High School

  • A Christmas-y homecoming


    The theme at Jefferson Forest was "Christmas."

    The student-section "Hype Platoon" was bedecked in Santa Hats.  Giant stockings festooned the stands.  Even the snack shack was decked out in Christmas lights.

    And, in that spirit, there was plenty of giving on the field of play.  By both teams.

    In the end, the Cavs took on the role of the Grinch, handing Staunton River a lump of coal for its efforts, 43-22.

  • Minutemen to host Rockbridge


    There is some debate as to which is the best football district, the Seminole or the Blue Ridge.

    Well, Liberty will try to do its part to make the case for the former.  One week after dispatching Staunton River, the Minutemen face a second Blue Ridge team in the form of the Rockbridge Wildcats.

    This is the rubber match and the third time the two teams will have met in the past three years. 

  • Start of new era for JF


    Just like nearly every other high school team across the Commonwealth, Jefferson Forest kicks off its regular-season football slate this Friday evening.

    It's hard, though, to imagine many of those schools have as much momentum as do the Cavs.

    In last Friday's warm-up game against Western Albemarle, all systems seemed to be "go."

    Under the watchful eyes of over 1,000 fans (for a game that doesn't count!), including the maniacal Hype Platoon, the Cavs seemed to be in mid-season form.

  • Football game preview: Liberty at Staunton River


    You can't blame Liberty and Staunton River if they feel like a couple of vegetarians sitting down at the Outback Steakhouse.

    On Friday night, the two teams bring a pair of mighty running games to the Eagles' Nest.  Liberty's old Maryland stacked-I and the Staunton River unbalanced single wing are primarily designed to move the ball on the ground.  The ability to do so will, in large part, determine the success of the two teams.

  • River has new soccer coach


    Staunton River announced the hiring of Kristopher McCoy as its new boys soccer coach.

    McCoy's hiring was approved by the Bedford County School Board during one of its summer sessions.

    He moves into a position which has been defined by its transience:  McCoy becomes the seventh man to head up the Staunton River boys soccer program in the past eight years.

    In contrast, Jefferson Forest has had the same head coach, Jedd Zaring, since 1993.

  • LH netters ready to rock


    Liberty volleyball returns after a season that was a great improvement over previous years. Under Amanda McCoy's head coaching, the team was able to secure wins throughout the season and in tournament play and landed four players on All-Conference, All-District and All-Region teams. 

  • Flexing some muscle


    By Mike Forster



    Like a horse bent on a wire-to-wire victory, Jefferson Forest's golf team has stormed out of the gate.

    The Cavs, one of the top teams in the state last year, are already showing that they're the real deal in 2014.

  • And so it begins


    Technically, it's still summer.

    But on three county school campuses, it felt an awful lot like autumn.

    That's because football fever is in the air.  Fueled by the opening of formal practice sessions, the gridirons of Liberty, Jefferson Forest and Staunton River are open for business.

    Staunton River and Jefferson Forest opened two-a-day sessions on Thursday morning.  Liberty began its double sessions on Monday.

  • Here's to you, Ms. Robtison


    She came to us from the Keystone State.

    And back to Pennsylvania she's heading.

    Vanessa Robtison has resigned her position at Staunton River in order to accept the same job at a school in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

    Her formal resignation was accepted by the Bedford County School Board last Thursday.

    Robtison is a native of Pennsylvania, having graduated from Neshaminy High School (about a half hour north of Philly) in 2002.  

  • Getting ready to get ready


    It was ever-so-faint.

    But, for those with a nose for such things, it was unmistakable:  The smell of football was in the air.

    True, we're a long way from those cool autumn months.

    We're still quite a ways from the opening games of the season (Aug. 29).

    But, we're on the cusp of formally prepping for that day.

    In fact, both Staunton River and Jefferson Forest open their two-a-day practice sessions tomorrow (July 31).