High School

  • 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.

  • 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.



  • 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.