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High School

  • Those Flying Flynns

     

    The Flynn Effect is a scientific term for the substantial and sustained increase in IQ test results.

    At Liberty High School, the same effect may be found in the substantial and sustained increase in cross country results.

    Liberty will be sending a solid contingent to this week's 3A-West championship.  Among that group will be the Flynn sisters.

    Kennedy and Kylene Flynn nabbed two of the top three spots in the Conference 30 qualifying championship last Tuesday, held at Falling Creek Park.

  • The table is set

     

    Sabre Stadium should be rocking on Friday night when Liberty and Jefferson Forest wrap up their regular seasons in a most meaningful game.

    Not only does the contest pit county rivals against one another, with the county championship on the line, the game will also determine a whole lot more.

    As both teams beat Staunton River earlier in the season, the champions of Bedford County will be decided in this game.

    While Bedford bragging rights are always nice, the bigger issue has to do with playoffs.

  • Eagles lose with class

     

     

    It's hard to lose while showing class.

    It's really hard to lose when it's to a district rival, such as Lord Botetourt.

    It's even harder to take when you're on the short end of a 47-10 score, as was Staunton River last Friday.

    But that's what the Eagles did.  Toward the end of the game, with the scoreboard reading 40-3, Staunton River showed scads of class.

    But first, we set the table for you.

  • 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.