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High School

  • 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.

  • Baseball preview: Staunton River

     

    The Staunton River Golden Eagles are among the favorites to win the Blue Ridge District title.

    Say what?

    We're saying that the team has a legitimate shot to claim the district championship.

    Yes, we're talking about the same Staunton River which has been kicked around the district, both Seminole and Blue Ridge, virtually since the school was founded.

  • Baseball preview: Jefferson Forest

     

    Hello, again!

    Last spring saw the retirement of JF coaching legend Jim Thacker.

    Now, Ryan Gilleland will lead the team on the field named for his chief mentor.

    It's not the first time for Gilleland to take the helm.  A couple of years ago, he filled in as Thacker took a sabbatical year to watch his sons play at Roanoke College.

    This time, the position is his on a more permanent basis.

  • JF's Shupe is golden

     

    They run long.  And they run fast.

    The Jefferson Forest girls team leaned heavily on its middle and long distance runners to deliver at the State Indoor Track championships last weekend.

    And did they ever deliver.

    Led by State champion Alyssa Shupe, the Lady Cavs claimed fourth place at the State 4A meet, held at Liberty University's Tolsma Arena.

  • Women's basketball teams lay collective goose egg

     

    In one, a Bedford County team was the underdog.  In another, a local crew was the favorite.  In a third, it appeared to be a toss-up.

    None of that mattered as Jefferson Forest, Liberty and Staunton River absorbed losses in their first games of the post-season.

    Jefferson Forest lost to powerful Bassett.  Liberty was upended by a Rustburg team it had beaten twice this season.  Staunton River lost in a match of evenly matched teams, when it fell to Alleghany.

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda.

  • Shuperb performance

     

    Welcome to the world of 4A track.

    Jefferson Forest found out first-hand just how competitive is its new region, 4A-North.  The Cav crew saw some blistering performances.

    And turned in some of their own.

    While the guys were somewhat held in check, the Lady Cavs posted some impressive runs.  In particular, Alyssa Shupe stood out for the Runnin' Cavs.