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High School

  • Minutemen: Bee-Bopped!

     

    Playing the role of the Ukraine to Brookville's Russia, Liberty surrendered huge swaths of land in falling to the Bees, 28-7.

    And, like today's Ukrainians, the lads of Liberty found themselves frustrated, overwhelmed and at a loss as to how to overcome the situation in which they found themselves.

    Worse, any remediation of their woes will have to come from within.

    Going in, this Liberty team featured exactly zero players who know the taste of a varsity win over the Bees.

  • Young Eagles take flight

     

    Call it a rebuilding year.  Or, if you prefer, call it a reloading year.

    Either way, it will be a year of growth and opportunity for an extremely young Staunton River cross country team.

    The Golden Eagles got their first taste of competition for the 2014 year when they ran at Watson Farm, home of the Rustburg program.

    Under balmy conditions, Head Coach Joe Curcio sent out his minions against the likes of Brookville, E.C. Glass and the host Red Devils.

  • JF volleyball in the air

     

    Will this be a big year for the Jefferson Forest volleyball crew?

    Or, will the Lady Cavs play second fiddle to other teams in both the Seminole District and Conference 24?

    The lasses in black and red seem to have the talent.  That was on display last Thursday as they dispatched William Byrd in workmanlike fashion.

    The Lady Cavs also got a look at some potential Conference 24 competition, hosting Salem and E.C. Glass on Saturday afternoon.

  • JF seeks to go to 3-0

     

    There are plenty of players on Jefferson Forest who recall last year's stunning loss at Appomattox.

    What lessons those young men learned from that defeat will be clear when they get another crack at the Raiders, Friday night at Sabre Stadium.

    It might be easy to overlook the visitors.  In their first game of the season, the Raiders were dominated by Buckingham County, 20-7.  During that game, the Raiders were only able to manage a paltry 115 yards of total offense, with a mere 53 of those coming on the ground.

  • Eagles to fly to William Campbell

     

    When the VHSL released this year's football schedule, Staunton River's seemed to be a mixed bag.  On the one hand, the Eagles started out with a pair of tough games.

    On the other, what looked to be a potential salve sat on the Eagles' calendar in Week 3.  Well, William Campbell could be considered a salve if you're the type who puts Tabasco sauce on a burn.

    Staunton River will attempt to earn its first win of the season after getting a double whammy from Bedford County foes.

  • 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.