High School

  • State champs have exciting go of it

        For the most part, nothing came easily for the five Bedford County athletes who returned from the State Indoor meet bearing gold.
        Of the five, only Alyssa Shupe’s victory in the 1000 could be termed undramatic.  Oh, trust us.  Shupe and all of her JF fan base (and this newspaper) were thrilled about the senior’s win.  But, she was expected to win and did so in her usual, no-nonsense manner.

  • State champ: All-beef Patti

        The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella had happy endings that involved special shoes.  Jordan Patti can relate.
        The Staunton River shot putter arrived at the State meet seeded third.  He also arrived without the shoes he wears for throwing the iron.

  • Tracksters seem set

        It’s a good thing nobody’s chiseling these dates in stone.
        The State track championship meets for both 3A (Liberty and Staunton River) and 4A (Jefferson Forest) were moved back before being moved up.  As we go to press, the meets are slated to be held this Thursday and Friday at Liberty University, though even those dates are in a bit of peril due to impending weather.  (See full schedule of events on page 2B.)

  • It’s a wrap at the pool

        Discussions concerning state swimming preeminence must include Jefferson Forest.
        That statement was backed up by a fine performance at this past weekend’s State 4A meet, held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
        The Lady Cavs earned fifth place in the team standings, while their male counterparts finished in 14th place.  There are 49 teams at the 4A level.

  • State champ? You 'Bret'-cha!

        He was born to do this.
        Jefferson Forest’s Bret Romanzak won a State wrestling title on Friday evening. 
        It was the first title of its sort for a JF wrestler since 1997.  That, by the way, is the year of Romanzak’s birth.
        The subsequent years of dedication, hard work, pain, frustration and sacrifice manifested themselves as Romanzak stood above all his peers in 4A’s 145-pound classification.

  • County sending 10 to Salem’s State meet

        Friday afternoon’s first round of the State wrestling championship will feature a good number of Bedford County wrestlers.
        The question, of course, is what that number might be for Saturday night’s finale.
        Staunton River and Jefferson Forest will each send five of their best into the fray, courtesy of some fine performances at this past weekend’s regional tournaments.
        With the VHSL’s new format/structure, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

  • JF tracksters can't get past Glass

    By Mike Forster

        They made a run at it.  But, in the end, there was just too much E.C. Glass.
        The Glaziers won both sides of the Conference 24 indoor track championship meet, held last Tuesday at Liberty University.
    Girls team scores
    1.   E.C. Glass                161
    2. Jefferson Forest         103

  • And, they're off!

        The sport is called track and field.  In Staunton River’s case, the emphasis was on the latter part of that term.
        The Eagle men rode dominance in field events to win the team title in Conference 31 indoor track and field championships last Thursday, at Liberty University.
    Men’s team scores
    1.  Staunton River        112.0
    2.  William Byrd           108.3

  • Born to run

        In what will be the last tune-up before the run to State glory, thousands of athletes crammed Liberty University’s Tolsma Indoor Track field house for the Mid-Area Track Classic.
        The race, which was rescheduled after the threat of a January snowstorm, drew athletes from far and wide.  The majority of schools seemed to come from the 3A-West region, though there were schools as distant as Louisa County and Auburn.
        Some events drew upwards of 80 athletes to them.

  • Fourth straight title for Eagle grapplers

        Another tournament, another championship.
        Staunton River’s wrestling team earned the matching hardware for its Blue Ridge District championship, won last week.  The companion piece is the District 31 trophy, which the Eagles earned in convincing fashion this past weekend at Rockbridge County.
        The Golden Eagles have now been district or conference (or both) champions in each of the past four years.