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High School

  • "Sweep" smell of victory

     

    The good ship Liberty appears to be righted.  And the timing couldn't have been worse for its county rivals.

    The Minutemen topped Jefferson Forest on Thursday night by the score of 60-54, before taking Staunton River on Saturday to the tune of 67-63.

    The pair of wins did two things for the M-Men.  

    First, they are now tied with JF for third place in the district; as both teams now sport 3-2 Seminole marks.  

  • Bees sting Min-mat-men

     

    The Liberty wrestling crew still has quite a way to go to catch up with the likes of Brookville.

    That was shown last Wednesday evening, when the Bees flew into the Minutemen's gym and stung Liberty to the tune of 58-24.

    It was nearly as high a score as you can get.  The combined 82 points fell just short of the possible maximum total of 84.

    High point totals means high pin totals.  And that's just what the decently-sized crowd at Liberty saw.

  • JF drops close one

     

    The men of Jefferson Forest proved they can hang with the best the Seminole has to offer.

    The next step is turning "hang with" into "beat."

    The Cavs went toe-to-toe with reigning district champion E.C. Glass Monday night.  Jefferson Forest made a contest of it before falling, 68-61.

    "Both teams battled, and we were still right in it at the end.  I'm proud of how hard we played," said JF Head Coach Paul Redgate.  "[But]  I don't believe in moral victories."

  • Liberty hoop men fall to Heritage

     

    Defense, free-throw shooting and hustle are nice.  But they don't make up for poor shooting and a lack of rebounding.

    Such was the case on the second day of the new year, when the Liberty hoopster lads found themselves on the short end of a 59-54 game at Heritage.

    The Minutemen had a hard time penetrating the Heritage perimeter to effect.  In a physical contest, the Pioneers improved to 1-0 in Seminole play (4-2, overall).

  • Liberty hoop men fall to Heritage

     

    Defense, free-throw shooting and hustle are nice.  But they don't make up for poor shooting and a lack of rebounding.

    Such was the case on the second day of the new year, when the Liberty hoopster lads found themselves on the short end of a 59-54 game at Heritage.

    The Minutemen had a hard time penetrating the Heritage perimeter to effect.  In a physical contest, the Pioneers improved to 1-0 in Seminole play (4-2, overall).

  • Liberty hoop men fall to Heritage

     

    Defense, free-throw shooting and hustle are nice.  But they don't make up for poor shooting and a lack of rebounding.

    Such was the case on the second day of the new year, when the Liberty hoopster lads found themselves on the short end of a 59-54 game at Heritage.

    The Minutemen had a hard time penetrating the Heritage perimeter to effect.  In a physical contest, the Pioneers improved to 1-0 in Seminole play (4-2, overall).

  • Lady Cavs are the real deal

     

    The Jefferson Forest girls basketball team proved it can hang with mighty Brookville.

    What the Lady Cavs have  yet to show is that they can beat those Bees.

    JF gave as good as it got in falling to the Brookies 44-38.  Three nights later, the Lady Cavs topped a Heritage crew that was missing its best player.

    The upshot?  It appears the youngish JF crew has what it takes to make a run in the Seminole District.

  • Season's beatings

     

    Calling it a Christmas miracle might be a bit much.

    Still, what the Staunton River boys basketball team did in its game with Liberty last Saturday comes close.

    The Eagles surmounted a 19-point deficit in topping the visiting Minutemen by the score of 66-64.

    The win will likely be considered one of the biggest in the history of Staunton River basketball.  And it came by a team with no player over 6' tall.  It is certainly the top win in the seven years this reporter has been covering the Eagles.  

  • River wrestlers fall just short in own tourney

     

    When it comes to playing the gracious holiday party host, you'll find the Staunton River wrestling team is no Rachel Ray.

    For that matter, the Eagles are more on a par with the stingy Grinch or Bumble the Abominable Snowman, who plagued Rudolph and his pals.

    The Eagles outpaced 13 other teams in placing second at the Rumble.  LCA took top honors, edging the Rivermen.

    Top 15 teams

    1  LCA           218

  • To the mats, Men!

     

    It'll be a tough row to hoe.  But, the lads should be up for the challenge.

    And there will be lots of them to do so.

    The three local wrestling teams enter this year's fray operating under a format that looks tough to navigate.

    The VHSL's new structure has Liberty and Staunton River both situated in Region 3A-West.  So, in addition to dealing with the likes of Brookville (which has won the Seminole District 40+ consecutive years), the Minutemen and Eagles also have to deal with dreaded Christiansburg.