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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: Third place?

     

    Well, this World Cup business will finally be settled this Sunday.  Even though this column isn't about the World Cup, per se, I'll still throw out a prediction.  It could be way off, however, since the semifinals haven't taken place yet as this paper goes to press.  Nevertheless, I'll boldly go with Brazil over Netherlands, the former seemingly the New York Yankees of FIFA, and the latter the Buffalo Bills (three title games, three losses).

  • Photo of the week: I miss mama!
  • JF places a bunch on All-Region...

     

    While the school year is long over, accolades continue to pour in for some of Bedford County's outstanding athletes.

    The 4A-North Region recently released its All-Region teams for the spring sports seasons.  A number of Jefferson Forest athletes figured prominently in the selections.

    The JF girls soccer team, which came within a hair's breadth of winning the State title, placed three players on the All-Region first team.  The boys soccer team landed a pair of players on the first team, as well.

  • Sports Commentary: Upside down

     

    Baseball is still called our national pastime: a pleasant diversion designed to while away the hours in a pleasant fashion.

    All sports should be so defined.

    Unfortunately, today the world of sports also plays a role that extends beyond providing mere entertainment.

    Sports have become part and parcel of how we define ourselves as a people.

  • Sports commentary: Pure pride

     

    It's a shame it had to end this way.

    My heart goes out to the Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team, just as it would have gone out to the Dominion squad had JF been the one to eke out the win.

    And by "eke," I mean a margin so slim it makes the Olson twins look portly.

    I'd like to write that the loss was heartbreaking.  In fact, my original headline on the story included that term.  But thinking back to the end of the match, as well as its immediate aftermath, the word seemed inappropriate.

  • New scoring mark at JF

    Let's face it:  Jefferson Forest soccer is a powerhouse.

    Indeed, the Cavs and Lady Cavs have been a major player in the state for a couple of decades.

    During that time, a number of magnificent players have donned the black and red.

    Guys like Jim and David Rochow, Adam Roscioli and Tim and Tyler Bullock.

    On the ladies' side, you have notables such luminaries as Chelsea Hayes, Brittany Gallagher and Laura Golon.

    But only one name can sit atop the list of most prolific scorers in Jefferson Forest soccer history.

  • Glass is tops in 4A-North, but...

     

     

    It's hard to top the Hilltoppers.

    In fact, it's downright impossible.

    E.C. Glass made mincemeat out of the rest of the 4A-North region, literally running away with championships in both the men's and women's sides of the house.

    Powered by nine national elite performances and nine first-place finishes, the Hilltoppers were nothing short of dominant.

  • Sports commentary: Weighty...

     

    "This pricing is unfair," I thought to myself.

    It had that thought as the wife and I were shopping for running shoes the other day.

    Now, I know that sentence is fraught with incongruities.  For example, the wife and I really shouldn't go shopping for anything together.  At the grocery, while she's filling the cart with staples, such as flour, breakfast cereal and bananas, I'm trying to slip large bags of beef jerky and lime-flavored Tostitos onto it.

    Alas, such goodies typically get the boot.

  • County: Soccermania!

     

    We may not yet rival the likes of Brazil, Italy or Spain.

    But, Bedford is certainly becoming a hotbed of soccer.

    The fruits of many years of labor paid off last week as five of the six local high school varsity squads advanced to regional competition.