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High School

  • Not exactly a "classic"

        It was called the “Cavalier Classic.”
        As things went for the two local participants, it was anything but classic.
        And, in the end, it didn’t even belong to the Cavaliers, as the championship game was played on an alternate field.
        Jefferson Forest hosted an Easter week tourney which included Liberty, Pulaski County, Blacksburg and the host Cavs.
        The River Ridge entrants, however, put a pasting on their Bedford County brethren.

  • M-Men get first diamond win

        Who doesn’t want to go out on a high note?  Certainly, the Liberty Minutemen felt that way.  The diamondmen headed into the Spring break by picking up their first win of the season. 
        The M-Men rode the strong pitching of Tony Wertz to a 1-0 win over the invaders from Lynchburg.  The junior picked up a complete-game victory, scattering four hits and walking six over the seven innings. 
        He also struck out nine would-be Hilltopper hitters.

  • Lady M-Men rolling on the diamond

        Talk about your hot start!
        The Liberty softball crew cruised into the break, having made mincemeat out of the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers.
        In a mercy rule shortened affair, the Lady M-Men cruised to a 10-0 victory, improving their record to 5-1 for the season.
        By the way, this victory didn’t come against a bunch of hapless Hilltoppers:  The Glass gals are much improved over years past.

  • Thomas penalty kick propels M-Men

        “Each station should be like a beacon on the road toward better things, a center for trade of course but also for humanizing, improving, instructing.”
    -Heart of Darkness

        Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness prominently features a journey up a  river.  The story ends badly for its protagonist.

  • Hurler ‘Hoosier’ Hall holds Heritage hitless

        Indiana Jones has his Lost Ark.  Indiana University has its five national men’s hoops championships.
        And Indiana Hall has a no-hitter.
        Hall, the junior hurler from Jefferson Forest, confounded Heritage over the full seven innings, allowing not a single base hit in a 1-0 win for the Cavs.

  • Eagles remain unbeaten

        A good test of a team’s character comes when its back is against the wall.
        Well, the Staunton River baseball Eagles proved that they have character galore.
        And then some.
        After frittering away a five-run lead to Northside, the Eagles stormed back with a seven-run inning which was mostly fueled by moxie, grit and plate smarts.
        In the end, the Golden Eagles nearly hung a mercy rule defeat on their guests, instead settling for a 14-5 victory.

  • River soccer on a roll

        Is the ship turning for Staunton River boys soccer?
        After some recent dismal seasons, it appears there might be some sunshine in store for the program.
        After logging a total of six wins during the previous three seasons, the Golden Eagles are off to an impressive start:  one which has them carrying a nifty 2-1 record.

  • Minutemen stun Glass

        Stunning.  Absolutely stunning.
        The Liberty boys’ soccer team set the Seminole District on its ear, shocking  one of the state’s elite programs, 3-2.
        E.C. Glass sauntered into Minutemen Stadium with a gaudy 3-0 record, having beaten the likes of Jefferson Forest, Patrick Henry and defending State champion Western Albemarle.  In those three wins, the Glaziers had been unscored upon.

  • High flying Eagles

     

    The Staunton River girls soccer team lost the most prolific scorer the program may ever see when Taylor Tester picked up her sheepskin in June.

    Tester, who now plays for Mars Hill University (NC), set a pair of VHSL scoring records as she scorched opponents with her speed and nose for the goal.

    But shed not a tear for this year’s Lady Eagles.  While Tester will be missed, we think there is enough talent to make a legitimate run at replicating last year’s 12-2-1 mark.

  • Not smooth sailing

        There’s no such thing as empathy in the wild.  For instance, a wounded lion is prone to attack from creatures it would normally pursue.
        JF boys soccer, welcome to the jungle.  The team that has been the dominant force in local soccer for the past two decades is limping, both figuratively and literally, into this season.