Fauquier sophomore Sarah Bowman was cooped up at home most of last week, trapped by the snow. While some used the time to catch up on reading or watch old movies, Bowman had hoped to be outdoors, training for the Virginia AA championships last Friday in Blacksburg.

Bowman normally works out four times a week, running eight to 10 miles each time, but last week, she ran only twice. There is a treadmill in her house, but Bowman steers clear of it, preferring the outdoors.

"I don't like treadmills," Bowman said. "I need to go somewhere. I can't just be stuck in the same place. There is no reason to go faster because you're not going anywhere."

The decreased workload did not seem to affect her on race day. Bowman won the 1,000-meter race and broke the state record in the 1,600 with a time of 5 minutes 0.59 seconds, seven seconds better then the previous mark. She set a personal record of 2:52.44 in the 1,000.

Still, she was not pleased.

"I'm still a little disappointed," Bowman said. "I always want to do better than what I get. I didn't think I was doing my best at all."

Highland Boys Lose in DAC Final

Highland's boys repeated their performance of a year ago in Delaney Athletic Conference basketball play. Unfortunately for the Hawks, that included a loss in the tournament final to Colonial Beach.

For the second consecutive year, Highland won the conference's Western Division title and was second seed for the tournament. But against Colonial Beach last Saturday in Warrenton, the Hawks fell, 74-66.

Junior Joe Megless had 25 points and seven rebounds, junior forward James Thorsen had 10 points and 14 rebounds and senior guard Stuart Soley had 10 points.

"This was as successful as any other season," Highland Coach Jason Coulombe said. "They handled themselves with dignity and class, and I could not be more pleased with how we played. I don't think too many people outside of this program were expecting us to do this well."

Highland (18-7) beat Fredericksburg Christian, 53-51, and Quantico, 64-54, to advance to the championship. The Hawks must replace four players next season, including starters Soley and shooting guard Tommy Eichman.

Eichman "is a very charismatic guy, but ironically, he leads more by example despite being a vocal guy," Coulombe said. "He will go out and do it without a whole lot of words, showing the guys a certain way to handle things."

Soley, also a soccer standout in the fall, was an able scoring threat but most valuable on defense.

"He is probably the best on-ball defender I've ever coached," Coulombe said. "He was a luxury this year. I could put him on any particular guy on the other team and know he was going to take him basically out of the game. He's just a great kid and a terrific competitor."

-- Colin Fitzgibbons