High School

  • Minutemen stun Glass

        Stunning.  Absolutely stunning.
        The Liberty boys’ soccer team set the Seminole District on its ear, shocking  one of the state’s elite programs, 3-2.
        E.C. Glass sauntered into Minutemen Stadium with a gaudy 3-0 record, having beaten the likes of Jefferson Forest, Patrick Henry and defending State champion Western Albemarle.  In those three wins, the Glaziers had been unscored upon.

  • High flying Eagles


    The Staunton River girls soccer team lost the most prolific scorer the program may ever see when Taylor Tester picked up her sheepskin in June.

    Tester, who now plays for Mars Hill University (NC), set a pair of VHSL scoring records as she scorched opponents with her speed and nose for the goal.

    But shed not a tear for this year’s Lady Eagles.  While Tester will be missed, we think there is enough talent to make a legitimate run at replicating last year’s 12-2-1 mark.

  • Not smooth sailing

        There’s no such thing as empathy in the wild.  For instance, a wounded lion is prone to attack from creatures it would normally pursue.
        JF boys soccer, welcome to the jungle.  The team that has been the dominant force in local soccer for the past two decades is limping, both figuratively and literally, into this season.

  • River is on fire

        Who Dat Sey Dey Gonna Beat Dem Eagles?
        We’re OK appropriating the New Orleans Saints’ signature saying and applying it to the Staunton River baseball and softball teams.  After all, like the Saints, the two Eagle teams wear black and gold.
        More importantly, like the Saints, these once-moribund teams are breathing fire on the field.
        At this early point, both of the Eagle diamondeer crews are undefeated.

  • State champs have exciting go of it

        For the most part, nothing came easily for the five Bedford County athletes who returned from the State Indoor meet bearing gold.
        Of the five, only Alyssa Shupe’s victory in the 1000 could be termed undramatic.  Oh, trust us.  Shupe and all of her JF fan base (and this newspaper) were thrilled about the senior’s win.  But, she was expected to win and did so in her usual, no-nonsense manner.

  • State champ: All-beef Patti

        The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella had happy endings that involved special shoes.  Jordan Patti can relate.
        The Staunton River shot putter arrived at the State meet seeded third.  He also arrived without the shoes he wears for throwing the iron.

  • Tracksters seem set

        It’s a good thing nobody’s chiseling these dates in stone.
        The State track championship meets for both 3A (Liberty and Staunton River) and 4A (Jefferson Forest) were moved back before being moved up.  As we go to press, the meets are slated to be held this Thursday and Friday at Liberty University, though even those dates are in a bit of peril due to impending weather.  (See full schedule of events on page 2B.)

  • It’s a wrap at the pool

        Discussions concerning state swimming preeminence must include Jefferson Forest.
        That statement was backed up by a fine performance at this past weekend’s State 4A meet, held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
        The Lady Cavs earned fifth place in the team standings, while their male counterparts finished in 14th place.  There are 49 teams at the 4A level.

  • State champ? You 'Bret'-cha!

        He was born to do this.
        Jefferson Forest’s Bret Romanzak won a State wrestling title on Friday evening. 
        It was the first title of its sort for a JF wrestler since 1997.  That, by the way, is the year of Romanzak’s birth.
        The subsequent years of dedication, hard work, pain, frustration and sacrifice manifested themselves as Romanzak stood above all his peers in 4A’s 145-pound classification.

  • County sending 10 to Salem’s State meet

        Friday afternoon’s first round of the State wrestling championship will feature a good number of Bedford County wrestlers.
        The question, of course, is what that number might be for Saturday night’s finale.
        Staunton River and Jefferson Forest will each send five of their best into the fray, courtesy of some fine performances at this past weekend’s regional tournaments.
        With the VHSL’s new format/structure, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.