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High School

  • Meet not for your average Joe

    The unofficial run-up to the State championship meet began in earnest this past weekend.

    More than 30 teams assembled at Lynchburg College to participate in the Joe Curcio Track Classic.  The meet's namesake (and Staunton River head coach) was on hand to see some dynamic athleticism from a host of tracksters.

  • JF takes Liberty in battle of the unbeatens

     

    It must have been family night at Minutemen Stadium.

    At least it was for the second half of the JF-Liberty girls soccer game.

    A pair of sisters scored for the now-5-0 Lady Cavs.  So did a Cousin.  

    And a Mercedes drove them in style.

    Liberty lost its unbeaten status in falling to the Lady Cavs.  But, a strong first half by the Lady Minettes (7-1) had the Liberty faithful thinking an upset might be looming.

  • Seminole champ?

     

    It's a bit early for a coronation ceremony.  It's not, however, premature to take a fitting for the crown.

    And, in the case of Seminole District boys soccer, the noggin to be measuring appears to be the collective coconut of the E.C. Glass Hilltoppers.

    The lads in blue and white  topped Jefferson Forest by the score of 1-0 Friday night, and established a commanding lead over their archest of arch rivals in the hunt for the district title.

  • Brookville frosh zings JF and Liberty

     

    This year, the Seminole District softball scene seems to be about arms.  Pitching arms.  Good, young pitching arms.

    Nearly every team features a fireballing freshman or a stupendous sophomore in the pitching circle.

    Have no doubt about it:  Any Seminole team's hopes of a deep run will rely on the shoulder of the young lass pitching the potato.

    This past week made that fact abundantly clear.  Brookville topped Liberty behind the pinpoint pitching of its freshman ace

  • JF picks up first Seminole baseball win

     

    It wasn't a "must-win" game.

    But, Jefferson Forest's visit from Rustburg had an awful lot riding on it.

    A loss to the Red Devils would have saddled the Cavs with a district mark of 0-3.

    A team might win the Seminole with three losses, but that would entail JF winning all nine of its remaining district dances.

    Any worries were put to rest as the homestanding Cavs tended to business, topping the Rusties by a score of 6-3.

  • Eagle baseball soaring

     

    They don't quit.

    With Staunton River ahead, 3-1, in the bottom of the seventh, William Byrd's Cody Carawan led off the inning.

    The Terrier first baseman drilled a hard grounder, which bounced off the chest of Golden Eagle second baseman Luke Davis.  

    In a split second, the crowd could sense the wheels falling off the River wagon.  One error leading to another, enabling Byrd to storm back, the Eagles snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Not this bunch.

  • Pair of JF gridiron stars head to next level

     

    Monday was a happy morning in the halls of Jefferson Forest High School.  

    For on that day, a pair of Cavalier football standouts announced where it was that they'd play next season.  They backed up their words with signed letters of intent, as well.

    Ryan Crist will be heading to Emory and Henry, while A.J. Zellars Jr. is off to Ferrum.

  • JF goes 3-1 against Amherst

     

    It wasn't a bad way to get ramped up.

    Jefferson Forest took on Amherst in a multi-sport set last Friday.  Against a school which seems to be improving in all of its sports, Jefferson Forest prevailed, for the most part.

    The soccer lads gave folks their money's worth, in terms of game duration.  If fans were paying on a per-goal basis, however, they'd have been sorely disappointed.

    The Lancers and Cavs remained scoreless throughout regulation and the first overtime period.

  • Liberty ladies leave Moneta with pair of wins

     

    The ladies of Liberty marched into Moneta to tangle with the Golden gals of Staunton River.

    When all was said and done, there were a couple of buses of Lady Minutemen singing with joy.

    The Liberty soccer crew flexed some defensive muscle in dispatching the River women by the score of 3-1.

    A bit later that Friday evening, the Liberty softball crew took care of their diamond counterparts in convincing fashion, 5-2.

     

    Soccermania

  • Lady Minutemen be-Deviled on softball field

     

    The Seminole softball scene is shaping up to be one of dominant pitching.

    Therefore, teams are best advised to play solid defense and muster whatever run support they can.

    Liberty managed to do neither, while Rustburg did both.  As a result, we had Liberty falling to Rustburg on the Lady Minutemen's diamond to the tune of 5-0 last Friday evening.

    "That was a tough opening loss," said Liberty Head Coach Jeff Monroe.  "Rustburg is good and it placed the ball well."