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High School

  • 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.

  • Girls basketball: Jefferson Forest 38, Staunton River 28

     

    What's the opposite of sibling rivalry?

    Whatever it's called, it was on display Monday night as a pair of Jefferson Forest sisters led the Lady Cavs to victory in their opening game of the season.

    Senior Amber Evans and her younger sis, sophomore Ashley, paced the Lady Cavs to a 38-28 win over visiting Staunton River.

    The game was all you might expect of the first game of the season:  a mixed bag of sharp plays, rusty shooting players trying to get comfortable with new teammates.

  • No shortage of talent; just short

     

    They sure don't grow 'em big in southern Bedford County.

    At least when it comes to boys basketball.

    The Golden Eagles open this year's campaign with a roster that has only two players measuring out at over six feet in height.

    Heck, even the girls' team has a taller player.

  • Senior citizens

     

    With age comes wisdom, says the adage.

    New Jefferson Forest Head Coach Paul Redgate has to hope that along with that wisdom comes a propensity to win.

    Redgate switched from coaching the JF girls (which he'd done the previous five seasons) to taking the reins of the lads' team when Paul Smith stepped down following last year's campaign.

    Redgate likely didn't realize he'd have such a senior-laden crew this season.  Of the 14 guys on the roster, 10 are seniors.

  • Liberty boys basketball preview

     

    Who will lead this team? 

    That may well be the biggest question for a Liberty boys team which lost last year's leadership to graduation, including Adam McKinney, Ryan Hensley and Tre'von Lightfoot.

    The team will also deal with the fact that it is laden with five new faces, including a trio of transfers.

  • Loss caps up & down year for M-Men

     

    "May you live in interesting times."

    -Ancient Chinese curse

     

    The Liberty football team, one that has lived this season in interesting times, saved the best for last.

    The Minutemen's loss to Magna Vista in the opening round of the playoffs was the pièce de résistance of a season that was loaded with high drama and hard feelings.

  • Hasta la Vista, baby

     

    One hundred points.

    One thousand yards.

    Forty nine broken hearts.

    Those were the key statistics from Liberty's playoff opener, held Friday night.

    The Minutemen were on the slightly shorter end of a 51-49 loss to Magna Vista.

    In a game where each team racked up over 500 yards, it was the Warriors who came away with the final, deciding score.  That touchdown sent the 49 lads who make up the Liberty team from soaring joy to harrowing despair.