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Today's Sports

  • As close as it gets

     

    It was the best of times.

    It was the worst of times.

    -A Tale of Two Cities

     

    The Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team had a Dickensian day at the State 4A championship game on Saturday.

    "It was a tale of two halves," said JF Head Coach Stan Golon.

    Indeed, those two chapters cancelled out one another, driving the need for an oversized epilogue.

  • Sports commentary: Dribs and...

     

    Some dribs and drabs for you to consider.

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    While Virginians can't unite behind any single college football team, I think we all agree on one thing:  The Commonwealth's teams aren't timid when it comes to scheduling.

    In the first week, we got UVa taking on a UCLA team which is among the favorites to take the national title.

    Liberty, meanwhile dared to take on North Carolina, with its top-25 preseason ranking.

  • River to visit Forest this Friday

     

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    Two games, two county rivals.

    That's the way the schedule has worked out for Staunton River, which heads to Jefferson Forest this Friday night after hosting Liberty a week ago.

    JF, on the other hand, will have to wait for the regular-season finale to get its crack at the Minutemen.

    The game this Friday evening should be a good gauge for both teams.  It will also be a means to see some retro-style football, as JF's wishbone and River's single wing offenses will be showcased.

  • What a way to start!

     

    For fans seeking a great way to begin the 2014 season, there were few better places to be than the Eagles' Nest at Staunton River last Friday.

    In a game that is not reflected in the final score, Liberty topped its in-county rival, 47-22.

    In the first half of the game, River played the Minutemen on even terms, and the Golden Eagles held a 7-6 lead at the intermission.

  • Sports commentary: Sheesh-cago!

     

    Forgive me if I come across as a sourpuss in this week's column.  But I'm a Cubs fan which, almost by definition, tends to make one dour.

    That sentiment was magnified this weekend, as the Cubbies swept the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field.

    "Wait a minute," you might be thinking.  "Isn't a trio of victories a cause for celebration?"

    Not in Cubs World, my friends.

    You see, in that magical (albeit not wonderful) place, the Cubs have a way of torching things by winning.

  • Sweet sound of pads poppin'

     

    The long march continues for the local football prepsters.

    This past weekend, the three schools had their first taste of scrimmage action.

    We got to see two of the teams up close and personal.  The other will be seen next week, if all goes according to plan.

    This past Friday night, Staunton River played host to Prince Edward and Halifax.  We hit those matchups as Jefferson Forest headed to Rockbridge County. 

    On Saturday, we got to check out Liberty, as the Minutemen entertained Spotswood and Dan River.

  • Sports commentary: Things I...

     

    Well, the school year cranked up last week, believe it or not.  Yep, we were barely halfway through August and the kiddos were heading to schools.

    I really don't have a vested interest in when the schools get cranked up, but the early start is puzzling.  At least to me.

    After all, why would you want the kids in school during the hottest part of the year?  Doesn't that mean cranking up the air conditioning?  At my house, at least, you have to pay money for that luxury.

  • Sports commentary: To have not

     

    Uh-oh.

    The rich just got richer.  And, I'm not talking about our economy's one percenters.

    I'm talking about how the NCAA has just formally split itself into the haves and the have nots.

    Last week, the NCAA's board of directors granted college sports' five biggest conferences great independence and great power.

    The Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Pac 12 may now act  in unilateral fashion, while the rest of the college sports world will have to follow those pesky old rules.

  • Sports commentary: Buffaloed

     

    I have many friends who are fans of the Washington Redskins.

    As such, they are often asked for their opinion on whether the team's nickname should stay.  

    I wish I had such worries.

    My team is the Buffalo Bills.  Fans of that team have much bigger concerns.  Whereas my friends are worried about the long-term prospects of their team's last name, we Bills fans are more concerned with what's going to happen to our team's first name:  Buffalo.

  • Before football, a spot of golf

     

    There were guys prowling the green grass of Forest.

    They were making big hits.  There was some grunting to be heard.

    Although they were playing golf, have no doubt about it:  These guys are all about the pigskin game.