Friday, January 30, 2009

Big Game in the Small Town : Road Tripin' with Bill Meade to Buffalo Gap

On the road with Bill Meade on Friday meant the back roads - Highway 42
The welcome mat is always out in Swoope!

Keith crunching the stats for Gap as well as the Generals

Ms. Stacey was there to support John Galle on a Friday night.

Stonewall's Molly Beall with John Galle
"The Mayor of Quicksburg" Jeff Burner holding court with Galle, Shaun Cox and Bill Meade

Check out John's work next week in the Herald

Mr. Burner finishing the score book as the scribes take notes.

Coach talking with the folks at TV-3 after the game.
The Gap girls listening to Head Coach Chad Coffey

The score at the half following a late 3-pointer from Freshman Cassie Conley

Senior Sara Lamneck

Dualing TV cameras
Renee Burford, Samantha Long & Holly Morgan
Cassie Conley, "Gracie" Lutz and Heather Stout

Coach Coffey taking a moment to remind us it is only a basketball game.


The spot for dinner down in Churchville. Great spaghetti!

I have always said that you can judge the importance of a sporting event by the number of media types in attendance. The battle for 1ST place in the Shenandoah District (Girls) was held Friday night with Stonewall Jackson traveling to Swoope for a game with the defending State Champions- Buffalo Gap.
Four or five newspapers and two television stations were in the Bison gym for the contest. At the end of this I will have a number of links for you to click on to get a "Gamer". Bill Meade was writing for The News Virginian, Shaun Cox for the Staunton News-Leader, John Galle for the Shenandoah Valley Herald and our buddy Chuck McGill of the Northern Virginia Daily wanted some knowledge on the game as well.
The game was the most entertaining game I have watched this season as both teams came out on fire. Enjoy a few of the pics and after a few hours click over a check out the recaps...

Catching Up with Waynesboro's Reggie Harris

Reggie Harris was a 21-year old rookie when he made his Major League Baseball debut for the Oakland A's back on Independence Day of 1990. The former Waynesboro High School star would go on to play professional baseball from 1990-1999. I had a chance to visit with Reggie on Thursday for about an hour and I am looking forward to the next time we can get together.
Drafted in the first round by the Boston Red Sox after graduation, Harris wasted little time in making to the "Show". Two years with the A's were followed by a stint in the minors that included 1993 with the Tacoma Rainier's of the Pacific Coast League. Tacoma is where our paths crossed indirectly as we were living in Seattle at the time which is 45 minutes to the North of Tacoma.
Harris returned to the majors in 1996 with the Boston before joining Philly in 1997. The 1997 season with the Phillies included 50 appearances for the right handed relief pitcher. Harris would go on to pitch in 1998 with the Houston Astros and finish up in 1999 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Reggie is back in town now for a few months and has an amazing opportunity for area residents in the Greater Augusta County area.
Reggie is making himself available for one on one workout sessions with pitchers over the next few months. Those interested in scheduling times with Reggie are welcome to drop us a note as well as we will get the word passed on. It is not every day that a young pitcher can receive 1 on 1 time with a former MLB pitcher.
Reggie also has an interest in getting involved with our organization known as Team Waynesboro (Waynesboro Generals) and I look forward to trying to make this happen in the near future. More to come on this front soon...

Great to be back in the Gym ! Stonewall 48 Riverheads 32

Freshman guard Ashlie Clar
The final score that moves Stonewall to 5-0 in the Shenandoah District, setting up the Friday night showdown with 5-0 Buffalo Gap. Anybody want to head down to Swoope?

Fellow freshman guard Cassie Conley

Dennis was in the gym to provide the "Art" work for the Northern Virginia Daily.

The Generals getting ready for the opening tip.
Ms. Smith greeting the starters as they are introduced to the crowd.
The visitors from Greenville getting ready for the game.
Heather Stout breaking the tension for her team.
Now we know what helps the Energizer Bunny going.
Want to know more about the game - check out the gamer by going over to
It will be the one with the cool looking pictures...
Looking for some Riverheads school history - where does the term Red Pride come from?
Would anybody out there know the story?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Night Hoops - Riverheads @ Stonewall Jackson

The winter storm is trying to disappear from the Mountains and we have hopes of playing some high school hoops later today. It will be a busy stretch for all of the Valley High School Athletic Directors as they scramble to try and find dates for the postponed games from Tuesday & Wednesday nights.
This will also make it tough on the local Sports Editors like Rob Sisk, Hubert Grimm and Chuck McGill. If you are wondering why it is because a number of the games will be played on Saturday night. That has the coverage of the games competing with some football game that is being played this week-end.
No such trouble for me- just an opportunity to spend a few more days trying to bring joy to my little corner of the world.Riverheads will make the trip up to Quicksburg on Thursday night to play Stonewall (Girls) in a contest that was designed to be played Tuesday night.
24 hours later Stonewall will complete the Augusta County Two-Step by heading down VA-42 to play Buffalo Gap. This game promises to be a Dandy as both teams are currently 4-0 in the Shenandoah District and are set to face each other twice down the home stretch. How big will the festivities be on Friday (?) - I am hoping to walk in to a packed gym.
So check the morning newspapers later today and find a local high school game or two to attend this week-end. I promise you will still have time to catch the other game as well.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

If you have a couple of minutes check out Jim Sacco's work from yesterday

All of us that where stuck indoors yesterday had to find a way to blow off some steam and some of us are better at it than others. I was hoping to be over in Waynesboro with Sacco and then back in Quicksburg for the Riverheads-Stonewall Girls Basketball game.

Not to be so I filled the time with work that had piled up but not Mr.Sacco- he took his pen (or keyboard) and banged out an interesting column. Check it out over at

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Please make it Spring Time outside !

Central Girls travel to 250 Ram Drive for battle with Strasburg- Final Shen County game of season

The almighty Ram protecting the town...
Bethany Doman attempting a free throw

Strasburg's Jenna Smoot

Shenandoah Sidelines' Kenny Rinker and Central High School Head Coach Roger Wilkins visiting during the break.

Just looking at the Purple "S" makes me think of Mr. Doman chanting "We Are"

The Rams just before tip
Mr. Rinker in the fore front and Falcons Head Coach Stephanie Mathews in the back ground. Rinker was there doing the broadcast for Community Channel 3. The broadcast will be aired on February 2ND. Rinker and his crew will be back in action on Feb. 3 when the Page County Panthers come to visit the Generals of Stonewall Jackson down in Quicksburg.
Rinker was joined on Press Row by Craig Orndorff of Valley Sports and 790 AM. Craig was doing the radio broadcast and I was fortunate enough to be sitting in between the "talent". Just to the right of Craig was Jeremy Stafford of the NVD and you can check out his gamer by clicking on .

The game Monday night closed out the season series between the 3 schools in Shenandoah County. Stonewall Jackson, Strasburg and Central High School each compete with a home and home for both the Boys and the Girls against their county neighbors. The final totals for the 2008-2009 season went as follows:
Strasburg 6W - 2L
Central High School 5W-3L
Stonewall Jackson 1W - 7L
Congrats to the Strasburg Girls & the Central Boys for going 4-0 against their County Cousins

Notes from the contest:
Junior Jacyln Ayers finished with another double-double after collecting 11 rebounds!

It is why they play the game! Warren County survives 2OT with 77-75 victory!

The story about this amazing contest has been sent to the Warren Sentinel and I will try and tell the "Rest of the Story" on this one. I will say this for sure - the effort of the Warren County Wildcats was a thing of beauty for sure.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Saturday Afternoon with the Warren County Wildcats (Pics Only- Story to follow)

Jon Roof looking to inbounds the ball against Freedom
It is not everyday that you get to see the # 6 in the block for period!

Karen Moxie watching the action with Linda & Bob Keen

Logan Hibbs and Head Coach David Cramer

Jeff Moxie bringing the ball up the court/ Logan Hibbs on the wing

The Wildcats turning up the "D" late in the game
Freedom Head Coach Kevin Weeren
VB Coach Cathy Brill in the gym to support her Wildcats
There is a special story that goes with this set of pics but I owe it to a newspaper before I can re-tell it. Let's just say it was a special day for the Wildcats!