High School

  • Liberty locks down playoff berth


    Going into Friday night's game, Amherst was the only Seminole District team to hold a winning record over Liberty this century.

    Indeed, in the 13 games prior to this one, the Lancers held a 7-6 edge.  When the dust settled Friday night at Minutemen Stadium, that distinction was lost.

    Liberty outmuscled and outraced the perennially powerful and speedy Lancers, 42-16.

    The game was nearly the polar opposite of last year's matchup, won by Amherst, 46-14.

  • The way to end a season


    If the Seminole District gave an award for most improved volleyball team, it would surely go to Liberty.

    The latest sign of how much better things have gotten for the Minettes was how the team played last Tuesday night.

    Liberty stretched Seminole powerhouse Jefferson Forest to the limit before the Lady Cavs prevailed.  

    The match went the full five sets, with only the tie-breaking game lacking the white-knuckle excitement of the rest of the evening:  25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-8.

  • Red Devils drub hurtin' Cavs


    Conventional wisdom is only so good.

    For instance, conventional wisdom had it that Jefferson Forest would need to put up a lot of points if the Cavs hoped to top the explosive Red Devils.

    What conventional wisdom didn't count on, however, was that the Cavs would have to do so, absent one of the most productive offensive players in the Seminole District.

  • River heads to the Rockies


    The path to the playoffs is fraught with danger for Staunton River.

    In fact, the Eagles hit a "rocky" patch this weekend when they visit one of their Blue Ridge District foes.

    Staunton River will play at Rockbridge County, seeking to beat the Wildcats for the first time since they joined the Blue Ridge.  In the two games since the Rockies became the sixth members of the district, they've topped the Eagles in tidy fashion.

    In 2011, Rockbridge prevailed, 21-14.  Last year, it was 38-17.

  • JF wins a donnybrook


    Last Friday, they held a football game at Sabre Stadium and a track meet broke out.

    In the end, it was the Cavs who were the more fleet, topping visiting Turner Ashby, 42-34, to the delight of a vast and partial homecoming crowd.

    Despite missing a handful of key players, Jefferson Forest cranked up the offense, with its no-huddle blitzkrieg racking up points and yardage, seemingly at will.

  • Oh, so close!


    They made it as a team.

    They lost it the same way.

    In a sport that is the epitome of individualism, Jefferson Forest's golf team showed the value of teamwork.

    As a result, the Cavs made it nearly all the way to the summit of state golfdom.  In a fiercely contested two-day tournament, the champions of district, conference and regional tourneys were edged out of a State crown by a trio of strokes.

    Jamestown took the top prize:

    Jamestown    302-303 = 605

  • District relief


    It's one of those scheduling oddities.

    In the midst of the Seminole slate, both Liberty and Jefferson Forest have non-district games this weekend. The Cavs get Turner Ashby, while Liberty faces Buckingham County.

    The good news is that both of them will be playing at home.

    The bad news is that both are "must win" affairs as a loss is likely to kill any chance of a top-eight regional finish and the home-opening game that comes with it.

  • A rest and a test


    There will be rest for the weary.

    Some of them, anyway.

    Liberty takes its well-earned bye this weekend.  The Minutemen roll into an off-week sporting an overall record of 4-2 and a district mark of 1-2.

    After running through a gauntlet that included Staunton River, Rockbridge, Brookville, Harrisonburg, Rustburg and E.C. Glass, the Minutemen get a chance to catch their collective breath prior to returning to the football fray on Oct. 18.

  • Golf gurus


    These guys aren't just a golfing team.

    They're a golfing machine.

    The Jefferson Forest linksmen have had a remarkable run this autumn, earning scads of trophy, accolades and (most importantly) the respect of their fellow duffers.

    The Cav crew played for the 4A-North regional championship this past Tuesday.  That tourney, held after press time for this newspaper, was held at Harrisonburg's Heritage Oaks Golf Course, and pitted the top two squads of Conferences 21, 22, 23 and 24.

  • Volleyball roundup


    A roller-coaster ride of a volleyball season went through its most recent loop-de-loop.  Jefferson Forest appears to have lost out on its run for a Seminole crown.

    Meanwhile, Liberty picked up its first win in district play and Staunton River faced a behemoth from Botetourt, with predictable results.

    It all adds up to an uneven ride for local netters.

    Near the halfway mark, it appears that the Blue Ridge will belong to Northside, while the Seminole will be owned by Brookville.  


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