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High School

  • Ladies on the rise

     

    When one thinks about the more solid programs in girls tennis, one's mind tends to wander toward the likes of Jefferson Forest and E.C. Glass.

    And with good reason.  Those two teams have dominated district play for the longest of times.

    But, the Lady Cavs and Hilltoppers need to keep an eye on their rear-view mirrors.  There's a crew closing in on them, and that crew hails from Liberty High School.

    The Minettes are in the process of wrapping up another very good season.

  • Six up for Grand Award

    There will be plenty of brainpower and athletic talent gathered in one place on Sunday, May 18.

    That's when the Bedford Rotary will host its annual student-athlete awards at the Liberty High School auditorium.  The festivities will get underway at 4 p.m.

    Once again, the best and brightest from each of our three high schools have  been nominated in 21 sports, as well as in the Grand Award category, which is designated for the county's top scholar-athletes, both male and female.

  • Nine to the next level

     

    The cafeteria at Liberty High School was a place for celebration last Tuesday.  That's because nine of the school's student-athletes announced their commitments to various colleges.

    The nine seniors announced their choices of colleges to the crowd of over 150 family members, coaches and schoolmates.  All nine will be continuing their athletic endeavors at those institutions.

    All nine will be staying in state, so checking on their progress will be convenient.

  • Eagles flying high

     

    Springtime sports have not always brought great joy to the Staunton River community.  In fact, there have been many woeful springs for the black and gold.

    The spring of 2014, however, is shaping up to be one of much happiness.

    In particular, the Eagle girls' soccer team and the baseball teams aren't only doing well, they seem poised for potentially deep runs come playoff time.

  • Forest soccer asserts its dominance

     

    Certain things can be counted upon in the springtime.  

    Of course, you have your April showers and your (subsequent) May flowers.

    The Kentucky Derby.

    The dissipation of any hope for Chicago Cubs fans.

    And top-notch soccer being played out of Jefferson Forest.

    Both the Cavs and the Lady Cavs were in fine form last week.  Both seem to have the potential for deep runs in the playoffs, even with the obstacle course that is the new playoff structure.

     

  • Meet not for your average Joe

    The unofficial run-up to the State championship meet began in earnest this past weekend.

    More than 30 teams assembled at Lynchburg College to participate in the Joe Curcio Track Classic.  The meet's namesake (and Staunton River head coach) was on hand to see some dynamic athleticism from a host of tracksters.

  • JF takes Liberty in battle of the unbeatens

     

    It must have been family night at Minutemen Stadium.

    At least it was for the second half of the JF-Liberty girls soccer game.

    A pair of sisters scored for the now-5-0 Lady Cavs.  So did a Cousin.  

    And a Mercedes drove them in style.

    Liberty lost its unbeaten status in falling to the Lady Cavs.  But, a strong first half by the Lady Minettes (7-1) had the Liberty faithful thinking an upset might be looming.

  • Seminole champ?

     

    It's a bit early for a coronation ceremony.  It's not, however, premature to take a fitting for the crown.

    And, in the case of Seminole District boys soccer, the noggin to be measuring appears to be the collective coconut of the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers.

    The lads in blue and white  topped Jefferson Forest by the score of 1-0 Friday night, and established a commanding lead over their archest of arch rivals in the hunt for the district title.

  • Brookville frosh zings JF and Liberty

     

    This year, the Seminole District softball scene seems to be about arms.  Pitching arms.  Good, young pitching arms.

    Nearly every team features a fireballing freshman or a stupendous sophomore in the pitching circle.

    Have no doubt about it:  Any Seminole team's hopes of a deep run will rely on the shoulder of the young lass pitching the potato.

    This past week made that fact abundantly clear.  Brookville topped Liberty behind the pinpoint pitching of its freshman ace

  • JF picks up first Seminole baseball win

     

    It wasn't a "must-win" game.

    But, Jefferson Forest's visit from Rustburg had an awful lot riding on it.

    A loss to the Red Devils would have saddled the Cavs with a district mark of 0-3.

    A team might win the Seminole with three losses, but that would entail JF winning all nine of its remaining district dances.

    Any worries were put to rest as the homestanding Cavs tended to business, topping the Rusties by a score of 6-3.