Blue Streaks Advance to State Title Game

The DNR is reporting that the Harrisonburg High School Blue Streaks football team for has advanced to the Virginia Group AA Division 4 state title game in a double-overtime 28-21 win over Christiansburg.

According to the Virginia High School League‘s posted schedule, the Blue Streaks will play for the  championship on Saturday, December 11, at 4:30pm at Williams Stadium at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

Skatan Worshipers #2

Skateboarding on Court Square

Skatan Worshipers is an annual art show that takes place at The Artful Dodger every October right here in Harrisonburg. The main focus of this show is to showcase the aesthetic achievements of skateboard culture. Maybe you caught the exhibit and/or opening last year, maybe you just saw a bunch of people skateboarding downtown on Oct. 2nd and wondered why, well this is why. Continue reading “Skatan Worshipers #2” »

This post was submitted by Paul Somers.

Olé Blah-Dee, Olé Blah-Da

The fifth and final part in a series by Andrew Jenner about the South Africa 2010 World Cup and the meaning of life in Harrisonburg, Virginia (Part I, Part IIPart III, Part IV).

For nearly a week now, the Spain v. Netherlands World Cup final has been weighing on my soul. It doesn’t have anything to do with my own feelings about the game’s outcome. It’s just that I’m supposed to be finishing up this series and, given how the whole tournament ended with a whimper, not a bang, I’ve got nothing much to say.

It had all the makings of a big-deal kind of thing in Harrisonburg. Continue reading “Olé Blah-Dee, Olé Blah-Da” »

This post was submitted by Andrew Jenner.

Cheaters Prosper And Africa Gets F***ed Again: Soccer Hurts Bad Sometimes

Part IV in a series by Andrew Jenner about the South Africa 2010 World Cup and the meaning of life in Harrisonburg, Virginia (Part I, Part II, Part III).

The hands of Uruguay's Luis Suarez rise out of a crowd to stop a ball headed for the net and give away a penalty kick at the end of extra time with Ghana on Friday. (Fernando Vergara/Associated Press)

There are things in life and soccer that are unfair, and then there are things that are so stunningly unjust that they beggar belief, blur your vision, boil your blood and confront you squarely with the problematic existence of evil in our world.

Have you heard about the way Ghana lost to Uruguay yet? The way the Uruguayan player deliberately used his hand to prevent a last second goal that would have made Ghana the first African team ever to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup? And the way the referee followed the letter of the law by red-carding the Uruguayan goon and awarding Ghana a penalty kick? And how Ghana missed that penalty kick as the last second of extra time expired? Meaning the game came down to a penalty shootout, which, of course, Ghana lost? Continue reading “Cheaters Prosper And Africa Gets F***ed Again: Soccer Hurts Bad Sometimes” »

This post was submitted by Andrew Jenner.

The Cyclist Invasion: BikeVirginia, the Shenandoah Expedition

More than 900 BikeVirginia participants turned the EMU campus into "Tent City" for two night's lodging. Photo by Lindsey Kolb

It was a welcome invasion of Harrisonburg, Va.

“BikeVirginia, the Shenandoah Expedition” brought some 2,000 bicycling enthusiasts to “The Friendly City” as part of a five-day tour that began Friday evening, June 25, in Staunton, 25 miles to the south.

BikeWalk Virginia, a nonprofit organization that promotes bicycle and pedestrian safety, runs the annual tour.

“This was a fun ride, not a race,” said Brenda Black, Continue reading “The Cyclist Invasion: BikeVirginia, the Shenandoah Expedition” »

This post was submitted by Jim Bishop.

Bike Bash in the ‘Burg Welcomes Bike Virginia

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This All Might Be A Little Too Much

Part III in a series about the South Africa 2010 World Cup and the meaning of life in Harrisonburg, Virginia (Part I and Part II).

Here I am, alone, in the cool, comfortable dim of a booth in the Harrisonburg edition of Buffalo Wild Wings, basking in the electric glow of, like, 20 televisions. It is just after 10 a.m., early for a Saturday trip to my friendly local sports bar, and I am the only patron in the restaurant section. The staff are engaged in a relaxed and practiced weekend morning routine: cutting lemons, wrapping napkins around cutlery, updating the markerboards, Windexing glass surfaces.

On the biggest of the big screens, centered along the south wall, Uruguay and South Korea are playing the first game of the 2010 World Cup’s knockout stages. The vuvuzela cacophony, beamed across the world through the digital ether, blares through the house sound system. Continue reading “This All Might Be A Little Too Much” »

This post was submitted by Andrew Jenner.

Harrisonburg Hosts Bike Virginia

Press Release from Harrisonburg Tourism

Bike Virginia the Shenandoah Expedition starts its journey in Staunton on Friday June 25, 2010, arriving in Harrisonburg on Monday June 28th. This five day tour takes cyclists through the magnificent country sides of Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties.

The economic impact of Bike Virginia in 2005 calculated at 3.1 million dollars for a five day tour. Bike Virginia travels the Commonwealth in cycles (no pun intended).  ”Their last ride through Harrisonburg and Rockingham County was in 2004,” reports Tourism Operations Manager, Brenda Black.

The 2,000 Bike Virginia cyclists come in all sizes, shapes, and ages. This is a fun ride, not a race. The tour is designed for recreational touring, not fast pace-line riding. The average age on the tour Continue reading “Harrisonburg Hosts Bike Virginia” »

Vengeance Is Mine, Hopeth The Pilk

Part II in a series by local writer Andrew Jenner about the South Africa 2010 World Cup and the meaning of life in Harrisonburg, Virginia (read Part I).

John Pilk says the Dutch are due.

For 36 years, John Pilk has been waiting on revenge.

Ever since that July day in 1974, when Pilk watched his beloved Dutch soccer team, the Oranje, lose 2-1 to West Germany in the World Cup final, Pilk has been hoping for another chance.

After the game ended, Pilk stepped out on his porch in The Hague and wept. He sounds as if he might weep again, telling the story, because Pilk is madly Continue reading “Vengeance Is Mine, Hopeth The Pilk” »

This post was submitted by Andrew Jenner.

USA v England: Remembrance Of So Many Things Past

Part I in a series about the South Africa 2010 World Cup and the meaning of life in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

By Andrew Jenner

The older I get, the more time I seem to spend remembering – the World Cup no exception. I was seven when Roger Milla led Cameroon to the quarterfinals of the 1990 tournament in Italy. My family lived in Africa then, when Milla captivated the continent. The neighborhood kids and I spent most of the summer imitating the corner-flag hip-shake jig he danced after he scored the decisive goal against Colombia in the second round.

In ’94, I followed the US team with the religious devotion of a sixth-grader who fully expected to Continue reading “USA v England: Remembrance Of So Many Things Past” »

This post was submitted by Andrew Jenner.

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