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Today's News

  • Commentary: Teammates

    I don’t often get to write a lot of positive things about the Staunton River football team. Sometimes, to do so is challenging.

    The squad is in the midst of (yet another) down season, standing at 0-7 overall.

    Last year, the Golden Eagles went 0-10.

    The team is in the midst of a 22-game winless streak.

    First year head coach Rick Witt has a long road to hike with his charges in order to turn things around.

    Yet, there’s a story that goes to the heart of what they’re trying to do in Moneta.

  • Heritage trounces River

    The Heritage Pioneers have a proud football lineage, although they are experiencing a down year.

    The Staunton River Golden Eagles don’t have nearly the pedigree of their Lynchburg-based counterparts. On top of that, the Eagles are suffering through a dismal season.

    For Staunton River, things took a turn for the worse as Heritage piled on the points in the second half, turning a 14-3 intermission score into a 40-3 rout.

    The game’s opening seemed to point to a wild one.

  • Cavs ground down by Amherst

    In a matchup of two teams known for their love of the running game and their staunch defense, Amherst held the upper hand in both areas this past Friday night.

    As a result, the Lancers hung a 35-6 pasting on the Cavs.

    Cav Head Coach Don Rice was succinct in his appraisal of the game. “They whupped our butts,” said Rice. “It was our worst game of the season.”

    It was an inopportune time to be a no-show. Amherst has been hitting on all cylinders, and if a team expects to beat the Lancers, it had best bring its A game.

  • Minutemen bow to Bees

    Going into its game with high-flying Brookville, Liberty knew it would have to play flawless football in order to have a shot at beating the Bees.

    Mission not accomplished.

    As a result of their inability to capitalize on Brookville errors and a Bee roster that is chock full o’ talent, the Minutemen saw Brookville prevail 36-14. The homecoming crowd saw the Bees run their record to 8-0 for the season (4-0, Seminole).

    Brookville also cemented down a home-field berth and a first-round bye for the Division 3 playoffs.

  • Mighty Brookville to visit the Eagles

    When undefeated Brookville heads to Staunton River this Friday evening, it won’t bear much resemblance to David and Goliath.

    The comparison would be more apt if you took away young David’s slingshot.

    Brookville is undefeated (8-0) and sits atop the state polls. The Bees are also at the top of the Division 3 playoff rankings.

    Brookville had tremendous talent at the start of the season, with 18 positions filled by returning starters. The team used that edge to start hot, opening the season by beating the defending state champ (Amherst).

  • Cavs will host Red Devils

    Jefferson Forest’s matchup with Rustburg this Friday evening might represent the most critical game on the Cav slate this season.

    What? More critical than Brookville or Liberty?

    Indeed. Timing is everything. Should the Cavs pull an El Foldo against the Rusties, the team can pretty much pack in its playoff hopes.

    Rustburg, in spite of its 2-5 record, has playoff aspirations of its own.

    The way things have fallen into place, the sixth seed out of Division 3 could very well be sporting a 4-6 or even a 3-7 record.

  • Minutemen to host Lancers

    The Minutemen will face another tough challenge this Friday evening when mighty Amherst rolls into town.

    The Lancers have been on a roll since their narrow season-opening loss to Brookville, having swept the slate to post a 6-1 overall record (2-1 Seminole).

    Amherst has taken the last three meetings between the two teams, in fairly impressive fashion. Last year, the Lancers prevailed 53-7 on their home turf.

    Liberty, however, had won the previous five sessions, and the Minutemen would like nothing better than to revive that kind of streak.

  • Stressed-out voters will demand a change

    A story that revealed a telling sign of the times was re-printed from the Chicago Tribune in a local newspaper last week. It helps explain why the campaign for president is developing favorably for Sen. Barack Obama.

    According to the American Psychological Association, eight out of 10 Americans (81 percent) are under great stress over money, jobs, and the economy, a rate that’s increased dramatically just since the spring.

  • The task of preserving the heritage of the Parkway for the next 75 years is this generation's challenge

    When Franklin Delano Roosevelt came into office as the 32nd President of the United States in 1933 the nation was battling through the Great Depression of the 1930s, The challenge was to find work for the unemployed, help the economy recover and reform the banking systems.

    The concerns of those days are much like the concerns of today.

  • What is a liberal?

    Recently, I was talking with a local liberal, a fellow named Bill.

    I guess Bill is a liberal as he’s an active member of the “Democratic” Party. Anyway, he asked me what a liberal is.