *** _______________________________________ 02/03 - @ Wilson Memorial *** 02/06 - @ Buffalo Gap *** 02/10 - @ Riverheads *** 02/12 - vs. Stonewall Jackson *** (Senior Night) Feb. 17,19 & 20TH - District Tourney *** - Shenandoah District Contest _________________________________________ ___