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High School

  • 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.

  • There's no keeping up with these Joneses

     

    On the face of it, they have little in common, other than the same last name.

    One wears Liberty's red, white and blue.

    The other dons Staunton River's black and gold.

    One is a standout basketball player.  The other excels in volleyball.

    One is a junior, the other in her final year of high school.

    One is black-haired.  The other has light brown tresses.

    But Liberty's Mikalah Jones and Staunton River's Taylor Jones do, in fact, have a lot in common.

  • Seay what?

     

    For such a small group, it sure delivered.

    Bedford County sent a total of six wrestlers to the State championship tourneys at Salem last weekend.

    The group acquitted itself quite nicely; none more so than Staunton River's Elijah Seay.  The sophomore sensation took second place in his second trip to the big show.

    Seay wrestled himself into the 3A finals at 182 points with a pair of workmanlike wins in Salem.  Unfortunately, he faced Poquoson's Ross Graham, who owned a season record of 42-0 at that point.

  • Glass dominates Conference 24 track

     

    As far as Jefferson Forest's track team is concerned, this new post-season setup bears little difference to the old.

    "In a lot of ways, (the Conference 24 meet) is the same as districts," said JF distance ace Erin Saunders.  "The big 'same' is that Glass is still here."

    Indeed, the Hilltoppers were out in force at Sunday's conference meet.  

  • Minette tracksters fall just short

     

    Liberty entered the brave new world of the indoor track post-season.  

    By all accounts, the team did just fine.

    In fact, Liberty emerged as one of the stronger teams in Conference 30.  The Minettes looked strong, missing out on first place by half a stinkin' point.  The Minutemen also took second.

    Liberty was powered by a trio of double winners:  Kennedy Flynn, Mikalah Jones and Justin Haupt.