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High School

  • 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.

  • Eagle baseball soaring

     

    They don't quit.

    With Staunton River ahead, 3-1, in the bottom of the seventh, William Byrd's Cody Carawan led off the inning.

    The Terrier first baseman drilled a hard grounder, which bounced off the chest of Golden Eagle second baseman Luke Davis.  

    In a split second, the crowd could sense the wheels falling off the River wagon.  One error leading to another, enabling Byrd to storm back, the Eagles snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Not this bunch.

  • Pair of JF gridiron stars head to next level

     

    Monday was a happy morning in the halls of Jefferson Forest High School.  

    For on that day, a pair of Cavalier football standouts announced where it was that they'd play next season.  They backed up their words with signed letters of intent, as well.

    Ryan Crist will be heading to Emory and Henry, while A.J. Zellars Jr. is off to Ferrum.

  • JF goes 3-1 against Amherst

     

    It wasn't a bad way to get ramped up.

    Jefferson Forest took on Amherst in a multi-sport set last Friday.  Against a school which seems to be improving in all of its sports, Jefferson Forest prevailed, for the most part.

    The soccer lads gave folks their money's worth, in terms of game duration.  If fans were paying on a per-goal basis, however, they'd have been sorely disappointed.

    The Lancers and Cavs remained scoreless throughout regulation and the first overtime period.

  • Liberty ladies leave Moneta with pair of wins

     

    The ladies of Liberty marched into Moneta to tangle with the Golden gals of Staunton River.

    When all was said and done, there were a couple of buses of Lady Minutemen singing with joy.

    The Liberty soccer crew flexed some defensive muscle in dispatching the River women by the score of 3-1.

    A bit later that Friday evening, the Liberty softball crew took care of their diamond counterparts in convincing fashion, 5-2.

     

    Soccermania

  • Lady Minutemen be-Deviled on softball field

     

    The Seminole softball scene is shaping up to be one of dominant pitching.

    Therefore, teams are best advised to play solid defense and muster whatever run support they can.

    Liberty managed to do neither, while Rustburg did both.  As a result, we had Liberty falling to Rustburg on the Lady Minutemen's diamond to the tune of 5-0 last Friday evening.

    "That was a tough opening loss," said Liberty Head Coach Jeff Monroe.  "Rustburg is good and it placed the ball well."

  • M-Men blanked by Rusties on diamond

     

    The Rusties looked good while the Minutemen looked rusty.

    Those Rusties dished up a giant goose egg while putting up an even dozen of their own.  The 12-0, mercy-rule-shortened game gave Liberty a rocky start to a season full of hope.

    Liberty looked solid in the first two innings of play.  Will Grant opened on the mound for the Minutemen, looking steady despite the Red Devils managing to score a second-inning run.

  • Staunton River girls soccer preview

     

    There's youth.  Then there's the Staunton River girls soccer team.

    The roster is loaded with underclassmen, including a good number of freshmen.

    The team carries but three seniors on its 18-player roster. Still, when you realize that one of those seniors holds a pair of VHSL scoring records, you tend to feel a wee bit less sympathetic to the plight of the Lady Eagles.

    Taylor Tester returns for her senior season, hoping to take up where she left off.

  • Liberty girls soccer preview

     

    On the one hand, the Liberty girls soccer team is a young one:  Of the 17 players on the team, only four are seniors.

    But, when one of those four happens to be the reigning Seminole District Player of the Year, one tends to feel not terribly sorry for the Lady Minutemen.

  • Jefferson Forest girls soccer preview

     

    "We're talking about rings," said Jefferson Forest girls soccer head coach Stan Golon, when asked about team objectives for this season.

    The rings to which the coach referred are not class rings.  Nor are they friendship rings, mood rings, toe rings or pinkie rings.

    We're talking State rings, Bay-bee!

    While Golon is in no position to promise a State title, he is in position to put enough talent on the pitch to make a solid case.