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High School

  • Minutemen head to Magna Vista

     

    Magna Vista translates from the Latin as "great view" or "great vision." 

    The Magna Vista team which Liberty will face in its playoff opener should provide the Minutemen with a great view into whether they've got what it takes to make a deep playoff run.

    During the course of the regular season, the Minutemen have pretty much been the ones who have determined the fate of games.  

  • For JF football: end of the line

     

    For a campaign that started with such promise, Friday night's season-ending loss to Liberty has to be a bitter pill for the Jefferson Forest faithful to swallow.

    The Cavs wind up the 2013 slate with a mark of 4-6.  Additionally, they brought up the rear of the Seminole District and placed 18th in the final VHSL 3A-North rankings, two spots out of the playoff picture.

  • Staunton River closes out season with loss to Alleghany

     

    It's about a two hour bus ride from Alleghany High School to Staunton River.

    After absorbing a 30-9 drubbing at the hands of the Mountaineers, however, that ride can seem like an eternity.

    The Staunton River Eagles pulled the curtain on their 2013 season on the fields of Low Moor, falling to the Mountaineers, 30-9.

    "It was definitely a hard night," said Staunton River Head Coach Chuck Poston, who endured the loss even as his team piled up more yardage than the Mountaineers and won the time of possession battle.

  • Those Flying Flynns

     

    The Flynn Effect is a scientific term for the substantial and sustained increase in IQ test results.

    At Liberty High School, the same effect may be found in the substantial and sustained increase in cross country results.

    Liberty will be sending a solid contingent to this week's 3A-West championship.  Among that group will be the Flynn sisters.

    Kennedy and Kylene Flynn nabbed two of the top three spots in the Conference 30 qualifying championship last Tuesday, held at Falling Creek Park.

  • The table is set

     

    Sabre Stadium should be rocking on Friday night when Liberty and Jefferson Forest wrap up their regular seasons in a most meaningful game.

    Not only does the contest pit county rivals against one another, with the county championship on the line, the game will also determine a whole lot more.

    As both teams beat Staunton River earlier in the season, the champions of Bedford County will be decided in this game.

    While Bedford bragging rights are always nice, the bigger issue has to do with playoffs.

  • Eagles lose with class

     

     

    It's hard to lose while showing class.

    It's really hard to lose when it's to a district rival, such as Lord Botetourt.

    It's even harder to take when you're on the short end of a 47-10 score, as was Staunton River last Friday.

    But that's what the Eagles did.  Toward the end of the game, with the scoreboard reading 40-3, Staunton River showed scads of class.

    But first, we set the table for you.

  • Liberty locks down playoff berth

     

    Going into Friday night's game, Amherst was the only Seminole District team to hold a winning record over Liberty this century.

    Indeed, in the 13 games prior to this one, the Lancers held a 7-6 edge.  When the dust settled Friday night at Minutemen Stadium, that distinction was lost.

    Liberty outmuscled and outraced the perennially powerful and speedy Lancers, 42-16.

    The game was nearly the polar opposite of last year's matchup, won by Amherst, 46-14.

  • The way to end a season

     

    If the Seminole District gave an award for most improved volleyball team, it would surely go to Liberty.

    The latest sign of how much better things have gotten for the Minettes was how the team played last Tuesday night.

    Liberty stretched Seminole powerhouse Jefferson Forest to the limit before the Lady Cavs prevailed.  

    The match went the full five sets, with only the tie-breaking game lacking the white-knuckle excitement of the rest of the evening:  25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-8.

  • Red Devils drub hurtin' Cavs

     

    Conventional wisdom is only so good.

    For instance, conventional wisdom had it that Jefferson Forest would need to put up a lot of points if the Cavs hoped to top the explosive Red Devils.

    What conventional wisdom didn't count on, however, was that the Cavs would have to do so, absent one of the most productive offensive players in the Seminole District.

  • River heads to the Rockies

     

    The path to the playoffs is fraught with danger for Staunton River.

    In fact, the Eagles hit a "rocky" patch this weekend when they visit one of their Blue Ridge District foes.

    Staunton River will play at Rockbridge County, seeking to beat the Wildcats for the first time since they joined the Blue Ridge.  In the two games since the Rockies became the sixth members of the district, they've topped the Eagles in tidy fashion.

    In 2011, Rockbridge prevailed, 21-14.  Last year, it was 38-17.