High School

  • JF boys: Hello, old friend


    For a guy who was rumored to bleed Liberty blue, he sure looks comfortable in JF red and black.

    The question will be whether new Cav Head Coach Gary Lowry can get the boys basketball crew to be comfortable with his approach.

    We suspect the answer will be yes, in the long run.

    Lowry, who is also the head of safety and security for Bedford County schools, takes over a program that has a less-than-storied past.  

  • Deck the walls!


    It wasn't enough to get them on Santa's naughty list.

    Oh, don't get us wrong:  There was nothing untoward in Saturday night's game, won by Liberty to the tune of 49-39:  Both the Staunton River and Liberty girls showed excellent sportsmanship.

    What they also showed was some very sloppy play.

  • Season's Beatings!


    They had more sparkle than a Christmas tree, more fire than the yule log and more spice than grandma's fruitcake.

    As a result, the Staunton River boys hoopsters found more points under their collective Christmas tree than did their visitors from Liberty.

    The Minutemen, whose letter to Santa included a request  for a first win of the season,  departed instead with a stocking full of coal.  The final score:   61-33.

  • River and Forest both 'Rumble'


    There's a chill in the air.  Decorations are springing up around town.  Letters to Santa are being dutifully penned.

    That can only mean one thing:  The River Rumble!

    This past weekend's premier wrestling event had a couple of local schools shining like tinsel on the tree.

    Host Staunton River took second place, while Jefferson Forest nabbed third.

    Private-school powerhouse Liberty Christian Academy took the title.

    Team results

  • Liberty ladies on the ascent


    No year in recent memory has held as much hope for Liberty girls' basketball as does this one.

    Coming off a season in which they finished 17-5, the Lady Minutemen seem poised to make a stab at a deep run in the playoffs. 

    But, they're likely to do so only:

    -IF Mikalah Jones, the engine of last year's team, can step up and assume the mantle of leadership, both on and off the court.

    -IF the ladies in red, white and blue respond positively to Jones's leadership.

  • Unlucky 13 for Cavs


    It was close, but size and strength won out over speed and precision.

    "Any loss is a tough one," sighed JF Head Coach Bob Christmas as the sun set Saturday evening.

    The burly bruisers of Bealeton had just topped the fleet fellows of Forest, 35-28, in a beaut of a game.

    Well, for the most part, it was a beaut of a game.  In a contest in which minimizing mistakes was a must, the Cavs fell short.  A team which was noted for having minimal turnovers during the regular season, had a pair of them against the Eagles.

  • Eagles seek to rebound


    They're bigger, but will they be better?

    Staunton River's boys basketball team looks ahead to the 2014-15 season with one goal:  to be better than last year.

    During the previous campaign, the Golden Eagles struggled through a 3-20 season.  For the second consecutive season, the Rivermen failed to pick up a win in the Blue Ridge District.  In mitigation, that was a brutal league last season.

  • JF keeps rolling


    In a game that was more offensive than Uncle Charlie picking his teeth at the Thanksgiving table, Jefferson Forest topped Eastern View, 63-55.

    Both team's offenses were stellar in a game that featured  a combined 17 touchdowns, 118 points and more than 1,000 yards.

  • State-ment win


    Bring on the cupcakes!  And the fudge and the chocolate-chip pancakes.  Ice cream and cake?  You bet.

    Such hedonism took place in what is fast becoming a tradition on the evening of the second Saturday of November.  That's when the Jefferson Forest girls' cross country team treats itself to an annual junk-food party.

    The festivities are in response to what is also becoming something of a tradition on the mornings of those same autumnal Saturdays:  winning a State cross country title.

  • Next up for JF: Eastern View


    The road becomes more difficult.  Fortunately for JF, it's the other guys who will be hitting said road.

    The Cavs will luxuriate in their second seed as they host another playoff game this Friday night.  This time, the foe will be Eastern View.  And the Cyclones may well be the toughest foe the Cavs have faced all season.  And that's a season that included games with the likes of Brookville, Liberty and Heritage.