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Today's Sports

  • Commentary: Need a new team?

     

    We're one week into the baseball season, and I'm one week late in giving up on the Cubs.

    I could dedicate this column to going over just how terrible the Northsiders are.  But, you can easily discover that for yourself by flipping on the tube to WGN.

    I knew I was in trouble when nearly every baseball prognosticator had this to say about the team's upcoming season:  "2014 is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.  That's about all Cubs fans will have to celebrate this year."

  • Liberty boys soccer a' fire

     

    They say revenge is a dish best served cold.

    In the case of the Liberty boys soccer team, revenge was, indeed, gotten.  But the wait was a short one.

    A mere week after falling to the Staunton River Golden Eagles, the Minutemen picked up a hard-fought 3-1 win.  This time, the game was played at Minutemen Stadium.

  • Liberty baseball shaping up

     

    There's a big difference between winless and toothless.

    The Liberty baseball crew may be the former, but it is far from the latter.

    Things have slowly and steadily improved for a team which was rocked out of the gate.  Since that point, the Minutemen are putting things together, which has translated into vastly improved performance on the field.

    Now, the next thing the team needs to do is to figure out how to push those improvements into entries in the "W" column of the ledger.

  • Lady Eagles finding diamonds to...

     

    You could have had a lot of fun playing the name game when the Staunton River softball crew hosted Northside.

    Unfortunately, however, it was the Lady Vikes who had the most fun.

    Taylor Carter led the Northsiders to a 6-2 win over Taylor Carter and the Golden Eagles in a game played at the Eagles' Nest.

    That's right, there were two players named Taylor Carter.

    Staunton River had two named Taylor C. (Carter and Creasey)

    And for you fans of international finance, Morgan Stanley made an appearance.

  • Sports commentary: Training...

     

    There is no medal for finishing in 16,974th place

    Since they give gold for first, silver for second and bronze for third, I suspect that 16,974th deserves something made of, oh, dirt or sticks or a discarded Gatorade paper cup.

    I should know, for I finished in 16,974th place last Saturday.

    That showing took place at the Monument Avenue 10K, held in Richmond.

    The organizers of this event are very clever.  You see, they don't call it the "Monument Avenue six-point-two miler."  

  • Golden Eagle men give rude...

     

    The Staunton River men played the roles of rude hosts to their guests from the northern part of Route 122.

    The Eagle diamondmen topped Liberty, 6-1, as their soccer counterparts were tending to the Minutemen, 2-1.

     

    River baseball rocks

    The Golden Eagle nine improved to 4-0 with the win over Liberty.

  • Sports commentary: What a (b)...

     

    Well, my bracket is already marred.

    But, then again, it's highly likely that yours is, too.

    It has been proven, fairly conclusively, that nobody will ever have a perfect bracket.  The odds of doing so are something along the lines of 9.2 quintillion to one.

    I don't know what a quintillion is, exactly.  I do know it's larger than a quadrillion, which is bigger, still, than a trillion.  So, it's big.

  • Minutemen exorcise Red Devils...

     

    They struck early.  Then, they made it stick.

    The Liberty boys soccer team started its season-opening game with Rustburg as if had been waiting to explode.

    That's just what the Minutemen did, posting a pair of goals shortly after the match's opening whistle.  Those two goals, plus a second half insurance tally, were all the scoring the Minutemen needed in nabbing the 3-0 win on their own turf.

  • Liberty soccer lasses start...

     

     

    Perhaps a mystery has been solved.

    One of the things that has been confounding about the Liberty girls soccer team has been its inability to post large-margin victories at Rustburg.

    Liberty always seems to get the win, but scores of 2-0 or 1-0 have been the norm.  Blame it on the Red Devil field's crown.  Blame it on the turf's drainage.

  • JF softballers top River in a...

     

    Talk about a 180!

    A game that had been tepid and mundane became a heated, gut-wrenching affair in the seventh inning.

    When the dust finally settled on the chilly field at Staunton River, it was Jefferson Forest which prevailed over the host Golden Eagles, 7-6.

    The game appeared to belong to the Eagles, until the last inning that is.

    Shortstop Madison Meador scored the game's first run in the fifth inning before driving home Kyndall Witt and Rachel Madelle.