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Today's Sports

  • Party poopin' refs

    Talk about a wet blanket!

    Pac-10 referee Larry Farina put the kibosh on a display of pure joy this past Saturday. Farina flagged a spontaneous display of happiness and the penalty resulted in a lost football game. In the process, he made Mr. Potter, of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, look like a fun-loving guy.

    For those of you unfamiliar with this development, here’s the nutshell version.

  • Flightless Byrd sinks Staunton...

    William Byrd caught a very bad break in its first offensive series at Staunton River: Senior quarterback John Conner went down in a heap with what appeared to be an ACL injury.

    Absent their signal caller, whom Staunton River Head Coach Rick Witt termed “a super, super young man,” the Terriers reverted to a ground-only approach. The flightless Byrds looked more like a runaway herd of mustangs, churning out close to 500 yards in their 35-12 victory over homestanding Staunton River.

  • Staunton River to entertain...

    You want drama? Come on over to Eagle Stadium this Friday night, and you’ll get a bellyful when Staunton River hosts William Byrd.

    First, there is the inherent rivalry between Staunton River and William Byrd. With the majority of the Eagle student body coming from the area bordering Vinton, the students of both schools are quite familiar with one another.

    Second, you have the impending move of Staunton River to the Blue Ridge. Will Byrd be of a mind to give the Eagles a welcome gift? Not likely.

  • River surprised by Cave Spring...

    Staunton River showed up for its game at Cave Spring with run on the brain. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Cave Spring had experienced a quick metamorphosis, emerging as a pass-happy team.

    As a result, Staunton River suffered a 28-6 loss to the Knights, dropping the team to 0-2 overall (0-1 in the Seminole District).

    The Knights put up two quick touchdowns on the Eagles, as quarterback Josh Woodrum aired it out early and often during the first two Cave Spring possessions.

  • Rockbridge hits stonewall on...

    There were only two similarities between this year’s JF-Rockbridge game and last season’s version.

    First, the Cavs won both games. Second, Rockbridge scored 6 points in each contest.

    In the biggest difference, Forest’s one-point margin of victory last year was surpassed by 33, as the Cavs had their way with the Wildcats, 40-6.

    The game served to make several statements. Of primary notice, the Cav offense is for real. The 43 points it put up in last week’s game against Staunton River was not an anomaly.

  • District Volleyball ramps up

    Ready or not, the Seminole District volleyball season opens this Thursday night. Liberty will visit Staunton River while Jefferson Forest will head to Heritage. Both games are at 7:30.

    Certainly all three teams have question marks. While Rustburg looks to be the slight favorite to win the District, every Seminole squad has a shot. Certainly, Brookville lost a lot to graduation, but the Bees have developed a culture of winning over the past couple of years. That, plus some decent talent, should help them in their run.

  • Commentary--Local football dog...

    The timing of the high school football schedule is terrible.

    We were already two games into the season and we hadn’t even bid farewell to August.

    The season will be half over before the first day of Autumn (Sept. 21).

    With each team receiving a bye-week, regular season play wraps up on Oct. 31, just about the same time baseball’s World Series champ will be crowned.

    The reasons for the first game of the season being on Aug. 22 stem from the playoff system and the rest of the school year.

  • Cavs take a bye week

    Forest takes its 2-0 record into its bye week. But it won’t rest on its laurels. Instead, it’ll be getting ready for E.C. Glass, and the game against the Hilltoppers next Thursday.

    This past Monday, the Cavs were back in the weight room, under the watchful eyes of strength gurus Jeremy Hardison and David Carter.

    The two coaches have helped to make a noticeable difference in the Cavs this year.

    Most of the players look, and play, as though they lived the entire summer in the wight room.

  • Liberty to host Magna Vista

    All signs point to an easy Friday night for the Minutemen, when Magna Vista comes to visit.

    Liberty opened the season impressively, shutting out Western Albemarle, 33-0. After that win, the Minutemen were off for a week because of a scheduled bye. So, Coach Chris Watts and company have had a good amount of time to get ready for the Warriors.

    Magna Vista opened its season by falling to William Fleming, 28-7. The Warriors followed that loss with a 53-0 drubbing at the hands of Heritage last Friday night.

  • Minutemen: No Western Sizzlin...

    A team full of question marks provided some answers as Liberty pounded visiting Western Albemarle, 33-0, in the season-opening game for both teams.

    Question One: Can the Minutemen run the ball? Against the likes of the Warriors, they certainly can. Liberty approached the 400 yard mark in rushing yards. Led by sophomore tailback Thomas Clark (6 carries for 112 yards) and senior fullback Lavarta Tanner (16 for 110), the Minutemen showed off a Mr. Outside/Mr. Inside combination.