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High School

  • Volleyball roundup

     

    A roller-coaster ride of a volleyball season went through its most recent loop-de-loop.  Jefferson Forest appears to have lost out on its run for a Seminole crown.

    Meanwhile, Liberty picked up its first win in district play and Staunton River faced a behemoth from Botetourt, with predictable results.

    It all adds up to an uneven ride for local netters.

    Near the halfway mark, it appears that the Blue Ridge will belong to Northside, while the Seminole will be owned by Brookville.  

     

    Blue Ridge blues

  • Byrds are roadrunners

     

    There wasn't much of an air game in a tilt that featured Byrd against Birds.

    William Byrd had little need of one, as it amassed over 600 yards in topping arch-rival Staunton River, 49-14.

    The Terrier victory put a damper on the Staunton River homecoming crowd, as well as on the Eagles' hopes of making the post-season.

    The loss dropped River to 1-5, overall.  Having lost their first two Blue Ridge games, the Eagles' chances for a shot at a district title are now remote, at best.

  • Pioneers top Jeff Forest on gridiron

     

    The good news is that Jefferson Forest proved it could match up quite well with what many consider the finest team in the State at the 3A level.

    The bad news is that it took the Cavs a quarter of play before showing it could do so.

    "We made some mistakes and let them go up," said JF Head Coach Don Rice.  "You can't do that against a good football team."

  • Seminole slugfests coming up

     

     

    There is little doubt that the Seminole is one of the top football districts in the state.

    This weekend, you'll get a couple of chances to see why.

    Jefferson Forest, fresh off its win over Brookville, will host Heritage, fresh off its win over Amherst.

    Liberty, fresh off its win over Rustburg, will head to City Stadium to take on E.C. Glass, fresh off its relaxing bye week.

    This is the third consecutive week that the Minutemen will face an opponent which has had two weeks to prepare for the M-Men.

  • Cavs raid Hive, steal Bees' honey

     

    It was the worst of times.

    It was the best of times.

    Fortunately, for Jefferson Forest's football crew, their best came in the second half of its 28-21 stunning win over Brookville.

    The Bees, meanwhile, found that their opening half of good football wasn't enough to carry them past a team with remarkable backbone.

    Jefferson Forest showed character, poise and determination in overcoming a 21-3 halftime deficit.  Against the defending State champions.  At Brookville.

  • Viking plunder in Valhalla

     

    Your typical Viking hits the high seas, lands on some foreign shore and pillages to his heart's content.

    Well, they have a different type of Viking in north Roanoke.

    The Northside Vikings plundered on their home turf Friday night, pounding Staunton River 59-7 at Valhalla.

    The mercy-rule expedited affair left Staunton River Head Coach Chuck Poston with an appreciation for the power that is Northside.

  • No place of peace

     

    After four years of pain resulting from four years of war, Appomattox served as a place for our nation's healing to start.

    After four quarters of uneven football, Jefferson Forest found the place  to be anything but cathartic.

    The Cavs, flawless in their first two games of the season, had a fourth quarter worth forgetting, allowing the Raiders to pull out a 45-28 win.

  • Hogg-tied and Reynolds-wrapped

     

    Brookville pain.

    That's all Liberty's current group of seniors has known.  Since the Class of '14 matriculated at Liberty High School, the Minutemen have played the Bees four times.  Brookville won all four (including a playoff game) by a total score of 156-39.

    It appears we'll have to wait a bit for that albatross is to lifted from the collective Liberty neck.  The Minutemen squandered a golden opportunity Friday night, losing to the Bees, 31-30, in a manner so painful, words fail to do it justice.

  • Bring on the Bees

     

    Now is the time to strike.

    There is not a member of the current Liberty team that has experienced a varsity-level gridiron win over Brookville.

    Well, the whole crew gets a chance to change that, when the Bees head to town this Friday.

  • In the soup

     

    Having gone 0-for-2 against its county rivals to start the season, Staunton River will turn its attention to a new friend this Friday evening.

    That's when the Eagles will host William Campbell.

    While the Generals have a fine football tradition, things haven't been rosy in Naruna lately.  Campbell has failed to have a winning season in any of the previous four years.