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High School

  • Upcoming key football dates

     

    Most folks already know that the first games of the season take place on Friday night, August 30.  That's when Liberty will host Staunton River while Jefferson Forest will entertain Halifax County.

    Between now and then, though, there are plenty of proceedings to preoccupy and pique your pigskin passions.

    All three local teams issued equipment earlier this week.  They also held meetings with parents and players, got release forms signed and got everything in place for the kick-off of practice.

  • The long drought is over

    It is as rain to the wilting crop; blankets to the winter sleeper; deep-dish pizza to NJ Governor Chris Christie.
    It is football to the crazed fans of our fair county.
    The three month pigskin potlatch, football fiesta and gridiron gorge-out gets underway for local squads this Friday.
    In fact, all three teams will be staying in the county for their openers.
    The marquee game, of course, features Staunton River heading to Liberty. The Eagles will attempt to top the Minutemen for the second time in three years.

  • 'D'-Fiant O'Bryant

     

    Four local soccer lasses were named to the All-State soccer team for the spring season.

    Jefferson Forest's Jessica O'Bryant led the parade.  The just-graduated O'Bryant made the first team as a defender, a fitting ending to a superb career.

  • Looking for a rebound

     

    Sisyphus had his boulder.

    Hercules had his twelve labors.

    Henry the Fifth had his Agincort.

    Then, there's Amanda McCoy.

    The most recent volleyball head coach at William Byrd, McCoy is set to assume the orb and scepter that come with taking over the program at Liberty High this autumn.

    It is, indeed, a great challenge.  Liberty won a single match last season and has not finished in the top half of the Seminole District for at least the past eight years.

  • Always a Cavalier

     

    Once a Cavalier, always a Cavalier.

    Such is the case for Ryan Gilleland, who was recently named as the new head coach of the Jefferson Forest baseball program.

    In a move that shocked absolutely nobody, Gilleland was chosen to take over the mantle vacated by Jim Thacker, who resigned after 28 years as skipper.

    Sure we all have red blood (readers from planet Vulcan aside).  But Gilleland bleeds Jeff Forest red.  He grew up in the Forest area, watching his idols win a State title in 1988.

  • Last one standing

     

    The Jefferson Forest Lady Cavs punched their ticket to the State tourney by punching their way through the Blue Ridge District's best.

    Over a four-evening stretch, the JF booters took on three teams from the Blue Ridge, and dispatched the trio handily.

    When the lasses in red and black wrapped up this skein with a 2-0 win over Northside in Friday's regional championship bout, they finally got a chance to drink in the sweet success of winning (yet) another Region III crown.

  • Unkind Thursday

     

    Thursday is named after Thor, that hammer-smacking god of Norse mythology.

    Well, it may not have been Thor, but someone took a hammer to the hopes of Bedford County athletes last Thursday.

    On that bleak day, three of the four county teams still in the hunt for State glory had their dreams dashed.

    On the JF baseball diamond, Staunton River saw its unlikely run end, 9-5, at the hands of Alleghany.

    On the William Byrd pitch, the Jefferson Forest soccer crew fell to arch nemesis E.C. Glass, 2-1.

  • Cavs edge M-Men nine

     

    You can call it a moral victory.  But the Minutemen baseball crew seems quite a bit more interested in the victories that show up in the W-L standings.

    Liberty played Jefferson Forest tough, once again.  But it was the crew from Forest that prevailed, sweeping its season series with the Minutemen by virtue of a 4-0 win at Liberty's Jim Cutler Field.

    It comes on the heels of a 2-1 win by JF over the Minutemen at Forest.

    The win kept the Cavs in contention for the Seminole District's regular season crown.

  • Blanks and booms

     

    They're starting a new tradition.  Unfortunately for Liberty, the Minutemen were the first to be pilloried in that new tradition.

    Jefferson Forest, which will not win a Seminole District regular season title for the first time in over two decades, took out its frustration on the Minutemen, pounding the Libertarians at Minutemen Stadium.

  • Curcio is a classic

     

    How much human interest can one track meet absorb?

    Well, in the case of last weekend's Joe Curcio Classic, the answer is:  plenty.

    For starters, the Liberty girls and boys each delivered top-ten finishes at the meet.  That was in keeping with the spirit of big deliveries for the team.  That's because Liberty Coach Sherry Wiese delivered a brand new bouncin' baby two days before.