High School

  • 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.

  • Girls hoops roundup


    My, how times have changed.  And how they haven't.

    It used to be that Staunton River and Jefferson Forest were the two teams vying for Bedford County supremacy.

    This year, Liberty was coronated queen o' the county.

    But, that doesn't mean that when Jefferson Forest and Staunton River get together, it isn't a knock-down, drag 'em out affair.

    That's exactly what they had in Moneta.

  • Boys hoops roundup


    That's how you wrap up a regular season.  At least, that's how you do it if you happen to be a Liberty Minuteman hoopster.

    The M-Men put an exclamation point on a fine season, taking care of Jefferson Forest, 55-45, in workmanlike fashion to close out the regular season with a Seminole District mark of 9-3.

  • Raining rings in Forest

         To the victors go the spoils.  In this case, it was the Jefferson Forest girls cross country team which raked in their prizes:  The rings that go to State champions.  The team started the season with the slogan, "Know your ring size."