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High School

  • JF nearly perfect

     

    What was there not to like about Jefferson Forest's season-opening win over Halifax County?

    At the end of the affair, the scoreboard read:  Home 55, Visitors 14.  That's always nice.

    Additionally, the Cavalier offense treated the Comet defense the way Rosie O'Donnell might handle Open Cheesecake Night.

    Led by cool-headed quarterback Ryan Crist and a three-headed running attack, the Cavs amassed 549 total yards of offense.

  • M-Men roll Eagles

     

    They've got 21st-century perfection.

    Going into last Friday night's tilt against Staunton River, Liberty had not lost a season-opening game this century.  After topping the Eagles, 32-13, that remarkable fact remains true.

    Quarterback Austin Porter ran the dreaded Liberty option in nearly flawless fashion and was part of a trio of Minutemen who raced for over 100 yards apiece.  Porter ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries.

  • The long drought is over

     

    It is as rain to the wilting crop; blankets to the winter sleeper; deep-dish pizza to NJ Governor Chris Christie.

    It is football to the crazed fans of our fair county.

    The three month pigskin potlatch, football fiesta and gridiron gorge-out gets underway for local squads this Friday.

    In fact, all three teams will be staying in the county for their openers.

    The marquee game, of course, features Staunton River heading to Liberty.  The Eagles will attempt to top the Minutemen for the second time in three years.

  • Upcoming key football dates

     

    Most folks already know that the first games of the season take place on Friday night, August 30.  That's when Liberty will host Staunton River while Jefferson Forest will entertain Halifax County.

    Between now and then, though, there are plenty of proceedings to preoccupy and pique your pigskin passions.

    All three local teams issued equipment earlier this week.  They also held meetings with parents and players, got release forms signed and got everything in place for the kick-off of practice.

  • The long drought is over

    It is as rain to the wilting crop; blankets to the winter sleeper; deep-dish pizza to NJ Governor Chris Christie.
    It is football to the crazed fans of our fair county.
    The three month pigskin potlatch, football fiesta and gridiron gorge-out gets underway for local squads this Friday.
    In fact, all three teams will be staying in the county for their openers.
    The marquee game, of course, features Staunton River heading to Liberty. The Eagles will attempt to top the Minutemen for the second time in three years.

  • 'D'-Fiant O'Bryant

     

    Four local soccer lasses were named to the All-State soccer team for the spring season.

    Jefferson Forest's Jessica O'Bryant led the parade.  The just-graduated O'Bryant made the first team as a defender, a fitting ending to a superb career.

  • Looking for a rebound

     

    Sisyphus had his boulder.

    Hercules had his twelve labors.

    Henry the Fifth had his Agincort.

    Then, there's Amanda McCoy.

    The most recent volleyball head coach at William Byrd, McCoy is set to assume the orb and scepter that come with taking over the program at Liberty High this autumn.

    It is, indeed, a great challenge.  Liberty won a single match last season and has not finished in the top half of the Seminole District for at least the past eight years.

  • Always a Cavalier

     

    Once a Cavalier, always a Cavalier.

    Such is the case for Ryan Gilleland, who was recently named as the new head coach of the Jefferson Forest baseball program.

    In a move that shocked absolutely nobody, Gilleland was chosen to take over the mantle vacated by Jim Thacker, who resigned after 28 years as skipper.

    Sure we all have red blood (readers from planet Vulcan aside).  But Gilleland bleeds Jeff Forest red.  He grew up in the Forest area, watching his idols win a State title in 1988.

  • Last one standing

     

    The Jefferson Forest Lady Cavs punched their ticket to the State tourney by punching their way through the Blue Ridge District's best.

    Over a four-evening stretch, the JF booters took on three teams from the Blue Ridge, and dispatched the trio handily.

    When the lasses in red and black wrapped up this skein with a 2-0 win over Northside in Friday's regional championship bout, they finally got a chance to drink in the sweet success of winning (yet) another Region III crown.

  • Unkind Thursday

     

    Thursday is named after Thor, that hammer-smacking god of Norse mythology.

    Well, it may not have been Thor, but someone took a hammer to the hopes of Bedford County athletes last Thursday.

    On that bleak day, three of the four county teams still in the hunt for State glory had their dreams dashed.

    On the JF baseball diamond, Staunton River saw its unlikely run end, 9-5, at the hands of Alleghany.

    On the William Byrd pitch, the Jefferson Forest soccer crew fell to arch nemesis E.C. Glass, 2-1.